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Principal's Message

It is with great delight that I welcome you back to a new school year! There is always such a feeling of optimism and hope as we begin anew or continue our journey each September. Students and staff are excited to get to know one another, reconnect with friends and get their learning underway!
For those who are new to our school community, allow me to introduce myself. This is my second year at Russell Public and I am currently entering my 18th year with the Upper Canada District School Board. Prior to that time, I was a stay at home mom, right here in Russell. My own children attended and graduated from both Russell Public and High School. Our family has been active in the community for many years and Russell Public has always held a very special place in my heart.
As a classroom teacher I taught in many area schools, including Elma, Chesterville and Rockland Public. I started as a Vice Principal while at Rockland and then moved to Cambridge Public where I was the Principal for 5 years. I was very fortunate to have held the position of Principal of Special Education for the school board prior to coming to Russell Public. This position allowed me to experience and participate in activities and meetings across our large board. It was an educational experience that greatly enhanced my learning journey.
As the Instructional Leader for your school, my number one priority is your child(ren). It is my responsibility to make sure they are receiving the highest quality instruction and education in a culture which fosters curiosity, excitement and the joy of learning.
There are many things which are changing and evolving in today’s classroom. Students are no longer the passive listeners and receivers of knowledge of the past. Today’s learners need hands-on, relevant experiences which challenge their thinking and excite their minds. As educators we are changing our practices to reflect the needs of our students.
I am also responsible to all of you, as you are your child(ren)’s first and most important teacher. My door is always open and I have included my cell number and email at the bottom of this letter. While your first point of contact for questions or concerns should always be your child’s classroom teachers, I am always available to speak with you as well.

Best Regards,
Mhairi Rowland
613-445-2190 / 613-558-5259 

Updated September 2017

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