Important Message from Elementary Principal, Richard Pogue

Dear Parents:

We are off to a great start at Tamarac Elementary School this year – I’m very excited for everything that this school year will bring for our students.  For those of you who don’t know me, I have always placed student academic well-being and student safety at the top of my list. My first mentor told me “if you take care of student learning and student safety, everything else pretty much takes care of itself”.  This was very good advice, and it is still as relevant today as it was 20 years ago.

The faculty and staff at Tamarac Elementary School take our shared responsibilities for your children very seriously and are always trying to take steps to better our student’s educational experiences.  We have begun implementing a new reading program, ReadyGen, for all students in grades K -6 to strengthen already solid reading skills, as well as using district math data to inform and improve instruction at all levels within the building.  I am continually impressed with the efforts of our teaching staff on your children’s behalf, making this school a place your children want to be every day.

On 9/11, a day our students now know as a historical event, but which we will never forget, safety remains a major responsibility for schools.  We have addressed safety in many ways throughout the years, and I’d like to ask for your assistance as we strive to improve student safety.  For parents who drive their children to school in the morning, I am asking that you drop your children off at the main lobby and not accompany students into the building or to their classrooms.  By insuring who is, and isn’t, in the building, we are doing more to safeguard the children in our care.  We aren’t closing our school to parents; activities such as Grandparent’s Day, the Halloween Parade and having lunch with your child will continue to be part of Tamarac Elementary School. We simply need to take one more to step insure our student’s well-being while they are with us.  I’d like to ask that this measure begin on Monday, September 23rd.

If your child is having an issue with transitioning into this building, we will work with you and your child as much as necessary to get them comfortable with this school.  If your child is having issues with other students, please let us know as soon as possible and we will address their concerns.  I see the students in this building as confident and comfortable while they are here.  Every parent wants to be needed by their children, but at the same time, we, as parents, thrive as our kids become independent, confident learners, comfortable in a school that is as much their school as it is those who work here.

Thank you for your continuing support of the work of the staff of Tamarac Elementary.


Richard Pogue