Principal's Message

Welcome to all of our returning and new students as well as their families to Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary School! I am always filled with gratitude to begin a new year, and the 2018-19 school year is no different.  Working together with the amazing staff, wonderful families, and outstanding students at Joli Ann is a tremendous treat, and I know this year and the years to come will continue to be filled with greatness in learning, character, community, connectedness, and academic success!

The Joli Ann staff has worked together to create a common vision that we hope all students and parents will join in and share. Our mission statement reads...

"As a diverse community, we strive to develop as true leaders to make a positive difference in our world."

One of our main goals is that all students will continue to meaningfully increase students' academic knowledge in all areas, becoming fluent speakers, readers, mathematicians, and critical thinkers. Additionally, we expect that all students will learn and ingrain "Living the Jaguar Way...Doing the Right Thing Even When No One is Looking." We are committed to supporting our children in becoming leaders through the "7 Habits of Happy of Happy Kids" while enhancing an inclusive learning environment for all our students. Finally, we are venturing more deeply into the world of innovation with increased opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Our Makerspace has become a hub of experiences where students are invited to explore, design, create, and be challenged with real world scenarios.

Our teachers insure success in reaching these goals by their daily application of best instructional practices, differentiated instruction at all academic levels, deep questioning strategies, collaborating together regularly, and creating lasting connections that communicate to our children they are an extremely important part of our school.

Last year, we became a Laboratory for the teaching and learning of mathematics. We are so lucky to have Mike Fitchett, our Math Coach on campus providing ongoing support for our teachers while our students amaze us with their deep understanding and flexibility with number and operations.  Our district as well as other sites have recognized the work we are doing, and we are beginning to share our approach with other schools in and outside of our district. It is exciting to see the ripple out effect that started right here at Joli Ann!

Our Joli Ann family would not flourish if not for the connections we have with each other… to our students, our families, and our community, and it is our hope that our students ultimately experience this connectedness to their learning community. As Steven Covey has said, when students feel socially or emotionally connected to school or life in general, their potential for student achievement is greatly enhanced.

I am exceptionally proud to be a member of the Joli Ann collaborative community and I am looking forward to another wonderful year ahead~

With tremendous gratitude,

Andrea Holmes, Principal