University Schools

Elementary School Information

We know that education is a team process and that schools and parents must work closely to provide our students with the best possible educational environment. Together we can give every student the chance to make the most of their educational experience.

A Message From Our Principal

Dear Elementary Families,

Whether you are reading about a nice glass of frobscottle in The BFG, or pumpkin juice in one of the Harry Potter stories, you know that literacy can take you places and give us worlds to escape into without ever leaving our living rooms. But, literacy is so much more than entertaining. University Schools has been exploring the connections to literacy and overall academic success and found some pretty compelling points on just how important literacy is to not only academics, but also success in life.

In Mike Schmoker’s book titled Focus, he quotes different scholars around literacy, and one really spoke to me. In the book, he talks about literacy being the spine of the educational body. Literacy holds everything together and all academics branch off of it and connect learning to it. Schmoker goes on to say that it is impossible to overstate the importance of literacy.

In Striving to Thriving, the authors Harvey and Ward also talk about providing all children with daily access to books that jolt their hearts. Hopefully through reading and sharing The BFG last month, you further strengthened their literacy spines and jolted their hearts with a good read (aloud!) Reading aloud is one of the most important tasks we can do with our kids on a daily basis, no matter their age.

The literacy culture at US elementary is always adapting and changing, and some of our newest additions we hope you will notice as you visit the school over the next few months. Around the school, you might see signs posted about what teachers and other staff are reading. We are doing this to show how literacy is a lifelong skill and one that each and every teacher still takes part in, even really old ones like me. Another change we have made to get more text in front of our kids is a weekly reading club every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast club is a chance for kids to sit and listen to a staff member read a book or two until school begins. Hopefully, you will also notice more literature scattered around the building to engage and enlighten our kids throughout their day, because we know that readers develop and train in the same way as marathon runners. It takes thousands of steps to build the leg muscles and lung capacity to run miles upon miles. It also takes thousands of words and pages to develop into a thriving reader. It is never by accident we become great readers, but by being intentional and putting forth the hard work.

I hope you will join me and the rest of our school in reading more to and with your students this year. Introducing them to glorious phizzwizard and terrible trogglehumper dreams is just the start. Have a wonderful month of reading!

Sincerely,

Michael Mazurana

Michael Mazurana
Elementary Principal
mmazurana@universityschools.com

    Elementary News
    Early Monday Dismissal

    The elementary school dismisses at 2:00 p.m. on Mondays. The high and middle schools do not dismiss until 2:35 p.m. Because the safety of students is important, we will hold all students who are meeting siblings at the main building until 2:35 p.m. At that time, we will release students meeting siblings or rides at the middle school and send them to the middle school parking area. High school students can pick up their siblings at the main building. If you typically pick your child up in the middle school parking lot, we would ask that on Mondays, you come to the main building to pick up your child. We know each of you wants all our children safe and with supervision, and this plan will be able to provide such. Thank you for your cooperation!