Dear Jay Shideler Parents and Community,
It is with great honor and excitement that I introduce myself, Sarah Lucero, as the new principal of Jay Shideler for the 2018-2019 school year. I have served as an educator for thirteen years in elementary education in Topeka. My first six years were spent in the classroom at both the primary and intermediate levels. My last seven years, I have served as an administrator. No matter my position, my goal as an educator is to empower those around me and to build on one another's strengths.
Over the years, I have always valued collaboration between families and schools to promote success for all students. There is a saying that "if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." I believe that when families and schools truly work together, we can accomplish so much more! Jay Shideler is a school that is revered as a place of excellence and active parental involvement. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of this supportive and collaborative community.
My other goal is to ensure that our school is a positive environment for ALL that enter our building. I believe in providing clear, consistent expectations and rewards for every child in order to create the best learning environment possible for our students. This upcoming school year, Jay Shideler will be introducing Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a system approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based and school-wide support systems. This reinforces a school's ability to teach and support positive behavior and interactions for all students. PBIS is not a program or a curriculum. It is a team-based approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach, and all students can learn. The PBIS team has selected school-wide expectations "Blue Jays C.A.R.E.," which stands for Collaborate, Act Responsibly, Respect, and Empower. We will be teaching these values all year long.
Our school theme for the year is "the sky is the limit!" This phrase is fitting for our students; there are so many possibilities for what our students can achieve. It is my great privilege to be a part of your child's education and the Jay Shideler community. I am looking forward to a great year ahead of us! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas. I am here to support in any way that I can. I am looking forward to many great days as a Blue Jay!