October 2015

Principal's Video Message

Dear Bulldog Families,


Burr Elementary is a place where our students and their learning is a priority in our learning community. Working together, we continue to develop an instructional plan for academic success for all children.


Our students must set goals, create a plan, and will be academically competitive. The education we provide them must engage new technologies, equip them with rigorous coursework, and foster innovation and creativity. Burr Elementary, a Michigan Department of Education Reward School, has worked hard and has earned a reputation for providing strong academic opportunities for our all Bulldogs. We are able to do this through long-term planning that keeps our students’ educational achievement as our primary goal. Our success is the result of countless hours of dedication with everyone working together to ensure our children have the quality of life they deserve in the future.


Families play a key role in that success. Our students and school value your support. Research shows that family involvement results in improved academic performance, improved school attendance, improved social skills, and students continuing on to post-secondary education.


By establishing high expectations, we can continue to reinforce skills that will help our Bulldogs become more self-directed learners that take an active role in self-managing their learning. By providing a framework for our child to set personal goals and consistently evaluate their progress, our children become invested learners. The efforts of parents and the Burr staff, working together helps to promote life-long learners. It the expectation of myself and the Burr staff that all of our students will achieve their highest potential.


Our Burr teachers have completed their baseline assessments on each of their students. They use research based strategies to meet the individual academic needs of each of our Bulldogs. Students are immersed in the Blended Learning process where they are receiving a personalized curriculum at their instructional level.


Mr. Bender, Executive Administrator of schools gave me the nickname of “The Book Whisper” at our fall curriculum night. My goal is to instill in our Bulldogs the daily habit of reading. Like brushing their teeth, reading is a responsibility that our Bulldogs are expected to do nightly. Time spent reading feeds more reading. Finally, the joy of reading will be part of them as lifelong learners. You can track how many children are reading in your child’s classroom by going to Burrelementary.org and viewing our Sense of Urgency link.


For 3rd – 6th grades, parents and guardians also need to check agendas and make sure that schoolwork is completed and turned in on time. You can also track the progress of work completion (grades 3 – 6) in your child’s classroom by going to Sense of Urgency.


I will be continuing my parent meetings again this year. This month, I will be hosting a Diet Coke with the Principal meeting with kindergarten parents/guardians to discuss a variety of topics, listen to suggestions, comments, and concerns on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 9:30 a. m. Please RSVP at michael. hardy@uticak12.org, if you plan to attend the Diet Coke with the Principal meeting. Remember, you are partners in the learning process. I look forward to spending time with our kindergarten parents and guardians. We are completing our 2015 - 2016 Burr email distribution list. All the e-mail addresses that are on the emergency cards have been added. Some of the e-mail addresses were difficult to read. Our communication goal is 100% of our families receiving weekly electronic updates or using Burrelementary.org. If you didn't receive e-news in the form of the Electronic Bulldog Bulletin and Principal's Pictures, please e-mail me michael. hardy@uticak12.org and I will add you to the distribution list.


We encourage our parent community to utilize the web-based ‘Parent Portal’ on PowerSchool to monitor their student’s progress and attendance. Parents are encouraged to log-in with their unique password. Directions for accessing this portal can be accessed at Burrelementary.org. If you have not received your unique password, or need any assistance accessing the portal, please call the Burr office. We would be happy to help you.


If asked, would you know the Burr Mission Statement? Our school mission statement is “At Burr Elementary School, educational success depends on the combined efforts of all students, parents, staff and community. We work together to educate and challenge our children to meet their individual needs and goals. As a community, we will teach respect for uniqueness of self and the diversity of others.” Our mission statement sums up why Burr Elementary means SUCCESS! I look forward to working with you and continuing our “Quest for Excellence.”

I am delighted and honored to be serving this community and your children. Thank you for this incredible opportunity.

Take Care,

Michael P. Hardy
Principal and Lead Learner