Dear Staff, Students, Families and Community Members,
As the principal of Vandenberg Elementary School it is my sincere pleasure and honor to serve this outstanding educational community. I am a native of this great state of South Dakota and have invested the past 23 years in the field of education. It is an honor and a privilege to call this district my home.
Our motto for the 2016-2017 school year will be “Individually we are special, together we are spectacular”. With this my greatest initiative is to offer leadership while facilitating a school environment, which provides differentiated instruction and integrating technology to meet the needs of each student to the best of their ability.
The educational program must be academically challenging, engage each student by linking the curriculum to previous knowledge and experience, and also be exciting to promote further exploration of new ideas. Parents, teachers, support staff, and administration all have an important role to encourage our children to become active learners. It is my sincere desire to provide expanded, exciting opportunities for our students to acquire the skills to become productive citizens in a vastly changing society. Through a close and collegial partnership with everyone associated with Vandenberg, I am confident we can make our school an even a better place for our students to learn and grow.
My past experience has shown me that it takes a team to help all students reach their maximum potential. I will work collaboratively with the staff and community at Vandenberg Elementary School to offer an academic program where our students can be successful. I am confident that this will be an outstanding school year and look forward to working with everyone to continue the Douglas Patriot tradition of academic excellence!
Please feel free to contact me or stop in.
Barbara Ice, Principal
Vandenberg Elementary School
561 Briggs Street
Box Elder, SD. 57719