Principal Page

August 2021

Dear Green Mountain Elementary families,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year. I am very excited to serve all of you in my 5th year as the proud  principal at Green Mountain Elementary (16 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.  Our previous legacy school year challenged our staff, students, families, and community to find a new normal for learning, connected us in new ways, and reminded us that we can do hard work together.  What I most appreciate about GMES is how even under circumstances we experienced we are still a learning and caring community, and success is founded on our mission and core values (not to be confused with magic). As we plan for a return to school, 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 enhance the notion of better together and continue 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.

#BetterTogether is the theme for Jeffco Public Schools this year... our GMES theme will have an Olympic twist, #BetterTogether . . . Exceeding What Seems Possible.   As we consider moving into a school year during pandemic recovery, it is especially important that we serve in solidarity and with a vision towards a common purpose. Many connections can be made between the 3 values of olympism (Excellence, Respect, Friendship) to our school/ district core values and SOAR principles (Strive to do our best, Own our actions, Actively engaged, Respect ourselves, each other, and this place). 

This quote about Better Together especially resonates with me: 
“A team is not a group of people who work together.  A team is a group of people who trust each other.” Simon Sinek.  
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
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