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Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! It is safe to say that the school year is not starting the way any of us imagined or hoped.  While I wish the world was in the condition for us to be able to safely welcome everyone back to our site, I have confidence in our staff’s ability to make connections, deliver targeted instruction, and build classroom communities through distance learning.  They have already been hard at work planning for your student’s “return” to Payne.


This year, we have several new faces joining our staff.  Please join me in welcoming the following new staff members:

  • Cedeño Hernandez, 3rd grade teacher

  • Sarah Kidd, Speech and Language Pathologist

  • Dianna Wilbur, RSP

  • Sabrina Claire, School Psychologist


DISTANCE LEARNING:  During Distance Learning, students will follow the typical bell schedule while working from home. Teachers will be scheduling whole-class and small group Zoom sessions to insure students are receiving grade level instruction as well as any needed review or enrichment for individual students.  Students will be expected to attend every day and keep up with the work assigned.  Attendance will be taken and academic progress noted. 


PARENT HANDBOOK:  Still have questions about Payne?  Please read the Payne Parent Handbook for all kinds of important site-based information.  Please understand that some of the information in the Parent Handbook is flexible and/or TBD this year due to the unpredictable circumstances.


PARENT PORTAL:  Most site and district messages come to you via the Aeries Parent Portal.  Please make sure you have adjusted your settings to receive messages through the portal as this will be the primary form of communication during distance learning. You were automatically sent an email from Aeries Parent Portal from when you enrolled your student(s) in the online enrollment system.  Open that email and follow the instructions to log in to your Aeries Parent Portal account.  If you cannot find this email in your Inbox, be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder as well


Although the school year has been unpredictable, we are definitely demonstrating Panther Pride this year. The collaboration of our staff, dedication of our students, and support of our community has been remarkable. At Payne...  


"We stick together even when we are apart!" 


Katie Berg

Principal, Payne Elementary School