Hickory Elementary School

August 20, 2006

11101 Hickory School Road

Principal: Catherine Scuffins

Phone: 301-766-8198

Fax: 301-582-5799

Web site: None

Start time: 8:25 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:55 p.m.

Grades: Pre-K-5

Date of construction: 1975

Age of building: 31 years


Size of building: 39,571 square feet

State-rated capacity: 272

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 262

From the principal

Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?

A. The No. 1 priority for Hickory Elementary is increasing student learning and achievement.

With the varied needs of students, teachers will need to continue to meet the needs of individual students and use data information to determine best practices/strategies for student learning.

Interventions must address student needs to assist with student learning.

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. Besides increasing student achievement, Hickory is becoming a school that values a shared mission, vision and common goals.

The staff will be working in collaborative teams to create a school that stresses continuous improvement for all students.

Additionally, Hickory will be starting a mentoring program for students. Therefore a goal would be the successful implementation of this program.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. Parent involvement is a key to ensuring a successful school year. It is vital for parents, teachers and administration to remain in contact with one another.

Ways for this to occur include reading school and classroom newsletters, attending PTA meetings and parent workshops, signing the student agenda regularly and contacting the teacher when there is a question regarding their child.

Q. What message would you like to send as the school year begins?

A. Regular attendance is a vital element in increasing student achievement and learning.

Additionally, it is essential that parents and school work together as partners.

Therefore parental involvement is another key. It is important for parents to take an active role in their child's education at school and at home.

For parents, making a visit and volunteering at school, attending parent/teacher conferences and getting involved in the PTA will increase their awareness of school activities and academic expectations.

At home, parents can read with their child nightly and assist with homework.

Furthermore, it is important for parents to understand that the principal's door is always open to address any school issue that may occur.

Q. What special projects will occur during the school year?

A. This year Hickory will begin a mentoring program for students.

We are in the beginning stages of this program and are looking for interested community members who would be willing to volunteer a few hours a month to mentor a child.

Mentoring activities might include eating lunch with a student, talking individually with a student about his/her interests, or reading with a child.

An information/activity packet is currently being developed to assist mentors with this process.

If anyone is interested in this program and would like more information, please contact the school.

Additionally, Hickory will be implementing a new instrumental music program for students in grades 4 and 5.

Hickory will continue to participate in monthly community service projects.

Last year our students supported a variety of community events including donating more than 1,000 books to schools that were victims of Hurricane Katrina, food drives for the Salvation Army and Food Resources, Hands for Hope Quilt, the SPCA and corresponding with soldiers in Iraq.

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