We wrapped up a great year at Montrose Elementary last month. I would like to thank the Bexley community and the Montrose staff and students for making me feel very welcome as the school's new principal.

We wrapped up a great year at Montrose Elementary last month. I would like to thank the Bexley community and the Montrose staff and students for making me feel very welcome as the school's new principal.

My year was filled with many exciting firsts - new school, new district, an instructional best practice to uphold, Talent Shows, a Fun Run, Town Meetings, all culminating in an emotional sixth grade graduation ceremony the last week of school.

Working with and getting to know the teaching staff at Montrose this year has been most gratifying for me. Our faculty is highly professional and child centered, which creates a warm and nurturing environment for learning. I have discovered that Montrose teachers understand both the art and science of teaching.

Our nine-year partnership with Ohio State University and involvement with Impact Literacy K-6 has allowed us to focus much of our professional development efforts on how to be better gatherers and consumers of student data. Montrose teachers meet regularly with OSU literacy experts for ongoing, high quality professional development sessions on comprehensive literacy instruction. These guide each teacher's instructional focus, better equipping our staffers to reach all types of learners. That is the science of teaching.

The Montrose staff is also committed to the social and emotional needs of the students. When you walk into Montrose, we want you to feel like part of the family. We strive to bring the district's 40 Developmental Assets best practice into every classroom as well as the wider community. Teachers take the time to get to know their students on a personal level and understand their interests and passions. By taking time to nurture these unique qualities, the teachers help the students thrive. That is the art of teaching.

Our school's PTO is extremely supportive, giving the resources of time and funding to make sure Montrose has everything needed to excel. Numerous volunteers are in our building at all times, helping with any kind of task we ask of them, whether fundraising for our new Outdoor Learning Center, named for retired principal Terry Black, activities with artists-in-schools or visits to area museums.

Thanks again to all for a terrific year. I look forward to seeing everyone back at Montrose in the fall and, students, please remember to read some good books this summer!

Quint

Gage