"You can do anything, as long as you have the passion, the drive, the FOCUS, and the support." --Sabrina Bryan
Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year! This begins my 33rd year in education, and I can truly say each year there is a new energy, excitement, and enthusiasm to begin again. We are fortunate to have a job where every 12 months, you get a fresh start. There are always new things to learn, new ideas to try, and brand new students and families to partner with. This keeps things interesting and challenges both adults and children to develop a growth mindset and practice being life-long learners.
With so many new things, however, it can become overwhelming at times, and there is a risk of not doing anything as well as we would like because we're trying to do so much. So this year, in 2020, we examined data to determine our students' greatest needs and have developed plans to provide them with the best support. We are committed to a yearlong FOCUS in three key areas: Math, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, and fully implementing the Choose Love Curriculum. These three areas are aligned with our District's Framework for Success: Academics,Behavior, and Social-Emotional Learning. Studies show the interconnectedness of social-emotional skills, positive behaviors, and academic achievement; for a student to be highly successful, both in school and later in life, they will need skills in all three areas. The data showed our students need specific and consistent instruction in developing number sense in Mathematics. Behavior referral data pointed a need for developing positive conflict-resolution strategies. As a society, and at Croce, too, more and more children need support in regulating their emotions, and dealing with anxiety or depression. Our staff is passionate about seeing our students succeed, and we have committed to this path. We have great support from coaches and experts within our site and district. We will be asking for our families' support as well. You will hear more about this at Back to School Night on Thursday, August 29. Please plan to attend, as this will be the first step in helping your child have a successful year.
There are many things planned in the next few weeks that you do not want to miss. If you have not yet downloaded the District app, I encourage you to do so. Search for "Livermore Schools" in the App Store and Google Play. Check the marquee regularly, make sure we have your most current phone and email information so you receive messages, and watch for news from your child's classroom to stay informed.
Sometime in these first few days, I hope to get a chance to greet you and welcome you back personally. It is going to be an amazing school year!
With children in mind,
Kendra L. Helsley, Principal