Back-to-School: D19 principals share goals

Macedonia Elementary School

Macedonia Elementary School is focused on student achievement for all students.

MES Principal Teresa Brown said she is looking forward to seeing the “evidence of success” for the 2016-2017 school year as last year’s standardized test scores are released. Then she and her staff will be able to work to improve student achievement by the time students complete this school year in May 2018.

“Everything that we do this year will encourage and support student achievement,” said Brown. “We want to provide instructional leadership that will ensure 100 percent of all students will read on or above grade level, as well as master grade level standards.”

This is especially important as the new Read to Succeed legislation takes effect. This means students can be held back if they are not reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

Principal Brown encourages parents to display “active engagement” throughout the year in order to help their children grow academically. This includes two-way communication with students and teachers regarding grade level standards/expectations, attending conferences and celebrations, and seeking answers and/or clarification from teachers and the principal, she said.

Blackville-Hilda Middle School

Blackville-Hilda Middle School Principal Eryl Smalls believes there is “Strength in Numbers”.

That’s why that is the theme for the 2017-2018 school year.

While Smalls and his staff will work to ensure students are learning, he said, it is imperative for parents and guardians to be involved. He encourages them to “visit the school as often as they choose and check on their child’s progress,” said Smalls, who is excited to meet all the students.

Blackville-Hilda High School

As he starts his second year as principal, Michael Beasley is looking forward to building on the strides they made last year at Blackville-Hilda High School.

Their emphasis for the 2017-2018 school year is student achievement. Beasley said he and his staff will work hard to ensure all students have the “opportunity to achieve the highest level of success that they possibly can.”

“Our primary goal this year is to focus on student academic growth by using student data to grow the student academically to meet expectations and requirements,” he said.

Beasley said they will continue the parent focus meetings to share information with parents about the school’s goals, their mission, accountability and other information to ensure students succeed in their educational experiences. With the new state accountability model for public schools and districts beginning this school year, he said, they will be sharing this information with parents and students at the parent focus meetings.

In addition to attending the parent focus meeting, Beasley encourages parents to be involved. He said they are welcome to come by the school for updates on their student and to meet with their student’s teacher.

“We are committed to work with parents so that all questions, concerns and expectations are met,” he said.