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K-12 Assistant Principal
Mrs. Pam Ratliff
    


 
It All Begins…. With Hopes and Dreams

         It’s back to school time!  September has always been one of my favorite months.  Rich fall colors, crisp fresh air, and back to school.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  I have been especially excited for this September as I transition from my role as Elementary Teacher to that of Assistant Principal, a position I am truly excited to undertake. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the school and community for this opportunity. 
            At the beginning of each school year, students and teachers are asked to set goals for the year ahead. Students set learning goals with their teachers and teachers set teaching goals with their principals. While teachers and students throughout the building are intently creating classroom community, many children will articulate their “Hopes and Dreams" (as many who use the Responsive Classroom approach call them) for the new year. This initial goal-setting with students allows children to reflect on and imagine, through their drawing and writing, what they hope to accomplish in school this year. They name things from learning multiplication, to making new friends, to learning to write cursive. (This, of course, may be different at different ages and grade levels.) Students publicly share their goals for the new school year, and post them conspicuously as reminders.
     Old habits are hard to break, and for me, back to school means articulating my own Hopes and Dreams for the new school year.  For this new school year, it is my Hope that parents, students and teachers become more comfortable with the Common Core Learning Standards (and NYS Learning Modules), thereby gaining a better understanding of all the great things this new way of learning and teaching brings to our students. I also Dream that all students will consider school a happy place, with a positive climate socially, emotionally, physically and academically - where their own hopes and dreams will come true! As with most hopes and dreams, I understand that meeting mine will require hard work. If you have any suggestions for helping me make these a reality, feel free to contact me at school at 688-4411 or email at pratliff@ccsknights.org.
 
Sincerely, 

Mrs. Pam Ratliff
K-12 Assistant Principal


 
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