Hancock Elementary School

August 17, 2007

290 W. Main St.

Principal: Shelli Gest

Phone: 301-766-8178

Fax: 301-678-5698

Web site: None

Start time: 7:40 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:10 p.m.

Grades: K-5

Date of construction: 1977

Age of building: 30 years


Size of building: 37,441 square feet

State-rated capacity: 298

Projected 2007-08 enrollment: 251

From the principal

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. Hancock Elementary's primary goal will be to ensure that each and every student achieves to his or her fullest potential. Student achievement and academic excellence will continue to drive the instructional practices of Hancock Elementary School.

A second goal will be to continue and to build upon the professional development Hancock Elementary has received over the past years. We plan to use these best practices to ensure that each day we are teaching each student the best that we can.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. Teachers will cooperatively work together in grade-level planning sessions. This will assist the teachers in developing quality lessons that include higher-level questions and best practices to support all children based on their learning styles and needs.

Teachers will also work cooperatively in cross-grade level teams and content areas to ensure that we are teaching the "whole" child to the best extent possible.

The Hancock Elementary staff will work together with our dedicated parents to support all children so that each and every child is successful this school year.

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

A. Hancock Elementary School will have some new energetic faces to serve the stakeholders of the Hancock community. These new faces will include a new principal, student achievement specialist and several new special education staff members.

Hancock Elementary School will also be getting a new playground this year. We hope to have this new playground equipment in place before the start of the new school year.

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

A. Members of the staff at Hancock Elementary School are busy readying themselves for another wonderful year with our students and their parents. We pledge to work together with each child and his/her parents so that each student has a successful and wonderful school year. We are here to support all students and parents in any way that we can.

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