Welcome to Powder Springs Elementary! The 2017-2018 school year is up and running full steam ahead. I am always excited about what each school year will add to the lives of our students. Our school vision is Investing in tomorrow by engaging creative minds today and our mission is to Inspire, Invest, Innovate with Integrity. This year, we are not only committing these statements to memory, but we are striving to live and become our vision and mission.
We are beginning our fourth year of engaging our students through arts integration (AI). Research shows that sustained learning in the arts correlates strongly with higher achievement in both math and reading. AI requires our teachers to seamlessly merge fine and performing arts standards (art, movement/dance, music, theater/drama) with grade level curriculum standards (reading, math, social studies, science, and writing). Not only does arts integration support our SSP, mission and vision, it opens doors to our students’ creativity, as well as fosters their critical thinking and innovative abilities.
This year, we will continue to enhance parent involvement and impact student achievement through Academic Parent Teacher Teams/WIGS (Wonderfully Intentional Goal Setting). We encourage all of our parents to attend WIGS this year. Participation in WIGS: helps our parents gain a better understanding of our instructional processes, maximizes student learning through home practice of academic skills, provides assessment data with families to drive student performance, and creates purposeful partnerships with our families.
Education is a partnership between the school, students, parents/guardians, and community. Our children are more successful when we work together as a team to achieve educational goals. We invite you to become an active participant in our school community through volunteering, joining our PTA, and by attending and supporting school events. Together, we will continue to improve the quality of our school community and provide the best for our students.
As always, it is an honor to serve the students, parents, and community of Powder Springs Elementary. Here’s to another great school year! One Team, One Goal: Student Success!