Principal's Message

Russ Mitchell

Russ Mitchell
Elementary Principal



Dear Lakeside Elementary Community,


Educators are in a constant search of continuity and momentum in their school, their classroom, and in their individual lessons. It was our unspoken mission this year to purposefully create an environment of stability and cohesion. With even the best laid plans, the year has not been as smooth as we would have liked.  Student tragedy, unusually high sicknesses early in the year and late starts for new staff have caused us to take a little longer getting into our rhythm.


In spite of a less than desirable start, early indicators show we’re headed in the right direction.  Behavior referrals were decreased by half in the month of September from the 2018-19 school year.  Using the IRI, a State of Idaho recognized assessment, indicators show a greater retention of information over last year’s results at this same time of year. A greater percentage of students showed a proficiency in Reading.  Classes ranged from 35-50% this early in the year. Attendance is down slightly, but enthusiasm is high.


This year is expected to be even busier than last. With the Board’s permission, we will be adopting a new Reading program this year with hopes of rolling it out this school year. A new Math program adoption is on our radar. PWSD will be playing host to three national recognized speakers and based on the Upcoming Events, you can see that we will be busy with a series of activities and initiatives. We’ve only just begun.

Russ Mitchell,
Lakeside Elementary School


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