Fountaindale School for Arts & Academic Excellence

August 21, 2006

901 Northern Ave.

Principal: Donna Newcomer

Phone: 301-766-8156

Fax: 301-745-3041

Web site:

Start time: 7:45 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:15 p.m.

Grades: PK-5

Date of construction: 1949

Age of building: 57 years


Size of building: 30,693 square feet

State-rated capacity: 399

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 438

From the principal

Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?

A. Students and teachers will continue to address the challenges of making steady academic gains as measured by Maryland School Assessment (MSA) in meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The challenge for staff will be continuing to provide students with daily focused instruction that is consistently engaging and meets the unique developmental needs of all students. The challenge for students will be to continue to develop and exercise respectful and responsible behavior daily that enables them to focus on learning and developing their fullest academic potential.

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. As the instructional leader, one of my most important goals is to support and facilitate the best possible learning environment for staff and children to succeed.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. As a staff, we will continue to strengthen and broaden our use of the arts in instruction in supporting student learning. Our staff strives to build open and positive communications with the entire school community. We foster a team approach in our work and learning.

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

A. At Fountaindale School for the Arts and Academics, we recognize daily the importance of our interactions with children in making a positive difference in our global future. We also recognize that parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and guardians are our most important resource in supporting schooling efforts. We will continue to build upon parent and family involvement as we partner with our neighboring campus schools this year (NHHS and Northern Middle) in our mentoring and community outreach efforts. Our vision, "Helping each student become all he or she is capable of being" will continue to guide our efforts toward a World-Class Education for all students!

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