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Principal’s Message

Ryan Stein
rtstein@henrico.k12.va.us
804-261-2970

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We have so much to celebrate as the school year begins.  We increased our test scores in Reading (90%) and Math (93%), while making a significant decrease in our discipline referrals with the implementation of our school wide discipline plan, Gator Achievement.  Greenwood was recognized as a pioneer for innovation as we implemented Henrico County Public School’s first ever Math 24 Tournament and May Madness Basketball Tournament. Our school was recognized for receiving the most financial support through grants in 2018, and we even received the highest safety rating for a comprehensive safety audit in the past 8 years with HCPS. Our PTA after school enrichment had 134 students (24% of our school) participate in our 11 programs in the spring of 2018, which made Greenwood the largest after school enrichment program at the elementary level. For the 2nd year in a row, Greenwood will receive the Virginia Naturally Recognition Award for our implementation of our outdoor garden, indoor Tower Gardens, and raising trout and chickens.  We had a phenomenal year, BUT we are determined to top it this year! 

Recently, Greenwood Elementary was 1 of 4 selected elementary schools in Henrico County as a “Deeper Learning Impact School,” which speaks volumes about our teachers and the daily instruction taking place in the classrooms. Our teachers will continue to facilitate lessons that challenge students to imagine, create, assess, and apply their knowledge to real-life scenarios.  Using the Four Pillars of Deeper Learning:  “Learning is Anytime, Anywhere”, “Learning is Authentic & Connected”, “Learning is Student-owned” and “Learning is Community Supported”, our students experience learning that supports growth in communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.  It is our hope that their experiences at Greenwood will prepare them for the many adventures awaiting them beyond elementary school.

In 2018-2019, we will remain committed to providing a safe, nurturing, inclusive, and innovative environment to our diverse community of learners to ensure success for each student. Our students will once again be empowered to take risks, held accountable for their own learning, inspired to think critically, and serve outside of the school walls.  We will continue to support the foundation of social and emotional development of our future community leaders as they start the journey to becoming college and career ready. We will continue to teach with contagious enthusiasm and positive energy that will ensure we live our mission statement, “Every Student, Every Family, Every Employee, Every Day! ONEGreenwood!”  Our success will only continue to grow with the partnership between the school, home and community. Together, we can make a difference!

Our school theme is We Are Family, Welcome to Our House.  The purpose of The House System is to expand the walls of our classroom family.  The House System aims to give students an identity and sense of pride in a supportive, collaborative, and secure environment.  This initiative will provide positive competition and a closer rapport between students and teachers on multiple grade levels. Each student will be assigned a student mentor from another grade level that will serve as a “buddy” that he or she can connect with throughout the year.  The House System will provide our school leaders more opportunities to let their light shine. Our hope is that this initiative will continue to build a culture of excellence through authentic connection, encourage student, parent and community engagement with our school events, and play a strong role in achieving our goal of being recognized as the most diverse National Blue Ribbon School in the stage of Virginia. We can do it!

2018-2019 will be filled with collaboration, not only within our building, but with our feeder pattern middle school, Hungary Creek. We are looking to become Henrico County Public School’s first ever K-8 school as we form a cohort of teachers to share resources to actively engage our students in diverse educational, social, and civic learning experiences that inspire and empower them to become contributing citizens. Our schools will complete monthly projects and participate in a joint Innovation Fair in March. Furthermore, on our student half days, our 5th grade Gators will be traveling to Glen Allen High School to complete challenging STEAM activities that will put our students at the center of their own learning.

We are also very excited about our calendar of events! We are kicking the year off with a concert on August 30 and this high energy will not stop until June 16, 2019. We have all new PTA evening events on selected Thursdays, as well as implementing monthly “House Breakfast,” soccer tournament, Moonlight Bike Ride, Turkey Trot, Talent Show, Rubik Cube tournament, Spring Formal, Step Team, Challenge Day, Dinner on Us, Cookin’ N’ Crockin’, Father vs Son Kickball Tournament, Mother Daughter Palooza, and Student Led Conferences for kindergarten – 5th grade students.

Please make sure you check out our PTA website and look for all the many places we could use your support this year as a volunteer. We are a successful school due to the commitment and support from our PTA. No job is too small, and volunteering is a great way to meet new friends.   Please consider committing your time this school year to make a difference for your child.

If at any time I can be a service to you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.  It is my goal to make our building inviting for families throughout the school year.

 

In partnership,

 

Ryan Stein

Greenwood Elementary School

Principal

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