Principal's Page

Dear Parents,
      Welcome to the Poupard Elementary School web page.  I am very proud to share with you just some of the many highlights of our very special school.  We opened our doors in 1951 and are located in Harper Woods, Michigan.  I am the first female principal of Poupard. 
      We currently have 350 students that attend our school which includes grades kindergarten-fifth grade, three autistic classrooms and an extended day kindergarten.  We have twenty six classroom teachers and fifty four total staff members. 
      Our specialists included a Language Arts Specialist, Occupational Therapist, Resource Teacher, Reading Teachers, School Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech Pathologist, Art, Physical Education, Vocal, Instrumental and Strings Teachers, a Computer Lab Assistant and a Library Media Specialist.  Our wonderful secretaries and engineers keep the building operations in wonderful condition.
          Our Grosse Pointe curriculum offers many avenues of differentiation to meet the needs of our learners at all levels.  Teachers regularly attend graduate classes, conferences and workshops to increase their instructional expertise.  Our North Central Accreditation goals focus on increasing the skills of our students in reading comprehension, in writing and in problem solving.
       As a small school, we offer a very personalized educational experience and appreciate our strong parent partnership.  Parents participate and share their views through classroom volunteer time, PTO activities, and PAC (Parent Advisory Committee), which provides input into our yearly school budgeting process.  Many fabulous student and family activities are sponsored by our PTO: Family Fun Night, Holiday Breakfast, Tin Can Auction, and Mother (or Special Person)/Son bowling and Father (or Special Person)/Daughter dance.  PTO  sponsors assemblies, supports field trips and adds enrichment activities for our students.
      
Students at Poupard  can participate in a variety of learning and service activities such as: Book Buddies, Safety Squad, Service Squad, Student Council, Special Choir, and Instrumental Music.
       
My experience in education is vast and has been my lifelong passion.  Starting my career in Port Huron,  I taught special education students, hearing impaired students and general education students for many years.  From there, I went on to teach high school special education students.  I then became an Elementary Teacher Consultant and while doing that decided that I wanted to go into administration.  I have been an assistant middle school and assistant elementary school principal.  I then became an elementary principal with the Anchor Bay School District.  This will start my sixth exciting year as a principal.
       I am a member of this community and have been for much of my life.  I served as the PTO President at Brownell Middle School for four years and am currently a member of many community organizations.  I have two wonderful children.  My daughter, Ashley, is a 2002 graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School and now attends Grand Valley State University where she studies health and science.  My son, Kyle, is  senior at Grosse Pointe South and is extremely talented in music and art. Both of my  children are supportive of my position and enjoy meeting all of the students.  You will see them this year at different events.
       The education and safety of your children is my first priority.  The decisions I make are always based on what's best for your children.  I am really looking forward to working with you as a team and will appreciate all of the parental support you give.  I am excited and look forward to meeting each and every one of you.  Together we can make a difference. 

                                  Sincerely,

                              Ms.Penny L. Stocks

My Mission and Philosophy Statement:
"It is my responsibility to positively promote education and to spark enthusiasm within the school.  I will provide the foundation for insight, knowledge, discernment and wisdom within all students, as they become lifelong learners.  Developing these skills is essential for growth, prosperity and conscientious decision making necessary for our society."