Due to the dedication and diligence of our Smith Team, the 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start. We will continue with our commitment to be one of the best schools in the state. The core business of our school and school system is teaching and learning. For Smith School, that means we will continue to commit to our School Improvement Plan goals and strategies. While focusing on academic content areas, we will also work to ensure that students are learning how to learn, learning how to analyze and prescribe solutions to a task or problem and developing confidence to take risks. As usual, we are excited about our technology integration— interactive white boards and websites, student laptops, electronic email for students, etc. to further student engagement and academic achievement.
Together, we are working toward moving from being a good school, to a great school as we strive to create a positive and successful experience at Smith School. We encourage everyone to get involved in the fun! We need every member of our school community in order to accomplish this goal.
The 2016-17 school year has gotten off to a fantastic start at Smith. We are so excited to be heading into year two of our Global School initiative and we are so proud of how our staff has integrated global themes into their everyday lessons. We have already seen how engaged the students are when they are learning about these new cultures. As we head into the first months of school, it is important to remind you that we must work together to ensure that our students are here at school, on time, every day. There is crucial teaching and learning happening at Smith in between the tardy and dismissal bells. Please make sure that you are providing your children the chance to gain as much knowledge as possible, by having them at school on time. Our staff continues to be dedicated to meeting the needs of all of our students. We set high expectations and goals for each of our students and work laboriously to achieve those goals through planning rigorous lessons, small group instruction, and hands-on exercises in order to help students achieve their full individual potential and become globally competitive citizens. I look forward to working with staff, parents, and the community to continue to make things happen by promoting our CAN DO spirit.