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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

Welcome to a new school year! Can you believe that at the end of this year it will be 2020! As educators, we have been talking about and planning for 2020 for so long and it is finally here… flying cars, here we come (or not)! But seriously, by now you have probably settled in and are back in the swing of school routines. As I have always encouraged kids to keep learning over the summer, I, too, needed to heed my own words and broaden my horizons as I truly feel we are never done learning.

    This summer, the elementary administration and a few other interventionists read about the early reader in a book titled I Am Reading and also the book Game Changer. These books gave much insight into all the ways young kids are ‘reading’ before they are fluently calling words which is what some adults consider to be a ‘real’ reader. They also talk about ways to get more books into kids’ hands through a variety of ways, many of which you will see in our school. 

    Over the course of this year, we will focus heavily on our k–2 readers, including a curriculum review k–3, as having them comfortable and excited about text and language is one very important thing we can do for their future success. But don’t just take my word for it. In looking at what employers want most in an employee, excellent verbal and written language skills continue to be in the top 10%.

    Another way I stayed sharp this summer, was by attending the CASE Leadership Conference in late July. One of the keynote speakers made reference to the fact that the most coveted skills employers are looking for in students coming out of k–12 education are leadership abilities, the ability to work together, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity. While these are hard to measure and certainly most are not assessed on CMAS, we will continue to foster these throughout our classrooms as I wholeheartedly believe in these qualities for life-long success.

    Our parent survey results from last spring are in and it looks like you feel comfortable, informed, and know where to go for answers at the elementary school, with an overall approval rate in nine categories of 94.5%.

    Hopefully, our back-to-school classroom visitation night was meaningful, met your needs, and you feel prepared to take on another year with new friends, classrooms, and teachers. If you are in need of anything else or are having trouble with anything school-related, don’t hesitate to ask so this year can be a successful one from the start.

    Finally, don’t forget to join us for Harvest Festival on October 25 sponsored by LULAC, USPTO, and the Elementary School Literacy Committee. There will food, games, books, candy, storytelling, and more, all free!

    Michael Mazurana

    Michael Mazurana
    Elementary Principal
    mmazurana@universityschools.com

      Elementary News
      Tech IQ

      Please take a moment to review our monthly tidbits about the effects of electronics on students.

      Question: Does technology really prevent us from sleeping well?

      Answer: Short answer, yes. Blue light waves inhibit the release of melatonin, and therefore, the amount of REM sleep experienced at night. This leads to lower alertness levels the next day! Experts recommend shutting down devices two hours before bedtime, but even 30 minutes is better than nothing. Visit the National Sleep Foundation website for more information.

      Elementary Harvest Festival

      Our elementary Harvest Festival is on Friday, October 25 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the main building parking lot, cafeteria, and gyms. This event is sponsored by the elementary literacy team, the USPTO, and LULAC. Look for more details to come home in October. Sign up for the potluck online, and contact Mrs. Halmo via email or Mrs. Budzynski via email with questions.