7th Street Elementary Principal's Report

7th Street Elementary Principal's Report
Posted on 04/07/2022



7th Street Families,

So far so good is how I would describe the beginning of the year.  In fact, it has been the smoothest start since I have been principal.  It sure does help that the entire 7th Street Team is back in full force as everyone knows our systems and what they need to be doing.  More importantly, our kids seem happy to be back and are having a good time as we prepare for testing.  

As a building, September includes MAPS and DIBELS testing.  This testing gives us a beginning of year mark to work from to grow your kids and for us to know how to target each student’s instructional needs.  After we get testing completed, we have conferences scheduled for September 14th and 15th so you can see how your child is doing, hear what plans we have to make academic progress with your child, and hear recommendations for what you can do at home to help your child.

Our goal for academic progress this upcoming school year is to continue the great leaps we have made as a building, but to strive to do even better.  Our next implementation is Step Up to Writing district wide.  7th Street teachers are meeting once a week on Monday’s after school to study the program and figure out how to best implement the program.  If we can get our students to write well, it will nicely package all the other learning that is happening in our school and solidify them academically.  I am happy to report that in week two I asked a student who was having a rough day, who struggles in writing, if he was upset about a writing assignment he was asked to do.  He responded to me, “I am not upset about writing!  My teacher showed me a new way to write and it is easier.”  I visited with him further and figured out what was going on and we resolved it - but all I can say while skywriting a checkmark in the sky is, “WIN!”  Look up “skywriting + elementary school” on the internet if you don’t know what I am talking about - it’s something I learned when I became an elementary school principal. Who knew?

In closing, our school has dealt with two flooding issues since the start of the school year and we have only been in school for a couple of weeks.  I have posted pictures on our Facebook page “Dove Creek Schools” if you are interested in taking a look.


Take Care,

Principal Forst

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