Dear Wildcat Family,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!!! I always like to start my messages with “Wildcat Family”, because that is what we are: family. Just like families, we cheer each other on and support one another. We are one another’s number one fans. We work to make each other better, smarter, stronger and more confident knowing we can lean on one another when things get difficult. We share a common goal and that goal is to provide our children with the best educational experience possible. We know that even though we may not always see things from the same perspective, we trust that we have our childrens’ best interest in mind. Our goal unites us to achieve positive outcomes for each person that walks through our doors, whether they are a student, a parent or member of our community. All are welcome in our house.
Families also recognize and celebrate successes. During the 2020-2021 school year, Hamilton City Schools, and Crawford Woods Elementary, were able to keep their doors open for the entire school year. While we started the first quarter in a hybrid model, we were able to finish the last three quarters in full, in person, brick and mortar schools for those that were comfortable with their children attending. Many people felt that placing students and teachers back in schools would be detrimental. Many people said that in person learning could not happen. Once again, we proved them wrong and defied the odds. This is a success that should be celebrated!!!
Families keep one another safe, and safety is a big priority. In order for our children to learn, they must feel safe. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Do not leave it to somebody else. If you see unsafe behavior, please report it immediately. We don’t want to ever be surprised, and you are never bothering anyone. If our internal voice says “Should I report that?”, the answer is “YES!”. Trust your gut!
Families push one another to be the best they can be. We want the best for our children. The best education is the gift that we are able to provide. We will help children grow both academically and emotionally. We focus on our academic growth. We want all the children in our house to grow one academic year, at minimum. We would like to see more than a year’s growth for our children if that’s possible. Instead of emphasizing if our children have an A, B, C, D or F, we focus on improving a little each day. We know if we grow a little bit each day, we will be smarter at the end of the year than the day we started.
Families provide support for one another. Due to the pandemic, we know our students will face a learning gap that no other generation has had to face. To try to close this learning gap, the Hamilton City School District has hired 80 additional teachers across the district in grades K-3. These teachers will provide instruction in co-taught classrooms. Each classroom will have two teachers in grades 1 and 2. Two kindergarten classrooms will be co-taught and our 3rd grade Language Arts classes will also be co-taught. We are also moving our Title I services from K-3 to grades 4-6 to help our older students. This is a great opportunity for our students, staff and community!
Above all things, families love one another. This is the key ingredient in a family. This is what we represent and it is the love of learning, teaching, and children that drives us to be the best us we can be. And because we love our children, we understand, sometimes they make mistakes, but those mistakes are learning experiences. We build positive relationships with one another and respect one another. We see and celebrate our individuality and diversity, realizing we are all wildcats when we enter our school. I want Crawford Woods to be your family. A place where you feel safe, loved, supported and celebrated. This is what being a Wildcat is all about! I look forward to getting to know each of you and hope we all have a successful 2021-2022 school year!