Principal's Message

Welcome to All Our Lions!

Welcome back to Laurel Meadow Elementary School (LMES), and welcome to our new friends who have moved here from other areas of the county, state, and country. We especially want to welcome our kindergarten Lion Cubs!

At LMES, we fully support Hanover’s mission of providing relevant, equitable, and innovative instruction to our students.​ Our focus at LMES is on developing positive relationships with students so that they are motivated to have outstanding attendance, behave exceptionally, and achieve tremendously.

Attendance is a major focus area at Laurel Meadow. Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days at Laurel Meadow, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That is just two days a month, and that is known as chronic absenteeism. Our goal is to increase student attendance​ because attendance problems in the early years predict absenteeism in later grades, and students with the highest absenteeism typically perform lower on assessments and other school-related tasks.

The tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. at LMES. ​At 8:00 a.m. students should be in their classrooms and ready to learn. ​If students arrive to school late, parents must park in the lot and walk them into the office. It is so very important to be on time to school. Being on time affords students the time to prepare for the day. If students arrive late, they miss out on the “settling in” time and miss important information, such as field trip information and reminders of quizzes, tests, etc. Most importantly, being on time helps students develop positive lifelong habits. Thank you, in advance, for having your students attend school daily, unless sick, and on-time, unless excused for medical reasons.

A second area of focus for LMES is on ​positive student behavior.​ This positive approach to discipline includes working with students and staff to define, teach, and support appropriate student behaviors in a positive school culture. Students work for “gifts of time,” such as lunch with the teacher, extra recess time, etc. rather than tangible rewards. We believe children can demonstrate appropriate school behavior when they are taught these skills. We teach what it looks like to be respectful, responsible, safe, and ready to learn. When students make mistakes, they take time to reflect, and we take time to reteach.

Student achievement​ is at the core of Laurel Meadow. We are committed to providing rigorous, relevant, and innovative instruction so that students are developing the skills of communicating, collaborating, creating, and critically thinking throughout the day in all curriculum areas. Students should be reading, writing, solving problems, and working with hands-on materials for the majority of the school day. Our teachers are evaluating students based upon their responses to real-world and higher-level questions, writing prompts, and projects created by students. If you don’t see worksheets in the Tuesday folder, that is a good thing! That means students are being evaluated on their authentic work.

We look forward to opening our doors on the morning of ​Tuesday, September 3​ to welcome the LMES Lions for a fantastic year of learning. More than anything, we focus on kindness. Our theme for the 2019–2020 school year is ​Choose Kind.​ In the words of Mr. Rogers, “There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”

Principal Sandra Crowder

Sandra Crowder
(804) 723-2040

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