Principal's Message

Dickey Yearbook 2020
Congaree Families,
Welcome to a new and exciting 2024-2025 school year at Congaree Elementary and the 65th anniversary of our school!  As we prepare to take flight into another year filled with possibilities, I am excited to welcome back our students, families, and staff. This year's theme, “Whatever it takes!” underscores our dedication to ensuring every student's success.
Our school community is guided by the principles of S.O.A.R.: Safe, On task, Always Respectful, and Responsible. These core values shape our daily interactions and help us create a supportive environment where each student can excel.
Safety remains our foremost priority. We are committed to providing a secure and nurturing environment, ensuring that every student feels comfortable and protected throughout their school day.
Being On task means maintaining focus and engagement in our learning activities. Our dedicated teachers are excited to deliver innovative lessons designed to ignite curiosity and a love for learning. We encourage our students to stay engaged and strive for excellence in their academic pursuits.
Always Respectful is a fundamental part of our school culture. We believe in fostering kindness and mutual respect, where differences are celebrated, and every individual feels valued. This respect extends to our peers, our environment, and ourselves.
Responsibility is about taking ownership of our actions and learning. We empower our students to make informed choices, set personal goals, and persist through challenges. Responsibility is key to personal growth and achievement, and we are committed to supporting each student in their journey.
We will continue with implementing our AVID framework throughout our instruction. Teachers will continue to implement high impact strategies and Costa’s Levels of Questioning. Students will continue to develop SMART goals, demonstrate leadership and a growth mindset, and work toward College and Career Readiness. 
As a school, we are making sure to increase our digital presence by communicating more often and clearly to families on our school website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Classroom Dojo accounts. Information is being added constantly, so please make sure to check regularly for updates. 
We encourage our families to partner with us in your child's education by volunteering, joining the Congaree Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and, if you have a desire to serve in other ways, the School Improvement Council (SIC).  
As we embark on this new school year, let’s embrace the “Whatever it takes!” attitude. Together, we will create a rich and supportive learning experience for all our students. We are eager to partner with our families to ensure that every student has the tools and encouragement they need to thrive.
The motto, “Enter to learn, depart to S.O.A.R.,” perfectly captures our mission. We want each student to come to school ready to learn and leave ready to apply their knowledge and skills, embodying the values of being Safe, On task, Always Respectful, and Responsible.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children's education. Let's make this year an extraordinary one as we do “Whatever it takes” for success! 

With excitement and enthusiasm,
Christopher K. Dickey