Welcome to East Hill
Welcome to East Hill Elementary School! I am proud and honored to be your new principal.
The partnerships between our caring and skilled staff, engaged families, and outstanding community partnerships enable us to create a learning environment that students can grow and excel. We envision our students actively engaged in powerful learning that prepares them for their futures and serves as the foundation for a successful East Hill student.
I am very excited for the start of my first year as principal and on behalf of the East Hill team we look forward to having an excellent year with our students. We are committed to engaging your children in learning that is rigorous, relevant, and meaningful.
I hope that together we will continue to grow and learn from each other to create positive connections that will lead to increased academic achievement for every student.
Essential Areas of Focus
We are deeply committed to having East Hill students develop the academic knowledge and 21st century skills ready to succeed as responsible citizens.
Specifically, we will focus on the following priorities:
- Strengthening our school culture and sense of a respectful community
- Deepening our instructional excellence in the area of Literacy
- The skillful implementation of the new Kent School District mathematics curriculum
East Hill is one of the most diverse schools in the Kent School District, with 28+ languages spoken, and 24 different countries of origin represented in our school of ~500 students.
This diversity is highlighted and celebrated by staff and our community in symbols such as flags of the world with greetings in 60+ languages, multicultural events throughout the year, communication from school and in our commitment to serving all students.
Please join us as partners in the education of your student.
We Are Committed
- To every student reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade, and to academic achievement in all areas.
- To effective core instruction with building support for differentiation (i.e. Guided Reading, Collaborative Coteaching) and extended support.
- Creating positive school-wide and classroom cultures with high levels of student care, supported by building level systems and structures.
Our ultimate goal of an East Hill education is to soundly establish the foundation of our students to be leaders, life- long learners and great citizens.
Community involvement is a key component to the success of students. Our family engagement events, visits to our Parent Engagement Resource Center (PERC), and participation in parent involvement opportunities are highly valued.
East Hill Family engagement events throughout the year are well attended. Our Back to School Barbeque is a wonderful gathering of students, parents, families and the school team. Our Math Night, Multicultural Night, Literacy Night, and STEM Night are wonderful celebrations of student learning. Additionally, our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) sponsored events like movie nights, popcorn Fridays, and the Harvest Dance are great opportunities for us to come together and get to know each other.
This year holds great promise given our wonderful combination of students, teachers, families and support staff. Each year is truly exciting, full of new challenges and wonderful opportunities. The essential characteristics of our success is the passionate student engagement in learning; the openness of our students to grow and ultimately excel; and support from our parents and families. We are very fortunate to be a part of this dynamic neighborhood and community. We recognize our parents and families as key partners in the success of East Hill.
We truly look forward to a rewarding school year here at East Hill. We are committed to providing a supportive learning environment focused on student excellence. Please join us in emphasizing the importance of academic success with your student. The East Hill team stands ready and committed to working with you to ensure every student achieves success. It is our intention to provide meaningful experiences and empower students to become independent thinkers prepared for success in school and beyond. It is our vision to see that every student achieves at high levels and becomes an outstanding citizen in our community, country and world. It is our goal to challenge every student academically while surrounding them with dedicated adults who care deeply about their success.
I truly look forward to working with our talented educators, supportive families, and amazing students this year. Thank you in advance for making East Hill a wonderful place for children to learn.
Here’s to a great school year!