Notes from the Principal
We have a strong group of teachers doing a great job teaching reading at TJES! However, they continue to search for new ways to improve their instruction through a reading curriculum or program that would help them strengthen our readers and add consistency throughout the school. This year we have been investigating the Success for All (SFA) reading program. The research data on the SFA program is very impressive, with more than 30 independent studies validating their methodology. While many schools utilizing SFA are Title I schools, the success with non-Title I schools is also well documented.
To see the SFA program in action, 13 of us visited at least one of four area schools who are at different stages in their implementation. We are incredibly impressed by the high level of academic achievement and student engagement at these schools. We each left these visits with a strong desire to have that level of success at TJES. All of us on this team strongly believe that we have found the right program for our students and teachers.
I met with our Instructional leaders at the School Board Office and learned that SFA is the program they are looking to for future adoptions in BCPS elementary schools over the next several years. While funding for this program, which has a high start-up cost, is not available for us next school year, our level of commitment and enthusiasm has put us at the top of the list for future implementation. We are very excited about the possibilities!
With the understanding that we will implement the full SFA program in the near future, it would be advantageous for us to start laying the foundation now. Therefore, we are discussing implementing parts of SFA as early as next school year. We are also exploring the possibility of adjusting our master schedule next school year so it more closely aligns with the SFA model.
The SFA program has a profound presence in the school master schedule, staffing, and student engagement. Once additional information is available, it will be distributed to staff and parents as quickly as possible so that you will remain informed as we transition to this new program. I plan to schedule a couple of informational meetings for parents before the end of this school year. I would like to have a speaker from one of these SFA schools attend these meetings to help with describing the program as well as answer any questions.
Please look for updates as we learn more about the exciting possibilities for our students!
SOL Testing Begins on May 1st. Please check the school webpage for dates on specific tests. Be sure students are well rested, have a good night's sleep and are on time each day! We will begin testing early in our day to allow students plenty of time to finish.
We have an excited team of teachers beginning to plan for a school-wide Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) day. We will send out additional information as we set a date and topics for each grade level. We hope to publish dates and themes by the end of the month.
We are in need of additional WatchDOGS to help us for the remainder of the school year. Please call us if you are interesting in helping out. We also have new WatchDOGS t-shirts available for $10. Come by the office if you would like to purchase your own.
Be sure to check the school’s website, www.bedfordtjes.sharpschool.net, for important announcements and calendar information.
We ask for your assistance in getting students to school one time each morning. Regular tardiness is a disruption to the classroom and office as the very busy school day begins at 7:55. Students arriving late feel rushed and behind as the class has already gotten started with their daily activities. We would like to remind everyone that you should plan to arrive early for events such as programs and field trips. These are especially busy days and the line to check in can get backed up causing delays. Thank you for your efforts in arriving on time!
Remember to bring your license in each time you visit to check in with our new Lobby Guard system. Please pass this along to other family members that may visit as well. Be sure to connect to the new CareDocs system to receive notifications about your child’s clinic visit. There will not be a paper slip coming home when your child visits the nurse this year.
I encourage you to contact your child’s teacher with questions and concerns as a first point of contact. Most concerns can be resolved when you take a team approach. We do ask that you NOT have these conversations in classroom doorways when teachers need to be working with students.
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!
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.