Greetings Discovery Community,

It’s hard to believe that we are coming to the end of the school year. June is a time of celebrations and “end of the year” picnics, concerts, and   graduations. June is also a time of celebrating the great growth that students have made this past year.

At the beginning of the year, our goal was in Math Problem Solving. It has been amazing to see students starting in Kindergarten all the way through Fifth grade be able to explain their thinking multiple ways and solve multiple step problems.

Students have grown in their Writing skills, especially in Opinion Writing. I have received a lot of letters from students letting me know exactly what they think needs to be changed at our school. Including: more recess, shortened days, a classroom pet, to having a student store.

This student growth would not have been possible if it weren’t for our amazing teachers. They have embraced a new writing curriculum and   taken on Math Exemplars, collaborated with one another around teaching practices, and have met in teams across grade levels. Their work day in and day out, evenings, and weekends have made a huge impact. There is such a high level of instruction at Discovery.

This student growth would not have been possible if it weren’t for our amazing students. This year, we have emphasized having a growth mind set. A growth mind set includes: persevering when a problem gets too   difficult, not giving up, and understanding the power of “not yet.” Math Problem Solving and Writing, both require perseverance and our students have learned to persevere. Discovery students have an awesome attitude about learning and are so respectful and kind to one another. Our third, fourth, and fifth graders have had a great attitude about state testing.

This student growth would not have been possible if it weren’t for our amazing parents and community volunteers. Our hallways are filled with volunteers working one on one with students, helping lead book groups, putting up bulletin boards, grading, copying, gluing, and organizing before and after school events.

So, at the end of this year, I simply want to say, “Thank You!” and “This is not goodbye, it’s so long, until we meet again.” (words from my Grandpa)

You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend...Because I knew you
I have been changed for good

-from the musical “Wicked”

So Long,

Michele Nishioka
Principal Discovery Elementary School

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