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One School, One Team: Making a Difference

One School, One Team: Making a Difference

Dear McMichael Families:

Welcome back! Or, if you are new to our McMichael family, welcome and thank you for choosing our amazing school for your child’s education. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer and are ready to start a new school year on September 3rd.

Last school year was filled with lots of fun learning experiences and student successes. Here are a few of our favorite memories:

  • Middle Years partnership with the Philadelphia Zoo
  • Consistent scores with PSSA in ELA and Math for the past 3 years
  • Highest Teacher retention over the past 3 years

We are already gearing up for an incredible new school year. Our teachers have attended training sessions to better help all students learn and grow. Our front office team is updating student files and ordering new materials. Our hard-working custodians have spent the summer cleaning our school. And, our cafeteria workers are preparing to serve your children delicious, healthy and free breakfast and lunch each school day.

We’re also delighted to welcome a few new additions to our staff. After 3 years as your AP under Mr. Wallace, I am now the PROUD new principal of McMichael!  This year we welcome our new Assistant Principal, Matthew Reid, a new office manager, Ms. Williams, a new counselor for grades 6-8 Kara Kolb and a new 1st-grade teacher Michelle McNeil/. Let’s welcome our new staff members into the McMichael family and make them feel welcome this year.

  • Our K-3 classrooms have all undergone renovations to modernize the rooms.
  • All students will continue to have access to 1-to-1 technology this year in their classrooms.
  • We will host a monthly Farm Stand highlighting fresh fruit and vegetables for the McMichael Community

Be sure to visit www.philasd.org for important back-to-school information such as how to get a Philadelphia School TransPass and a list of vaccines your child will need to attend school. I also want to invite you to attend our Back-to-School Night on September 26th from 5 – 7 p.m. This will be a great time to meet teachers and other families and learn more about the new school year.

All of us at McMichael look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday, September 3rd, and working with our families and community to support high-level learning. As always, please feel free to reach out to me at 215-400-7750 with questions or concerns. Together, we can make this school year our best one yet!

Sincerely,

Dollette Johns-Smith, Principal