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Principal’s Message

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Dear Shady Grove Cardinal Families,


As you read this letter, the long days of summer are giving way to the exciting days of fall, which always means “Back to School” time is upon us.  The beginning of the school year is an amazing time at Shady Grove Elementary School. Last year, we introduced a whole new administrative team and a new concept called The Cardinal Way to guide our school community members.  The Cardinal Way will continue to focus on the five pillars of respect, responsibility, integrity, creativity, and kindness to promote character development.  However, the new theme for 2018-19 school year is #GameOn, which means we will be having fun each day while learning.


I would like to introduce our school community to our newest team members that will be joining our Cardinal team.  First congratulations go to Mrs. Crystal Metzger, as she was recently promoted to principal of Nuckols Farm Elementary School.  We wish her well as she brings a tremendous leadership experience to her new school.  Mr. Kevin Schatz will be our new Associate Principal.  He is joining us after several years of administrative experience at both Nuckols Farm Elementary and Johnson Elementary.  Kevin’s energy and instructional knowledge will make him a great fit in the office and classrooms at SGES.  The new teachers joining the Cardinal Nation include Kyle Kuzemchak in third grade, Lisa Hamilton in fifth grade, and Lara Macdonald in special education.  These three experienced and talented teachers will be sharing new ideas that will challenge the faculty to continue to grow and learn.


In addition to new staff members, we have some terrific new Cardinal families coming to join the best school community in the state of Virginia.  I am excited to have the entire Cardinal Nation visit the school on Thursday, August 30th.  Kindergarten orientation will be held from 9:00-10:00.  The rest of the grade levels (1-5) will be able to visit open house style from 10:30-12:30. The first day of school on September 4th will be here before a blink of an eye, and we can’t be more excited for the day.  Enjoy the last few moments of summer, and #GameOn!


In partnership,


Stacey Austin

Principal, Shady Grove Elementary School


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