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New principals in place at county schools

August 16, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Warm Springs Intermediate and Pleasant View Elementary schools have new administrators this year.

The new assistant principal at Warm Springs Intermediate School, Joyce Ott, has been teaching school for 15 years.

She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Marshall University and a master's in educational leadership from West Virginia University. Ott has been teaching elementary school in Jefferson County.

Robert Rentschler is the new Warm Springs Intermediate School principal. Rentschler received his bachelor's degree in elementary education from West Virginia's Glenville State, and received his master's in education from Frostburg State in Maryland. He also earned a graduate degree in elementary curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in education, curriculum and instruction from Walden (Minn.) University.

He has been a school administrator in Maryland, Massachusetts and West Virginia since 1978. He was an elementary school teacher from 1975 to 1978.

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"My experience tells me to focus on the school culture and what's going on and making assessments from what you observe," Rentschler said.

Rentschler and Ott share the same vision, Ott said. Rentschler said they want to make sure the climate is conducive to learning in the classrooms and in schoolwide situations.

"We are working as a team," Rentschler said.

Rentschler said they want to create a caring, warm environment at the school and at the same time model the expectations for students, teachers and even parents.

"That's our goal," he said.

He said good communication is important and they have already met with the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teams to learn how the system works. The teams meet and plan together, he said.

Pleasant View


Nicole Fox is the new principal at Pleasant View Elementary School, east of Berkeley Springs on W.Va. 9. She taught kindergarten at Pleasant View for the last seven years and was named Morgan County Teacher of the Year in 2003.

She said her main goal is to "improve the writing scores for fourth grade, and we need to work at all levels to improve each K through 5 level." She said she "wants to make sure we meet or exceed AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) in all content area subjects."

"I want to make sure that we provide a good learning environment. If the kids are motivated properly, then we can teach them and they will learn to their maximum potential," she said.

"This small-school environment is a rarity, but a hidden treasure," she said. "We have about 144 students in this small school."

"We can really keep tabs on every kid, and it's hard for a kid to fall through the cracks. That's why our test scores continue to stay strong," she said.

Fox said she applied for a Ronald McDonald House Charities grant of $15,000 to improve and provide safety for the playground next to the school. Fox said it is a community playground and is well-used by the members of the community.

Fox received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Clarion (Pa.) University and received her master of science in education from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.

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