|Mr. Josh McPherson
Dear 9E Families,
I hope you are all having a wonderful summer vacation with your families. I am sending this letter to introduce myself and share how honored I am to be the new principal of W.S. Boardman Elementary School.
Prior to coming to 9E, I worked as a classroom teacher, technology teacher and assistant principal. I began my career in education as a fifth grade teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Each day, I strived to provide a rigorous learning environment for my students. I challenged them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers, while developing a true love of learning. As active learners, they eagerly sought out knowledge and analyzed the world around them. I then had the opportunity to work as a technology teacher in the same school. That role gave me the chance to teach students in Pre-K through fifth grade. In my computer lab, I reinforced literacy and math skills using a wide range of online learning tools. I saw firsthand the potential for differentiation using instructional technology. I then worked as an assistant principal in Flushing, Queens. As an assistant principal, I helped teachers refine their practice while ensuring smooth building operations. Although I missed the classroom, I loved the opportunity to impact school-wide instruction. I then worked as an assistant principal in Valley Stream. As a Long Island resident, I embraced this transition to a suburban school district. I am now eager to begin the most exciting chapter of my career, being the principal of 9E.
In June, I had the opportunity to visit each classroom and meet the students of 9E. I was impressed by their positivity and zest for learning. They are truly remarkable individuals. I also met with parents and staff members who eagerly shared what they loved about the school. As you would expect, the list was extensive! I immediately knew 9E was a very special place.
My years as an educator have reinforced my belief that collaboration and communication are essential for student success. It is clear that a strong school-home partnership already exists at 9E. One of my goals is to continue to foster this partnership. As parents, you were your children’s first teachers. You know their personalities, interests and strengths best. I encourage you to share your knowledge with your child’s teacher. This will help to inform daily instruction and interactions to help us meet the needs of your child. In addition, you’re child’s teacher has expert knowledge of curricula and instructional practice. Through conversations, meetings, mailings and our school website, we will share our knowledge with you. This will further equip you to support your child at home.
As the summer winds down, I’d like to encourage you to take the time to have your child log their summer reading hours on the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website. Earlier this summer, I sent out an email with instructions for accessing the website. A link is available on the district website. Please take the time to register if you haven’t done so already. The program ends on September 4, so there are just about two weeks left. Continue to have discussions with your children about what they are reading. Encourage them to express and justify their opinions. Prompt them to write down their ideas. This will help set the stage for the upcoming school year.
I hope you are all as excited as I am to begin the new school year. I look forward to working with you all to help our children flourish academically, socially and emotionally. Thank you for your time and see you in September!