Superintendent / Principal's Message
To the Bowman Families and Staff,
As we mark the end of a very unusual and arduous school year, there is much to be proud of and grateful for. In true Bowman fashion, students, staff, and parents/guardians rose to the challenge of the ever evolving guidelines and protocols of the pandemic to provide a safe environment and quality education for all students. Together we made adjustments, and acted quickly to provide instruction and learning no matter what was dictated by the powers that be. I am very proud of the administration and staff representation that worked tirelessly and collaboratively to produce detailed and progressive agreements to keep everyone safe.
I would also like to thank all of you that took the time to say “farewell” to our retiring colleagues, each will forever be part of the Bowman family. We wish Mr. D (TK), Mrs. Albrecht (2nd), Ms Kramer (Health Asst), and Mr. Graham (Superintendent/Principal) all the best in their new endeavors.
Moving forward, we look forward to providing expanded learning opportunities for students in the fall to minimize the academic impact of this past year. We also are working to provide enrichment opportunities as well. More information will be available in the early fall.
As we prepare for a new school year starting on August 11th, our plan is to be fully open with in-person learning five days a week in our traditional full day schedule. At this time it is too early to communicate what the exact mitigation measures will be by August. Rest assured that we will continue to monitor and advocate for the safety of our students and staff. We will be prepared to greet your children on the 1st day of school regardless of the circumstances. As we receive more pertinent information we will continue to keep you apprised of what to expect.
I would like to take this opportunity to update you on some internal staff changes and introduce our new staff members that will be joining the Bowman team in August. Ms. Lavalleur will be transitioning into Kindergarten, and Bethany Ringholm will be taking over TK. Mrs. Waskowiak and Mr. Harrison will both be leaving 6th grade and joining our 2nd grade team in the fall. Congratulations and welcome to our two new Assistant Principals, Ian Byerrum and Julie Dixon. Mr. Byerrum is not a new face, but has courageously taken the step into administration. His skills and knowledge of technology will continue to lead Bowman to be future ready. Mrs. Dixon comes to us from John Adams Academy and Folsom Cordova Unified School District where she has been both a special education and general education teacher. Her expertise will continue to lead us in addressing student needs and developing strong intervention programs. We would like to welcome our new teachers to Bowman as well. In sixth grade Shannon Harrison and Alyssa Hutchins will be joining our team. Lecile Eklund will be rounding out our 5th grade team. All three of these teachers come highly recommended and will continue to build strong programs within the Bowman community.
As I step into my new position, I am aware I have big shoes to fill. Thank you to Mr. Graham for the mentorship, guidance and most of all friendship he has provided me during the last six years. Like Mr. Graham, my door is always open, and I encourage you to stop by if you have any concerns or questions. Nothing is too big or too small, it is important to me that you are well informed and know that your input is valued. I look forward to continuing to build a strong Bowman community and family that provides each student with a great place to grow.
Enjoy your summer, and stay safe. We look forward to greeting you on August 11th.