Welcome to Parsons Memorial Elementary
Dear Parsons Families,
I am thrilled to enter the 2013-2014 school year as Parsons Memorial Elementary School’s new Principal! As a teacher and school leader it has always been my belief that nothing is more important than the relationships we cultivate. Ensuring that our students are challenged and supported academically, socially, and emotionally will be the core of our work together. As Principal, I will lead initiatives that build on our school’s unique strengths such as our community of students, staff, and families; create more opportunities for families to engage in their child’s school experience; and move data driven decision making to the forefront of our instructional core.
As you may know, educators across our country have begun integrating a new set of literacy and mathematics standards into their instruction. Theses standards, called the Common Core State Standards, are currently for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and are focused on preparing all students for college and career readiness. A key component of these standards is the ability for educators to teach in such a way that allows students the opportunity to learn concepts at greater depth and mastery.
The Common Core State Standards build on work that has already begun at Parsons, as well as throughout the Harrison Central School District, therefore placing our staff and students in an advantageous position. Ensuring that our students are prepared for whatever lies ahead throughout their lives is fundamental to our beliefs and their success.
Whether you are new to the Parsons Family (like me!), or have been a part of it for years, I want to invite you into our school. Attend your child’s programs, become an active member of the PTA, or volunteer at school events. You are invited to be a part of the high-quality learning and many wonderful activities that take place throughout the year. Stay current on the great work taking place at Parsons by following me on Twitter @PARPrincipal.
I look forward to meeting you and enjoying a wonderful year of bustling hallways and students hard at work in their classrooms!
Mark V. Woodard