Dear Oak Ridge Faculty, Staff, Parents, and Students:
I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Principal of Oak Ridge Elementary and to let you know how honored I am to officially join the Eagle Family. I come to Oak Ridge having served as the Assistant Principal for Curriculum at Gilchrist Elementary School for the past five years. Prior to that, I had the pleasure of serving as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal respectively in the DeKalb County School System in Georgia for a combined sixteen years.
My ultimate goal as your new Principal is to work with you to ensure that all Oak Ridge students achieve their highest potential. I have learned through experience that children can only reach their greatest potential through partnership and collaboration amongst committed and supportive administrators, teachers, parents, support staff, and students. Over that past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to have both informal meetings and discussions with various stakeholders in the Oak Ridge Community. Through these opportunities it has become quickly apparent to me that this is a shared belief at Oak Ridge Elementary School.
I’m certain that many of you have questions about the ramifications of our most current school grade and the work that lies ahead. I want you to know that I firmly believe that a school and community are so much more than a grade. However; I enthusiastically embrace the challenge of working together to provide differentiated learning opportunities for each student and inspiring and challenging our students through engaging experiences.
I am confident, that together, we can make Oak Ridge an even better place for our students to learn and grow. I look forward to meeting you and working together towards continued success at Oak Ridge.
Jasmine C. Smith, Ed.D.
After working for months with the school’s art teacher, Makayla Shaw has turned from a shy outsider to sharing her artistic talents with her student peers. Susan Balding from VSA Florida was on hand to present Makayla with the student of the month award.
Throughout the year, students at Fairview enjoy Jazz during lunch, played by their own peers! This Thursday, November 16th, you can see what it's all about! The Fairview Jazz Band, along with the RHS Jazz band, Leon Jazz Band, The Good Little Chickens & more, will perform in the courtyard from 6-8pm. Fans should bring lawn chairs, a picnic dinner & enjoy the music under the open sky.
Superintendent Hanna would like to wish you and your family Happy Thanksgiving. LCS Employees are some of the most giving people in the world.
Leon County School’s Safe Schools Statement
Pursuant to federal law, students may not be denied a public education. As such, Leon County Schools is committed to providing a world class education in a safe environment for all students--regardless of immigration status.
LCS administrators will continue to enforce Board Policy 5540 in relation to non-DCF law enforcement investigations involving students on campus. This policy requires parents’ consent in order to provide access to students unless there is a warrant or an exigent/emergency circumstance such as an investigation involving a missing child.
LCS counselors have been trained to provide support for students and families who may be impacted by changes to federal law. The safety and security of all our students will continue to be our top priority.