Dear Friends of Sequoyah:
As the principal of Sequoyah Elementary, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our school. Sequoyah Elementary is a kindergarten through fifth grade school with an enrollment of nearly 700 students.
As an education team, we at Sequoyah Elementary are dedicated to academic excellence and holding high expectations to ensure that each student will be successful learners. We are committed to creating a safe and positive learning environment where staff and students promote and model responsible, respectful behavior in order to provide each student the best learning opportunity. To reach this goal, Sequoyah Elementary is dedicated to providing the necessary programs to help students meet their greatest potential. We offer intervention programs to assist students in becoming proficient readers by third grade. We believe that if children are fluent readers at an early age, they will not only be successful in their learning, but also confident students throughout their academic years. Every grade level receives 30 minutes, four days a week of research based reading intervention or enrichment based upon individual needs. In order to determine intervention needs, students receive regular benchmark assessments to establish their level of skill and receive instruction that best meets their individual learning levels. We progress monitor students on a regular basis to ensure that students are making adequate academic growth. We also provide extended studies opportunities for our high performing students.
Along with academic excellence, Sequoyah Elementary is also committed to the social and emotional needs of our students. Our students and staff have been trained in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and we provide positive behavior interventions and support (Thunderbird Three - safety-respect-responsibility, Bucket Fillers, Energy Bus, and Seeds of Happiness) to our students. In addition, classroom meetings discussing topics generated by students to help them formulate ways to handle social interactions in a positive productive manner.
Sequoyah Elementary recognizes that the world is changing around us daily and that technology is an integral part of that change, therefore, we strive to engage students with various means of technology. Classroom teachers use an interactive whiteboard, document camera, and computers for teaching daily lessons. These tools allow students to participate in the lesson through interactive activities.
Sequoyah Elementary has an outstanding supportive Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). PTO helps volunteers, helping on field trips, hosting community events, sponsoring an author in residence each year, as well as stepping in anytime they see a need.
Our academic programs and culture were created and nutured by the entire Sequoyah community with a common goal - do what is best for students and always look for ways to address our mission...BELIEVE*ACHIEVE*SUCCEED. BELIEVE in yourself. Work hard to ACHIEVE your goals. Do your best to SUCCEED. Sequoyah Elementary...where greatness has a home!
Welcome to Sequoyah Elementary!
Ted Zotos, Ed.S.