Mr. Josh McPherson
















Dear 9E Community,

It’s hard to believe that winter is already here.  It seems like just yesterday we were enjoying warm weather at our Back to School BBQ.  We managed to pack so many wonderful events and accomplishments into the fall.  For starters, we’ve had several amazing Morning Meetings hosted by our Caring Majority Ambassadors, grade 4 and grade 5.  Our young musicians kicked off the holiday season with a rousing winter concert.  Our PTA and sixth grade committee have hosted a wide range of wonderful events including our Bingo Night, Vendor Night and a series of exciting assemblies.  Our fourth graders have even had a chance to participate in the Roller Coaster Challenge as part of the district-wide Project Extra for All.  These are just a few of our fall highlights.  Please take a moment to visit our website if you’d like to recap all these memorable events. 

Now that the school year is fully underway, the time has come for our school to embark on the process of creating mission and vision statements.  Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to complete the mission/vision keyword survey.  In addition, thank you to all the parents and teachers who contributed to our discussion during January’s PTA meeting.  The School-Based Planning Team will be using all of your input to draft mission and vision statements over the next few weeks.  We hope to share these with you in March.

We have many exciting events and initiatives on the horizon.  During PARP, we will be celebrating reading with a variety of events, including Community Reading Day, the Book Fair and a visit from author Laurence Pringle.  As a part of PARP, students are also encouraged to participate in a class book project that will feature their artwork inspired by our theme of Perseverance.  This winter, our Morning Meetings will continue, with third grade hosting in January, second grade in February and first grade in March.  We hope you are able to join us for these and other exciting events and celebrations. 

This fall, 50 students participated in our school’s Perseverance Project.  I encourage all students to participate in the second round, which will be due on March 1st.  For these winter projects, kids have the choice of conducting an interview or a research project.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher or visit our website if you need an additional copy of the project guidelines.  I look forward to seeing all the amazing projects our kids create.

Thank you to every member of the 9E community for your ongoing commitment to our kids.  The first half of the year was a success.  I challenge you all to make the second half of the year even better! 

J. McPherson