Daviess Co. elementary teachers planning student 'meet and greets'

Staff members from four Daviess County elementary schools are planning special events to get their students excited about going back to school.

The Meadow Lands, Tamarack, East View and West Louisville elementary schools will all host special "meet and greet" events to allow teachers to connect with their students prior to the coming school year.

Meadow Lands Elementary School (MLES) staff members will meet for breakfast at the school at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, to map out routes to visit neighborhoods of more than 500 students.

MLES teachers, wearing bright red "Setting the Stage" shirts, will distribute back-to-school information and treats as they visit students' homes.

Teachers will return to the school at 11:30 a.m. for lunch before beginning their afternoon visits.

MLES Principal Kevin Lowe said the visits set a positive tone for the beginning of the new school year.

"Students make engaging connections at Meadow Lands for 173 days each year, and for at least one day, we want to make a connection at each student's home," Lowe said. "We want to increase our family engagement by having meaningful relationships with every family that are positive and encouraging, right from the start of the school year."

Tamarack Elementary School will continue its annual "Rock the Block" tradition with back-to-school home visits starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31.

TES principal Allison Coomes said the event will give teachers an opportunity to visit their students' neighborhoods and let kids know how excited the staff is about welcoming them back to the first day of school.

"Positive relationships are the foundation of student achievement," Coomes said. "This is going to be a great year at Tamarack Elementary School, and we are all looking forward to going 'the extra mile' to show our students we care!"

East View Elementary School (EVES) has scheduled a "Leaders Meet Future Leaders" event for Monday, August 5, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Principal Ann Marie Williams said EVES staff will meet and greet students and families in their neighborhoods with special treats.

West Louisville Elementary School (WLES) is planning a "Tigers Tour the Town" event for the day before school starts, Tuesday, August 6, from noon to 2 p.m.

Principal Nathan Satterly and his staff members will tour the WLES district to meet and greet families at points along the route.

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