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Notes from the Principal

We greatly appreciate all of the food donations for our annual food drive.  We are hoping to help several community families this year through your generous donations.  We are concluding collections on November 15th.

Our students have been writing letters to active duty soldiers.  These letters will be distributed through the Red Cross and the generous support of the Ebersold Family with Gates Flag & Banner.  Gates Flag & Banner is donating a small American Flag to each of our students.

We hope to begin our annual toy drive very soon.  We are already working on plans to take our SCA students to help the Salvation Army sort items for their Angel Tree program.

Thank you to everyone who sponsored our students for the Read-A_Thon fundraiser.  Our wonderful PTA is able to support the school in many ways through your generous donations. 

Our staff has been hard at work setting goals for our school through our Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP) for this school year.  These goals are directed at reaching academic and social success for students.  We have set two academic goals, one technology goal and one school climate goal:

  1. Goal 1 - Instructional: TJES students in grades 3-5 will increase their pass rates on the spring 2018 SOL tests in English and math by 5% over the spring 2017 SOL scores.  English will increase from 80% to 85% and math will increase from 81% to 86%
  2. Goal 2 - Instructional: TJES students in grades 3-5 will increase their pass advanced rates on the spring 2018 SOL tests in English and math by 3% over the spring 2017 SOL scores.  English - 3, 4, 5 will increase from 14% to 17%, 30% to 33%, 32% to 35% respectively.  Math - 3, 4, 5 will increase from 8% to 11%, 22% to 25%, 35% to 38% respectively.
  3. Goal 3 - Technology: By May 2018, TJES students and staff will improve technology skills through (1) creation of projects that have at least one component completed in Microsoft Office or Google Drive, (2) increasing use of online assessments in PSAA from 250 to 400 tests, (3) classroom teachers becoming Google certified, and (4) use of adaptive websites that can be personalized for students throughout the year.
  4. Goal 4 - School Climate & Community Relations: TJES will reduce the number of discipline referrals from 124 in 2016-17 to 112 in 2017-18

We have also identified that Fractions will be an area of focus for each grade level for this year.  Pre-assessments have been conducted and teachers will monitor student progress throughout the year.

Teachers have completed Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) testing to determine fall reading levels for all students.  Teachers will be sending this information home with your child.  Be sure to review this information and contact the teacher if you have any questions.

We will be conducting our annual food drive to support families in the TJES community again this year.  We will collect nonperishable food items from October 20th until November 15th.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Our Student Council Association (SCA) has begun with 2 representatives chosen from each of the 3rd – 5th grade classrooms.  Students will be helping with several programs throughout the year including the Food Drive, Angel Tree, Spirit Days and Flag management to name a few.

I am very excited to see the progress and impact of our new social emotional learning program from the Success For All (SFA) Foundation called Getting Along Together (GAT).  SFA describes this program as,

"Students learn thinking and cognitive skills, emotional management, as well as interpersonal and social skills.  Collectively, these skills and strategies will help create a peaceful school environment where students are empowered to manage their behavior, decrease conflict, and increase receptivity to learning."‚Äč
Teachers will be trained in this curriculum and given the materials to teach specific weekly lessons throughout the school year.  This approach is similar to the Responsive Classroom philosophy in which staff have been trained.  GAT provides specific tools and lessons to support teachers and students.

We will continue to explore ways to bring the SFA reading curriculum to our school in the coming school year.  To learn more information visit their website at http://www.successforall.org/.

We will continue our WatchDOGS program in the upcoming school year.  We are finding that serving half-days are the optimum hours for these father figures to participate at school.  Please call us if you are interesting in helping out.  We will host another kick-off event, Donuts with Dad, on Friday, August 25th starting at 7:00 am.

Be sure to check the school’s website, www.bedfordtjes.sharpschool.net, for important announcements and calendar information.

 

Andy Greenough

Thank you to Miss Virginia, Michaela Sigmon for the inspiring message of "Making it Matter" which she shared with our school on January 30, 2017!  It was great to meet a young lady from my home town representing our State!




 Thank you to Miss Virginia, Savannah Lane, for her inspiring message during her visit to TJES on Friday, March 18, 2016!

Miss VA Savannah Lane with Andy Greenough & Jeanie Floyd

 








Andy Greenough began serving as the principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary in July of 2009.  He previously served as the principal of New London Academy from 2006 to 2009.  Prior to becoming a principal, Mr. Greenough served as the assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary for the 2005-20006 school year, and at Forest Middle School from 2002 to 2005.  Mr. Greenough taught third grade at Thomas Jefferson Elementary from 2000 to 2002, and second grade at New London Academy from 1996 to 2000.

Mr. Greenough previously worked for the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office serving as a D.A.R.E. Officer, Training Coordinator and a variety of other positions within the department.  While serving as the training coordinator he was a State certified firearms, defensive tactics and first aid instructor as well as being trained as a Glock armorer & firearms instructor.

Mr. Greenough earned his Master of Education in Education Leadership from Lynchburg College.  He completed his teacher license at Norfolk State University.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance Management from Old Dominion University.

Mr. Greenough is originally from Chesapeake/Virginia Beach, but moved to the Bedford area in 1996.  He is married with two children.  His son is a graduate of Bedford County Public Schools and Central Virginia Community College Early College program.  He now attends James Madison University, “Go Dukes,” and is pursuing a degree in Psychology.  His daughter attends Bedford County Public Schools.


 

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