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Mr. Jeff Becker, Principal

Principal's Message

I am very excited to begin another school year here at Congaree Elementary.
 
Let me tell you a little bit about our theme for this school year -- “Dream it!  Believe it!  Achieve it!”
 
For our students to learn, we will need to look closely at the standards and teach our students to think, reason, and problem solve in real-world situations.  To accomplish this, we will all need to "dig deep" with a determination to reach each student at his or her academic ability.  We will "cultivate with care" so that the opportunities for learning each day are supported with compassion and encouragement.  We may then "expect growth."  
 
This will challenge our understanding of teaching and learning.  It will require that we approach problems from a different angle.  It will mean that we consider the process, not just the answer.  It will mean putting what we do in a real-world context.  And it will take lots of perseverance from students and adults, both in the classroom and at home.  We ask you to partner with us by staying in close contact with your child’s teacher.  The best way to communicate is in your child’s agenda or through class dojo.  
 
Finally, metacognition is when we think about what we learn -- in other words, when I learn something, what does my brain do, what do I think about, how do I learn it?  Sometimes we have to go through the steps one by one.  Sometimes we have to see the big picture before it makes sense.  Sometimes we have to go back and read it again. When we think about our learning, we pay attention to what we do when we learn, so that we can do it again with other information or skills that may not be as easy to grasp.
 
 
We want your child to excel in school and in life.  Call me anytime (803-755-7430) to talk about your child's education, or how you can get involved here at Congaree.  I look forward to working with you to achieve great things both at school and in your child’s heart. 
 
Jeff Becker
Principal

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