Paramount Elementary School

August 20, 2006

19410 Longmeadow Road

Principal: Sue Gordon

Phone: 301-766-8289

Fax: 301-791-4263

Web site:

Start time: 8:25 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:55 p.m.

Grades: K-5

Date of construction: 1994

Age of building: 12 years


Size of building: 47,923 sq. ft.

State-rated capacity: 407

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 525

From the principal

Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?

A. Paramount's greatest challenge will be managing a growing population. Our school has soared above the 500 mark and continues to grow. We have made use of every space possible and have added two portable classrooms.

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. Our goal is to improve our instructional practices to help all of our children achieve academic and social success. In reading, the 2006 MSA (Maryland School Assessment) data shows that 84.4 percent of our third-grade students, 95.6 percent of our fourth-grade students, and 96.3 percent of our fifth-grade students are proficient readers. In math, 92.2 percent of our third-grade students, 98.6 percent of our fourth-grade students and 90.4 percent of our fifth-grade students are proficient in mathematics. We will not be satisfied until that mark is 100 percent.

Our goals go beyond academic success. The Character Counts Program is taught and practiced in our school.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. We look to our parents and the community. We need a team approach to maximize the success of the children. Our teachers and staff are dedicated to the task. We need the support of our families and the community to ensure that success.

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

A. Paramount is a great school and a great place to learn. We need every child to enter our building with an "I can do it" attitude. We need our parents to support that belief with their children.

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

A. Paramount is in the midst of two new initiatives. We are beginning the all-day kindergarten program and are expanding our instrumental music program to include fourth grade.

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