Message from the Principal
On behalf of the West Powellhurst staff, welcome to our school webpage. We hope you find what you are looking for as you navigate through the links. I would love to share with you some of the things I am most proud of at West Powellhurst and in the David Douglas School District.
As a team, we have navigated through this last year with a focus on safety, care, and connection. We’ve never had to make so many changes and be as flexible as we have been since March 13th, 2020. Throughout all the plans, the instructional models, the safety regulations, and the training for reopening, we have committed ourselves to clear communication and to have a listening ear for what our community needs. Our staff has had to change the way we teach and for some, it was a really huge shift that resulted in professional growth like never before. For our families, it was an immersion into homeschooling and then online instruction that no one had planned for and that resulted in all sorts of emotions – sometimes it resulted in complete exhaustion and being overwhelmed and sometimes these changes lead to a deeper connection between parents/guardians and their children. Regardless of how or where the learning occurred, my hope is that we all can see our own resilience throughout this pandemic and reflect on what we CAN do, not what we can’t do. And that we did it together.
We have an amazing Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) program at West Powellhurst and while we’ve been in distance learning, the SUN staff has devoted time and resources to help our families take care of their basic needs. I am so proud of what they have accomplished and how they are planning around the needs of our families.
This summer will be different than in past years as we plan what summer work we can do in the community. We all have a new normal to navigate and I hope that we can take the strongest parts of this last year, such as our increased technical support and knowledge, and use it in the future. We may have missed out on some academics due to the nature of school closures but I am positive that we learned new skills, like how to use Google Classroom and provide authentic feedback, and how to be patient and self-motivating.
I’m looking forward to hearing the sounds of children laughing and seeing our wonderfully diverse community join together in one building next year. Until then, please know that you are loved deeply and everyone has a place at West Powellhurst. Take care of yourselves and stay healthy.
Principal at West Powellhurst