Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! This is going to be a GREAT year at Pickens Elementary School! I am excited to be serving as your principal this year. We have many new and exciting things to look forward to! Mrs. Lawton and I plan to build on the solid foundation of PES. The faculty and staff will have many new faces this year, so I encourage you to visit our school and become familiar with everyone. Our custodians have done an excellent job in preparing our building for the new school year and our faculty and staff have worked through the summer to make the building come alive through a Disney theme! I appreciate everyone's efforts - the building looks spectacular! My personal goals for PES this year are for the parents to feel welcome, for the students to feel safe and valued, for them to enjoy learning while making academic gains, and for the faculty and staff to feel supported and empowered.
This summer, a team of eleven educators from PES attended the Summer Institute at Mooresville Graded School District in Mooresville, NC, where we learned many things about digital conversion - using technology as an instructional tool. We are ready to work with our students and parents using the technology available to make learning relevant and to engage our learners! This year, we plan for our school to be 1:1 with technology and to teach our students how to learn collaboratively using an Active Table made by Promethean. Through partnerships with Cliffs Residence Outreach and United Way, we plan to provide learning opportunities for our parents and students. I look forward to meeting all of you on August 11th, and to having a very successful year at PES! Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with concerns or questions.
Serving you in education,
Donna Shelton Harden