Principal's Page

Notes from the Principal

Summer is such a busy time of the year for us.  We are working to prepare for the upcoming school year.  Parents and Guardians will need to complete the update, or registration for new students, on InfoSnap.  Codes have been emailed to all returning parents.  This must be completed prior to teacher assignment letters being mailed on July 27th.  Thank you in advance for your help in this important process.

I am very proud of the success that our students and staff have achieved with our end of year testing!  Many of our students showed some amazing growth with their reading and math skills.  Thank you to all of our staff, students and parents for this success.

Parents will notice changes to the schedule for the upcoming school year.  To gain more instructional time, we will start our morning announcements at 7:45 and conclude by the Tardy bell at 7:55.  This will allow us to gain 10 instructional minutes each day.  Over the course of the school year this will equate to gaining 4.6 days of instruction!  We need all of our car rider’s help in getting to school and into classrooms by the tardy bell at 7:55 when instruction will begin. 

To assist with our effort to begin instruction promptly, we need for parents to stop walking students to the classrooms after the first two weeks.  This will help us increase instructional time, decrease disruptions (as identified as a concern by teachers), improve security and help build independence in our children.  Notify administration if your child continues to have separation issues after this time to develop a transition plan to support this effort.

Due to a decrease in related arts staff, we had to reduce this time by 5 minutes to add an additional slot during the school day.  This will allow students to still enjoy the same number of sessions for each of these subjects.

We wish Brandi Beneke and Becky Mahlburg well as they move on to other places.  They are going to be missed.

We welcome Lynette Brooks back to TJES.  She will be serving as the new Library Media Specialist.  We also welcome Jennifer Long to our second grade team of teachers from Lynchburg City.  We also welcome Mary Finke who is a special education teacher from Lynchburg City.  I am very excited about the skill, experience and positive spirit each of these ladies will contribute to the staff of TJES!

The County has reduced the number of excused days considered as “Excessive” to 10 days.  Continue to get doctor’s notes/excuses any time that you visit their office and send these to the school office.  ALL absences must have documentation or they are counted as Unverified.  Administrators must document communication and develop a plan to address unverified absences with parents/guardians.  See the Family Handbook/Code of Student Conduct for more information about procedures for attendance problems. 

We will have staff participating in a SFA Solutions Team dedicated to working on ways to help improve attendance.  They will find some creative ways to communicate with parents and create incentives for students to be on time and present at school.  None of the instructional strategies, interventions, or hard work by staff can help students make academic gains if they are not present and on time consistently to school. 

I am very excited to announce that we will be implementing a 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."
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 also integrate the SFA Solutions Teams with our staff.  These are processes and tools that help staff target specific aspects of the school (such as Instruction, Families, Community, Interventions and Attendance).  This will help staff teams target the listed areas to make an impact on student achievement.

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.  Their 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.  Their daughter attends Bedford County Public Schools.