Stoddard Elementary

5th graders reading with Kindergartners

Resource Room in action

Celebrating the 50th day of school with a sock-hop!

Dear Families,

I would like to welcome you to Stoddard Elementary! We are a small neighborhood school with an enrollment of approximately 122 students, which makes it a fairly unique experience for our students in that every staff member gets to know all the children fairly quickly. It truly is a close family experience for staff and children, alike. I feel privileged to be a part of such a remarkable school and community. In my service as principal, I take much pride in the fact that our staff works diligently to maintain high educational standards for every child. Our curriculum is challenging and will continue to be so with the alignment of the Common Core State Standards. Through these standards, we are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that each child is prepared for college, career, and the community by the time he/she completes high school. The process begins in elementary school. Our goal is to teach students to read and think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively orally and in print, and to utilize technology in relevant ways. We will give the children the tools to be thoughtful, responsible citizens who will be ready to take their place in the world. Our school is truly a great place to be!

Our children are given the tools to succeed academically. They also experience their instruction in an environment that promotes academic risk-taking and nurtures a love of learning. In order to be successful, students need support from both home and school. We are committed to work collaboratively with our parents to provide results oriented instruction that focuses on the growth and achievement of each student. We count on our parents to partner with us as we continue our mission to provide a world class education to each child. We encourage our parents to take an active role in the academic growth of the students by reading to the children, conducting rich and robust conversations in the car, at the dinner table, etc. We also expect that our parents will encourage their child/children to persevere in the face of challenges and to never give up.

We want our school to be a great place for both parents and community members. So, if you have ideas, thoughts, or concerns you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them. You are always welcome to visit our school.

Thank you for sharing your children with us.


Michael Chapes