Principal Message

Dear Willow Springs Families,

As Principal of Willow Springs it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year, my fourth year as principal. We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms. Back to School Night is Tuesday, Aug 22, 5:30-7:30!

As we start the new year, I want to take a moment to reflect on all that we accomplished last year. We’ve made great progress in our quest to ensure students have the foundation they need for success throughout their educational careers. Consider some of our key accomplishments:
In SAGE Language Arts, our students made 3% growth.
In SAGE Math, our students made 9% growth.
Overall, 78% of our students are on benchmark in Language Arts, and 75% of our students are on benchmark in Math.

We have set a number of goals to move ourselves forward, including:
By spring of 2018 Willow Springs will achieve 76% on SAGE English Language Arts.  For language arts we are teaching from Reading Street. Last year our teachers spent a great deal of time focusing on writing. We plan on continuing that writing focus as well as thoroughly teaching the Common Core and state standards in language arts.

By spring 2018 Willow Springs will achieve 75% on SAGE Math. Last year we used an updated version of the Envision math program. You may have noticed it was a bit more difficult. We look forward to our second year in the program so we can build on these successes and make even more progress this year.

By Spring of 2018, Willow Springs will have 85% of students on track for a 90% attendance goal.  Data from last year shows that only 80% of our students have 90% attendance. The district goal is to have 85% of students with 90% attendance. We have made a plan to recognize students with excellent attendance. Each month students with 0-1 absence and/or 0-2 tardies will be recognized. The start of school bell rings at 8:55. Students will be let in the building at this time. 9:00 is the tardy bell. Students arriving after 9:00 must enter through the office and will be counted tardy.

Willow Springs teachers and staff spent last year learning about a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset based on the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. This summer we have been reading the book Mindset in the Classroom by Mary Cay Ricci. We have learned that “A child’s mindset directly affects how he or she faces academic challenges. A child with a growth mindset perseveres even in the face of barriers. A child with a fixed mindset may give up easily and not engage in the learning process.” (pg 4). Our goal this year is to help build that growth mindset in all our students. Parents, you can help build a growth mindset in your children by praising their efforts, even if they do not do well the first time.

Willow Springs is a wonderful learning community. I feel so privileged to be a part of it. My colleagues and I appreciate the trust that you have in us. We know this is a partnership between school and home. We hope that you will join us by volunteering in our school whenever you are available, helping with classroom activities and field trips, and joining our PTA or School Community Council (SCC). We will do our best to ensure that your children have a successful year. I know it is going to be great!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me any time at 801-826-9700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sincerely,
Marianne Yule, Principal
Willow Springs Elementary