Introduction to the Community
Greetings Panda Family,
My name is Mr. Darby and I am the proud principal at Royal Palm Elementary. I want to say welcome back to our returning scholars and be the first to say welcome to our new scholars. Just as important I want to say welcome to our parents. In entering my 3rd year as principal and my 23rd year in the field of education, I continue to believe that all scholars are entitled to a quality education in a culturally sensitive environment that meets the academic needs of all. This belief resonates throughout the campus as our instructional leaders continue to challenge our scholars to be the best they can be. This push to be the best you can be ignites a continuing passion in a quest to move the academic needle in a positive direction. This year the numbers of scholars demonstrating proficiency as measured by the Florida Standards Assessments in:
Reading has increased to 40% proficiency Math has Increased 47% proficiency
These increases in proficiency along with other areas of academic success has led to Royal Palm Elementary earning a letter grade of “C.” On behalf of administration, I want to thank our scholars for their focus and hard work. I want to thank our parent and community for their continuous support. Last but certainly not least, I want to say thank you to an amazing staff. Your commitment to academic achievement as well as social emotional development ensures that we are preparing scholars to compete globally.
As we enter the 2019 – 2020 I ask that you continue to support our staff in educating your scholar(s). I ask for the following:
· Make sure your child(ren) arrive to school prepared and on time every day. As they leave for school please stress the following “Today there is nothing more important than learning.”
· Read with your child(ren) a minimum of 20 minutes every day. Just as important ask challenging questions about the material read.
· Reward and/or acknowledge successes throughout the school year. While small tangible items are great, so are verbal praises and big hugs.
· Encourage scholars to log on to i-Ready daily for a minimum of 30 minutes
We are looking forward to the 2019 – 2020 school year. We will continue to focus on our theme of TEAM. We truly believe Together Everyone Achieves More. In addition, to the TEAM theme we are asking staff, scholars, and parents to continue to model KINDNESS to SELF – SCHOLARS - STAFF & SCHOOL. Again, on behalf of administration I thank you for your support and look forward to a wonderful 2019 – 2020 school year.