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Principal's Message

Russ Mitchell

Russ Mitchell
Elementary Principal



Dear Lakeside Elementary Community,


Throughout the fall and the beginning of the winter, events, holidays, and the newness of your classroom helps see everyone through each day. The winter stretch, January through mid-March, is where students and teachers are tested especially in a fast-paced world where many think it’s the responsibility of the school to entertain. Even more pressing for staff is knowing that standardized testing is weeks and not months away. Teachers are feeling the need to bear down and students want the mood to be more festive.


Teacher attendance has been relatively strong during this period which is usually a good indicator of the understanding of the needed intensity to gain every educational advantage. Teachers are still seeking answers from other professionals about the nuances of the new ELA program. They’re not likely to be truly comfortable until next fall. When speaking with the Idaho State Department recently, they were surprised by the mid-year ELA switch for LES simply because it is so difficult to do. LES took pride in exclaiming the willingness by our staff to take on the most difficult of challenges. What’s even more challenging is the need to begin the Math adoption process.


We have recently been visited by the Mobius Science Center and both staff and student alike drank it all in. Genuine enthusiasm across the board as students, not thinking they might have interest in owl pellets, became fascinated. Timing of the Mobius visits was not accidental. It helped break up some of this tougher stretch. The new ELA program, designed by National Geographic, invests more in science and social studies which also aligns with the science and social studies standards at each grade level. LES is beginning to investigate these opportunities at a deeper level and activate those little eyes and minds that are directed at us.

Russ Mitchell,
Lakeside Elementary School


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