Sharpsburg Elementary School

August 20, 2006

17525 Shepherdstown Pike

Principal: Carl Stark

Phone: 301-766-8321

Fax: 301-432-8974

Web site:

Start time: 7:45 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:15 p.m.

Grades: K-5

Date of construction: 1936

Age of building: 70 years


Latest renovation: 1983

Size of building: 31,684 square feet

State-rated capacity: 252

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 331

From the principal

Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?

A. Last year, Sharpsburg Elementary School was one of the highest performing schools in Washington County and Maryland. Our challenge is to continue to improve the achievement of all students. To help us meet this challenge, Sharpsburg Elementary school staff will be working to implement a new school-improvement process. This process will be used to help staff design lessons and interventions to meet the needs of all students.

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. Our goal for the upcoming school year is incorporated in our vision that states: "The Sharpsburg Elementary School, in collaboration with staff, parents and the community, will provide quality teaching and learning for every child in an academically stimulating environment." This year, SES staff will continue working to provide instruction at each child's level, along with providing interventions for students who are performing above and below grade level in the areas of reading and mathematics. Teachers will continue to work on designing lessons that clearly align with the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. A successful educational experience requires the combined efforts of the student, his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) and teacher. If you have a concern, please do not hesitate to make contact with the school. It is important that the lines of communication remain open.

The following tips will help your child have a successful school year:

1. Make sure that your child has breakfast either at home or school.

2. Make sure your child arrives at school on time every day, unless he/she is sick.

3. Provide a designated place and a specific time for your child to do his/her homework.

4. Read and sign your child's homework assignment book each night.

5. Talk with your child's teacher directly if you have a question or concern.

6. Eat dinner together as a family. During the meal, talk with your child about the events of the school day. When children and parents talk regularly about school, children perform better academically.

7. Set a specific, age-appropriate bedtime, and then stay with it.

8. Read aloud to your child. Research shows this is the most important activity that parents can do to increase their child's chance of reading success. Talking to your child about books and stories read to them also supports reading achievement.

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

A. I would like to welcome our new students and our returning students to a new school year at Sharpsburg Elementary School. I look forward to an exciting year of learning and working together as a team to provide all Sharpsburg Elementary School students a world-class education with a collaborative spirit in an engaging environment. Please join me in celebrating a year of high expectations for our students, their parents, for our community and for our entire staff. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the principal of Sharpsburg Elementary School. I am very proud to work with wonderful students, teachers and support staff at SES. Please call if you have any questions or concerns.

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

A. The 2006-07 school year will bring all-day kindergarten to Sharpsburg Elementary School. Sharpsburg Elementary will continue to offer a half-day pre-kindergarten class. The new school year will bring the opportunity for all students to receive an introduction to the Spanish language and culture. In addition, students in grades four and five will have the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument.

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