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June, 2019

Happy Summer to you all! I am very busy right now enjoying my summer and time with my family camping, swimming, biking and reading! Summers are such a gift for educators to take time to reflect on the year, reconnect with family and friends, read books for fun, and just relax and explore the great outdoors. I am grateful for this time and also understand that it is essential to keeping balance in my life. I hope anyone reading this is also finding that important time for themselves and their family and friends.

As I reflect on our school year, I can't help but be grateful for our school community of students, teachers, families, community members and all of the people who play such a crucial role in making our school the amazing place it is for us all. It is during the summer that I realize that I too often take everyone for granted and that I need to take time to do this more often throughout the school year. During this summer I am reading the book Dare to Lead by Brene Brown and it has been a great tool for reflection and goal setting for the upcoming school year. I would recommend it to anyone who leads in any capacity.

Our school year was exciting, eye opening, and also had its challenges as we adopted a new language arts curriculum called EL Education (see There was a lot to learn by all of us and the work load on teachers to learn, plan and implement a new lesson each day was daunting. Teachers modeled taking initiative, persevering, showing compassion for each other and much more as they took on the daunting task of learning a new comprehensive curriculum. However, what we saw in our students was powerful and inspirational to say the least! Students' ability to collaborate, persevere, take initiative, support each other, and create high quality work grew throughout the year and resulted in great learning and development of character all year long.

We maintained our focus on healthy choices with extra recess everyday, a protein snack weekly, yoga, outdoor and health education and several other opportunities this year. Our students participated in a Superhero Sprint to raise money for more of these healthy opportunities and some joined the 100 Mile Club and/or Girls on the Run as they built a community of runners who learned to love running and the community of runners that came with it.

I feel as if I could write forever about all of the amazing accomplishments seen at our school, but will stop for now. I hope you all get back to enjoying the summer and each other. I look forward to seeing you all at our Registration, Watermelon Welcome, and Red Carpet Event (1st Day Celebration)!


Wendy Woodland
West Jefferson Elementary
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