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From the Principal

September 2018

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians of Northside Elementary:

WELCOME!! to the 2018-2019 school year!

If you drove by Northside during the summer months, there were probably teachers’ cars parked in the parking lot. Our teachers are so committed they give of their time even during the summer months. We are all prepped and ready for your children. The excitement is palpable!!!

As this is an ELA implementation year, your child will be introduced to a brand new ELA reading curriculum titled ReadyGen. Our teachers are completely prepared to assist your child in their journey to a lifelong love of reading. As we pride ourselves on our partnership, we know you will want to read with your child at home.  According to Henderson and Berla (1994), "The most accurate predictor of a student's achievement in school is the extent to which that student's family is able to:

  1. Create a home environment that encourages learning.

  2. Express high realistic expectations for their children's achievement and future careers.

  3. Become involved in their children's education at school and in the community.”

Year after year, our students soar when we work together.

  • This last year 91.5 % of our K-3 students were proficient in their reading fluency, which is the number 1 indicator for reading success.

  • This last year we were ranked as one of the top 47 schools in all of Idaho. We now have the incredible distinction as a Top Performing Idaho School.

Another exciting piece of news is that we are going to have an art specialist in the building one day a week. Our students will be getting two extra hours of art education a month due to a generous grant from the Panhandle Alliance for Education. We will be continuing our Maker Lab work as well.

As always, I would like to address the critical importance of good attendance. We roughly have 174 instructional days a year built into our educational calendar. This is a little more than a half a year. Please, if at all possible, plan family vacations during breaks in instruction. We are certainly understanding about family emergencies. Also, please remember to call the office when your child is home sick. Thank you.

I want to personally thank you all for being the best group of parents in the district. You care, you work hard with your children, and you support our work by volunteering! We literally couldn’t do it without you!! Let the year begin!!!

With warm regards,


Perky Smith-Hagadone
Principal of Northside Elementary