Greetings students and parents,
Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year at Simonds and U-Connect! I’m very excited to be your Principal and I’m looking forward to an excellent year filled with learning and wonderful memories.
The mission of the Langley School District is “to inspire all learners to reach their full potential and create a positive legacy for the future”. As a school we have focused on a simple social-emotional motto for our students and staff to aid in this mission. Simply put, it is to “Be Kind”. Through kindness, we at Simonds Elementary and U-Connect aim to create a safe and caring environment that helps students grow and develop to reach their personal best. We believe school should be a fun place with a serious purpose. Through a wide array of curricular and and extra-curricular activities, it’s our desire that every student feels a sense of belonging and is engaged in their education.
At both Simonds and U-Connect, we have an Action Plan that is focused on the following Inquiry Questions:
Simonds and U-Connect (K-7):
- Will adopting a balanced approach to literacy improve the reading and writing results?
- Will modifying our Moodle courses and having teachers partake in specific professional development activities to improve online teacher practices increase student engagement?
- Does increasing student engagement increase our course completion rates?
Learning is not something that happens easily by itself, but is best approached as a team working together. This is part of another of our historical values of “doing whatever it takes for every student to succeed”. Our philosophy at Simonds and U-Connect is to provide hope and opportunity for all learners.
I hope you take a moment to review our website. I’m a firm believer in open communication, so if you ever have a question please don’t hesitate to contact me. We hope you have a fantastic year at Simonds and U-Connect!
Paul Trattle, proud Principal of Simonds and U-Connect