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Principals For A Day Have Unique Experience

OSWEGO, NY – “Principal for a Day” was an honor that was recently bestowed upon two Frederick Leighton Elementary School students.

As part of the celebration of reading second grader Anna Cloonan and fifth grader Abby McPherson partnered with Principal Julie Burger for an entire day.

Students earned the opportunity through their dedication to reading.

Two Frederick Leighton Elementary School students were “Principals for a Day” as Anna Cloonan (left) and Abby McPherson (right) joined FLS Principal Julie Burger as part of their awards for the recent reading promotion.
Two Frederick Leighton Elementary School students were “Principals for a Day” as Anna Cloonan (left) and Abby McPherson joined FLS Principal Julie Burger as part of their awards for the recent reading promotion.

Cloonan said, “At the beginning of the year we had a read-a-thon and it just finished. Last Friday was celebration day and I had read 550 minutes to win the pre-kindergarten to second grade principal of the day.”

One of the first things the “new principals” learned about Mrs. Burger is her concern for the safety of the students.

Cloonan said, “Every day Mrs. Burger has to think about the children and their safety here at Leighton. She wants to make sure everyone is safe.”

Principal Burger noted, “We started out the day to see if everything was okay. We walked the hallways and things looked fine in the classrooms. We did dining hall checks and did some distribution of the Common Core New York State testing materials.”

The youngest “principal” noted that with her partner “we read a book to the kindergarten classrooms.”

As the day progressed McPherson said, “We did walk-ins in classrooms.”

Principal Burger noted, “They watched what is going on in the classrooms and left notes with compliments about the best pieces of learning that they had seen.”

She explained to the two “principals” that walk-ins were important as “we are able to witness what kinds of learning are taking place” and the observation is similar to coaching.

McPherson was excited about the experience as she noted, “I was able to read more than 1,000 minutes to be selected as the ‘Principal of a day’ and  I have read to some classes and have been checking on classrooms with Mrs. Burger.”

It was noted by the two students that they weren’t surprised at what Mrs. Burger does on a daily basis, but they understand the importance of student safety for all of the youngsters attending Frederick Leighton Elementary School.

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