Principal's Corner

Principal's Message 2019-2020Rachelle Byrd

Welcome to Manchester!

I am excited to serve my third year as principal to this wonderful school, it truly is an honor to watch our students grow and interact with such a supportive learning community each day. I am inspired as I visit classrooms to see relationship building and collaborative work taking place among our staff and students.

As I reflect on the 18-19 school year, I feel a great sense of pride as I look at our accomplishments. We came together as a learning community to teach organization to our students via AVID binders, we were awarded the title of School of Distinction and our students performed Lion King, Kids, with the help of Seattle Theatre Group, Disney and a slew of volunteers. We also implemented school-wide assemblies to celebrate the values we hold dear: Leadership, Kindness, Creativity and Innovation and Growth Mindset.

Looking forward to 2019-2020, our team has a great year planned for our students. We will continue to work on organization and collaboration as well as perform Disney’s Jungle Book. We will implement a new English Language Arts curriculum called Wit and Wisdom, which focuses on content knowledge as well as decoding and comprehension skills. Lastly, we will continue with our Monday Messages around Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum, the work of Dr. Arthur L. Costa and Dr. Bena Kallick. You can learn more about Habits of Mind at this website: Habits of Mind strategies encourage students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that will support them not only in school, but in life.

Lastly, we would not be successful without you, our parents. You are the first and most important teacher to your child. We are here to work as a team, with you, to ensure your student excels. We ask that you have your students here each day as regular school attendance is linked to graduation rates. We also ask that you read with your students each night, it matters. 


Rachelle L. Byrd, Principal


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