Principal's Report

Young School

"Principal’s Report"

Dr. Peter E. Harrison, Principal

May-June 2018



Author Illustrator Visits Young School


Young School students, thanks to the generous support of the Young School P.T.O., were fascinated with author illustrator Kris Van Deusen’s presentation of his journey to become a world-class author and illustrator of children’s books.  Van Deusen was highly impressed with questions posed by students about his work.  Equally impressive were the quality of responses that Young School students offered to the questions that he directed to them.  A sample of a question posed by a student, as follows: “Is Kris Van Deusen your real name?”  Mr. Van Deusen looked perplexed, as he responded, “Why do you ask?”  The student responded, “Well, you know, the author’s name of Dr. Seuss’ books is not really Dr. Seuss, it is Theodore Geisel.”  Mr. Van Deusen looked straight at the student and replied, “That is an excellent question!”


2017-18 Goal Results


In collaborative fashion, Young School staff members have been highly engaged in the process of preparing mathematics and reading assessment results to be presented to Young School K-2 colleagues in June 2018.  The goal results protocol that is used provides opportunities for colleagues across grade levels to better understand the impact of their teaching, if they were teachers in preceding grades, as well as information that receiving teachers will need to inform the development of the academic goal(s) that they define for the students that will enter their classrooms in the fall of 2018.


Having defined SMART Goals during the summer and fall of 2017, which were based on a number of variables, including the previous year’s goal results, Learning Community Support System Plan findings, teacher observations, and “best practice”, staff members maintained optimism for successful summative results to be determined in June 2018.  The actual results of their collective efforts will be reflected in the “2018 Young School Accountability Plan".


Community Partnerships


Young School has valued greatly from multiple community partnerships.  We are thankful for the continued support of our “Reading Is Fun” Program, sponsored by General Dynamics.  Saco Rotarians continue to play a role in enhancing our playground for students, as they build a new and elaborate sandbox from donated materials and “in kind” service.   Most recently, Saco Biddeford Savings has committed a donation of $500 to support a creative motivational reading program coined “Summer Reading Adventure Packs”.  The purpose of this program, which comes as a result of the collaborative efforts of Nicky Braley and Jessica Cook, both currently serving as K-2 Literacy Coaches, is to decrease “reading summer slide” for identified students.  Our schools will work in cooperation with the Saco Parks and Recreation Department, given that a number of our students will be attending programs at that location, as well as individual families.

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