Principal's Message


By Ms. Ashley Groeneveld, Elm Middle School Principal


Ashley Groeneveld portrait shotWelcome Cougar Students & Families,

My name is Ashley Groeneveld, and I am honored to serve as the principal of Elm Middle School. In my first year in this new role I look forward to building on my relationships with all of our students, families, staff and Elmwood Park community as we open Elm as a true middle school for the first time — a truly momentous occasion!

It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you and your student to the Elm Middle School community for the 2020-21 school year. Elm Middle School is a very special place in that it is the first time children across Elmwood Park join together to create a united community of learners. We recognize the unique experiences each of our students bring to Elm Middle School and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to nurture a collaborative, warm environment to support our students as they transition from elementary into middle school.

At Elm Middle School, our entire staff's goal is to provide all of our students with a nurturing environment in which they can take risks as learners, feel both challenged and supported in their academic endeavors, and build meaningful relationships with others. Furthermore, being that our students are at a most important stage in their lives, Elm Middle School recognizes the importance of social-emotional learning to ensure our students' needs are met not only in the classroom, but also far beyond.

We strive to create structure through our use of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) and strengthen students within our community by using restorative justice.

I look forward to communicating with you about all things Elm as the year unfolds in our weekly newsletters, called the Cougar Courier. You can expect these newsletters each Friday afternoon.

The home-school partnership is incredibly important in supporting our growing learners. I look forward to partnering with you to support your child on this journey. As always, if you have any questions, concerns or anything you’d like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact me directly.

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Ashley L. Groeneveld
Principal