Dear Shady Side Families and Friends,
Welcome to Shady Side Elementary School, a school where scholars SOAR! I am pleased to serve as principal of Shady Side and truly feel as if I am home. I attended Shady Side Elementary from Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. I was a substitute teacher here before I began my career and also taught Spanish and Dance while in high school and college, respectively. Additionally, all four of my children attended Shady Side from Kindergarten through Fifth grade, and my granddaughter attended from First through Fifth grade.
My connection to Shady Side is strong, but it is also that way for many families and staff. Our school has a rich and strong tradition in South County, and many of our staff members and parents attended Shady Side Elementary as children.
This school year should see us returning to a somewhat normal school experience. My staff and I are committed to providing students with an exemplary learning experience in a safe environment. While there will still be many things we must do differently, and some things we are not yet able to resume, it is exciting to know that our students will be back in the building with us five days per week.
I look forward to all of the opportunities that await us and look forward to getting to know scholars and their families. Working together, we can help our Seagulls achieve great success.
Have a wonderful 2021-2022 school year!
Melissa L. Brown