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Principal's Message

 Welcome to the 2016 – 2017 school year! I am very proud to be the principal at Cottonwood School and to support your students with their educational success!


Our staff is committed to making this school year another exciting and successful experience for each of our students. We are very fortunate to have many experienced and highly trained teachers who are passionate about making a difference for our students. As stated in our school vision and mission statement, Cottonwood is dedicated to serving each student’s individual needs as well as reaching our overall school goals.


During the 2016-2017 school year, Cottonwood is proud to begin utilizing AVID strategies for our 5th through 8th grade students.  AVID stands for Achieving Via Individual Determination. The strategies that students learn help to make them better readers and writers as well as more organized learners.  The goal is to help prepare our students with the study and academic skills they will need to be successful in high school and college.


At Cottonwood, we utilize Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.  The focus is less on punishment and more on teaching of and rewarding the desired, appropriate behavior.  All students are taught the three core expectations for our school; “Be Respectful! Be Responsible! Be Safe!”


Cottonwood will continue to offer supplemental intervention programs including before and after school tutoring and homework clubs. These programs provide support to students who are achieving below grade level and students in need of improving organization skills. In addition, we offer a variety of extracurricular activities to meet the vast interests of our student body and highly encourage our students to become involved.  


On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to thank you for being a part of Cottonwood School. We are proud to work in your community school and look forward to working together to achieve a year full of success and growth. Have a great 2016 – 2017 school year!



John Wilder, Principal