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Principal’s Message

Dear Cardinal Families,

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! Our theme for this school year is YOU BELONG HERE!  We are committed to building a culture of belonging where ALL of our students and families feel included, valued, and respected.  

We are so excited to get this school year started as we will be operating mostly “back to normal” for the first time since 2020.  We can’t wait to see the progress we make and the goals we reach collectively as a community as we focus on a rigorous, innovative, student-centered approach to learning based on best practices.  The entire 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.  

At Shady Grove, we have a house system, although we call them squads.  Our squads have a unique name, color, mascot, crest, and chant.  Our school crest represents our whole school community as 6 squads, 1 school. Our squads are incorporated 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 a culture of belonging, we hold our students accountable for four core values:  

  • 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 core values, students will earn Cardinal Cash which will be turned in for a variety of incentives.  This school-wide positive reinforcement program will give our Cardinals the structure and motivation needed 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 look forward to helping all of our students reach their full potential.

In partnership,

Ellen Guidry

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.

Misson: We will nurture students’ individuality, help them find unique pathways to success, and cultivate a love for learning and community.

Core Values: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Kindness

Colors: Red and Black

Mascot: Flames, the Cardinal

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