Matthew A. Henson Elementary Parents and Guardians:
The Principal’s Message:
Welcome to Matthew A. Henson Elementary School – a school where we “Work Hard to Get Smart!” Our objective are simple: We want all you to maximize your potential, ensuring that you graduate with the skills to be successfulin college and beyond. We are excited to have such bright and eager scholars. I look forward to seeing your hard work during the 2014-15 school year.
While we know there is a lot of work to do, we are very proud of your accomplishments for the 2013-14 school year. Please take a moment to review Matthew A. Henson Elementary School’s Points of Pride:
· Pre/Post math assessments showed the greatest gains in our network.
· Amplify reading assessments indicated that we outperformed district averages for reading gains.
· 3rd, 4th and 5th grade scholars showed gains in reading based on the 2014 MSA.
· Matthew A. Henson Elementary School finished first in the City for First in Math, a computer based program that supports and tracks math progress.
· Matthew A. Henson Elementary School was awarded a $2,500.00 grant to support arts integration and update the mural outside and inside of the main office.
· Matthew A. Henson Elementary School continues to benefit from the Raising a Reader grant. This ensures that all Pre-K and Kindergarten scholars have access to books they can take home and read with family members daily.
· Fulton Baptist Church funded our Back to School kickoff and helped launch digital photography class for selected 4th and 5th graders.
· U2Can led numerous parent workshops and donated books to support scholars.
· Dr. Wanda McCoy of Coppin State University launched intensive math tutoring services for 1st and 2nd grade scholars who needed math intervention.
· Former NFL standout, Tavon Mason supported our Annual Sport/Get Fit Day.
· Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. donated time and financial resources to support field trips, Fun Day and our Book Room.
· Our PTA and FCE team, led by Ms. Marlayna Davis & Ms. Copeland continue to raise funds and meet the needs of scholars and teachers.
· The Matthew A. Henson Husky basketball team (3rd grade and under) finished in second place in city-wide competition.
Remember that when you WORK HARD you GET SMART. Success is a combination of good choices and strong effort. I encourage you to consider your choices and effort for a successful 2014-15 school year.
The mission at Matthew A. Henson ES is to provide scholars with powerful learning experiences while ensuring we promote critical thinking, social responsibility and the confidence to be prepared for college and career readiness. To meet this goal it is imperative to work closely with families and ensure strong communication. Consequently, you will receive monthly newsletters with important information and dates. Additionally, you can make appointments to meet with teachers and/or administration for specific questions. Finally, should you have questions or concerns throughout the school year feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 396-0776 (office) or (443) 255-7044 (cell). We know when families and schools communicate and work together scholars achieve. Together we can help children raise test scores, improve attitudes, and develop self-esteem that will prepare them for college and career readiness.
Matthew A. Henson Elementary School
The School Day:
The instructional day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:40 p.m.
Breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 8:00 a.m.
Dismissal & Pickup Procedures:
Scholars will be dismissed at 2:40 p.m. from their classrooms.
· Pre-K and Kindergarten scholars are dismissed from their classrooms at 2:40 p.m.
· 1st – 5th grade scholars are dismissed on to the school playground at 2:40 p.m.
· Scholars may wait to be picked up by parents in the main lobby.
Students are considered late at 8:15 a.m.
Matthew A. Henson has a mandatory school uniform policy. We applaud those parents who have supported this policy and made sure that their children are in uniform each day. Visitors comment on how great our students look. Thank you for your continued cooperation. We continue to have shirts on sale for $10.00. Please call the school to find out what sizes are available and the days that uniforms are on sale.
If your child does not have the immunizations required by the Maryland Health Department, you will receive a letter notifying you of the shots he/she is missing. Please comply with the request in your letter so that your child is not removed from school. You may refer to page 14 of the Scholar Handbook for Vaccine Requirements. Your child will receive this handbook during the first week of school.
We are eager to get more parent and community involvement. We are looking for business and community organizations to partner with our school. Volunteers should come to the school office to sign our volunteer book so that they can receive credit for the hours they work. Volunteers will receive incentives for time donated. We also have a PTA. Please look for information from PTA President and Technology Room Lead, Ms. Marlayna Davis.