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Dear Zora Neale Hurston Elementary School Family:

Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year.  We are happy to report that we received a school grade of A once again with an increase of over 50 points from last year.   We successfully implemented the Cambridge Primary Program and Thinking Maps schoolwide.  These programs have helped to increase our students' critical thinking skills and overall achievement. In addition, we were awarded the prestigious Five Star School Award and Golden School Award for the 6th year in a row and were designated as a Silver Stem School for the second year in a row.  This was also our first year to complete the Fairchild Challenge!  We placed in the district's Science Fair and participated in the Superintendent's Honors Choir.  We were also the first place winners for the district for the Theadore Gibson Oratorical Contest.
Our theme for this school year is Start Strong.. Finish Stronger.  We will continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to excellence.  Failure is never an option. We will make a difference and finish strong!
We are looking forward to another successful year with the boys and girls of this great school.  As we begin a new school year, we ask that you help us by:
·         Setting high expectations for your child
·         Reading with your child for a minimum of 20-30 minutes each day
·         Ensuring that your child completes home learning daily
·         Making sure your child is prepared for school every day
·         Joining the PTA, becoming a school volunteer and participating in school activities
·         Attending our monthly Parent Academy meetings
·         Accessing the Parent Portal to monitor your child’s attendance and grades
We are committed to providing our students with a rigorous and global minded education.  Let’s work together to make it the best year yet!
Isabel Valenzano

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