Principal's Message

Message from the Principal
(Updated 12/7/16)
The Woodside Elementary School Mission was developed with parent, student and staff voices in 2015:
To develop the unique strengths of every learner for a lifetime of success.

Welcome to Woodside Elementary School, part of MSAD 75, in Topsham, Maine!

Woodside is one of five
K-5 elementary schools in MSAD 75, and is also home to the district's elementary Special Programs Department (programs designed to serve students with moderate to severe to profound special needs). We currently have a student population of about 330+ students, and our total student to classroom teacher average ratio is 18:1 (including students in Special Programs). Woodside has a strong reputation for meeting the needs of all learners and a commitment to high quality instruction through the MSAD 75's teacher development model. For example, each late start Wednesday at Woodside our faculty are engaged in a cycle of district-wide professional learning, school based focus on analyzing student work and measuring growth against established learning progressions, or preparation for instruction. Research shows the most important influences for student success are: excellent teaching, involved parenting and clear feedback. We feel the same, and it is our aim to continually find ways to improve our practice and find better and more engaging curriculum strategies and parent involvement. You can help us by showing your support through volunteerism, by engaging in community events, or by reaching out to our "PTO" to help enrichment activites at the school..

When you visit Woodside, you'll immediately notice a district-wide commitment to safety and security. We maintain a single point of entry during school hours. Simply press the door bell to your left and check in at our main office. You will be greeted by our secretaries, Doreen Brown and Kim Tanguay who will check you in for your visit. As you walk the halls with your visitor badge you should find examples of student work and should witness students practicing our three rules or "Code of Cooperation":
We are Safe, We are Responsible, We are Respectful.

At Woodside we have a proven commitment to Hunger Prevention. This year our 4th and 5th grade student leadership team  will help raise awareness, set goals for and collect  much needed funds and food to support the Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Partnership. Their executive director let us know that we are historically  MCHPP's 3rd largest donor. What an honor, and what a responsibility! Thank you for helping us keep that high level of commitment alive in spirit and action.

At Woodside School, family is important. So, I encourage you and your family to take time to enjoy one another during this special time in your lives. As I am constantly reminded watching my own children grow and thrive in MSAD 75 schools (and at area  pre-schools), the elementary educational years go by in the blink of an eye!

Take time to enjoy them, and show your child that you care about education by getting involved as a volunteer in the class or as a participant through our "PTO" group. We are fortunate to join you in your journey, and want to invite you to join us in the important work of educating our nation's future Citizens and Denison makers.  In my view, there could be no more important work!

It is my belief that together, we can help your child learn about, practice the skills for, and become models of successful thinking, learning, and action.
Thank you for joining the excellent Woodside Faculty and Staff, and our larger community in the growth and educational development of your children.

If you'd like to learn more about Woodside, just ask someone. We are proud of the relationships and reputation we have built over the years as a high quality elementary school with a focus on learner success. If you'd like to meet the principal, I am involved in monthly "PTO Meetings" currently held on the second Monday of each month from 4:30-5:45 p.m. You can also always call in to book an "open office hour" meeting with me through our dedicated office team.

Sincerely,

Mr. Dedek, Principal
Woodside Elementary School

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