A Message from the Principals

         Welcome to Forest Hills Elementary School, home to the youngest Forest Hills Rangers! In keeping with the school district’s long-established motto of “Excellence is the Tradition,” as you enter the elementary school, you will find a dedicated and talented staff, exceptional children, and a very active parent organization. The 2019-2020 school year will be marked by many new initiatives.

         In grades K-2, our focus will be strengthening our core literacy curriculum with the implementation of Enhanced Core Reading Instruction (ECRI), an explicit, systematic approach to teaching phonics and phonemic awareness skills. Our literacy program will focus on phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency. In grades 3-6, the ELA curriculum will include Equipped for Reading Success, a comprehensive, step-by-step program for developing phonemic awareness and fluent word recognition.

         In grades 4-6, in addition to enhancing phonemic awareness in ELA, a new math intervention program—Spring Math—will be implemented. Spring Math provides comprehensive interventions that provide both effective class-wide and individual math instruction.

         Our third curricular change will be the implementation of LinkIt, a comprehensive data benchmarking and management system, in grades 2-6. LinkIt will enable teachers to make data-driven instructional decisions and ensure that our students are on track to achieve or exceed grade-level standards.

         Our special-area offerings will also expand with the addition of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). All students, PreK through grade 6, will have 18 weeks of STEAM. STEAM is a hands-on, interactive, inquiry-based approach to learning that promotes students’ creativity and innovation.

         In addition to a number of curricular enhancements, the Elementary School will continue the RANGER PRIDE PLEDGE, a positive school-wide behavior initiative, in cooperation with the PTO, that encourages students to develop the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary to become responsible young citizens. The RANGER PRIDE PLEDGE will be based on four character pillars: Good Choices, Kindness, Responsible, and Respect.

         Helping children to reach their fullest potential is achieved through enrichment opportunities, support systems, and a growth-promoting learning environment. Opportunities are abound at Forest Hills Elementary School; whether developing a student’s musical or artistic talents or witnessing the excitement of a beginning reader, Forest Hills Elementary School offers something for everyone! We encourage parents, friends, and community members to share in our celebration of the students’ numerous achievements by visiting the many educational and extracurricular events during the 2019-2020 school year.

    Mrs. Roberts, Principal                   Dr. Dill, Assistant Principal