August 5, 2016
Dear Macdonough School Families and Friends,
Here it is, just two weeks into my role as Macdonough’s new principal, and already my early impressions have been confirmed – specifically, that this is a wonderful place to learn and work! Although summertime tends to be quiet in a school, I have seen evidence of greatness everywhere throughout the building, from teachers’ artful bulletin boards to the sparkling floors that our custodians have been polishing in preparation for the first day of school on Thursday, September 1.
The clearest testimonials of our school’s excellence have been coming directly from my new colleagues with whom I have been meeting individually for “entry interviews.” Throughout these conversations, the words community, collaboration, support, and dedication have been used repeatedly to describe both staff and parents here. I believe that these are among the most vital components to help us make “Mac” even better!
Because I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting many of you yet, I would like to share a few facts about myself so that when we do meet, I can start learning about you and your family. I spent most of the last several years serving as an elementary school principal in the Bristol and West Hartford school districts. Prior to that, I served for 17 years as a teacher, curriculum specialist, and finally as an assistant principal. On a personal level, I’m married, I have a 14-year-old daughter, as well as dog and a cat. My family and I live in Weatogue, Connecticut which I’ve found that many people haven’t heard of because it’s such a small town, situated just west of Bloomfield. When I’m not at Macdonough, you might find me enjoying my love of hang gliding which I mostly do at Talcott Mountain State Park in Avon. I also like to mountain bike, run, and read in my spare time.
My personal vision for Macdonough School is multifaceted but simple: I want it to be a place where everyone is excited about learning; where each and every student feels supported by school staff as they work toward personally challenging intellectual, social, physical, and artistic goals; where everyone holds themselves to high expectations; where teaching to students’ hearts is as important as teaching to their minds; and where parents feel not only welcomed but also needed as partners with us in educating their children. Oh, and I also feel that having fun while learning is very important!
One of my goals for this year is to establish and/or maintain efficient systems for communicating with you regularly about school matters. I plan to do this though frequent updates via the school website, emails, phone messages, social media and possibly even text messaging. While I’ve found that families appreciate such updates, nothing replaces face-to-face communication, which will be vital to our work together.
In the coming weeks you will receive more specific information about the new school year which will be here before we know it. I look forward to getting to know you and our students. Until we meet, I hope you fully enjoy the remaining weeks of summer.
Click HERE to meet Mr. Woznicki!