Dear Roundtown Families & Friends,
Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year! The excitement that comes with a new school year is something I grow fonder of as the years go by! For those who are new to our school, this is my 15th year as principal at Roundtown. This is also where I began my teaching career back in the 90's. Roundtown has been my home for a quarter of a century now and I want it to feel like your home as well. Our district has gone through some changes over the past year and I am encouraged in what lies ahead for us. Last school year, we implemented a new math program and our math scores soared. As we get into the new school year, I will share some data with our families that shows how much our students grew in mathematics. This year, I am excited to share that several of our kindergarten and first grade teachers will pilot a new reading program and all of our second and third grade students will experience this program as well, before we look to fully implement for all students during the 2024-2025 school year. Additionally, our second and third grade teachers will embark on a new journey with their schedules. For the first time at the primary level, our second and third grade teachers will partner and share their class with another teacher. In this manner, one teacher will focus on math and the other will focus on reading. I feel like we are moving ahead and working toward a more consistent approach at the primary level that will ultimately lead to more effective planning, utilization of resources, and an increased ability to monitor and evaluate our instruction. The end goal remains the same-success for every child!
Our district motto has changed and I love the simplicity of it; "All Panthers, Every Day, In All Ways." Our K-3 Primary Team is looking forward to sharing our "Why?" with all of our stakeholders this year and we have summarized our Why? as: to equip our young learners and families with the skills/knowledge to build a foundation academically, socially, and emotionally. The focus of our Why? is that foundation piece as we look to build a solid foundation for everything that comes after your child's primary experience.
If you are new to the Roundtown Family, then it is my pleasure to welcome you and you may expect a weekly Friday update from me highlighting events from the week and sharing important events for the following week(s). For those families returning, I greatly look forward to communicating with you again on a weekly basis to share the details of our wonderful school!
I look forward to working with you during another great school year. Please know I am here to assist in any way and my contact information can be found below. I hope you will join us for our first opportunity to celebrate the school and your child's new classroom on Thursday, September 7th for our annual Back to School Night. More details will be coming for this special evening. Regards for a memorable and meaningful school year!
Fondly,Matt Miller, Ed.D. Roundtown Principal email@example.com 717-846-6789 x 2002