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Mrs. Manning

Last year, we lived our theme, "Back With a Roar" Students and teachers returned to school after being out for 6 months. We lived through face masks, plexiglass, social distancing, and quarantining. Despite all of those things, our students and staff proved to be resilient, rising to every occasion. They truly were back with a roar and ready to go!! What an interesting way (to say the least) to start off my principalship at Ponder Elementary!!

This year, staff voted on our theme, "Planting Wellness, Kindness, and Respect." My goal is for our teachers and students to continue to grow strong roots. We will continue to create a positive culture through our Lion Laws and schoolwide expectations. Teachers will focus energy on collaborating with their team through purposeful planning and assessment. Parents and volunteers will be welcomed back into the building regularly, and we plan to offer student programs and family academic nights. I am so pleased to be the principal of Ponder Elementary and am looking forward to this year of growing with the teachers, students, and families.   

If you are new to Ponder, WELCOME!! I am excited to get to know your child and your family. If you are returning to Ponder, WELCOME BACK!! I hope that your family had a restful summer and is ready for the new school year.

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Emily Manning, Principal