Only One You

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 6, 2019

Grade K •  ONLY ONE YOU

In the middle of our building, between the office and the rotunda…across from the library, we have a very special wall.   This wall holds 4×6 inch black/white photos of every student and staff member at Georgetown.

This past week, Mrs. Reagan put up the final photos — which means that there are 630 photos on the wall!  Throughout the fall, she will take an individual photo of every person in our school and post them in small batches each week.  The first groups to go up are kindergarten and fifth, then first followed by second, third and finally fourth graders.

Taking the photos allows her to intentionally connect with each and every child–every year. Over the years, it is fun to notice how their personality evolves — and how much they grow up!  When the photos are developed, Mrs. Reagan labels them with the child’s name, teacher and grade — which is another way for her to interact with each child — appreciating their beautiful features and individuality.

As she puts them up on the wall, Mrs. Reagan interacts a third time — and this is when she usually practice their name, grade and teacher name — a strategy she uses to rehearse everyone’s name (first and last) as well as their teacher.  It’s important for her to know where their grade and room too.

Mrs. Reagan also organizes the photos on our school SMUGMUG site — and permits her to cross check all students on the wall. Rather than standing in front of the board, she can access the photos from her laptop at home!   A more accurate and more comfortable way to make sure we have all the children on our wall.

Again…thank you for sharing your beautiful children with me…and our school.  It is tremendous privilege to work with each child — and it is Mrs. Reagan’s greatest joy and honor to be the principal of Georgetown Elementary.

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