Pangborn Elementary School

August 17, 2007

195 Pangborn Blvd.

Principal: Richard Gehrman

Phone: 301-766-8282

Fax: 301-797-5905

TDD: 797-5905

Web site: None

Start time: 8:25 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:55 p.m.

Grades: K-5

Date of construction: 1955


Age of building: 52 years

Latest renovation: 1964

Size of building: 50,650 square feet

State-rated capacity: 481

Projected 2007-08 enrollment: 642

From the principal

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. Our goals include a grade-specific plan that is worked on by each grade team with the school administration and the student achievement specialists. This plan will be driven by student data and will include specific strategies and activities that will ensure success for all students in that particular grade. This plan will be monitored each month and revised as needed to ensure all students continue to be given what is needed for them to be successful.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. School administration will need to closely monitor each plan and assist each grade level with needed professional development, adequate parent involvement opportunities, and students, parents and teachers all working together to provide the best programs for the our school.

School teams and administration need to make sure the communication between all groups involved is adequate for the task at hand.

Q. Can students and staff expect any changes this school year?

A. Pangborn will have a few staff changes as people move on to pursue other jobs and plans they might have had. All plans will be conceived by the grade-level teams and the school improvement team, which has parental representation. Change that is thought out and agreed upon by the appropriate stakeholders will happen as needed. Change just to "change" is not part of our plan.

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

A. What an exciting time at Pangborn. We are in the process of watching our new school go up before our eyes. Our test scores were strong in most areas and will provide us with a piece of the puzzle needed to ensure that our students get all they will need to be successful each day in their school career. I look forward again to strong parental involvement and support. Strong schools need involved parents. Pangborn is a strong school because it has good teachers and other instructional staff, it has a guided and focused purpose in its plan and it has great parental involvement.

Come and join us this coming year and help make the Pangborn family even stronger.

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