Principal’s Leaving Letter

Dear University Hill parents, guardians, and students,

On Monday night the Vancouver School Board of Trustees approved and made public promotions and transfers for the 2013-2014 school year. At that time it was confirmed that I will be leaving University Hill Elementary at the end of this school year to assume a Principal position at Henderson Elementary School in Vancouver.

I am very sad to say good-bye to the many people I have had the privilege of meeting and working with over the past seven years. For me, this school has been a vibrant, exciting place as we have implemented so many initiatives and prepared for the transition to Norma Rose Point School. Together we emphasized the importance of sharing, supporting each other, looking for positive learning opportunities for everyone, and collaborating with the whole school community to embrace literacy, our science focus and inquiry based learning. This is an exceptional Vancouver school that will continue to exemplify the very best in education. The staff members always put students first, the students are hard-working, capable learners, and the parents are supportive, friendly, and caring. I feel very fortunate to have been part of the University Hill School community and I will always cherish the time spent at this school learning with all of you!

The new Principal will be Ms. Val Coopersmith. She is moving from Lord Roberts Elementary School where she has been a Principal for the past seven years. She is a very experienced elementary leader, and will be a welcome addition to University Hill Elementary School. She has vast experiences and is a skilled teacher and principal. I know that you will make her feel welcome at this outstanding school!

Thank you for your on-going support and cooperation. I will miss the exceptional people I have met over the past seven years and will always treasure the many fond memories of the students, parents, family members, and staff!


Kathy Pickford