• Principal's Corner


    Cougars LEAD: Learn. Engage. Act. & Deliver


    Greetings James McHenry Elementary School Families:

    It gives me great pleasure to welcome everyone to the 2018-2019 school year.  We have worked extremely hard the previous year building systems and structures that were conducive to effective learning. One of my main goals as the principal of James McHenry Elementary School is to ensure every student receives a high-quality education.  I am a firm believer that with collaboration from all stakeholders including our scholars, parents, staff, and community members, there will be a great impact on student achievement.

    Last year we embarked on a journey of excellence and provided numerous academic and community engagement activities and events.  Our record-breaking book fair, successful College and Career Day, diverse International Night, and our well attended Mental Health Expo demonstrated the support and commitment we as a school community have for our scholars.  In addition to that, we made gains on various assessments throughout the school year and had a strong focus on small group instruction in every subject. As a reflective practitioner, I am always looking for ways to improve our practice and do what is best for our scholars.

    As partners, we share the responsibility for our scholars success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

    • Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience

    • Completes all homework assignments given by teachers

    • Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills

    • Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life

    • Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject

    • Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school

    Our staff of highly qualified professional educators and support personnel is committed to providing many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. On behalf of all staff members, we invite and encourage our scholars and parents to work in partnership with us to seize those opportunities.  We look forward to a very positive and productive year together. Please know that we highly value home and school communication here at James McHenry Elementary School. As a reminder we have changed our uniform top and students will now wear burgundy. Again, we welcome you to another great year. To our new families, WELCOME. Here’s to an AWESOME new school year as we work together to make our school a great place to learn each day!

    Dr. Harold A. McCray, Jr.

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