May 5, 2021
It is hard to believe that this will be my final Principal’s Message for the 2020-2021 school year. While most of us are glad to wave goodbye to this very eventful school year (thank you COVID and weather), I can’t help but reflect on how far we have come and how much we have persevered since last March.
Currently, we are testing in 3rd and 4th grade, and by the time this article comes out, we will have begun testing in grades 5-8. I visited our 3rd and 4th grade students the day before testing to let them know how smart and capable they are. They were so nervous about testing. After all, neither group had ever tested before. However, on day 1, I asked the students how they felt. Almost every 4th grader said “It was easy.” They were smiling.
During testing, the rooms were quiet and the kids were writing…a LOT. Now, I have no idea what they were writing, or even if they were correct, but our students had confidence and felt success. This school year has been one of FEAR both inside and outside of the school walls. It is amazing to see students’ fear subside when they realize their own strength and ability.
This is what being a Mustang is all about!
We are working hard and playing hard, too. In fact, we are using our afternoons to have an exciting kickball tournament between the testing grades. This will be capped off by an exciting student vs teachers kickball game during Field Day on May 21st! We can’t wait for it and the kids can’t either!
We will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation from May 3rd – May 12th. We are providing breakfast for teachers each day of testing and we will have a luncheon for teachers Friday, May 14th. We are still needing some volunteers to sit in classes with students from 11:30 – 1:00 on the 14th. You will have to have a mask and your temperature taken to volunteer. This is the one time during the year that our faculty can be together for lunch. They value this time. We are also taking donations for the teacher luncheon. We are asking for $10 if at all possible. You can send donations in an envelope to the office.
We will be sending our intent to return forms digitally this year. This will be an easy and quick way for you to let us know your intentions for next year. We will offer the $50 supply fee for next year again this year. Remember, this covers all fees and supplies except a backpack and binder. The $50 fee will be due on June 3rd, the students’ last day. We are also offering additional electives next year for grades 1-8! These are fun and engaging classes for students to have enrichment. Classes include robotics, running club, dance and several other choices. These change every 9 weeks for students so they will have a lot of choices! It’s a great time to be a Mustang!
I am looking forward to closing out this school year and getting ready to gear up for an exciting year next year. Our school is growing better and better each day and it is so much fun to be a part of!
Until Next Year,
Mrs. Stephonie French, Ed.S
Principal, Natchitoches Magnet School