Edgartown School welcomes parent and community involvement

Edgartown School principal John Stevens. — Photo courtesy of MVPS

The Edgartown School happily opens its doors for the 2011-2012 school year on September 8 to 328 students. The school especially welcomes 33 kindergartners who will experience half days until September 19 when they attend school for the full day. On the first day of school, parents will be offered coffee and muffins by PTO volunteers and be greeted by a welcoming staff who have been preparing for the opening of school over the summer.

Our students continue to excel academically, socially, and athletically due to a collaborative effort on the part of teachers, students, and parents. The town’s administration, elected officials, and voters provide financial support, which ensures that the school has the resources it needs to provide the best possible educational services. Students in grades three through eight continue to make gains in reading and math on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, which is a reflection of the rigorous instruction delivered in the classrooms.

There are several new faces joining the staff this year. Erin Simmons will teach 5th grade reading and social studies. Kate McCormick joins the 4th grade team as a self-contained teacher. Ashley Lambacher is the school’s new librarian. Greg Pattison begins his tenure as the new industrial arts teacher. Nicole Hawkes joins the faculty as our teacher for English language learners. Kelly Sullivan will be our new music teacher in grades two through eight. Kari Scott joins the staff as a teacher assistant in fourth grade. Malcolm Broadbent has been hired as a custodian, and Dianna DelTorto is the newest member of the kitchen crew as a cook’s helper. We are very excited about the newest members of the school’s faculty and staff and would like to welcome them to our community!

This year’s goals for the school center around the School Improvement Plan crafted by the School Advisory Council and approved by the school committee and superintendent. These goals speak to improving the quality and efficiency of instruction, making current technology more accessible to students, improving student performance in mathematics, increasing parent involvement in the social curriculum, exploring new ways to strengthen the home-school connection, and ensuring that the enrichment program meets the needs of students.

Parents and community members are urged to become involved in the school by participating in any of the following school groups, at the meeting times listed below:

PTO: September 13, 8:20 am, faculty dining room.

School Advisory Council: September 13, 10 am, cafeteria.

School Committee: September 15, 7 pm, school library.

The school’s website, www.edgartownschool.org, is an excellent way to keep up with what’s happening at the school. The site contains teacher web pages, sports events, lunch menus, calendars, and a front page detailing current school events and activities. This website also contains news from the PTO and School Advisory Council.

John Stevens is principal of Edgartown School.