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The Principal's Corner

Dear Katie Harper-Wright Elementary School Community,

I am thrilled to share some highlights of Dr. Katie Harper-Wright's curriculum, which aligns seamlessly with state standards across all subject areas. Our commitment to high standards and expectations for every student is at the forefront of our educational philosophy.

Dr. Harper-Wright fosters a classroom environment where children not only meet academic standards but also feel at ease exploring and taking risks in their learning journey. This approach creates a comfortable space where students can flourish academically and personally.

In addition to our dedicated teaching staff, we are fortunate to have an active Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) that plays a vital role in fostering collaboration among parents, staff, and community members. The PTO's engagement enhances the overall school experience and strengthens the sense of community at James Avant Elementary.

Together, we are building a learning environment that not only meets but exceeds expectations. Thank you for your ongoing support in creating a place where every student can thrive.

Yours in Education,

Tryphena Cason, Principal




Our school, Dr. Katie Harper Wright Elementary, proudly stands in East Saint Louis, Illinois, serving students from Pre-Kindergarten to 4th grade. It is our privilege to nurture young minds in this vibrant community.

As we embark on this academic journey together, I encourage you to regularly visit our website. We are dedicated to updating it with valuable information and features that enhance connectivity among students, staff, teachers, parents, and the broader community.

Our Mission Statement, "Laying the foundation for college and career readiness with a commitment to academic excellence through reasoning, resilience, and responsibility," guides our daily efforts to provide a high-quality education for every student.

In line with our mission, our School Motto is "Inspiring Our Students." This reflects our commitment to fostering an environment where inspiration fuels learning and personal growth.

Thank you for being an integral part of the Dr. Katie Harper Wright Elementary School community. Together, we will continue to inspire and empower our students on their educational journey.

Warm regards,

Carnell Banner, Assistant Principal