Parents, students and community members,
Welcome to another wonderful year at Ipalook Elementary School. I am thrilled to be the principal and look forward to a fun and exciting year. There are several goals Ms. Romeijn, assistant principal, and I have for the staff and students in the coming months.
Goal #1: Increase student attendance
Last year our overall attendance was 87%, well below our goal of 93%. We have perfect attendance incentives and invite parents to share in the monthly celebrations.
The Key Chain Club: Students who are here every day of the month will receive a key chain celebrating perfect attendance. Perfect attendance at Ipalook means no absences and no tardiness. On average, almost 150 students earn the key chain incentive each month. Let’s see if we can double that number!
Goal #2: Increase student achievement
The students at Ipalook Elementary are making progress in reading, writing and math. Students in grades 3-5 will no longer be taking the Standards Based Assessments (SBA) in April. Starting in late March they will take a new assessment that is linked to the new Alaska state standards that are taking effect this school year. The new assessment is called the Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP). This will be a computer-based assessment that can be taken over several days. While the assessment is more rigorous, we are confident that our students and teachers will be preparing diligently over the next seven months.
Goal #3: Volunteers and parent participation
We would like to see an increase in parents and community members volunteering in our schools. With the exception of K3/K4, our teachers do not have full time aides in their classrooms. Parent and community volunteers provide extra time and support to classroom teachers.
Families please be involved in your child’s education. Check on them daily to see that they are doing their homework. Encourage good attendance and study skills habits. We are partners in educating all the children at Ipalook Elementary.
We look forward to a productive school year. Please do not hesitate to call or stop by the office if you have concerns or questions.