Principals Message 2016-2017

Welcome to our new, and returning, TCCS families! I hope your summer has been fun-filled with wonderful learning and social opportunities for your children. I am very excited about the 2016-17 academic school year. We have made tremendous gains but of course still have much to do!

At TCCS we are dedicated to work together as a community to empower our students to take ownership of their learning process to perform their optimal best. We will continue to refine our Theory of Action to support differentiated instruction to meet each student’s individual needs. We are a nurturing learning community that believes students learn best through positive framing, setting personalized goals and knowing what they need to do to achieve their goals. We value the essential ingredient of supporting the home-school connection by welcoming families to learn with and support their children through the learning process.

The Teachers College Community School, in partnership with the Department of Education and Teachers College, is a university-assisted, non-selective community school that applies stateof-the-art knowledge and best practices in teaching, learning, and child development. The educational program is designed to develop each student’s knowledge and skills, love of learning, and individual strengths as the foundation for academic and life success.

Serving the whole child and the whole school community is essential work that I value. I will continue to support our teachers, parents and community members in nurturing our students’ academic, social-emotional and physical development because all of these areas are interdependent. I am dedicated to continue to cultivate a learning environment that meets our students’ needs through rigorous instruction, community building and using data to inform decisions that will excel TCCS in preparing our future, scientists, engineers, writers, artists and civic leaders. Through the cultivation of mind, body, and family well-being, as a community, we can nourish children’s desire to be inquisitive, creative and critical thinkers. Our environment promotes our students to BELIEVE in themselves!

I look forward to us continuing to grow, learn, and support each other in this important work that we have all been charged to achieve in the name of our TCCS students.

Michelle Verdiner, M.S., CCC-SLP