Principal’s Corner

July 2019

Dear Heron Community,

Thank you for such an inspiring school year! I have the unique opportunity to be both a parent and a principal at Heron school, and I am so honored to be part of this community in both roles. Our families are committed to our school community, and we value our diversity. There are many languages, perspectives, and experiences represented among our families, and we learn from each other and support one another every day. Our outstanding Heron PTSA goes above and beyond to plan fun community-building events and raise funds for the many opportunities that make our STEAM program come to life for our students, including our Art Docent program, Missoula Children’s Theater, The Crocker Art Museum Art Ark, science lab materials, field trips, and more. Thank you to our Heron PTSA and all the many parent volunteers that make our school such a welcoming place for all students.

I’m also grateful for our wonderful Heron teachers and staff. Our office staff greets everyone at the door with a smile (everyone knows Ms. Shannon!), and we take pride in serving our families. Mr. Dave is another friendly face you’ll see at the crosswalk each morning, joined by Mr. Young and our other playground monitors throughout the day, working together to keep our children safe. In total, there are 92 of us that make up Team Heron, all working together to create an environment each day that brings joyful learning and academic achievement to all students. Our teachers are highly collaborative and work together to ensure each child’s success. We are going into our 5th year of implementing the Responsive Classroom approach, which aligns our practices in building community, designing active learning experiences, and implementing responsive discipline practices. We are a STEAM-focused school, so we are continually striving to integrate meaningful experiences for our students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. It’s a fun challenge, and we love it!

And finally, thank you to my Heron Flyers for making my job as your principal such a joyful and rewarding experience! I am amazed at how much you have accomplished this year, and nothing brings me more joy than when you proudly show me your writing, your science experiments, your musical and theater performances, your technology projects, your presentations, your research, your designs, the list goes on and on. You remind me that we are lifelong learners; if we keep learning, we keep growing.

The summer is a wonderful time for you to keep learning about the things you love! Get outside and explore, read your favorite books, create your own movies, build something of your own design, write a song, make up a dance, conduct your own science experiments (ask your parents first!). Enjoy your summer, get outside, be mindful of your screen time, read some books (I think I already mentioned that, but it’s worth repeating), and be sure to say “Hi” when you see me around the neighborhood! I can’t wait to see you back at school on August 7th!

For the Love of Learning,

Principal Amy Whitten