Principal Page

August 2020

Dear Green Mountain Elementary families,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. I am very excited to serve all of you in my 4th year as the proud  principal at Green Mountain Elementary (15 years total at GMES).  I would like to express how grateful I am to be leading such an amazing community of students, families and staff.  I am so proud of all of the achievements and accomplishments of our students here at Green Mountain Elementary, and couldn't brag enough about the amazing teachers and staff that work with such strong dedication, devotion, and passion to support this community.

The beginning of a new school year, like the dawning of a new day, reminds us that the future holds infinite possibilities…maybe now more than ever.  The spring of 2020 has challenged our staff, students, families, and community to find a new normal for learning, connected us in new ways and required our Falcon community to SOAR from afar.  What I find myself continuously reflecting upon through this process is how much I appreciate the devotion from our staff and families at GMES, the ways in which our community has partnered to support our families in need, and appreciation for the little things in life - giving a hug, being able to laugh out loud with many people around, and gathering our school community together under one roof.  What I most appreciate about GMES is how even under circumstances we have never experienced we are still a learning and caring community.  As we plan for a return to school like no other we have seen in the past, our focus will still be to ensure that:

every student, every day feels connected,

every student,  every day feels challenged by new learnings and experiences,

and every student, every day knows they have a caring adult at school they can turn to.

I do not need to remind you of how important our job is for all of our students at Green Mountain Elementary.  Our students need our wisdom, our care, and most importantly our relationship.  My hope is that through our professional learning community, both you and our students will think of our school as a place where we live a great story as a caring community of learners that come together to do interesting consequential work.  This year, together, we will continue to attempt new things and we will continue to build strong foundational skills for our students while working towards transforming the student learning experience as connected to Jeffco Generations.

Be a Light- Live a Great Story will be our theme for the year.  With all that is currently going on locally and globally, I believe that we each will need to “be a light” for each other and our community, and turn this school year into a great story.  Many lyrics from “Be a Light” resonate with me; especially the following lines:

“Oh, don’t hide in the dark, you were born to shine, In a world full of hate, be a light.  Yeah, it’s hard to live in color, when you just see black and white, In a world full of hate, be a light.”  I am encouraged to see how our theme will be woven into our classrooms and throughout our school.

Looking forward to another great year of learning and partnership.  

With deepest gratitude and love,
Thomas Gardner, Principal
Mr. Gardner

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