Charlotte Forst - New Principal of 7th Street Elementary
July 23, 2019
Dear 7th Street Elementary Families:
I am Charlotte Forst the new 7th Street Elementary principal. I am going to take this opportunity to introduce myself, offer a bit of my educational philosophy, and provide details as to some school protocol on the first day and thereafter.
First, I was born and raised in the Dove Creek community.
My family has farmed and ranched in the area for 100 years and my own family continues to do so today.
My family is deeply ingrained in this community and it is special to me.
I have been involved with education for the past 17 years as an agriculture educator.
I taught at Prairie School in New Raymer, Colorado for 9 years and was asked about entering administration right before my family left to help continue the legacy of our family farm.
From that point, I substitute taught for a year, taught agriculture at Cortez High School for one year, and taught agriculture at Dove Creek High School for six years.
Through my time as an educator, my philosophy is that every student deserves to rise to their educational potential by their teachers providing them a high quality education that will allow them to be the most successful in life they can be.
This education should foster the development of basic foundational skills to build upon as a student’s education progresses.
This is the education I want my teaching staff to provide students.
In essence, I want to go back to the basics to build the foundation for excellence.
I want to focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic. Further, I want to provide an environment that is friendly, safe, and builds character among our youth.
Finally, in order to get started with these goals, some first day protocol needs addressed.
The first day and dropping off students has been a topic of discussion I have had with several of you.
I want our school to be safe, but provide parents the opportunity to participate in their child’s education while still creating an academic environment that is conducive to learning.
Students should be dropped off no earlier than 7:30 and the drop off procedure will be the same as last year.
Parents will be directed to drive north on Main Street and will be directed by sign to the back of the school for drop off.
With that said, if parents want to drop off their children, especially on the first day, by entering the school and settling their child in their classroom they may do so by parking before the school crosswalk on Main or turning west on 7th street to park and walk in to the main entrance.
If you are coming from the North, please don’t drive in front of the school during drop off and pick up.
You may park on 8th street and walk to the front entrance.
Main Street will be blocked to traffic at the crosswalk that is located at the school’s entrance.
It will be a non-through street during pick up and drop off times.
I know this is inconvenient, but we want to make the entrance and exit of students safe.
I want to reiterate that we want you, the parent, to meet your child’s teacher and see their classroom environment.
Feel free to park, come in through the front door, take a first day of school picture, visit with staff, and exit out the front door. At 8:00 a.m. the doors to the hallway will be locked and access to the hallway will be limited daily in order to provide a proper learning environment and prevent distractions for our students.
After the first day, parents are encouraged to drop students off at our back door drop off, but are still welcome to come into the building to drop off students if they prefer.
I am very excited for my new position as principal of 7th Street Elementary School and look forward to working with you and your children.
The staff has been working through the summer to prepare rooms and lessons.
I am confident in saying our teachers are excited about teaching your children.
In closing, enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you all at our open house on August 15th in the high school commons at 7:00 p.m., and the first day of school on August 19th.