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Principal's Message

Dear Students and Staff, Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,                                    
 
It is an honor to join the Rowland Elementary School community! I am truly privileged to serve as principal of our remarkable school. I look forward to getting to know our students, families, and staff.  
I view schools as a family, where each family member supports and encourages one another to be the best they can be. I am excited to work with you all to support the success of each child.
 
Welcome to all our new and returning families to Rowland Elementary School. Working together, I am confident that the children who come to our school will feel cared for, challenged, and inspired to pursue their future successes. Let’s all commit to be our best and make the 2017-2018 school year an outstanding experience for our students.
 
We are privileged to have your child enrolled in our school. I want each and every parent to know that we are committed to ensuring that all of our students make academic progress, feel safe at school, and know that the adults on campus are there to help them. We believe that educating children is a team effort that is realized by parents/guardians, students, teachers, and support staff working together.
 
We have so much planned for your child this year! We are implementing our PRIDE school-wide behavior expectations with the goal of establishing a learning environment that promotes the social, emotional and academic success of all students. We are launching a school-wide writing program called Writer’s Workshop to develop each student’s voice, skill, and fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure and instruction to the process of writing. We will continue technology integration in classrooms with iPads and Chromebooks to prepare our students for College and Career in the 21st Century.
 
Learner’s Creed
“I believe in myself and my ability to do my best at all times. Because I am responsible for my life and for all of my actions.  I will listen.  I will see.  I will speak.  I will feel.  I will think. I will reason.  I will read.  I will write.  I will do all these things with one purpose in mind: To do my best and not waste this day for this day will come no more.”    - Ernestine Mitchell
 
Ernestine Mitchell, a teacher and principal from the State of Texas, wrote the Learner’s Creed over 50 years ago.  The words in the creed resonate deeply for me. They spell out what I hope to accomplish every day - taking advantage of the day I have been blessed with and doing the best that I can. This is true for me in all the roles I play - principal, father, husband, son, brother.
 
I wholeheartedly agree with Mrs. Mitchell’s words, “...this day will come no more.” Every single day is precious. Two facts we cannot escape are: today will end and tomorrow is not guaranteed to come. Given these facts, I commit to the following as your new principal:
   • I will have confidence in myself
   • I will do my best every day
   • I will make responsible choices
   • I will be responsible for my thoughts, words, and actions
 
I challenge each of you to also commit to be your best so that we can fully serve the needs of each of our students.
 
I invite you to visit our school, spend time on campus and in classrooms, and participate in our school events. I am confident that you will discover that Rowland Elementary School is the right school for your child. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
 
Thank you,
John Martinez
Principal, Rowland Elementary School
 
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