Excitement is definitely in the air of our Lower School community as we prepare to welcome everyone back to school in just a few weeks! The summer months have been filled with positive energy and spirit as we have focused on several key priorities that included:

  • engaging in professional development experiences including enhancing and expanding the math curriculum scope and sequence
  • hiring new faculty members
  • designing new learning spaces including a Lower School Makerspace for STEM+ coursework
  • planning for the year ahead, among other things!

Our ongoing partnership and work with the Center for Creative Leadership continues to have a tremendous positive impact on our faculty and staff professional development. After the successful completion of several training sessions for subsets of instructors, we are now taking a broad approach to the professional development of education-based facilitation skills. All faculty will participate in a year-long program with CCL to develop the facilitation skills that are critical for teaching in today’s 21st century classroom environment.

The new faculty members joining the Lower School bring with them fresh ideas, energy, and expertise that enhance and grow our team. They are innovative, knowledgeable, and passionate, and I am eager for you to meet them. In addition, we have familiar faces taking on new roles that I am very excited to share.

Position Changes

  • Sherry Adams – 4th and 5th grade Assistant
  • Jennifer Baccus – Lower School Admissions Counselor
  • Lana DuBose – Pre-Kindergarten Instructor
  • Kim Zinn – 4th grade Instructor

New Faculty

  • Annie Brown – 1st grade Instructor
  • Dia Crist – 1st grade Instructor
  • Crystal Garris  – Pre-Kindergarten Instructor
  • Emily Harkey – Lower School Librarian
  • Shannon Hockswender – 4th grade Instructor
  • Amelia Karpowitz- Lower School Art
  • Mary Ripple – Lower School Counselor
  • Chelsey Watkins – Assistant Head of Lower School
  • Jennifer Weider – Physical Education Instructor

Please join me in welcoming our new educators and congratulating those that have taken on new responsibilities! You can learn more about our new team members by reading their bios in the full list of new faculty and staff.

During the 2016 – 2017 school year, we will be encouraging and empowering our youngest Ravens to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. We will be looking for innovative ways to enhance their learning experience as it relates to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM+). And we will continue to grow in our understanding and appreciation of what it means to lead and learn in a diverse and inclusive community. We look forward to the partnership with all our families as we strive to raise successful, happy citizen-leaders — together.

Make sure to visit the Hobbs’ Highlights blog to stay informed about all the amazing things going on throughout the year in Lower School and to read some personal thoughts and reflections from myself and other guest bloggers. One of the first posts will highlight the professional development experiences that our faculty engaged in this summer. You can also follow the journey on Twitter @paytonhobbs where I post pictures and share stories of our Lower School adventures.

We look forward to seeing all new Ravenscroft students and their parents on August 23 for orientation, and all our returning students on August 24 for the first day of school. Lower School Parent Night will take place on September 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Additional information about returning to School for the 2016-17 School year is found in the Parent Portal. It is very important that you take a moment to review all information, including forms needed for the start of the school year, class lists, Lower School Handbook & Guidelines, dress code and more.

Please do not hesitate to contact me to share any questions or comments you have. You may reach me by phone at (919) 861-2110, ext. 2542 or by email at payton.hobbs@ravenscroft.org.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Payton L. Hobbs
Head of Lower School


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