Positive decisions are big focus at Harris


We asked principal Beth Schwartz: <strong>What are you looking forward to most this school year?</strong> “I can’t wait to have kids back in the building. You can’t have a bad day when you’re around third-graders. If I’m having a bad day, those third-graders know exactly what to say. They give you a smile and you feel better. I’m looking forward to trying these changes in our math program. I think it’s an exciting thing to be able to do more individual, online instruction for kids.” <strong>What do you see as your greatest challenge?</strong> “I definitely see that we’re going to have to adjust again to new requirements from the state with the new testing schedule, the Third Grade Guarantee… definitely figuring it all out is going to be a big job.” <strong>What message do you have for new students coming into your building?</strong> “I can’t wait to have them in the building. We’re going to have a great year because when you come to Harris you’re in a place where we all take care of each other and all support one another.” <strong>What do you want parents to know?</strong> “There was a time when my girls were really little where their preschool closed and I had to find a new one. I was so nervous because you’re turning over your kids to someone you have to be able to trust. I want parents to know that we’re going to take care of their kids just like they’re our own. We’re going to make sure that they learn but also that they love coming to school.”

We asked principal Beth Schwartz: What are you looking forward to most this school year? “I can’t wait to have kids back in the building. You can’t have a bad day when you’re around third-graders. If I’m having a bad day, those third-graders know exactly what to say. They give you a smile and you feel better. I’m looking forward to trying these changes in our math program. I think it’s an exciting thing to be able to do more individual, online instruction for kids.” What do you see as your greatest challenge? “I definitely see that we’re going to have to adjust again to new requirements from the state with the new testing schedule, the Third Grade Guarantee… definitely figuring it all out is going to be a big job.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “I can’t wait to have them in the building. We’re going to have a great year because when you come to Harris you’re in a place where we all take care of each other and all support one another.” What do you want parents to know? “There was a time when my girls were really little where their preschool closed and I had to find a new one. I was so nervous because you’re turning over your kids to someone you have to be able to trust. I want parents to know that we’re going to take care of their kids just like they’re our own. We’re going to make sure that they learn but also that they love coming to school.”


HARRIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Principal: Beth Schwartz

Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Grades: Third and fourth

Address: 393 South Lake St.

Phone: 440-984-2496

Teachers will focus on Comet pride at Harris Elementary.

“We’re going to kick it off right at the beginning of the year with an assembly. Some teachers and I made videos along with students at the end of last that demonstrates what good behavior looks like,” said principal Beth Schwartz.

“We’re going to have some ‘common lingo’ about what Comet pride is. The ultimate goal is two-pronged: That students demonstrate positive behavior choices and that we as a staff have a common language when we talk to kids about what good behavior looks like.”

Math classes will also feel different with an upgrade to the Envisions 2.0 program, which puts a heavy emphasis on online homework assignments.

“The advantage is that the teacher can now differentiate between what each kid’s individual needs are,” Schwartz said. “Rather than giving out one worksheet, a teacher can give you homework tailored to what your needs are. It will tell you what isn’t working and give you another question that helps you learn… That means immediate feedback for kids and teachers.”

Enrollment has also seen a sharp jump in recent weeks with 26 new students signed up. Schwartz said students who had been previously open-enrolled in other districts or at charter schools are returning to Amherst.

An additional third grade teacher will be hired to add another classroom.

We asked principal Beth Schwartz: What are you looking forward to most this school year? “I can’t wait to have kids back in the building. You can’t have a bad day when you’re around third-graders. If I’m having a bad day, those third-graders know exactly what to say. They give you a smile and you feel better. I’m looking forward to trying these changes in our math program. I think it’s an exciting thing to be able to do more individual, online instruction for kids.” What do you see as your greatest challenge? “I definitely see that we’re going to have to adjust again to new requirements from the state with the new testing schedule, the Third Grade Guarantee… definitely figuring it all out is going to be a big job.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “I can’t wait to have them in the building. We’re going to have a great year because when you come to Harris you’re in a place where we all take care of each other and all support one another.” What do you want parents to know? “There was a time when my girls were really little where their preschool closed and I had to find a new one. I was so nervous because you’re turning over your kids to someone you have to be able to trust. I want parents to know that we’re going to take care of their kids just like they’re our own. We’re going to make sure that they learn but also that they love coming to school.”
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/08/web1_DSC_3226.jpgWe asked principal Beth Schwartz: What are you looking forward to most this school year? “I can’t wait to have kids back in the building. You can’t have a bad day when you’re around third-graders. If I’m having a bad day, those third-graders know exactly what to say. They give you a smile and you feel better. I’m looking forward to trying these changes in our math program. I think it’s an exciting thing to be able to do more individual, online instruction for kids.” What do you see as your greatest challenge? “I definitely see that we’re going to have to adjust again to new requirements from the state with the new testing schedule, the Third Grade Guarantee… definitely figuring it all out is going to be a big job.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “I can’t wait to have them in the building. We’re going to have a great year because when you come to Harris you’re in a place where we all take care of each other and all support one another.” What do you want parents to know? “There was a time when my girls were really little where their preschool closed and I had to find a new one. I was so nervous because you’re turning over your kids to someone you have to be able to trust. I want parents to know that we’re going to take care of their kids just like they’re our own. We’re going to make sure that they learn but also that they love coming to school.”

HARRIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Principal: Beth Schwartz

Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Grades: Third and fourth

Address: 393 South Lake St.

Phone: 440-984-2496

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