School Year 2016-17

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 1:43pm

As I enter my 3rd year as principal of Centennial Lane Elementary, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back to another exciting and engaging year of learning. It is our vision at CLES to empower, engage and inspire our students, staff and the community. Over the summer, we spent time with our leadership team, our climate committee, central office staff and the PTA reflecting on the achievements of the year and how we can continually improve our efforts to create a rigorous, safe and engaging learning environment. It is my belief that all decisions begin and end with one question: “What is in the best interest of the students?” As you enter the building, you will see the following image, which reflects this belief and shares our focus for the year.

CLES vision graphic showing a student-centered philosophy linked to the Centennial Lane strategic plan.

As we begin another year in our educational journey, our decisions will be led by our vision. The school improvement plan was developed with members of our leadership team in collaboration with curriculum directors and staff.  This plan will focus our efforts through critical analysis of our data and implementation of best practices.  Our school improvement strategies include building the capacity of our instructional staff, solidifying data discussion structures, and collaborative planning with our reading and math resource teachers.  The school improvement plan will allow teams to strategically plan their instruction to support all students and maximize student learning in a safe and healthy environment.

As part of creating an environment of encouragement, we implemented a school wide school wide set of expectations last year – “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Ready,” and recognized students following those expectations at a high level with our ‘Dolphin Dollars.’   We focused on a growth mindset, which encouraged learners to take risks, learn from mistakes or failures, and grow from that experience.   We held quarterly celebrations that recognized students for their individual strengths and effort.  We will be continuing these practices this year.  However, after reflecting on the year and feedback from the community, our climate committee has made some changes to enhance the practices we put into place.  One addition to our practices includes “Pocket Praise” compliments that staff, students and the community can give to our staff to show our appreciation of all that they do every day.   We will share more information on our environment of encouragement at back to school night.

A major part of our students’ success at CLES is the high level of support from our families and the community.  With this in mind, we would like to deepen our commitment to building our relationships with you.  We will be providing opportunities for collaboration through enriching parent information sessions.  We will be inviting our families into the learning process through a high level of communication and opportunities for feedback.  We hope to engage you in your child’s educational experience, inspire you to learn more and empower you with knowledge.  By working together, I know we will have another year of excellence!

The continued success of our school and students is a collaborative effort.  All members of our community have demonstrated their dedication to Centennial Lane Elementary School. I have observed a staff strong in their knowledge and practices.  They are committed to the students, show a high level of caring for each child, and seek to grow professionally.  Our custodial team works tirelessly to maintain a clean and healthy environment.  Their hard work can be seen as soon as you walk through the door. As a community and PTA, you have shown us an unwavering commitment to enhancing and supporting the learning of our students.  As a principal, I am inspired through life long learning, and strive to grow as a leader every year. Together, we can look forward to collaborating and celebrating the achievements and efforts of our students. Enjoy the remaining days of summer, and we will see you August 29th for the first day of school! 

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or praise to share, please feel free to contact me at amanda_wadsworth@hcpss.org or Mr. Scobie at bradley_scobie@hcpss.org.   We strive to communicate in an effective and timely manner throughout the year. 

Amanda Wadsworth, Principal