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Grafflin Principal's Introduction


At Grafflin Elementary School, we believe that every student can attain success academically while also developing the social/emotional skills that are essential for a lifelong learner. Our commitment extends to valuing the uniqueness of each student and the diversity of thought they bring to our community. Assistant Principal Ryan Spillane and I are dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating our differences while ensuring a supportive and inclusive educational experience for every student. 

In our school, teaching and learning are focused on developing a greater sense of student independence and self-confidence. Our classrooms are vibrant places that provide students with opportunities to be creative, pursue their passions and develop perseverance. We aim to develop curious students who seek to satisfy their quest for knowledge through critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills and responsible citizenship. 

Key to our academic framework are the Makerspace and Global Learning Center where students participate in lessons that merge science, technology, mathematics and engineering to enhance their proficiency in design, collaboration,  and problem-solving skills. These programs align with  the district’s strategic priorities around rethinking traditional instruction. We support our students' learning journeys by providing differentiated instruction to meet students’ needs. It is crucial for us that our students experience a broad and balanced curriculum that inspires and challenges them.  For those needing additional support, we provide Academic Intervention Services (AIS) in the areas of reading and math and an inclusive special education program. 

At Grafflin, we believe that academic success is just one aspect of our students' growth. Our socioemotional supports include the RULER Program, daily morning class meetings, and small group social skills groups. We nurture the development of each child’s emotional intelligence by incorporating the Mood Meter consistently across all academic areas, helping students identify their emotions and strategies for emotional management. The diversity of our community is an asset we use to create even greater learning opportunities for our students.

We provide children with a dynamic and enriching academic experience characterized by a broad and balanced curriculum that both challenges and inspires, fostering curiosity, critical thinking, and a love for lifelong learning. 

On our Academics website, you will find more information about our elementary school programs and be able to explore curricular programs and resources. You can also use the menu on the right to navigate to the other school levels or to learn about our K-12 curriculum across subject areas. Mr. Spillane and I encourage you to explore our website and contact us if you have any questions. 

Thank you for being a part of the Grafflin community. We hope that our Grafflin families will become active participants in our students’ education. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me at any time. We are here to support your students. 

Debra Alspach
Principal, Grafflin Elementary School

Debra Alspach

Debra Alspach