Principal's Report


Principal’s Report

Dr. Peter E. Harrison

Students Achievement Results Drive Teacher Learning

Young School staff engaged in a protocol, “Sharing and Celebrating The Data”, which affords grade level teams the opportunity to learn how their teaching impacted student learning across grade levels.  The presentation included a breakdown of student achievement data in mathematics, just as the second week of June will allow time for sharing reading achievement data.  Presenters illuminated the strategies that they had employed in an effort to prepare and motivate students to perform at their best.  In addition, teams shared additional efforts that they had invested in in an effort to help students to fulfill their potential, including “parent education, professional reading, exploration of additional resources, and academic/social interventions”.  Finally, presenting teams shared, based on their goal results, what their “next steps” in terms of supporting student and professional learning in particular area(s) would entail.

Project ACES  (All Children Exercise Simultaneously)

Physical Education Teacher, Jared Bernard, lead the Young School Community as students and staff actively participated in Project ACES.  Project ACES  “has been labeled as "the world's largest exercise class" by the media. Since 1989, millions of children from all over the world exercise together to promote proper health and fitness habits. With the obesity epidemic facing the youth of the world, children's fitness plays a major role in fighting heart disease.   Families were encouraged to take an opportunity on May 1, 2019 to give themselves a positive boost by exercising for the fun and the health of it…wherever they happened to be!


“Screen Free Week”

From April 29-May 5, 2019, children, families, entire schools, and communities rediscovered the joys of life beyond the screen. Plans included unplugging from digital entertainment and spending all that free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends!” according to the American Public Health Association.


Young School celebrated “Screen Free Week” in multiple ways throughout the week, including participation in an extra school-wide recess; discovering a new “children’s book” that became the newest book in their home library; and were introduced to a “whole bunch” of new playground equipment!


“Bikes for Books ”… Saco Bike Rodeo

A reading incentive program, “Bikes for Books”, which launched on April 3, 2019 by the Masonic Lodge of Saco, culminated on May 6, 2019 with 20 Young School students winning a brand new bicycle!  Students who participated in this annual event read books, completed an entry form for each book read, and had each completed entry form placed in the ballot box.  The winners picked up their new bike at the “Bike Rodeo” on Saturday, May 18th at the Saco Public Works Department.   The annual Saco Bike Rodeo, with planning and preparation provided by a highly dedicated Young School PTO, proved to be a great success!


Math / English Language Arts Night at Young School

Young School hosted the “Spring Math/Literacy Night” on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The evening’s agenda was designed to provide parents and students with engaging experiences in the areas of mathematics and English language arts.  Academic Coaches and Curriculum Design Team Representatives facilitated the planned activities. 

Dr. Peter Harrison
Young School Principal

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