Principal's Notes - Every Child Needs a Teacher to Believe in Them. Be That One.

Welcome to Gossler Park School! We are a small elementary school located on Manchester’s west side. Currently we have approximately 455 students ranging in grades from Kindergarten to grade five. Gossler Park School is a school-wideTitle One School. Our Title One staff is excellent! They work with children in small groups at all grade levels to enrich the instruction they are receiving in the classroom.


We are looking forward to an exciting 2015-16 school year! We will be embarking on two new initiatives this year, The Leader in Me and Project Based Learning. The Leader in Me is a process based on the principles and values contained in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Students, staff and parents will be learning about these seven principles: 1. Be Proactive, 2. Begin with the End in Mind, 3. Put First things First, 4. Think win-win, 5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood, 6. Synergize and 7. Sharpen the Saw. We are hoping to build leadership capacity among all stakeholders so that our community is filled with leaders from ages 5 and up!  The Leader in Me is being funded through a grant with NH's United Way and the Manchester Health Department. This is year one of a 3-5 year commitment to the process! 

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a new way of teaching and learning. Students take a very active role in their learning and teachers become facilitators guiding children to think deeper, work cooperatively and collaboratively and be creative. Since PBL requires teachers and students to break from the traditional ways of teaching and learning, it will take most of the school year for teachers to receive enough professional development to begin to use project based learning in their classrooms. Students are so much more engaged in learning when they are given choices and opportunities to be inquisitive about topics they are interested in studying!


Our top priority here at Gossler Park School is student safety. We ask that all visitors check in at the Main Office upon entering the school. When you are buzzed into the school, take a quick left and the Main Office is the 3rddoor on the left. If everyone participates in this process your child’s safety will never be in question!


One important focus for us is to strengthen the communication with our parents. Your children can only succeed in school if you participate and invest in your child’s education. We welcome any opportunity to meet and listen to your ideas and concerns. Together…we can do great things!

 

We have a very small Parent/Teacher Group and would love to see more of you at our meetings. We need your help to make Gossler Park School thrive. The P.T.G. meetings are held monthly. Please check our school’s web site calendar for dates and times!

 

Finally, thank you for the opportunity to help mold your children into successful, respectful and hard

working citizens. When we work together, everybody wins!!

 

Happy trails,

Lori Upham, Principal

Gossler Park School