7th Street Elementary Principal's Report

7th Street Elementary Principal's Report
Posted on 10/06/2021

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7th Street Families,

Last month I reported a rough start and was hopeful things would get easier for us.  As I sit here writing, I am in an empty school with so much quiet around me it is lonely.  However, as my staff well knows I am an eternal optimist.  I am hopeful that when we start on Wednesday all my staff will be back.  I am fairly certain, if they are all able to be here, it will be for only the second time this school year.  Having everyone here would certainly be a positive thing.  I am also hopeful that our attendance will be back to where it was at the beginning of the school year and we can continue that trend.  

With all of this said, my staff also knows I am a realist.  I am certain the trials we have had will continue to haunt us and we will have to be as resilient as we can and deal with it as a community.  So far I have been impressed with the resiliency I have seen.  I have seen staff adjust and juggle to cover as many things as they can while we have been short substitutes.  Additionally, I have seen our students rally when they can be here.  They are working hard!  In fact, our students scored well on their fall MAPS and DIBELS tests.  Our fall of 2020 to fall of 2021 comparison showed growth!!  I am also excited to report that summer school worked for many of our students who got to attend.  This year we get to say, “What summer slide?”  Even though there may have been a slight dip for some of our students, it was ever so slight.  How exciting is that?  To start a school year about where we left off is rare.

I guess, to sum it up, I am going to start this Wednesday cautiously optimistic.  I think that is all we can do as a community.  We just have to put our heads down and try our best for our kids.  I can’t tell you how many were bummed when we told them we were going to close for a week due to staff shortage and 30% of our students out sick.  It broke my heart, but also made me proud of the environment we have created here.  It’s one in which the kids feel supported, successful, and safe.  They want to be here, my staff wants to be here, and I want everyone to be here.

Further, it is important for us to continue as normal as we possibly can.  I am convinced our kids need it.  We are going to continue as we were before with field trips, allowing parents in for parties, and keeping operations around here normal.

That reminds me, Halloween parties are around the corner.  If you are signed up for Halloween, our party will be October 28th at 2:30.  Please communicate with your teacher about what your party team plans to do and bring.  Remember to keep your items nut free and watch that they aren’t processed in a facility that also processes nuts.

Take care,

Principal Forst


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