Principal's Message

 Dear McAuliffe Elementary Students, Parents, and Guardians,

 

Welcome parents, guardians, and students to an exciting 2017-2018 school year at McAuliffe Elementary School! The staff is thrilled that you have entrusted your child’s education to us. It is our goal to create an enriched learning environment that engages each child at McAuliffe. McAuliffe Elementary has an excellent teaching staff with a wealth of knowledge and an outstanding support staff, who work in different capacities to support your child’s learning. Additionally, McAuliffe provides a safe and caring environment for each individual who is part of our school community.

I am honored to serve as the principal of McAuliffe Elementary and work with our qualified and dedicated staff, our wonderful students, and supportive parents. The elementary years are critical times of academic and social/emotional development for students.I look forward to working with our parents and students to make this school year successful.

Student  academic and social/emotional success is the goal of every staff member at McAuliffe. Staff is devoted to utilizing research based best practices to guide every student, every day to reach their full potential. McAuliffe Staff work collaboratively in implementing TEKS by designing skill-specific lessons and consistently  monitor student progress. I ask for your support by sending your child to school every day, encouraging her/him to read for pleasure, monitoring his/her academic progress, and asking your child to share what he/she learned at school each day.

At McAuliffe Elementary School, we focus every day on providing our  school community a safe and positive learning environment where continued growth for students  is our key focus. We are a school committed to educating for excellence by empowering our students to become empathetic, creative, and resourceful members of society. Our outstanding school organization is committed to ensure learning is rigorous and relevant and to nurture relationships among students and staff. An important part of this work involves the key relationships with our parents and community. We value and rely upon these partnerships as they are paramount to the success of all of our students.

We invite you to become an active participant in our school community through volunteering, participating in our Parent Teacher Organization, or attending and supporting our school events. Educational research shows that one of the most important characteristics of an effective school is building a strong home-school relationships.

Education is a partnership between the school, students, parents/guardians, and community. Communication is a vital component of a successful educational experience. Together, we will continue to enhance the quality of our school community and provide the best for the children of McAuliffe Elementary. All children are more successful when we work as a team to achieve educational goals.

 

In closing, I look forward to serving you and your child as we work toward academic excellence for all students. Please feel free to contact me directly at sandy.pitchford@mcallenisd.net  if you have any questions or concerns.  Visit our website as it contains important resources for our families. We are constantly updating and adding information that will assist parents and students as we progress through this school year.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Sandra Pitchford, Principal

The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice. ~Brian Herbert

 

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~Dr. Sandra Pitchford