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Dear Families,

My name is Melissa Thienes and I am excited to introduce myself as the new principal of Larchmont Elementary School. Over the summer I have had the privilege to speak to staff, families, former and current students, and some community members. Everyone I spoke to told me how much they valued Larchmont Elementary and gave personal stories of how the school positively impacted them or their children. I spoke to one person who had attended Larchmont twenty years ago and she still talked about her love for Larchmont Elementary.  As I was reflecting on these summer conversations it was clear to me how much Larchmont Elementary means to everyone. I feel honored to have been appointed to this position and to be part of this community.

Before coming to Larchmont, I most recently came from Bow Lake Elementary in the Highline School District. While at Bow Lake Elementary I was a Literacy/ELL instructional coach for one year and then held the position of Assistant Principal for the last four years. Prior to that I was an elementary teacher and summer school coordinator in the Tukwila School District for ten years. Regardless of what role or job I was performing, my focus was on my belief that all students can learn and should be held to high standards. I believe a school should be caring and responsive to all students while encouraging them to perform to their highest potential.

To create a positive learning environment and to promote high standards there needs to be collaboration, vision, communication, respect, flexibility, and organization. In August I met with the Larchmont staff and shared my vision for the year which incorporated these ideals.  My vision for Larchmont this year focuses on systems to promote consistency school wide and using feedback to reach our school improvement goals, which is based on student achievement. As a staff we reviewed communication methods, our discipline process, daily instructional and planning practices, collaboration opportunities, and our staff handbook. We had a productive time together and I am eager to see what this year brings.

As we start the year, and throughout the year, I look forward to getting to know you and your children. I met many of you at our Family Meet and Greet on August 30th during the scavenger hunt. That was fun! If we didn’t get a chance to talk then please find me the next time you are at Larchmont and say “Hello.” Also, please save the upcoming date-Thursday September 21st at 5:30 PM for Open House.

Once again, I am thankful to be part of this school community and I am looking forward to a great year at Larchmont Elementary.

Respectfully,

 

Melissa Thienes

Principal

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