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Message from the Principal

  • Julia Drake, Principal Welcome, Families, to Springhurst Elementary School,

    At Springhurst, we are committed to teaching the whole child. We offer not only a strong academic foundation, but a rich social and emotional experience as well.  In support of our work and in recognition of providing a safe and nurturing school environment for all students, we have earned the Anti-Defamation League’s “No Place for Hate” Award four years in a row!
     

    The vision of the Dobbs Ferry School District, “Independent Thinkers Prepared to Change the World,” informs our teaching and culture as we strive to develop independent, curious, and open-minded learners. We want students to think critically, work collaboratively, act ethically and become knowledgeable about the world around them.  We do this in a variety of ways. 

    One of our most recent initiatives focuses on environmental preservation and the benefits of composting and waste reduction. We are very proud to announce that now, Springhurst is the only school in Westchester County to have a fully functional industrial size composting system on site! Through our COMPOST KIDS initiative, students learn all about the science of composting and how they are helping the environment.  Click to see The Journal News Article & Video about Springhurst composting.  This fantastic achievement was a true team effort that would not have been possible without the support of many people throughout our school community including: parent, staff, community, and student volunteers; the Dobbs Ferry School District and Facilities Department; the Dobbs Ferry Schools Foundation; and the Dobbs Ferry Parent Teacher Student Association.

    Within the classrooms, our teachers continue to adopt new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, providing a rich and vibrant educational experience for all students.  This year students in kindergarten and first grade will experience a new and improved approach to science as we begin to transition to become fully aligned to the new state science standards.  The remaining grades at Springhurst will transition as well with each subsequent year.  Our science program is highly engaging and continues to be hands-on and a constructivist approach to learning.


    We are proud to also have a number of incredible special programs at Springhurst including music, arts, athletics, technology, library, and a variety of enriching extra-curricular offerings such as Math Olympiad, Harmonaires, Destination Imagination, Student Government, Digital Media, Ecology, ELA Academy & springtime Enrichment Clusters.

    Springhurst is a special place where young minds are inspired and challenged, and all students are enabled to experience success.  Be assured that your children will flourish at Springhurst thanks to the superb and highly-qualified staff and to the bountiful resources and opportunities that await them.

    I look forward to partnering with you to help your children grow and excel throughout the year and for many years to come.

    Sincerely,

    Julia D. Drake
    Principal

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