Memorial School Administration
A Message From the Principal Jonathan G. Vander Els
As Principal of Memorial School, I have the distinct pleasure of working with an incredibly dedicated and professional staff of educators. It is something that has been intrinsic to Memorial School since I began working here fifteen years ago. The collaborative nature of our work together allows each member to contribute to our students’ success. Utilizing the strengths of the whole team allows all students in a particular grade level to benefit from multiple professional perspectives, resulting in a strategic, systematic team-wide response to any learning challenges exhibited by any student within our school. The development of a three-tiered response to learning has allowed for each student to receive instruction at his/her own instructional level by the appropriate professionals within our building.
Memorial School has been recognized nationally for its work within Professional Learning Communities by being chosen as a model school for PLC work. This is recognition of our staff’s willingness to challenge themselves and each other by continually striving to grow, as learners and as educators, and by always seeking out ways to positively impact student learning. Our continued growth is evidence of this work.
Our teachers at Memorial, and within our district, have continued to refine our work with assessing students’ growth related to standards and competencies. This work within our district has been recognized nationally, as well, and teachers continue to incorporate best practices that are going to positively impact our students’ learning and growth, including continued work developing Quality Performance Assessments designed to assess students’ mastery of competencies.
It is imperative that we achieve a balance in what we do with students every day. We hope to allow students the opportunity to grow academically, socially and emotionally. We encourage students to demonstrate the behaviors inherent to the Responsive Classroom model. We consistently recognize students who are exhibiting the CARES (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-regulation). We believe that with a strong foundation of respect and a willingness and desire to work hard, our elementary-age students will continue to be contributors to our larger community. We will continue to strive to make respect and responsibility visibly present in our teaching and learning throughout each and every day at Memorial.
Thank you for visiting our website.
From the Vice-Principal Donna Johnson
Newton Memorial School is one of four schools in the Sanborn Regional School District. Memorial School offers a quality education to its ~350 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. It is a school community comprised of 19 classrooms, a cafeteria/gym, a media center and portable computer lab with wireless Dell laptop computers.
It is my great pleasure to work with a group of professional educators at Memorial School that practice the Responsive Classroom model through use of the "morning meeting" as well as responsive language and community building. Teachers also utilize 6+1 Writing Traits and Guided Reading ensuring a consistent focus on literacy throughout the curriculum. Everyday Math, a researched based math program, provides instruction to students in grades 1 – 5. Our staff is also deepening their expertise in Professional Learning Communities which allows them to collaborate in a manner that provides a range of instructional practices to support all students in our classrooms. Grade level teachers work daily during the literacy block with Special Educators, Reading Specialists and the Enrichment teacher to ensure that small group, specialized reading and writing instruction is provided for all children. Memorial School has embraced the DIBELs and NWEA MAP assessments to track student progress and the impact of district initiatives.
I am constantly amazed by the work of Memorial School’s Parent Teacher Organization. They are viewed by all as a valued resource in our school community. They have consistently earned the NH Blue Ribbon Award for a high level of volunteerism and also conduct social and school fundraising activities throughout the year. They sponsor field trips and an assembly for each grade level and are generous with their donations of time, money, and necessities for our teachers. They are working teachers this year to support a Recycling Program, Environmental Club and enrichment programs such as the First Lego League.
The teachers and staff at Memorial School are dedicated to meeting the educational needs of our students in a safe and supportive environment. I am honored to be able to work with such wonderful students and adults each day!