What makes LeTort Elementary School special?
I asked this question of LeTort PTO, and they jumped at the opportunity to answer. Here are their Top 10 Things to Love About LeTort.
1. LeTort teachers and staff are enthusiastic and engaging, positive and supportive, always offering an ear to listen to their students. The LeTort staff is a fun group!
2. Our principal, Mr. Carmichael, is very hands on. He doesn’t just walk around and monitor; he is very involved with the students, knows all of their names, knows something special about each student, and engages them daily. He is a firm yet fair principal, who is a kid at heart!
3. LeTort is a smaller school, which feels more personable – a true community feel. Everyone is friendly and welcomes new families with open arms. There is an abundance of school pride.
4. Communication between school and families is great. A monthly school and PTO newsletter are sent home, and each month there is a family fun night or special program for families and students.
5. The diversity! Beyond socioeconomic and ethnic diversity, LeTort is also fortunate to have a large group of Army War College families, from around the country and around the world, who enroll in our school each year.
6. Our school has a very active and supportive PTO. As a great example of the collaboration between LeTort teachers and the PTO, each spring the school hosts a May Fair event for the community. The 2016 May Fair is on Friday, May 6, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
7. We have top-notch technology, and its implementation into the curriculum is great!
8. The free afterschool clubs and extracurricular activities offer lots of opportunities for our students to shine, like an art show, reading stories on stage, musicals, concerts, a science fair, and a talent show.
9. LeTort stresses the importance of not only good academics but good character as well. Highlighting the character traits of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship, the LeTort students know what it means to be the LeTort RAMS:
R …. Respect self and others
A …. Achieve excellence
M …. Make good choices
S …. Stay safe
10. Because we are a Title I building, we have several full-time Reading Specialists and an Instructional Coach. Being Title 1 is sometimes seen as a stigma by those not familiar with the program. (Title I schools are those with a higher percent of students from low-income families.) What parents should know is that Title I is a benefit to all students, regardless of background, and our Title I program benefits ANY child in our school who needs extra support. Our Title I staff help to assist all students and play an active role in identifying core instructional strategies to help support our teachers and students.
More about LeTort
A few more things you might like to know about LeTort Elementary School…
- Years ago, LeTort had a negative reputation and, at one point, enrollment was so low that the school board considered closing the school completely. Today, LeTort is a very different school. With the help of the principal, staff, PTO, and parents, the school has made a complete 180 and is a wonderful place to be! (This is one of the reasons Carlisle Kids initiated this series – we want to take you beyond myths and outdated perceptions of local schools, and find out what makes them shine, from the parents whose children attend!)
- LeTort has a diverse student body with just under 300 students. Average class size is 25 students. Most primary grades also have a teacher aide and the school has full-day kindergarten.
- The school mascot is the ram and the school color is blue.
Learn more about LeTort at….
- LeTort Elementary School webpage
- LeTort Elementary School PTO website
- Pennsylvania School Performance Profile
- “Comparing Local Schools By The Numbers,” Part 1 and Part 2, here on Carlisle Kids
This post is part of a series highlighting local elementary schools. We reached out to PTOs and asked, “What makes your school great?” While there will be probably be some overlap in the responses from different schools – particularly those in the same district – we hope these “what we love” lists will highlight the strengths and unique character of each school. We would love to highlight all area schools, so if you are interested in making sure your school is featured, please contact Liz at CarlisleKidsPA@gmail.com.