Welcome to the Buchanan Elementary School!
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!
I am honored to be the new principal at Buchanan Elementary and to join this extraordinary school community. I can assure you that I share in this school community’s commitment to addressing the needs of the whole child to ensure their all-around success in the school environment
My conversations with school and district staff members have brought me privileged insights into the core beliefs and values that underlie Buchanan Elementary. With my goal of continuing the tradition of excellence here at Buchanan Elementary School, I am committed to always exploring new ways to meet the needs of all students and to include parents and community in those efforts. I firmly believe that every child can excel and that the partnership between home and school builds confidence in students to use their powers to shape their future and the future of our community. I look forward to the work we will do together for the betterment of each child and our school.
Buchanan Elementary has many programs in place to best support our students. First and foremost, the teachers here at Buchanan are an incredibly committed staff that works tirelessly to meet the needs of their students. In addition, we have a full-time school counselor to support the social/emotional needs of our students. For additional academic support, we have Title 1 teachers and an intervention teacher. We teach behavior expectations through PBIS and Restorative Justice programs. We also utilize the Growth Mindset philosophy to encourage students to think positively about their efforts and to persevere through challenges.
To our students, I cannot wait to meet you all! I hope that you are excited for this coming school year and that you are out this summer playing and reading tons of books with your family and friends. It is going to be a fun year learning together.
In closing, please know that my door is always open to you. I heartily welcome your conversation and positive input throughout this year. Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work. I look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the 2019-2020 school year.
Nicole Downer, Principal