Principal's Message

Andy Means
              Andy Means

Hello Southwood Families!

As I enter my second year, I am so proud of the students, families and staff members of Southwood Elementary School. The whole Panther family is committed to developing a learning community where all students:

    °Feel physically and emotionally safe;

    °Develop a sense of belonging in a caring learning community; and,

    °Experience academic success, maximizing their learning potential.

I have been thoroughly impressed how Southwood staff continually goes above and beyond by devoting time during the summer to prepare for our kids. They are dedicated to the collaborative and reflective work of a professional learning community, continually refining their craft knowledge in order to maximize the learning of each student with whom we are entrusted. I am blessed to get to serve with a staff that truly loves each of their students and prioritizes their needs.

In the year ahead, the Southwood family will take further strides to develop a sense of safety and belonging as we unpack what it means to be safe, respectful and responsible in all settings. I encourage families to open up conversation with your children about what these three words mean to them. As we develop this common language and value set, we support each student in feeling safe and cared for, setting them up for academic and personal growth. Thank you for your part in this learning community. We have a wonderful year ahead of us!

Partnering with you,

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