September 31, 2016
Greetings Pioneer Elementary Families,
I am so happy to welcome you to a new year at Pioneer Elementary. Whether you are a new Pioneer family or a returning family, the year ahead will be a rewarding experience for your child. During the 2016-17 school year, Pioneer staff will continue to build upon and refine a proven foundation of good work, honored traditions, and continued excellence in education.
While this will be my first year as principal of Pioneer, the 16-17 school year marks my 28th year as an educational professional. My background includes recent work with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 3 years serving as a district level administrator, 3 years as district reading coach, 8 years as a reading specialist/coach and 14 years as a classroom teacher in grades 1, 2 and 3. On the personal side, I am supported by a wonderful husband of 28 years and 2 sons aged 22 and 16.
I am thrilled to welcome back many outstanding staff and to welcome new colleagues to Pioneer:
• Kindergarten - Lettie Baughman
• First Grade - Christine Murren
• Second Grade - Ashley Armstrong-Pflueger
• Third Grade - Lacey McNay
• Third Grade - Tracy Blake
• Paraprofessional - Lisset Tamayo
As you may have heard, throughout Washington State there is an extreme teacher shortage. Like many other districts, we had several open positions that did not have any applicants with completed teaching certificate credentials. Fortunately, we have been able to fill those positions with employees who are currently enrolled in programs working toward completion of their teaching certificates. These candidates have experience both as para-professionals and as emergency substitutes. They have been granted conditional certificates from the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction while they are working toward their permanent certificates. We are fortunate to have this avenue to help in placing strong instruction before our students!
I am eager to know each of you this year and working together in support of your children in their learning. I am a big believer in communication and honesty. If we are honest with each other and communicate with each other, then we will be successful. I also believe that building strong relationships between home and school is a key factor in increasing student achievement. As principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. I strongly believe that parental involvement is an essential component to student success, as research continues to show strong correlation between increased involvement and high student success.
At Pioneer, we look forward to a very positive and productive year! Please know that we highly value home/school communication here at Pioneer. It is vital and plays an integral role in each student’s success. We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises, and to stay in the know about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and school activities, as well as other events and happenings. We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible. We want . . . we need . . . and we value your involvement and support in your child’s education!
Again, welcome to Pioneer and to a wonderful learning community . . . a place alive with much energy . . . enthusiasm . . . and a high standard of excellence! It is, indeed, a place where opportunities abound! Here’s to an AWESOME new school year as we work together to make our school a great place to work and learn each day!
Pioneer Elementary School