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Principal's Message

Pincipal's Message, August 2018

Dear Carthay Families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I am excited to begin our fifth year together as we work in partnership to ensure every student at Carthay Environmental Studies Magnet is actively engaged in a rigorous learning experience while developing social-emotional skills that will foster resilience, perseverance, empathy and the ability to collaborate and communicate in a diverse learning and work community.

All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child(ren). Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. And, our much-appreciated PTA is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs. We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.

Throughout the year I look forward to meeting the new members of our community and connecting with returning community members.  I encourage families to get to know each other so that we can build new friendships and support each other as the need arises.

New Staff
Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Mr. Joseph Luckett, our new AP-EIS.  Mr. Luckett serves an important role in overseeing special education compliance at our school, monitoring instruction, and behavior support.  He brings a solid skill set and a gentle, sensitive approach to meeting children’s health and emotional needs.

Student Placement
A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2018 - 2019 school year.  Careful consideration was given to input from staff as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level.  Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities.

Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. Carthay is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher.

Your commitment to insuring that Carthay Environmental Studies Magnet remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal.  Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

Mrs. Hall-Johnson