Sunday, June 7, 2015

Diggs-Latham Closes Out Another Successful Year! June 7-12th

Farewell to Dr. Frazier

Dr. Frazier still has two weeks with us but since this will be the last blog of the year, I thought I would take this opportunity to honor her.  As you all know by now, Dr. Cheryl Frazier is the new principal of Bolton Elementary School.  They are extremely blessed to get her and I know in my heart that she will do an outstanding job working with their students, faculty, staff and community. Dr. Frazier has all of the qualities that a good leader should have, she is is a Visionary Leader. Her actions consistently align with our school vision.  She works hard to build Community. She has done this effectively and has built strong relationships with students, staff and families. Many of you know that she has great Emotional Intelligence.  She thinks before she acts. She treats everyone fairly. Our students know that she will always listen to them.  She is a champion for helping students understand that despite any barriers they face, they can be successful if they work hard.  She is my partner in working hard to improve teaching and learning as we navigate through common core and new programs.  Not only is she my colleague, but she is  my friend.  I know many of you feel the same way. Join with me in congratulating her and wishing her all the best as she embarks on this new journey.  We will truly miss her.

A Warm Diggs-Latham Welcome to our new 

Curriculum Coordinator... Mrs. Kelly Ryan!

Our school Interview Team had a very daunting task interviewing qualified candidates for this very important job.  ALL the candidates did an excellent job and it was a very hard decision that the interview team did not take lightly.  They were very professional in analyzing every aspect of the process. I am pleased to announce to you that Mrs. Kelly Ryan will begin her tenure with us in August.  She has a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and BS in Elementary Education. She is Nationally Board Certified and and has served at Ward Elementary as a Learning Team Facilitator where she was  the IST Chair and Grade 3-5 Testing Coordinator.  She has been Teacher of the Year at Speas Elementary twice in 2005 and 2011. She has experience in teaching both 2nd and fifth grades. She is experienced in Data Analysis, PBIS and Lesson Plan Development. She has worked on several district teams writing curriculum and assessment.  She is thrilled to be joining us and I know you will give her a warm Diggs-Latham welcome:)  Kelly will bring a wealth of knowledge to our school.

Farewell to Mrs. Gloria Pubantz and Ms. Chris Barger

How do we even begin to say good bye to these incredible ladies?  Gloria Pubantz has served as curriculum coordinator for many years and her absence will surely be a huge loss for our school.  She has worked diligently to be a champion for our students.  She cares about them and makes every effort to be sure that they are given the resources they need to succeed.  She served as Testing Coordinator for many years and testing was always successful due to her planning and expertise. She works closely with our faculty and staff to make sure that they too have the resources they need.   She has been a leader in our school and in our district as well, as she has served in many leadership roles throughout the years. She knows her data and has a great attention for detail which has helped us many times in creating our SIT Plan.  It is now time for her to enjoy her family, especially her adorable grandchildren.  We wish Gloria the very best as she too sets off to start a new chapter in her life.  We will miss her very much!!!!

  Chris has been with us for the past four years and we will surely miss her as well.  She works very closely with Nurse Hall to make sure that our students have a strong advocate for all their social and emotional needs.  She is proactive in helping curb attendance issues and is a liaison between our families and school.  She cares about our students and their families and is always willing to seek out resources.  We thank her very much.  She too, will now have more time to spend with family.  Good Luck Chris in all of your future endeavors. We will miss you!!!!!!

**************I will have a few more farewells before the week is over****************** 

Last Call for Committee Sign-Ups for Next Year....Room 200

Please do this by noon tomorrow if you have not done so already. I will transfer information from board tomorrow afternoon.  We also need to vote on TAC, and CAC at our Faculty Meeting.

Classroom and Hallway Procedures for the EOY

Please make sure that all Hallway Bulletin Boards and wall and door displays are completely taken down. New paper and border will have to be put up next year.  All classsroom bulletin boards should be taken down as well.  It is possible that there could be some room changes.  Word walls and resources should be covered as thorough cleaning and possibly painting will be taking place.  For information concerning storage of technology, see Ms. Pullen.  All Media Center books should be turned in as should all leveled readers. Please make sure that they are returned using the procedures outlined.  All desks should be cleaned out and wiped off. They should be stacked on one side of the room as should the chairs.  PLEASE TAKE HOME YOUR PERSONAL ITEMS.  We can not be responsible for things left out.  Budd and our custodians have to move things when cleaning and things may get accidentally misplaced if they do not have identification on them of some kind, masking tape works well.  We are also collecting all keys. We want you to have a summer:)  If you absolutely need to get in your room this summer, we will give you the key.  Please clean and de-clutter the best you can:)  

End of the Year Celebration-

Mrs. Rice and her Hospitality team are working on planning our End of the Year Celebration. I am sure more details will follow soon.


  1. Faculty and Staff, Thank you all for a Great Year. I want you to know how much I appreciate your hard work and dedication to our students and to each other. Our NCAE Survey was very positive and had some of the highest ratings in the district. I want you all to have a great summer. Relax and Rejuvenate and focus on fun, family and possibly adventure! I am looking forward to running a 5K next Saturday. I have trained for 9 weeks so I think I am ready. Thanks for all of you who have cheered me on along the way. We are truly a family and I thank you for that. Whether it a 5k you want to run, or graduate school, or a special book to read, or just spending more time with your families, set your goals and go for them!!!!!! I believe in you all and there is nothing you can't accomplish. You all prove that every day! HAPPY SUMMER!

  2. Thank you so much Mrs. Cannon! It has been an honor and privilege to work with such an amazing staff and students. I truly appreciate your kind words!!!

  3. I would like to thank the staff at Diggs-Latham for opening their arms up to our new program as I know it has not been easy. We thank the specialists for doing an outstanding job with our kids. Wish everyone I nice and relaxing summer.

  4. Thank you to everyone for a wonderful year. This is my first year at Diggs-Latham and I am looking forward to many more.

  5. It has been a wonderful year for me. I will miss my students that are moving on as well as Dr. Frazier, but I know they are all moving on to better things.