Principal's Message, Spring 2017
We are nearing Spring Break, but we are still very much in the thick of learning and growing, and improving. We have had quite the Winter, and I am so glad to see the signs of Spring. Number one on my list is always looking at the growth our Blue Ridge students have made since the beginning of the school year. I am absolutely committed to make sure we are serving each student on all levels: from their academic growth, to their emotional and physical well-being. Every single day we work on not only teaching your student core subjects and concepts, but we also make sure they are learning to be healthy, polite, caring, and stable members of their community. We have many programs and school-wide expectations in place to make sure this is a reality.
The Health Center at Blue Ridge serves many many students. From physical health issues, to counseling - these caring folks are here in our building each day to make sure our students are healthy and happy. If you have questions, or would like to learn more, please contact the office and we will make sure a Health Center volunteer gets in touch with you quickly.
We have re-instituted our PTA and I am so pleased to see so many of you join us at our monthly meeting/dinner/parent workshops. We are always ready to welcome more parents guardians, grandparents, and family members who have a bit of extra time and a desire to volunteer. Ask any staff member how to join, and they will point you in the right direction. Our school carnival is coming up in May, and we always need extra helping hands.
With the help of the Title I and LAP staff, we are able to tailor instruction to fill gaps in knowledge. We use Exit Tickets each lesson to get immediate feedback - which we then track and utilize quickly so that misconceptions are corrected and we know exactly what we need to teach or re-teach.
Finally, I want to thank you for being a part of what we do here at school. Without parent and family involvement and support, it would be impossible to do the work we do at Blue Ridge. I welcome comments, feedback, questions - my door is always open.
Kim Doepker, principal