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Principals Message


August 22nd, 2022

Dear Monument Elementary Families,
Phil Averill
Welcome to the 22-23 school year! I am excited for the students to arrive and to get see their faces—both old and new. Monument also has some new faces to introduce, Maria Gonzalez and Alysha Donovan are our two new Kindergarten teachers, Rumalda Hernandez is our new Dean of Students, and Vanessa Ibarra is our new Administrative Assistant. Additionally, Leticia Baughman has moved from her kindergarten position to become Monument’s new Instructional Coach. Both Maria and Rumalda join us from the Moses Lake School District, where they worked in the Multilingual Education department. Vanessa previously lived in Omak and worked in their school district as an Administrative Assistant at both the elementary and middle school levels. Alysha, a QHS graduate, is returning to Quincy after having received her teaching degree from Waldorf University in Iowa. We are excited to have them at Monument Elementary. Please make sure to give them all a warm Quincy welcome!
Last school year the Quincy School District brought together various stakeholders to create our new Strategic Plan. This plan guides everything that we do in our district and schools. Members of the community, school board, administration, and over 50 teacher-leaders participated in crafting the Mission, the Beliefs, the Vision, and the Goals and Strategies of the plan. I believe that the Vision for Equity and Excellence captures our desired impact with this statement, “Each student and their families feel a sense of belonging in our schools.” 
It is my goal as Monument Elementary principal to ensure that our entire staff take the necessary steps each day to make our students and their families to feel like they belong at Monument. This starts with students’ physical safety, their emotional and psychological well-being, and extends all the way to their belief that they belong in their classroom. We also want all of our families to know that we are working hard to make sure that families are culturally accepted, safe, seen, heard, and celebrated in school spaces and that we value you as partners in your child(ren)’s learning.
To help reassure families of our commitment to these goals, we will be improving our communication and looking for ways to bring more families into the building to support student learning. We will also continue to host family-oriented events, such as Family STEAM nights, that will provide opportunities for everyone to engage in learning with their child(ren). We know that by partnering with our students’ families—their first and greatest teachers, that we will have an amazing year of success!
We look forward to seeing everyone at our Open House on Monday August 29th, from 5:30 - 7:30. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak with someone in our office at (509) 787-9826 or when it is open between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm, Monday thru Friday. Thank you and I wish everyone a great year!
Best regards,
Phillip Averill