Principal's Message

Dear Island View Families:

The other afternoon I was in Ms. Goforth’s classroom admiring her students’ crepe paper pumpkins hanging in the window. With the sun shining behind the pumpkins, they looked like exquisite stained glass art. Outside the window, delicate orange leaves adorned the front lawn. It was such a quintessential autumn schoolhouse scene! Indeed, it’s a beautiful time of year at Island View.

I would like to thank families for visiting Island View during conference week; we had an outstanding turnout. Our strong family partnerships make us a better school community. Thank you for all your participation.

As I mentioned in an earlier newsletter, the Island View staff (along with the staffs of all the elementary schools and the middle school in Anacortes) is implementing a social-emotional program developed at Yale University called RULER. The program centers on emotional regulation. In year one, implementation involves only staff members; in year two, implementation will include students.

For the first step, staff members identified how they want to feel at school and the ways they can nurture and share those feelings. The outcome of this work became an agreement— a Charter—that all staff members agree to uphold in their school interactions. In short, your Island View staff want to feel, and they pledge to make others feel: respected, valued, safe, supported, and inspired. 

A request: If you see staff members sharing or creating the above feelings, please let them know! Give them a Charter accoladeJ.

Our new Charter is ultimately about relationships, which fill the heart of education. Recently, for instance, I had a short conversation with a second grade student who told me his favorite subject in school is writing. He then shared a story about a recent birthday present—a visor for his football helmet. He said it makes him look “tough.”  As I walked away from the brief interaction, I thought about all the beautiful stories our students have within themselves.

One thing I deeply value about our staff is we listen to and value students’ stories—and by listening, we create proud, soarin’ Island View eagle flight.

Brian Hanrahan, Principal   






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