Once again, Summer Social was a huge success in kicking off the new school year. Students were eager to meet their new teachers for the upcoming year and visit their new classrooms. Parents had the opportunity to check on bus routes, register for Boys & Girls Club, check on Johnson O’Malley supplies, visit the library booth, and consult with special services.
This year we are very excited to introduce several new faces to our Greenwood family, and welcomed some familiar faces who have moved positions. Familiar face, Nikki Molloy, takes on her new role as the Principal and Alicia Rodgers joins the team as new Vice Principal. We welcome new third grade teachers, Lisa Bookout and Rebecca Reinhard; fourth grade teacher, Heather Brozovich; Special Education teachers, Sara Parkes, Heather Moles and Joette Berry; para assistants, Ashley Franks and Ashley Somers; and Ashleigh Hughes as the new in-school detention teacher.
The district recognizes the value of incorporating digital learning in the classroom and is constantly seeking ways to implement technology upgrades for our students. As part of the district’s long-range plan for technology integration, all students in grades three, four, and six have been provided with Chromebooks. Students will use devices to access online textbooks with supporting resources at their fingertips. Our current 1:1 initiative goal is for all students to receive Chromebooks. Technology in the classroom provides exciting new instructional adventures for both teachers and students. Technology is very relevant to our students and their lives. It is a useful tool for engaging, creating, researching, and supporting what students are learning in class.
Greenwood Elementary recently received the Lowe's Small Toolbox for Education grant. Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how hard educators work and wants to help the community by helping teachers achieve more for the schools. The awarded $5,000.00 grant will be used for facility renovations and safety improvements to include the completion of the student resource center.
PTO continues to create innovative ways to raise funds for teachers and students. Our funds raised last year were used to remodel the old kitchen into a student resource center. Students can utilize the services of the nurse, counselors, and the student resource officer (SRO).
We continue to focus on health and fitness. Thanks to the PEP grant award, our PE staff has implemented new curriculum for this school year. The new and improved updated curriculum is designed to keep all students moving no matter what their fitness level. The goal is to encourage a more active lifestyle for everyone! We want to help students fall in love with fitness and promote a healthier lifestyle for all. We have also joined a national network for our physical fitness testing, called “Fitnessgram”, a comprehensive health-related fitness and activity assessment computerized reporting system. Each student will get an individualized report that provides feedback on whether the student achieved the criterion-referenced standards for physical activity or fitness. The use of health-related criteria helps to minimize comparisons between children and to emphasize personal fitness for health rather than goals based on performance! The grant also provided each site with new equipment both inside and outside which was greatly needed! Greenwood will be receiving new soccer goals for the playground and new outdoor exercise equipment!