Ms. Doland to Retire in June
Ms. Sandy Doland came to Keller 14 years ago with a vision of creating and maintaining a school where students would be successful, be safe, and be responsible for their learning. She also had a vision of training and leading one of the best faculties in Jefferson Parish. Each year since 1999 has been filled with hard work among all. It has been years of reflection of what works and what needs to be done, to make it work better. She leaves fulfilled and ready to pass the leadership on to someone who will continue to make Keller successful in every aspect
From the Principal’s Desk- With Love and Gratitude-
My tenure at Harold Keller has been an honor and a gift. Every day, since 1999, I have arrived at school thinking, “I can’t believe I am the Principal of Harold Keller.” It is one of the greatest honors ever bestowed upon me. I grew up in Jefferson Parish, graduated from Jefferson Parish, taught in, and outside of, Louisiana, was an Assistant Principal, and worked for the state department of education. Then my dream became a reality, 14 years ago, when I was called to be the leader of such a wonderful campus.
Keller has been my family in so many ways. So much has happened to allow us to celebrate, laugh and cry together. Since I have been here, my daughter married, my grandson came into my life, my mother became a special Keller family member, and everyone helped me mourn the loss of my mother this past January.
I have learned from thousands of students, lessons I shall always carry in my heart. I have learned from the multitudes of teachers and employees how to be a better leader, and I have learned from the hundreds of families, how to listen, comfort, care deeply, counsel, and assist them with dreams they have for their children.
So many have assisted me in my goals. I have had great mentors and leaders offer me words of wisdom and guidance, as I set out to make my visions grow and flourish. I thank them for their life lessons. I have had the opportunity to work with many bright minds of teachers who have come through Keller. I have learned that once a teacher, always a teacher and this has helped me make decisions I needed to make, to have the very best teachers and employees at this school. Grooming excellence is not easy. We continually have to make choices and sacrifices to do the right thing for the students.
Within the next few weeks, a committee of teachers, parents, and central administration, will meet and interview candidates for your next Keller Principal. It is my deepest desire and hope that the one selected will feel the excitement commitment, and enthusiasm I have had through the years. There will be challenges and changes. I want you to help him or her, as you have always helped me. Make him or her, feel as welcomed to Keller as I have felt all these years.
The quote I feel is appropriate now, is from Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it is over; smile because it happened.”
Sandy M. Doland, Principal, Harold Keller Elementary
Keller 5th Grade Student Selected Best in the Parish as 5th Grade Student of the Year
(Ms. Doland, Mr. David Korn, Joshua, Samuel Korn, Mrs. Julianna Korn)
Congratulations to Joshua Korn, for being selected as first, Keller's Student of the Year and last week, being selected from over 40 schools as outstanding Elementary Student of the Year for the Jefferson parish Public School System!!!
Joshua is the son of David and Julianne Korn. His brother Sam attends Keller as well. Josua was visited last week by JPPSS Superintendent Dr. james Meza who presented him with a congratulatory cookie bouquet and well deserved recognition.
Joshua has proven consistently, throughout his years at Keller, what a successful student does to be a creative, active and interested learner. He is held in high esteem by his classmates and his teachers. He is a Black Belt member of Yonsei Martial Arts, Aacademic Games, BETA Club, Honor Society, Visual Art Talent and Gifted programsand raises doves. He is also an accomplished pianist and plays other musical instruments as well.
We are bursting with Keller Pride!
***IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: MAKE UP TIME DUE TO HURRICANE ISAAC***
Based on minutes/hours missed during school closure and Hurricane Isaac, student learning time will be made up in the following manner;
Each school's dismissal time between October 1 and March 1 will be 30 minutes later than the current end of day dismissal.
******THEREFORE, at KELLER, the end of the school day will be at 4:00PM beginning October 1 through March 1.
The attendance days and holidays on the current calendar will remain the same.
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Southern Minority Leadership Council Award
On June 14, 2012, Principal Sandy Doland, was honored to receive an Excellence in Leadership Award, from the Southern Minority Leadership Council. She was one of five recipients, representing a thirteen southern state consortium. This honor recognizes the success and commitment of bridging the educational divide and serving as positive role models for minority and non-minority students.
The Southern Minority Leadership Council serves 13 states, that support, maintain, and inspire administrators who are committed to education, recognizing cultural diversity, and promoting equity among all students.
Ms. Doland was nominated by the Intercultural Diversity Research Association of San Antonio, Texas.
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