State superintendent visits Grafton Village Elementary

by | Apr 5, 2024 | ALLFFP, Schools & Education, Stafford

Dr. Lisa Coons, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, visited with students and staff at Grafton Village Elementary School Friday morning. During her visit, she engaged in discussions surrounding the importance of student mental health and addressing meaningful methods to battle chronic absenteeism, visited classrooms, and read Shelly Becker’s Even Superheroes Have a Bad Day to a second grade classroom.

Recognizing the pivotal role student mental health plays in fostering well-rounded individuals, Coons emphasized its importance in addressing challenges such as chronic absenteeism. During her visit, she interacted with students, teachers, and administrators, underscoring the transformative impact of positive mental health strategies in promoting academic success and overall student well-being.

“Dr. Coons’ visit has invigorated our dedication to fostering a supportive environment where every student feels valued and understood,” said Michael Sidebotham, GVES principal. “Her emphasis on student mental health aligns perfectly with our school’s mission to nurture not only academic excellence, but also emotional intelligence.”

“Stafford Schools remains committed to implementing innovative approaches to education, ensuring that every student receives the holistic support they need to thrive academically and emotionally,” said Dr. Thomas W. Taylor, superintendent. “We were delighted to share the exemplary ways our schools are promoting positive culture and providing an environment that makes learning enjoyable.”

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