Principal's Message

Rahim Graham

It is with great anticipation to begin my second year as Principal of Calvin Coolidge Elementary School.  As a former student, teacher, and vice principal in the Hillside District, I feel a part of the Hillside Community.  My first year has surpassed all of my expectations.  With intense collaboration with the superintendent, principals, classroom teachers, Title 1 staff, itinerants, and support staff, Calvin Coolidge has reached the administrative and building goal of attainment presented to them this year.  This achievement is a joint effort.  I am extremely pleased with my staff.  However, we will continue to assess needs and make the necessary changes to make Calvin Coolidge Elementary even better.


For this upcoming year, Calvin Coolidge will be issuing MAP (Measuring of Academic Progress) interim assessment.  MAP assessment will be given in the beginning, middle, and end of the year to measure the growth of our students.  The teachers and parents will receive reports after each test.  Teachers will use the data from the reports to drive instruction in the classroom.  The Calvin Coolidge Elementary School is also planning on improving technology accessibility for all of our students.  It is in the plans to have a chrome cart filled with a least 25 chrome books for every classroom.  The chrome books will provide teachers with the technology resources to issue MAP assessment and other technological assessments geared to gather data to provide more differentiated instruction in the classroom. 


My philosophy is as follows:
All students can learn!  If educators instill a growth mindset, encourage work ethic and will power, any student can exhibit growth.  Our teachers are encouraged and expected to promote this mindset in all aspects of life.


Calvin Coolidge School

Mission Statement

In partnership with the greater Hillside community, Calvin Coolidge Elementary School shares the responsibility of educating all students.  We seek to foster a love of learning in an innovative, cooperative climate which empowers all students to be competent, productive, caring and responsible citizens.


Vision Statement

Calvin Coolidge Elementary School students will be empowered to become respectful citizens, work together demonstrating unity, and strive to be the best in every way.  Being the best I can be, begins and ends with me!


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