It has been another
outstanding year for our Cougars! As is traditional at the end of every year, I
like to highlight celebrations. We are
continuing to see gains in reading, writing and math data across the school. Our
powerful instruction and strong partnerships with families are really having an
impact on student learning.
I want to extend a
warm thank you to all of our families for their enthusiastic support of the
McMicken community. Families are an
essential part of our school culture.
Many of you participated in Bridges to Math Success workshops, FACE Time
(Family Academic Connection Event,) Jungle Book performance and Taste of
McMicken. In addition, families
volunteered in the classroom and as field trip chaperones. Last, but certainly not least, I would like
to thank our might PTO for endless hours of fundraising and listening to staff
and families’ needs. We
couldn’t do it without you all!
daughter is now in middle school, she flourished while attending McMicken. As both principal and parent, I can
personally vouch for the incredible teaching and learning that happens in our
building on a yearly, daily and even minute by minute basis. We hold your children’s academic success at
the heart of our work and our goal is to move ALL students to college and
We will accomplish
this goal by adhering strictly to the promise of knowing each student by name,
strength and need, as well as through honoring the beautiful diversity that our
students and families bring to our schoolhouse every day.
Looking ahead to
2017-18, we engage in the following actions in order to accomplish this goal:
Focus on students’ strengths
and communicate them specifically to students and families.
Enlist families early and often as true partners in their students’ learning. Share open
and honest feedback with families about where their students are in
relationship to grade level standards.
Relentlessly pursue strategies that are successful with our
Teach with urgency—every minute counts and is filled with robust
opportunities for interacting with content.
This also means that we hold each and every student accountable for showing us what they know on a daily
It remains my moral
and ethical imperative to be a model for our staff and support our community in
this unified effort. To a wonderful
summer and exciting year ahead!