Fountain Rock Elementary School

August 21, 2006

17145 Lappans Road

Principal: Archibald Van Norden

Phone: 301-766-8146

Fax: 301-223-5759

Web site:

Start time: 7:35 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:05 p.m.

Grades: K-5

Date of construction: 1970

Age of building: 36 years


Size of building: 53,406 square feet

State-rated capacity: 298

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 362

From the principal

Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?

A. An ongoing challenge will be to meet the accountability standards/expectations of the No Child Left Behind and the Bridge to Excellence Acts. We must continue to refine our craft, develop and deliver appropriate lesson plans and offer the programs, enrichment opportunities and intervention options to our students.

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. In this, my first year at Fountain Rock, I want to develop positive relationships with staff, students, parents and community members. I want to ensure that we are utilizing all our talents and resources to meet the needs of our students and that our students continue to progress and enjoy coming to school.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. Effective teamwork, communication and cooperation among staff, students and stakeholders in the Fountain Rock attendance area will be the foundation for a successful school year.

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

A. I take great pride in being a product of the Washington County School System, a resident of Washington County and an employee of our school system. I want all students to have a successful experience at Fountain Rock Elementary School and feel good about themselves as people and as learners.

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

A. At the end of the 2005-06 school year, the Fountain Rock staff, PTA, CAC and Board of Education engaged in a venture to promote the use of technology in the delivery of instruction to students. New computers, Elmos, white boards and LCD projectors were purchased for many classrooms. Teachers at every grade level volunteered to learn and use the equipment as part of their lesson planning and teaching. For this school year, our plan is to begin to use these resources.

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