Greetings to Glendale Families and Friends:
Thanks for visiting our website. I am very excited about the 2015-2016 school year. First and foremost, I’d like to let you know that Mrs. Michelle Radford has been reassigned from the high school to an Assistant Principal for Glendale and Central Primary Schools. You can find Mrs. Radford at Glendale on Monday and Wednesdays. She will assist me with keeping things running smooghtly and assisting teachers in providing teachers in providing students with the best education possible. In particular, Mrs. Radford will work with students and families when tardies and absences become a concern.
Glendale Primary is the school where our district’s youngest learners get started on their educational path. Our Bright Beginnings Preschool provides for the educational needs of 3-5 year olds. We also educate approximately 470 students in Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grades. We have high expectations for our students when it comes to academics and behavior. Our motto for academics is “We are Champions.” Our motto for behavior is “Respect, A Right and a Responsibility.”
The staff at Glendale works very hard on a daily basis to address the individual needs of all of our students. Enrichment and interventions are utilized with our students based on data from student assessments. A blend of direct instruction with the whole class, small group or individual students utilizing technology and hands on instructional materials help students to achieve their maximum potential. Students can access online programs at school and at home that can also help them strengthen their reading and math skills.
Our students’ emotional well being is very important to us. We maintain a well disciplined environment utilizing a flip card system where the daily goal is to “Stay on Green”. Our students are taught strategies for dealing with their behavior through a set of systematic lessons found in the PATHS program. PATHS stands for Positive Alternative Thinking Strategies. Our guidance counselor is available to address students’ daily concerns and our partnership with Beechbrook allows us to have a therapeutic counselor on staff for students needing ongoing assistance.
Glendale has an active PTA and we welcome volunteers into our building. In addition to our many parents and community members, we also are privileged to welcome volunteers from the Greater Cleveland Volunteer Association, US Bank Home Mortgage, Naturalists from the Metroparks, and therapy dogs who “listen” to the children read. Together our volunteers help create the best educational environment for our students.
Of particular note, is our Glendale Discovery Garden located in an enclosed area beyond our playground. This is an authentic outdoor classroom equipped with a covered learning center, pond with a waterfall, wetlands, and planting boxes. There is, also, a walking path around the perimeter of this beautiful outdoor learning environment. We are currently using funds from three grants to upgrade our garden.
I am happy to set up a time for you to visit Glendale School and see first-hand the exciting educational opportunities taking place in our building.
Nora C. Beach
Very Proud Principal
Glendale Primary School