Greetings Ruth N. Upson Elementary Families,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!
It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I introduce myself as the new proud Principal of Ruth N. Upson Elementary School. It is a privilege and honor to be a part of the Upson family. I look forward to continuing the long legacy of academic excellence with each member of our school's community.
I have been dedicated to education for more than fourteen years, with a specific concentration in literacy development and early enrichment opportunities for students. My past administrative experience has been shaped by four years of successful leadership as an Elementary Assistant Principal and two years as an Elementary Instructional Reading Coach in Duval County Public Schools.
My Vision: As an educational leader, it is vital that everyone who steps through the school doors—students, teachers, and parents—are excited to be there! This attitude enables everyone to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, safe, fun, and nurturing environment. It's my belief, when all stakeholders work together as ONE, nothing but greatness will arise.
Along with teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at Ruth N. Upson Elementary by building strong relationships with students, parents/caregivers, and community partners. Our Upson families are part of the strong foundation of our system.
At Upson, our top priorities will be on health, safety, the social/emotional well-being of our school community and Standard Based Instruction to close any learning gaps created by distance learning this past spring, or the lack thereof due to extenuating circumstances. Our hallways have been empty for a long time and are aching for the energy and smiles that come with the presence of children. We have been working very hard throughout the summer to prepare our building for a magical new year! Our theme this year is "Learning is Magical". We will continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and executed safely.
Some of the notable changes that have been made to ensure a healthy and effective learning environment for our students and staff include:
- Installation of plexiglass in the Front Office
- Installation of desk shields in grades 3-5
- Daily temperature checks
- Communal water fountains are being secured with paper bags/tape until safe to use.
- Maximizing classroom space to allow for social distancing
- Focus on hand-washing
- Implementation of Calm Classroom (school-wide mindfulness program)
- Schedule changes for students' rotation during resource, lunch, recess, and hallways to aid with social distancing
- Additional cleaning routines within the classroom
As we venture through this ever-changing time, we will need each other now more than ever before. Flexibility and communication will be essential. I, along with the faculty and staff at Upson, are happy to answer any of your questions and provide support.
Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced
and learned with me to this beautiful community and look forward to meeting each one of you as the school year progresses. I am confident that our school will continue to be where our students can learn and grow academically as well as socially, even during these unprecedented times. I welcome your input. Please feel free to call or email to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas you would like to share! Your feedback and support are greatly appreciated.
August 17th: Virtual Orientation Pre K– 5th Grade (Virtual Orientation link forthcoming)
August 20th: First Day of School