Welcome BACK--We've missed you!
On behalf of our entire staff, I'd like to welcome our new and returning students to Santa Fe Elementary! It's with great honor and much enthusiasm that we are starting our school year. Extensive planning, CONSTRUCTION, and effort have gone into making 2019-2020 successful.
As elementary principal, I am excited to reunite with familiar faces and to meet new ones! I'm anxious to hear all about the summer's adventures. This is my 15th year at Santa Fe and third as elementary principal. It's truly an honor to serve in a district so bound in tradition where parents, teachers and students care for each other and work together to build a positive educational community. We are blessed to have a community with a strong commitment to excellence in education, which is reflected by our quality curricular and co-curricular programs and activities here at Santa Fe Elementary and throughout the District.
Santa Fe Elementary includes students in preschool through sixth grade, and we also offer programs for learning support and academic enrichment, such as Gifted Education, Reading Recovery Program, Title I Reading, Math Club (grades 4th-6th), Student Council, Sixth Grade Band, and tutoring at all grade levels. Students in the fifth and sixth grade have the opportunity to participate in our athletic programs/tournaments, which include volleyball, basketball and track. Additionally, we have a school-wide comprehensive Character Education program which is reinforced each week by recognizing our "Chiefs of the Week". These are students who have demonstrated Santa Fe Pride and have been recognized by staff as being active examples of our monthly focus.
Our school utilizes a proactive system of discipline, known as the B.I.S.T. (Behavior Intervention Support Team) Program. This program allows staff to assist students in learning how to take good care of themselves and make good choices, while also taking responsibility for the choices that they make. The focus of this program, grace with accountability, has a direct impact on helping our students become responsible, caring citizens, while also protecting instruction time for all students.
The Santa Fe Elementary P.T.O. (Parent-Teacher-Organization) is very active in our school and provides support services and funding for school activities and programs. Our community organizations are also very supportive of our students and programs at school and all families are encouraged to join.
We anticipate seeing students unloading from cars and hopping off of buses. We await having our silent halls filled with the sounds of children hustling to class and sharing stories. New friendships will blossom, as well as reconnecting with old friends. There's an unbeatable feeling to starting a new school year!
I would like to extend my sincere and heartfelt "Thank you!" to our custodial staff for their diligence in preparing our facilities for this school year. Extensive building renovations have taken place this summer, and the maintenance staff's effort to ready our schools is greatly appreciated.
“Santa Fe Pride” is our district motto, and we work hard to show this pride every day in all that we do. We invite you to come by or contact us to visit about the exciting things that are happening at Santa Fe Elementary!
Stacey Smith, SFE Principal
Students will study and practice Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People . The Habits we will focus our character education this year are as follows:
Habit 1: Be proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind
Habit 3: Put first things first
Habit 4: Think win-win
Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the saw
Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) results will be distributed during Parent Teacher Conferences, held on October 23rd & 24th.