Incredible to think that the school year has ended. I hope that you all had a great year and are looking forward to a fun-filled summer.
Summer is a great time to work on the three "r's"... rest, relax, and reflect. As I end my first year as principal of Johnson, I am taking a lot of time to look back at both our successes and shortcomings this year. I'd be remiss if I didn't thank everyone for the continued support and for embracing many of the changes we've made at Johnson this year. There are many more to come next year as we try to make Johnson the best elementary school it can be. Your help is critical in making this happen.
You're going to see a lot of changes at school each year. The reality is that there are always going to be things that can be better than they are.
This year we launched our school wide positive behavioral program. The clip chart and the Clip Hall of Fame have been fantastic and we've retired well over a thousand clips this year. Manner Banner was a hit and our lunch reward program has been keeping our APR sparkling.
We also had a lot of really fun initiatives. We had Art for the Sky, our first annual Hootfest and 5k, and our countdown gave our students the opportunity to have a lot of fun as we winded down. I'll be meeting with various people over the summer to plan even more fun events and programs for our students.
Most importantly, our students learned a lot this year. Some of our kids learned how to read, some learned how to use Google Classroom, some learned how to multiply... It's amazing the amount of learning that takes place in one year. It's one of the beautiful parts about working in an elementary school. These years are incredibly impactful to who our students become and we take this privilege seriously.
As you all get ready for days on the beach, please remember to reinforce what your children learned this year. There is more to learn and we've only scratched the surface of our students' potential. Learning doesn't have to take place in a classroom. Learning is everywhere! It's in counting the number of apples at the supermarket, it's reading street signs to practice decoding, it's asking questions about why the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Please encourage your children to ask questions every day and provide them the ability to find the answers. The best things our students can do is spend the summer asking questions and wondering about the world around them.
Finally, I hope you all have a great summer. It's been a pleasure to get to know all of you and your children this year. I can't wait to see those smiling faces in September.
Jared Peltzman, Principal