Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! My name is Ms. Baird, and I am the new proud principal of Hayden Elementary School. I am excited to start this journey with Hayden’s families and staff. I’m looking forward to welcoming our students back and partnering with families to provide the best educational experiences.
Even though this is my first year at Hayden Elementary School, I have been a part of the Westminster School District family for four years. For the past two years, I was the Principal at Stacey Middle School, and for two years prior to that, I was their Assistant Principal. Before becoming an administrator at WSD, I taught math for 16 years.
I'm thrilled to share that this year marks the beginning of an innovative journey as we launch our inaugural year as a Digital Media & Communications specialty school. With an emphasis on communication skills development, our mission is to equip students with the tools they need to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. Since we are in an era that is dominated by digital media and constant creativity, effective communication skills are more important than ever.
There is no denying that strong communication skills increase academic success. They enable students to articulate their thoughts, ask questions, and engage in meaningful classroom discussions. Our teachers are committed to providing learning opportunities for students to express their ideas, collaborate with their peers, and problem solve. In addition to improving academic achievement, effective communication nurtures the social and emotional development of students. These skills will empower our students to express their thoughts and emotions in a manner that promotes self-confidence and self-expression.
We understand that teaching effective communication and digital media requires a comprehensive approach that engages students and adapts to individual learning styles. Our teachers are providing hands-on learning experiences and real-world applications through the use of our Innovation Lab. Through structured peer collaboration, our student students are building positive relationships and teamwork. Our teachers are committed to using Thinking Maps, which are graphic organizers that help students organize their thoughts and ideas. Thinking maps are highly effective to facilitate critical thinking and make it easier for students to structure their writing and oral communication.
By equipping our students with effective communication abilities, Hayden Elementary School is preparing them to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the digital age with confidence.
We are looking forward to the journey ahead and invite you to partner with us.