Principal's Message

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    Our staff is ready for an exciting year of learning. Over the summer we received the official news that Sunset Elementary has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate/Primary Years Program School. This honor comes after a three year process that involved transforming our educational program into an integrated inquiry based teaching and learning model. Our students practice learner attributes and strive to be: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.

    As an IB/PYP School, we strive to develop students who are life-long learners with an appreciation and respect for a culturally diverse world. To achieve our mission, we implement and monitor a School Improvement Plan. According to the plan our relentless focus includes:

    -differentiating instruction across content areas to ensure an appropriate level of rigor.

    -integrating instructional technology to extend curriculum.

    -guiding the development of written communication skills to extend, refine, and make meaningful application of new learning.

    This school year we are also introducing the Enhancing Elementary Excellent Program, also known as Triple E. The program allows students to work in teams to collaboratively ask questions, creatively solve problems, and enthusiastically learn through hands on exploration. As an additional fifth class in the cultural arts rotation, our students will work on real-world problems with teachers and other professionals from the community. Our Triple E focus will be on World Culture and Language. Additional information will be available about the program at Back-to-School Night.

    To promote effective communication and effort to go paperless, our monthly newsletter will be posted on the Sunset website www.aacps.org/sunsetes You are encouraged to spend time browsing through the links on our website to learn more about school topics such as, calendar of events, clubs/after school activities, PTA activities, and countywide events.

    New staff members have joined our school community during the summer. We would like to welcome our new Sunset staff members.

    • Laura Espinosa– Assistant Principal
    • Michelle Zitofsky – School Counselor
    • Amy Dawson – PreK Teacher
    • Terri Bishop – PreK Teaching Assistant
    • Lindsey Lemaster – 2nd Grade Teacher
    • Jennifer Welsh – Enhancing Elementary Excellence Program
    • Lilia Martinez -- Enhancing Elementary Excellence Program

    It takes everyone in our learning community to ensure student growth and consistent success. We welcome and encourage your questions and ideas to support the success of our school program.

    Dr. Toni Carr

    Principal