Welcome Back CLES Families

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:07pm

Dear CLES Families,

The beginning of the school year is always an exciting and energizing time that brings inspiration and reminds me how blessed I am to work in the field of education.   The staff returns refreshed, full of enthusiasm and great ideas for the upcoming year.  The students bring their own energy and eagerness to connect with their friends and engage in their learning.   This is a wonderful time of year to reflect on the past school year and re-focus our goals for the new year.   It is an honor to serve and work with such highly qualified and dedicated staff, hard-working students and the supportive parents of our CLES community. 

As I move into my 2nd year as Principal at CLES, I am looking forward to continuing our educational journey together and providing opportunities to collaborate and deepen our relationship in order to ensure the success of all of our students.  As a lifelong learner, I also feel it is important to continuously provide opportunities to enrich our knowledge and inspire our staff, students and families throughout the learning process.   Through parent information sessions, staff professional learning communities and a focus on meeting the needs of every learner, I know we will have a year in which all members of the CLES community feel empowered in the learning process.

In planning for the upcoming school year, Mr. Scobie, our Assistant Principal, and I collaborated with several staff members over the summer to develop some consistencies of practice and to build upon the ‘Environment of Encouragement’ structures that we put into place last year.   This year we will implement a school wide set of expectations – “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Ready,” and recognize students following those expectations at a high level with our ‘Dolphin Dollars.’   We will further enhance our environment through a focus on a growth mindset.   A growth mindset encourages an environment in which learners are willing to take risks, learn from mistakes or failures, and grow from that experience. 

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.

The success of our school and students is a team effort, and we look forward to working closely with you this year to make this a successful, inspiring and engaging year!   Enjoy the remaining days of summer, and we will see you August 24th for the first day of school! 

Please see below for other important information and reminders.


Amanda Wadsworth,  Principal


Staff Changes

Miss Jill Blaise has moved to kindergarten.

Mrs. Lisa Cramer has moved to kindergarten.

Mrs. Debi Howell has moved to 1st grade.

Mrs. Allison Brown (Matthews) has moved to 1st grade.

Ms. Rachael Clark has moved to 2nd grade.

Ms. Adaora Ichoku has moved to 3rd grade as paraeducator.

Ms. Whitney Hiltz has moved to 4th grade.

Mrs. Erin Reisberg has moved to 4th grade. 

Retirements:  Trish Chapman-1st grade paraeducator, Stevie Brouillett – Choral Music, Randi Malamphy – Special Education Teacher, Chris Bruzga – ESOL teacher, Ann Guy – 4th Grade teacher

Staff pursuing other professional opportunities:  Rob Clark (5th grade teacher)– Middle school position, Amanda Cheatham (4th Grade teacher)-  moved out of state, Mary Cannon (paraeducator) teaching position out of county


Please join us in welcoming the following new staff members:

Lisa Barnett – 5th Grade Teacher

Lauren Taylor – Special Education Team Leader

Tiffany Gaugh – Special Education Teacher

Emily Bates – Special Education Teacher

Tamara Reed – Student Assistant

Janet Zahn – special education assistant

Lisa Carter – School Psychologist

Seth Long – Vocal Music Teacher

Patrick Spieldt – PE Teacher

Jennifer DiMattia – ESOL Teacher


Other Important School Information:

Student Supply Lists for each grade can be found on our website: 


Student Cafeteria Accounts

Please be sure to visit www.myschoolbucks.com to ensure your child's meal payments are up to date and ready for the new year.

School Bus Schedules Online

School bus routes for the coming school year will be available in mid-August on the HCPSS website, www.hcpss.org, and then updated regularly.

HCPSS School News:   We use our email alerts for a majority of our communication in conjunction with Twitter and information sent home in folders.   For more information on the subscription process, please visit the HCPSS website:   http://www.hcpss.org/hcpss-news/.


Reminder of Important Dates:

Kindergarten Orientation  (Kindergarten open house follows Kindergarten orientation.  Students will be able visit their classrooms, drop off supplies and meet their teacher.  There is no Kindergarten open house at the end of the day.)

Friday, August 21st - 10:30 a.m. 

New Family Orientation (This is for new families 1st-5th.  Kindergarten orientation will cover many of the topics in this orientation.   However, all new families are welcome.)

Friday, August 21st from 1:30 p.m. - 2:00

Open House

Friday, August 21st from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  -- This is an opportunity for our students to visit their classrooms, drop off school supplies and meet their teacher. 

Class Lists

We will be posting class lists on Thursday Aug 20th at 3 p.m.  The lists will be posted on the front door so that you will know whom your child’s teacher will be. 

First Day of School

Monday, August 24 at 8:45 a.m. marks the first day of the 2015-16 school year! Our daily schedule begins with morning announcements at 8:45. Doors open at 8:33 a.m.  Please make sure your children arrive at school by 8:33 a.m. so they can be in their seats, ready to learn, no later than 8:45 a.m.  **Remember, we highly encourage you send your students to school the way in which they will arrive and dismiss all year.  This allows them to start their routines immediately.   Kindergarten students will all meet in the cafeteria and will be assisted in the transition from the bus to the building.  The teachers will walk them to their classrooms.

Back to School Nights

Tuesday, September 1st from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - K, 1, 2

Thursday, September 3rd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - 3, 4, 5

September Dates of Interest:

9/7 -  Schools & Offices Closed

9/14 – Schools & Offices Closed

9/23 – Schools & Offices Closed