Dear Mount View Community Members,
I can hardly believe spring is here and we are heading
toward the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
It has been quite a journey! Our
students have made so much progress academically, socially and
emotionally. We started the year with
very bold and ambitious goals and have been realizing those goals as the days
have passed. Our goals were focused on
student achievement by implementing new resources for literacy, integrating technology
effectively in all content areas, inspiring 5th and 6th
grade writers through the arts, teaching mindfulness and creating an inclusive
environment for all of our community members. I am proud of the work done so
far this year and yes, of course, there is still much work to be done. We will continue to put our efforts into our
work until each student has a strong positive sense of self and is performing
at grade level in all areas.
As we move toward school wide Dual Language classrooms,
there is an increased focus on the importance of language development and
strategies that provide students the opportunities to develop their social and
academic language abilities. Our
families and communities can support language development in our students and
the best way is to talk with your student frequently and naturally. Ask questions, introduce new words and
experiences, respond to comments and ideas and read daily together. The more
development a student has in their native language, the easier it is to learn
the second language and to become bilingual and bi-literate!
We are very lucky to be a school in White Center where our
community is rich with diversity. We are
fortunate to have students from all over the world and the many languages and
cultures enrich our classrooms and benefit all of us. I would like to echo what Superintendent
Enfield has stated in her letter to all in Highline Public Schools. Though the political rhetoric may seem harsh
and exclusive, it does not represent how we feel at Mount View Elementary
School. Our school is a place where each
student has the opportunity to learn and reach his/her academic, social and
emotional potential. It is also a place
where families and community members are welcome, safe and valued.
I am looking forward to seeing you at our remaining family
nights – please check our calendar and look for notices that come home with
students. In addition, please make sure
your contact information is current so you receive the emails/texts regarding
important notices and upcoming events.
Have a wonderful spring season!
Lisa Escobar, Principal