Principal’s Message

Dear Freshwater Families,

I want to take this opportunity to wish your family a Happy New Year! We are now back in full swing, and
there is much to look forward to in 2018 at Freshwater School.
We had a great turnout at our Winter Concert, and I want to thank Ms. Gluck, Ms. Pinsky, and Mrs. Beckstead
for all of the hard work that they put in to prepare our students for the concert. We truly appreciate your
ongoing support for our music programs at Freshwater, and hope that you enjoyed the show!
Our school song reminds us that Freshwater School is a very special place to learn, share, and grow, and after
18 years with the District my appreciation for the Freshwater staff, families, and community continues to
grow. Our dedicated staff and parents continue to work together to provide our students with high quality
learning experiences in a safe and caring environment. In addition to the academic, musical, and athletic
programs offered at Freshwater, both the Community Club and the Freshwater Educational Foundation
continue to sponsor family events such as Movie Nights and Lego Nights to further enhance and strengthen
our school climate. Thanks to these hard working groups, our school continues to provide additional
opportunities that benefit our students.
I would especially like to recognize and thank the Community Club for their generous donations of $15,000 to
our Technology Fund and $10,000 to our Athletic Fund this year. These donations have allowed our school to
continue to make necessary technology upgrades in our classrooms and also provided us with new PE and
sports equipment and athletic uniforms which were long overdue. It has been so exciting to see all of our
students engaging in digital learning in our classrooms and also seeing our athletes wearing their new
Dolphin uniforms with pride this year!
Although our Freshwater School campus is well maintained and always appears beautiful, many of our school
facilities are outdated and upgrades and repairs need to be made. In order to bring our school facilities up to
current standards, the school board is planning to place a general obligation bond measure on the June, 2018
ballot. The last general obligation bond the District passed was in 2000, which enabled us to build our
beautiful gymnasium. This local school improvement measure will allow the District to improve the quality of
our school facilities and ultimately provide our students with a better learning environment that can be
sustained over time. I would like to extend a special thank you to the Freshwater School District Board of
Trustees, whose leadership continues to set the tone for our school. Greg Hall, Audrey Dieker, Rebecca
Baugh, Michelle Collins, and Gretchen Miller all continue to serve on our school board, and work hard to
maintain the high quality education that is provided at Freshwater School.
Finally, I would like to thank the incredible team that I work with each day—Mrs. Nickols, Mrs. Mintey,
Mrs. Farley, John Andrae, our exceptional teachers, aides, entire support staff, volunteers, and families that
continue to serve our school in so many wonderful ways. Freshwater School’s outstanding reputation will
continue to grow in the coming years thanks to the collective hard work and support of the entire
“Freshwater Family.” You are ALL appreciated, and I look forward to working with you in 2018!
With Warm Regards,
Si Talty, Superintendent/Principal