Message to Parents
Building Leaders with Excellence
Message for Parents
My name is Karen Williams and I’m extremely happy to join the staff, as the new principal of William Dean Jr. Elementary School, it is an honor to become a member of the Colt’s Nation. During the past month, I have had many interactions with parents, faculty, and students. From these conversations, it is clear there is a collegial partnership between all stakeholders to provide the best possible academic experience for our students. I look forward to fostering these relationships and working with the faculty to provide a world-class educational experience for each child. I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all children and providing supportive systems to assure they are met.
My greatest initiative is to provide the leadership that will foster a school environment that provides differentiated instruction to meet the needs of each student to the best of our ability. I believe that great schools are the results of great teachers, so my primary objective will be to ensure that every student is receiving high-quality instruction. Therefore, the educational curriculum must be academically challenging, engage each student by linking the curriculum to prior knowledge and experience, and be exciting to promote further exploration of innovative ideas. Parents, teachers, support staff, and administration all have a key role to encourage our children to become active learners. It is my sincere desire to provide expanded opportunities for our students to acquire skills to become productive citizens in a vastly changing society.
To accomplish this goal, I have developed over the years a philosophical phrase: The 4 A’s to Success. These are: Attendance, Attitude, Academics, and Activities. I will be spending a considerable amount time discussing and implementing these concepts into what we are already doing at William Dean Jr. Elementary.
Karen Williams, Ed.S
School uniforms help instill school pride while eliminating the distracting competition associated with current fashions. In addition, they have also proven to be more economical. More importantly, William Dean, Jr. Elementary students will be dressing in a style which emphasizes academics, achievement and dignity. Uniforms allow school staff to better monitor the school, therefore, contributing to a safe and secure environment.
The Mandatory School Uniform Policy is available at our school in the front office if you wish to request a copy. If this new requirement creates a financial hardship, please contact the school principal.
ALLOWED CLOTHING TOPS
SHIRTS / BLOUSES SWEATERS, JACKETS, OR SWEATSHIRTS
Color: Solid White and Light Blue
Solid colors with a collar.
Acceptable tops include polo shirts, turtleneck, dress shirts, and blouses. (T-shirts are not acceptable - except for affiliated shirts at approved times)
Color: White or Navy Blue
Hip length maximum. Plain color, crew or V-neck, cardigan or pull over. Only white undershirts.
ALLOWED CLOTHING BOTTOMS
LONG PANTS SKIRTS AND / OR SHORTS
Color: Navy Blue and Khaki Pants
Fitted at waist, hemmed or cuffed; belt, if loops on pants; worn at the waist.
Color: Navy Blue and Khaki Shorts
Shorts must be around knee height or within five fingers from the knee, and worn at the waist.
- Attire cannot advertise alcohol, drugs, or tobacco in writing/ pictures that are obscene, suggestive, and offensive or depict violence.
- Shoes must be worn at all times. Flip-flops or shoes with open toes or heels are not permitted.
- Half-shirts/crop tops/low necklines, mini-skirts; short shorts are inappropriate and not allowed.
- Shirts must have a collar and sleeves. Necklines must be no lower than four fingers from the collarbone.