2017 - 2018 School Year
Message from Principal Dr Laurie Mearsheimer
At Manatee Elementary, we believe high expectations yield academic success for all students and for the community as a whole. Be assured our entire staff is committed to ‘Leading the Way” to ensure that our Manatee students achieve academic excellence through becoming leaders of learning. As a parent, you are an essential link in your child’s education. The level of interest you show in your child’s education through Student-Led Conferencing, through school-wide events, and daily conversations about academic goals will demonstrate to them the value you place in their education. Please send your child to us each day rested and prepared, on-time, equipped with the proper materials, and encouraged. We, in-turn, will send them home to you prepared to meet the demands of the future. Your presence is not only welcomed, but it is greatly needed each and every day. We encourage you to join us as we lead the way to a successful year! The entire Manatee Elementary staff takes great pride in educating our students and will continue to teach our students to become leaders of their learning.
Common Sense Media Certification
Digital media and technology are evolving at a dizzying pace, both unlocking extraordinary opportunities and posing real risks for young people. Students are using the immense power of the Internet and mobile technology to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined, both in and out of the classroom. But issues that emerge from this 24/7 "connected culture," such as cyberbullying, privacy lapses, and uncertainty about which information to trust online, are surfacing both in schools and at home.
Manatee Elementary sees these as teachable moments. We believe that digital citizenship skills have become essential for students in the 21st century, especially in schools like ours that are using technology to transform learning. That's why we are committed to teaching our students how to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly. Manatee Elementary has just been approved as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship, an honor that recognizes our efforts in teaching digital literacy and citizenship to young people and engaging the entire school community in this important discussion. This recognition is provided by Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.