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Temperance Elementary School
1981 Lowesville Rd.
Amherst, VA 24521

Misison Statement

     Temperance Elementary School is one of seven elementary schools located in rural Amherst County, Virginia. There is one heterogeneously grouped class per grade level. Our shared vision is to be recognized as a school of academic excellence and we believe that the collaborative efforts of our community and school, the Temperance Elementary Family, will ensure that each child becomes a life-long learner.     
2016 Board of Education Excellence Award 
     Since Temperance Elementary is a small school in a very close-knit community, it is the nucleus of the community. Each year the school’s facilities are used to provide a variety of opportunities for community fellowship, entertainment, and partnerships to assist our students in being the best they can be. Many special events such as Kris Kringle Store,  National School Lunch Week, Backyard Cook Out (Spring Carnival) and TES Socials are a collaboration of faculty, staff, parents, community and PTO. Each year our third grade students receive dictionaries donated by the Amherst Woman’s Club and the Amherst Rotary Club donates world globes to our second grade students. We are also very excited to offer our teachers and students resources from the Tiger Reading Room which is supported by matching grants from the Amherst Lions Club, Temperance Ruritan Club and the Temperance Elementary PTO.
      The Temperance Elementary Family expands educational opportunities by offering our students field trips that support the comprehension and knowledge of the Virginia Standards of Learning. Students also participate in presentations offered by 4H Extension Office, Theatre IV, Amherst County Public Library, National Parks Service, and Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation. Our teachers and students also enhance classroom instruction by assuring participation in programs such as Second Grade Seconds, The Sunflower Garden, and No Snow-Snow Day (Pajama Day) which offer real life learning opportunities.
     Temperance Elementary believes that effective communication ensures an effective learning environment. A variety of communication tools are utilized to ensure that we all have a shared vision. Parents are informed of students’ progress and concerns through e-mails, student agendas, parent contact logs, interim reports, parent/teacher conferences, weekly classroom newsletters, and monthly school newsletters. The Temperance Elementary website offers another communication tool in which weekly newsletters, teachers’ contact information, school policies, school information, SOL information, and a calendar of events are posted.
     We also understand the importance of recognizing student achievements and communicating high expectations. After entering Temperance Elementary, you will quickly be drawn to the “Terrific Tiger Reader Wall,” showcasing students that have excelled in the Accelerated Reader program. We also encourage students to excel in math and use the Accelerated Math program to get their name on our “Math Rocks Wall.” Each month teachers select Students of the Month based on student success in the areas of academics, attendance, and attitude. Students are also recognized at the 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, AR celebrations, and other special events.
     The Temperance Elementary Family truly believes that educating our students to be successful in future endeavors is the responsibility of our students, faculty, staff, parents, and community. We are dedicated to providing a positive learning environment to every student, every day.   

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