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Eastern Elementary School

August 20, 2006

1320 Yale Drive
Hagerstown

Principal: Lisa Kirkham

Phone: 301-766-8122

Fax: 301-739-5066

Web site: www.wcboe.k12.md.us/custom_pages/115/Main/index.htm

Start time: 9 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:30 p.m.

Grades: K-5

Date of construction: 1992

Age of building: 14 years

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Size of building: 58,280 square feet

State-rated capacity: 567

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 642




From the principal

Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?

A. Our biggest challenge is to continue to make steady gains in MSA scores.

We are proud to have shown continuous improvement in MSA scores after being the first county school to be reorganized in 2003. With the challenges of No Child Left Behind, we are specifically watching our subgroups (SWD's, ethnicity, race, gender) for steady gains so that no child is left behind.

Another challenge faced by many schools, including EES, is the hiring of new staff.

With competitive counties surrounding us, it is a challenge to recruit and retain high-quality teaching staff. Once highly qualified teachers are found, it is essential to offer them quality PD and mentoring in order to ensure that their first years of teaching are successful and engaging.

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. Goals for the 2006-07 school year include:

1. Continue to provide strong intervention for students below grade level

2. Continue to provide instruction that is focused on students' needs and proven effective at increasing student achievement

3. Continue to provide Professional Development (i.e. data analysis, developing number sense/math facts, differentiated instruction) to ensure increased student achievement

4. Provide mentoring, coaching and job-embedded PD opportunities for new staff

5. Continue to increase family and community involvement.

Q. What will help you ensure a successful school year?

A. Collaboration among all stakeholders will ensure success.

Parents, community members, administrators, teachers and students working with each other will ensure a successful school year. The county C&I Specialists for Math/Science, ELA/Social Studies continue to provide our Student Achievement Specialists with the knowledge, current research and best practices for teaching. This knowledge is passed onto our teachers through job-embedded PD opportunities, which directly impact their instruction so that ALL children succeed. Our administrators will partner with PTA, CAC and FCPC to develop a purposeful, deliberate and collaborative relationship with our community.

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

A. Our message to parents is to become involved in your child's education. There are many ways to be active in your child's education, whether you work outside the home or are a stay-at-home parent/guardian. We encourage you to volunteer in the school/classroom as often as you wish.

You may also volunteer to do jobs at home. Be sure to stay in close contact with your child's teacher(s) by attending back-to-school meetings and parent-teacher conferences.

Take the time to attend family workshop opportunities, school performances and PTA meetings. If you have a problem, concern or a suggestion, always contact the school so we can work collaboratively to render a solution.

Parents should always ensure their child/ren comes to school prepared to learn. Be sure that your child is well rested and is on time daily for school. Take the time to look through your child's backpack daily for homework, samples of their schoolwork, and notes from the teacher and/or school office.

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

A. EES is meeting the needs of our growing community. We have added a second- and fourth-grade class in order to keep lower class sizes. We have added two new portables, as well.

Our fifth-graders will have the option to be placed in same-gender classes. EES will be partnering with FSU to become a Professional Development School where FSU students will have an authentic work experience and where EES will benefit from research and study initiatives by FSU professors.

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