Dear Collegewood Families,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I am thrilled to be welcoming your children back to school! We have eagerly anticipated teh full reopening of our campus. Our continued commitment to fostering resilience, perseverance, grit, empathy, and the ability to communicate effectively in diverse learning partnerships will undoubtedly help our students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.
Our team will continue to embed critical thinking and collaboration across all content areas. We will also continue working diligently to meet the diverse needs of our students through small group instruction across all grade levels, school-wide implementation of Thinking Maps, and emphasize meaningful, timely feedback to help students work towards academic mastery. Students in grades 3-5 will participate in Genius Hour which allows them time to explore areas they are interested in such as learning the ukulele, robotics, theater, and dance.
As recipients of the Platinum Award for Schoolwide Positive Behavior Intervention Support, our deliberate work to instill tools for self-regulation and emotional wellness will carry on through lessons by our teachers, counselor and elementary learning specialist. Practices such as naming emotions, communicating needs, self advocacy, and breathing exercises help our students have ownership over their responses to their emotions.
Collegewood Elementary was named a 2019-20 Golden Bell Award winner because of our tiered layers of academic and emotional support made available to students across all grade levels. We use a team approach to learning the personal narratives of each student in our care while working in partnership with their respective families to determine how best to meet the needs of our students.
One of the greatest characteristics of the Collegewood learning community is the genuine care and compassion shared between staff, students, and parents. Collegewood Elementary is a place where staff and families come together to ensure that the children entrusted into our care grow to be productive, confident, compassionate, members of a global society. I look forward to an amazing year!
Mary Wendland, Ed.D.