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, repectively. Additionally, all four of my children attended Shady Side from Kindergarten through Fifth grades, and my granddaughter is currently a student here.
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 certainly presents us with new challenges and opportunities as we open the year virtually. Please know that my staff and I are committed to providing our scholars with engaging and meaningul learning, academic and social/emotional support, opportunities to create and build friendships, and an environment of fun while learning.
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 2020-2021 school year!
Melissa L. Brown