- 12 Scott Dyer Road
- Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
- Kelly Hasson, Principal
Dear Pond Cove Families, Friends and Visitors:
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year and thank you for visiting our school website! We are thrilled to be fully implementing full-day kindergarten this year for our youngest learners. On another exciting note, our year of learning will include multidisciplinary projects and celebrations in commemoration of the upcoming 250th Anniversary of the town of Cape Elizabeth.
For current news throughout the school year, please be sure to click on the link to our weekly Pond Cove Newsletter. These weekly newsletters also are e-mailed to all Pond Cove families every weekend throughout the school year.
Nestled in our beautiful seaside community, Pond Cove is a kindergarten through grade four public elementary school with a rich tradition of inclusiveness and educational excellence supported by strong parent and community involvement. At Pond Cove we believe that a healthy home-school partnership contributes to every child’s success.
As principal, I have the privilege and responsibility of working with our staff to ensure the academic, social and emotional success of our students. We consider our work essential in providing a solid foundation for our students that supports the Cape Elizabeth School Department’s Mission, Vision and Values.
Our committed, dedicated teachers and support staff deliver instruction in core curriculum areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Our focus is to provide robust and engaging educational experiences that support individual student growth and achievement, while nurturing students’ interests and passions within a safe and welcoming learning environment. This past school year we were honored to have Maine Commissioner of Education Jim Rier designate Pond Cove as one of 19 High Performance Reward Schools in the state, and one of only two schools within Cumberland County to receive this distinction.
Pond Cove students participate in weekly classes that include Art, Music, Physical Education and Media Center/Library. World Language classes are provided to first through fourth graders twice a week, alternating French and Spanish. For example, second and fourth graders will receive instruction in Spanish language and culture this year, while first and third graders will receive instruction in French culture and language. Third and fourth graders also attend health classes twice a week.
The use of technology as a tool for teaching and learning is integrated across all areas of our curriculum. Our Technology Teacher/Integrator works closely with students and staff in classrooms, in our computer lab and using mobile technology carts to enhance learning with devices that include SMART Boards, iPads and computers. Leveraging the use of technology at Pond Cove also plays a broader role in preparing our students to develop the competencies they will need to interact responsibly and contribute productively within our interconnected global society.
Ensuring that our students have the support they need to navigate new experiences throughout their social and emotional development is important to their well-being and readiness to learn. Our school counselor and social workers provide individual, small and large group support to K-4 students throughout the school year, and also provide valuable support and resources to parents and guardians.
Pond Cove is extremely grateful for the generous support we receive from the Pond Cove Parents Association (PCPA), the Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation (CEEF), and the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT) and their generous donors. Our parents and community play integral roles toward enriching our students’ education. The following are just a few of the many contributions from these organizations that benefit our students: an annual K-4 Artists-in Residence program, an annual Visiting Children’s Author, our outdoor classroom Natureland, a Robotics Program, Pond Cove Math Lab, work with child therapist and anti-bullying expert Stan Davis, technology that includes SMART Boards, computers and iPads, outreach programs from the Chewonki Foundation and the Children’s Museum, class trips to Robinson Woods and Great Pond to learn about local ecology, animal and plant habitats, professional development opportunities and much more.
In celebration of the town of Cape Elizabeth’s 250th Anniversary in 2015, Pond Cove is especially grateful to CEEF and the PCPA for their joint funding of an intensive artists-in-residency this school year titled, Cape Elizabeth Then and Now: 250th Anniversary Local Stories Project that will include creating a digital archive of students interviewing town elders and others who grew up in Cape, performing physical theater performances and creating a permanent mural art installation in commemoration of Cape’s 250th Anniversary.
Enjoy your visit to our website. Be sure to check back for regular updates through our weekly newsletters. Each of us at Pond Cove looks forward to what promises to be an extraordinary 2014-2015 school year!
Kelly Hasson, Principal