Welcome to Everglades Elementary School where we are proud of our school, our students, our faculty and staff, and the outstanding community of parents who provide wonderful support to our school.  It is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to you as you begin the 2018-2019 school year with us. Please allow me to thank Leslie Lundy, who has been promoted to Director of Grants and Special Programs, for her devotion and dedication to Everglades. I hope to continue building upon the strong foundation she and all the faculty and staff have built here. I couldn’t be happier to join this wonderful school community.

Everglades Elementary School faculty and staff are dedicated to helping children develop academically, socially, physically, and emotionally.  Our school strives to have a safe atmosphere where our children will take risks and experience success on a daily basis.  Creating a solid foundation for our future school success requires not only instruction in the basic skills, but also fostering a true love of learning in each child.  Great efforts will be made each day to inspire our children’s naturally curious minds.


By fostering that true love of learning in our students, our students were well prepared for the Spring 2018 FSA.  Everglades Elementary School students showed great growth, and their marked improvement did away with the extended day. We are proud of our students for taking an active role in their daily education, and we thank our parents and guardians for taking advantage of the web based systems the district provides for us and supporting the educational process at home.


I’d like to welcome our new and returning faculty and staff members to Everglades Elementary School. They are extremely excited to welcome our children back to school. 


We would like to extend an invitation for you to visit our school, attend our children’s programs, meet the teachers and staff, and become an active member of our Parent Teacher Organization, School Advisory Council, Parental Involvement Committee, and School Volunteer Program.  We are happy to have you and your children with us at Everglades Elementary School.


The faculty and staff and I are all looking forward to getting to know and work with all of you to ensure that each and every student in the school is successful this year academically and socially. To that end, we ask that all students come to school on time each day with all their required materials prepared to do their best. Success is a team effort and every player, the students and the teachers and the parents, are all integral parts of that team. When every player does his or her best, everyone wins!


Please join us on Thursday, August 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for Open House. The students’ first day back is Monday, August 13th. We serve breakfast and lunch to all students free of charge.



Tracy Downing, Everglades Elementary School Principal