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Message from Principal Barbara Dunlap

Welcome to the Upper Elementary School

At the LEAP Upper Elementary School, we are committed to our collective mission to “enhance opportunities for the children and families of Camden through the collaborative design, implementation, and integration of education, health, and human services programs and through community development”.  As principal of grades 4-6 and a LEAP family member for 16 years, it is my mission to teach students to be critical thinkers, life-long learners and leaders.   Students and staff will lead together to maintain a school environment that is safe, positive and has an intense focus on mastering the Common Core State Standards, college/career readiness, and Blue Ribbon Status!!   Students and staff will feel the support and success of their academic work through an educational experience that engages them on real life experiences and leadership. We stand by our promise that every child will achieve academic excellence that will prepare them for their scholastic career. This is our commitment to all parents and students.

As a school, we are committed to instilling the 7 Habits of Success for our students to integrate into their daily routines and practice.  Our collective focus is on building and maintaining a cohesive sense of community and being “Pro-Kind” each and every day.  It is my belief that all members of the educational community are accountable for the academic future of our students and that they are working to create a nurturing, safe and secure learning environment.  We have high expectations for all of our staff and welcome your partnership and collaboration.  We expect that all of our students will demonstrate interest, enthusiasm, motivation and pleasure for learning.

The theme for this year is “Finding the Leader in Me.” 
Changing the mindset of our children allows us to:

Love learning
Excel in all we do
Achieve goals together
Do what is right

and produce:              
Modelled expected behavior
Acceptance of responsibility
Great respect
Improvement through goals

Children are our greatest natural resource.  As your school principal, I take my educational responsibility to children very seriously.  I believe that it is my responsibility to assist teachers and students in their learning journey.   High quality instruction and positive engagement is at the core of our school for every student, in every classroom, every day. It is my goal to Lead and produce Magic!!

Thank you for allowing us to serve you!
Barbara Dunlap

“People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.”
--author unknown