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Dear Shady Grove Cardinal Families,


The beginning of the school year is an amazing time at Shady Grove Elementary School. Last year, we introduced a whole new concept of student led conferencing that opened tremendous possibilities for our students to influence their own learning in our Deeper Learning Model.  This school year will bring a new focus on the Henrico Learner Profile (HLP).  The HLP defines in a tangible way what a graduate of Henrico County Public Schools will be able to do as a new member of the broader community as a university level student, service member, or employee entering the workforce.  Six attributes are the main components that will lead to future ready citizens and include:  Quality Character, Global Citizenship, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration.  The Cardinal Way will continue to guide our school community members as a structure that complements the HLP.  The Cardinal Way will continue to focus on the five pillars of respect, responsibility, integrity, creativity, and kindness to promote character development.  The new theme for 2019-20 school year is #BeAwesome, which means we will be challenging ourselves to grow 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 Mr. Kevin Schatz, as he was recently promoted to principal of Colonial Trail Elementary School.  We wish him well as he brings a tremendous leadership experience to his new school community.  Mrs. Ellen Guidry will be our new Associate Principal.  She is joining us after several years of raising her beautiful family.  Before that transition Mrs. Guidry has served in a variety of high-level administrative positions in the fields of special education and student assessment at the local and state level.  In fact, she has also served as the Director of Elementary Education in a neighboring school division.  Ellen’s leadership experience and instructional knowledge will make her a great fit in the office and classrooms at SGES.  The new teachers joining the Cardinal Nation include a return visit by Ms. Kristie Jones in third grade, Mary-Kate Kelleher and Lindsey Pryslak in fourth grade, Gretta DeNicola in fifth grade, and Lara Macdonald will be here full time this year in special education.  These experienced and talented teachers will be sharing new ideas that will challenge the faculty to continue to grow and learn.  I look forward to seeing everyone in our school become as Awesome as possible this academic year as we #BeAwesome.


In partnership,


Stacey Austin

Principal, Shady Grove Elementary School



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