Conococheague Elementary School

August 17, 2007

12408 Learning Lane

Principal: Ryan Hench

Phone: 301-766-8102

Fax: 301-582-5721

Web site:

Start time: 7:55 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:25 p.m.

Grades: K-5

Date of construction: 1960

Age of building: 47 years


Size of building: 26,780 square feet

State-rated capacity: 249

Projected 2007-08 enrollment: 296

From the principal

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. Our goals for the upcoming school year take us down two paths. First and foremost, we are committed to planning for and providing instruction that successfully meets the needs of every child at Conococheague. We are working toward becoming a "100 percent school"? a school that achieves at 100 percent on the Maryland School Assessments. Collaboratively discovering and planning for each child's academic needs will move us further toward that goal this year. Second, we are looking at ways to deepen and broaden our connection with the Conococheague school community, through our PTA, parent volunteers and business partners. We look forward to providing well-rounded support for each student and family that we interact with on a daily basis.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. Continued support from the school community for our teachers' efforts will help in our pursuit of success. We would like to see increased support from our volunteers in working with our children throughout the school year ? I personally would like to invite more dads, granddads, stepdads and the significant male role models in our children's lives to take an active role in day-to-day school learning opportunities. Additionally, many family members attend and observe school functions and events at Conococheague. I'd like to encourage them to actively participate by lending a hand to help our PTA in benefiting all of the children of our community. It is my hope that families in our school community will give the most precious donation of all to our school ? their time.

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

A. As a school, we will continue to refine our processes and supports to help maximize student learning. In 2006-07 we piloted a process for targeting students who were struggling and provided them with an individually tailored plan to help meet county and state goals. I believe we saw a tremendous payoff this past school year in how well these children performed. In 2007-08, we'll redouble our efforts at early interventions for struggling learners, as well as finding ways to push up those students who meet or exceed county standards every day ? we'll look at ways for more students to become involved in our enrichment program as well as to have deep and broad learning experiences in their homeroom classes.

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

A. I'd like to invite each family in our school community to commit to excellence. By making school the No. 1 priority in our children's lives, we ensure success together. This starts by ensuring that children arrive at school on time, every day. It continues with support for homework, reading at home, open communications with teachers and support for their efforts. Finally, taking an active interest in each school day is essential to the success of our children ? creating open-ended dialogue like, "Tell me something that you learned in math today," or, "Show me something that you learned in P.E. today," will create richer, school-oriented conversations than closed-ended questions like, "How was your day?" Parents, be an advocate for school being "Job #1" for your family ? together we will help all children achieve!

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