Ellen Packard and Floy Galbriath, the two 5th grade teachers at Eastside, along with new Eastside principal Beth Wernz, spoke with parents of 5th grade students in an effort to give them an understanding of what the next school year will bring for their children.
Eastside Elementary has hosted V.I.P. days for roughly three years, and teachers and administrators agree it's a great way to reach out to parents and interact with them on a more personal basis, rather than just a quick meeting on Meet the Teacher night before the beginning of the school year.
During the V.I.P. day, Packard and Galbriath spoke with parents about several important issues including grade reports, the importance of monitoring their child's online activity and the expectations they have for their students for the upcoming year.
Packard and Galbriath emphasized the importance of preparing 5th grade students for their transition to North Clay Middle School next year.
"It's a huge change," Packard said. "To go from a school of roughly 260 students to a school of over 900 is a big transition."
Galbriath said she hopes to "prepare them academically and socially for going to North Clay."
Galbriath and Packard are also concerned with helping students succeed on their ISTEP+ tests.
"The only thing I ask with ISTEP+," Packard said, "is that the students do their best and go into it with great attitudes."
Galbriath also spoke about the school motto: S.O.A.R. (Safe, Organized, Accountable and Respectful).
"We want to teach the students to be independent thinkers with those expectations in mind," Galbriath said.
Both Galbriath and Packard are excited for upcoming activities with their students, including Volcano Day, the Pizza Hut Book It Challenge and a special Veteran's Day program in November.
"We have a lot of hands-on activities for the students this year, which will be really great," Packard said. "So far, this year is starting out really well."