Dear Lebanon Road Families, July 28, 2017
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Lebanon Road Elementary School! I am thrilled to serve as your principal and have enjoyed getting to know you many of you over the past three years. I want to take a moment to introduce myself to those of you who are new to the Lebanon Road family. I am originally from Delaware, nicknamed “The Small Wonder”. I attended Elon University for my undergraduate degree and decided to make Charlotte home when I could not part with North Carolina’s amazing weather. I began teaching in 2007 at Walter G. Byers and then continued my journey as an educator at Ashley Park as a resident principal in 2010. In 2012, I became the assistant principal of Shamrock Gardens Elementary School, where I served for two years. I received my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Special Education from Northeastern University’s Charlotte campus. I just hit a significant professional milestone by completing my tenth year with CMS.
Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, and being active with Molly, a two year old boxer mix. I’m also looking forward to becoming a homeowner later this year. I am eager to build relationships with others and love to meet new people and help them form meaningful connections. This is the reason I decided to become an educator. I am passionate about enabling every part of our school family to find their individual niche in our school community. This can be achieved by maintaining open communication, working together, and keeping students first at all times. Lebanon Road teachers, students, and parents are hard-working, life-long learners. Together, we will achieve Success for All at Lebanon Road.
We have a lot to celebrate from our last school year. Areas of significant growth this year on the EOGs include 3rd grade reading, 4th grade reading, and 5th grade math. Our Pre-K students’ vocabulary skills grew by leaps and bounds, and our AU students are participating regularly in inclusion classes. Our students’ diverse talents were showcased in musical performances, basketball championships, 5K races, media productions, and art displays. Many staff members received local and national awards and were accepted into prestigious professional development opportunities. Additionally, LRE continues to boast a low teacher turnover rate of 8% this year.
Our school-wide focus and theme this year will be “To Infinity and Beyond!” We will accomplish this by being strategic in our decisions and actions. We will make sure that every member of our school community, including students, staff, and parents, are plugged in to our school in the right ways to create Success for All. This year, Lebanon Road will start the journey to becoming a Personalized Learning school - meaning that we adapt our instructional techniques to ensure all children learn in the best ways for them, by getting to know each child deeply. I am ecstatic to announce that over the summer LRE won a major national award, the Roberts Award through New Leaders, in the amount of $25,000. This award will support our implementation of personalized learning and flexible learning environments.
Parents will be involved in this effort and others by attending meaningful school events and supporting students’ learning at home. This school year will also include many opportunities to unite as a school family including events sponsored by our PTA, quarterly School Leadership Team meetings, and annual events such as Book Character Day, Books & Blankets Family Night, Math Game Day & Thanksgiving Lunch, the Spring Agriculture Fair, and the Cultural Fair. I look forward to getting to know our families and the diverse perspectives and talents they bring to our school on an even deeper level this year.
We are eager to involve families as volunteers as well and have many opportunities for volunteers to create long-lasting, meaningful relationships within our school family. Through our North Star Reading Buddies program and HEART math tutoring, we pair mentors with struggling third grade readers and our budding mathematicians. We are always looking to add caring adults to the North Star and HEART tutoring teams. Please let us know how you would like to help students achieve success this year at our school.
I am so thankful that you have chosen Lebanon Road as your child’s school. I am looking forward to an amazing school year. If you have any questions throughout the year, please know that I am here for you! Through our collective dedication to our students, I am confident that we will achieve Success for All! Here’s to a wonderful year!
Janelle Styons, Principal