Principal's Message

Courtney Wertman-Stambaugh
Willow Creek Elementary Principal

Willow Creek Families,

                  On behalf of the entire Willow Creek Elementary School staff, I am thrilled to welcome you to the start of another exciting school year filled with learning and growing. I hope you had an enjoyable summer filled with fun and exciting memories.

All summer long, our staff has been working hard to ensure the 2018-19 school year is our best year yet! Our mission continues to focus on creating a positive and collaborative environment with students, families and the community to support all students as they become life-long learners and productive members of society. All summer long, staff have participated in professional opportunities, which allowed them to collaborate, plan and prepare for targeted instruction. We continue to focus on character education, growth mindset, common core skills, the use of data to drive instruction and the implementation of a consistent curriculum to increase student achievement.  The main office staff has been busy registering students, updating records and ordering supplies. The custodial and maintenance staff have spent the entire summer cleaning and keeping up with the physical appearance of our beautiful building. 

With the start of the new school year, we welcome the following new staff members to our building.

  • Paige Ivey- Kindergarten
  • Samantha Gould- 1st Grade
  • Lauryn Bencker – 4th Grade
  • Christine Shuman - Paraprofessional
  • Tammy Lorish – Paraprofessional
  • DiMary Leggett – Custodian

It is bittersweet that I share with you, our school counselor, Erin Hoffmaster, has accepted a position in another school district. We wish her all the best and are in the processing of hiring a new school counselor.

Our school-wide positive behavior plan and “cub coupons” will be utilized again this year, to encourage students to feel empowered as school leaders and make healthy and smart choices, which in return will have a positive impact on themselvesothers, and their environment.  Last year, Willow Creek was recognized by PATTAN for the implementation of Tier 1 with fidelity. This year, we will continue to enhance school-wide practices, around our three school rules: take care of yourself, take care of others and take care of your environment. We also move in to Tier 2 for school-wide positive behavior supports.  During the last few weeks of summer vacation, please take a moment to have a conversation with your student about our school values and social norms.

One final item to note is that starting this year, dismissal for all three elementary schools will begin at 3:45 P.M. Our Willow Creek staff recognizes we have a large number of students to dismiss and ensure a safe departure in a short amount of time.  We ask the following from you. First, please ensure the dismissal information for your student is up to date. Dismissal information forms will be provided for you at Meet the Teacher Night and Kindergarten Orientation. In the event a change in your child’s regular dismissal plan occurs, notify the school. If the change is for an extended period of time, notify the office staff and update or complete a new dismissal form. Second, in order to support school safety measures, cones and signs will continue to be placed outside during dismissal around crosswalks to serve as a reminder to families that they are active crosswalks and also around the top entrance of the main parking lot to serve as a reminder that it is extremely important to park in a parking space and walk your child to the walker door. The cones and signs will also be present at arrival.

A home to school connection is vital to ensure student success. Willow Creek staff values every opportunity to make a home to school connection. Outside of regular school-wide and classroom communication, other opportunities to work together will continue to present themselves during the year. From our amazing PTA to homeroom captains, celebration assemblies and evening events (to name a few), we hope you can help out and join in the fun!

As I begin my second year at Willow Creek, I am beyond grateful for this community of staff, students and families. I look forward to our continued partnership. It remains an honor and privilege to serve the community. Together we will build from our past experiences and meet the challenges of the future to ensure our children feel supported and embrace their interests, strengths and talents.


Courtney A. W-Stambaugh


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