Mid Autumn Letter
We're off to a phenomenal start of the year. We've had many challenges to face, but we're doing what we always do at Blue Ridge - looking those challenges straight in the eye and working our hardest even in the face of adversity.
As you know, we experienced a fire in the cafeteria and gymnasium just days before school opened for the year. With wonderful support from the community, we opened on time and with our school completely clean and safe for students. We have been without the benefit of a gymnasium, but have had work crews working tirelessly; staff making the best of the changes in schedules and space to hold PE, morning exercises, and assemblies; and students arriving at school ready to learn despite those changes. The great news is that we are getting very close to having a refurbished gymnasium. Please stay tuned for the announcement that it is complete. I know students and staff look forward to being able to use our gym.
Staff continues to work on bettering their approach to teaching. For the past year, and continuing this year, we, as a staff, are continuing our group study of the book, "Teach Like a Champion." This book outlines techniques used by the best teachers in the best schools across the country. Each month staff learns and implements these techniques to better their instruction. We feel confident that we are delivering the required content to each student in more effective ways while also building a really strong school-wide environment. Ask your child about 100%, SLANT, Do it Better, and Do it Again.
We've also begun several exciting new endeavors with regard to healthy living. Blue Ridge recently won two grants. One introduces healthy food to the classroom twice a week. Students get to try two new fruits or vegetables in the classroom on Mondays and Fridays, please ask your child about some of the new foods they've been trying. Secondly, Blue Ridge is the recipient of a grant of $9,000.00 to encourage healthy choices. I plan to use these funds to introduce some exciting new programs relating to exercise. Stay tuned! Finally, Walla Walla Public Schools is participating in the Farms to Schools initiative, in which the cafeteria will be featuring foods grown by local farmers. Foods grown locally are picked at their peak of freshness and help support our local farmers and agriculture businesses. Both myself and the staff are extremely pleased to be able to help with creating an environment that encourages building healthy eating and exercise habits that will hopefully last a lifetime.
I want to invite parents and guardians to contact me with concerns and questions, ways you think we might improve, and celebrations for the things we are doing right. My door is open.