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Principal’s Message

Dear Cardinal Families,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! Our theme for this school year is Cardinal Comeback: Better Together.  We are looking forward to welcoming all of our Cardinals back in the building and resuming some of the typical events and activities that were put on hold last year. 

In addition to delivering rigorous instruction based on best-practices, our Shady Grove staff stands ready to educate and love your children while providing an equitable and safe environment for all of our Cardinals–this is our top priority. 

Our Squads went through a renovation last year as we changed names and colors and added mascots. We have a wonderful new school crest that represents our school community as 6 squads, 1 school. We are so excited to continue expanding our Squads and incorporating them into our daily school lives. More information about our Squads can be found on our Family Portal.

As we focus on teaching life ready skills and building community, we will hold our students accountable for four core character traits.  

  • I can be respectful of myself, others, and my school for their differences. 
  • I can take responsibility for my actions and belongings. 
  • I can act with integrity by doing the right thing even when no one is looking. 
  • I can treat others with kindness all day, every day, even when it’s not the easiest choice.

When demonstrating these character traits, students will earn Cardinal Cash which will be turned in for a variety of rewards.  This school-wide positive reinforcement program will give our Cardinals the structure they need to achieve and succeed.

Joining me on the administrative team are our Associate Principal, Laila Marshall and Student Support Teacher, Kelly Verity.  These women are exceptional leaders who are ready to support all of our stakeholders this year.  The Shady Grove administrative team is all in, all day, every day.

We look forward to continuing the legacy of Shady Grove’s success by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners.  We are proud of our accomplishments and believe that we have only scratched the surface of our potential.

In partnership,

Ellen Guidry


School Vision: All students will meet or exceed proficiency in literacy and math by the end of the 2nd grade and make at least one year of growth each school year.  Students on a modified curriculum will master all of their goals on their annual IEP.

School Colors: Red and Black

School Mascot: Flames the Cardinal

School Squads: Omou, Crio, Hadal, Ohana, Mitra, Mundo

School Character Traits: Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Integrity