Calvin Rodwell Elementary School #256
3501 Hillsdale Road
Baltimore, MD 21207
410-396-0940 Office 410-396-0854 Fax
Samuel Rather II, Principal
Dear CRES Family and Community;
Welcome to another amazing year at Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary School. Our staff has been diligently working over the summer to enhance the learning environment and to create a well rounded educational experience for all learners.
To that end, we have:
Developed structures that celebrate growth and achievement for adults and students.
Allocated financial resources to upgrade technology school-wide.
Created new opportunities for learning through STEM and Spanish resource classes.
Hired highly qualified faculty to further support our mission and vision of preparing students to be global leaders and learners.
We are excited that these new additions will have a positive impact on student outcomes. We are proud of our dedicated, experienced staff and enthusiastic learners! This year is sure to be one of monumental growth.
Last year, our focus areas were Literacy and Attendance/Lateness. I am pleased to share that we made significant gains in Literacy with a 17% increase in students reading on grade level. We also initiated school-wide practices to support PBIS that received state recognition for our efforts to improve attendance and climate. Our data still suggest that we need to remain focused on students receiving “Bell to Bell” instruction, which means that students must be in school on time and remain for the entire school day. Research proves that students who attend school daily outperform their peers who are frequently tardy and/or absent. It also concludes that students who are frequently absent from school are more likely to drop out of high school.
As demands and complexities of teaching children increase, it becomes more evident that we all need to work together to ensure that our children reach their potential. We believe that all of us – the school and the community – must work together to ensure success for all our students. We believe it is everyone’s responsibility to empower the whole child, socially, emotionally, and academically. With that in mind, you are an important component of the Calvin Rodwell family.
It is our desire to keep you informed. We are pleased to introduce our Calvin Rodwell App. Please download our App to receive up to date information.
If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher or myself. I am looking forward to a productive and successful year.
Samuel A. Rather II, Principal