My name is Julie Heller and I am your new principal at Williams’s intermediate school. I am so excited and honored to work alongside the staff and your child each day. I am a former special education teacher of more than 20 years and have worked as an associate principal of Central high school the past three years. I am also the mother of two children who also attend school in Davenport. My philosophy as an educator, whether it be as a teacher or a principal, has always been to provide and ensure your child with the quality of education that I would want and expect for my own children.
It is because of this philosophy, we have determined improvements and changes were needed to improve the school day for all students. I am very excited about these changes. With a student first philosophy, I have reached out to our partners with the AEA and our state consultant Dr. Sandy Schmitz, and requested support and assistance with an improvement plan to help all our student reach their personal best in a safe and enjoyable learning environment. These partners in education are thrilled to help us make Williams the best Intermediate school it can be, and have help created a system that will ensure our students thrive.
While many of the changes may seem minimal, I want to make sure that we are clearly communicating with our families on how we modifying the school day to ensure top quality instruction for your child. Below is list of the improvements we plan to roll out on Tuesday Oct. 27th, 2018.
- Changing the 6th grade schedule slightly to improve instruction and transition. Students will be served by a team of teachers who will focus on the whole child approach. Currently, 6th grade transitions 8 times a day and are trying to navigate the hallways and café with all of the 7th and 8th graders.
The current schedule can be overwhelming for our 6th graders and leaves little time for teacher to get to know and celebrate your child’s learning styles and emotional needs. The new schedule will allow teachers more time with students and the ability to work as a team to help each and every child be successful.
- Bring instructional and behavioral coaches into the building from various professional organizations such as the Area Education Agency and nationally acclaimed Dr. Sharroky Hollie. With these classroom supports we hope give our teacher a renewed focus on helping our students gain the skills to reach their goals and make great progress both academically and behaviorally.
- We will be hiring 3 additional student support liaisons to help bridge communication with families and create extra levels of support and engagement for our students. With these new hires we also intend to develop more activities for students to participate in and feel connected to the school community.
- We have started and will continue to run a morning tutoring program in which students are welcome to come to Library on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings to receive extra help on assignments. All students are also welcome to free breakfast at 8:45 in the cafeteria.
In conclusion, I want you to know that I am available and invite you to email me or stop by the school with any questions or concerns you may have. I will be available in the IMC on Monday from 4:00 -6:00 pm. To discuss this exciting new change at Williams.Julie Heller Principal Williams Intermediate School