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Wilcox Primary School Principal
Dear Wilcox Families,
 
Welcome to Wilcox Primary School!  There are many great things happening at our school.  The following information should be helpful to parents who want to know more about our program and initiatives.   
  • Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports or PBIS:  PBIS is a broad range of systemic and individualized strategies that help children learn to become good citizens.  At Wilcox students will learn to Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Caring, and Be Safe across all environments.   Character intervention takes place through direct instruction, modeling, and practice in the classroom, halls, cafeteria, and playground.  Additional guidance and literature-based lessons will reinforce positive character traits throughout the school year. Every morning during the announcements children recite the Wilcox Pledge:
               Today is a new day.  It is my job to do my best work.  I promise to be responsible, be respectful, be caring, and
               be safe.
  • Safety and Security: As a parent, I need to know my child is safe and well-cared for before I can concentrate on her academic growth.  At Wilcox, we take the safety of our students, staff, and guests seriously. We have an excellent relationship with the Twinsburg Police Department and officers are in our school daily.  We utilize a LobbyGuard background check in our Welcome Center, have limited access to guests in the building, and have trained volunteers about academic confidentiality.  We meet all State requirements for fire, tornado, and lockdown drills.  We welcome parent volunteers who have made prior arrangements with their child's classroom teacher and have checked in through our Welcome Center. 
  • Third Grade Reading Guarantee: Although third grade may seem far off, it is important to know that we set academic goals for our kindergarten and first grade students that will set them on the right path to meet the rigorous expectations in third grade.  All students receive high quality instruction through small group guided reading and Fundations (phonics).  We use the Go Math series for our mathematics instruction and teachers work cooperatively to plan and implement intervention and enrichment opportunities for students. 
  • Step Up to Quality: Wilcox operates an integrated preschool program for about 80 children age 3-5. Wilcox has received a 5-Star rating on the State's mandated Step Up To Quality system that sets benchmark standards in things like class size, student to teacher ratio, higher level education of staff, specialized training, and a challenging curriculum.  
  • Technology: A few years ago a first grader told me, "Steve Jobs put the internet in our pockets."  Students today need to have a comfort level with technology for their academics and daily lives. Wilcox students have regular access to technology through Smart Boards in every classroom, tablets such as iPads and Kindles, laptops and computers, and listening centers.  All students are required to have headphones to use for classroom technology use and online testing. These can be purchased through the school by contacting your child's teacher.  
 As a primary school educator and a mother, I know that primary school can bring some nervous energy to your child and your home.  The teachers and support staff at Wilcox are veterans at welcoming and nurturing our community's youngest learners. With your support and assistance, we will help your children grow and develop to their fullest potential while they are here at Wilcox.  
 
The goals the Wilcox staff have developed will allow teachers to assist every student, every day as they take the next step in their social, emotional, and academic development.  You will see that at Wilcox:
 
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The primary grades are a time for experimentation and building strong foundations. We expect that your children will do both of these things many times while they are in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade at our school.  Please talk to your child about his or her day.  Ask specific questions.  Encourage them to try their best every day.  Give them a hug and a kiss as you say goodbye in the morning and again when you see them later in the day. If you want to know more about your child's day at Wilcox, his/her teacher is a fantastic resource about what the children are learning.

Don't hesitate to call or email as soon as you develop a concern.  Not only are we here to nurture and educate your children, it is also our role to offer support to our students' parents.  A strong parent-teacher partnership will reinforce the educational process for everyone.

I look forward to meeting many of you during our parent orientations, at PTA meetings, and at the upcoming Wilcox events. 
 
Yours in education,

Lynn Villa
Contact Us   |   11136 Ravenna Road   |   Twinsburg, OH 44087   |   Phone: 330.486.2000   |   Fax: 330.425.7216
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