Dr. Mindy Garber
Dear Parents and Friends of Cassell,
Welcome to Hugh K. Cassell Elementary School! Arriving at our campus you will notice the Blue Ridge Mountains provide a spectacular natural backdrop for our school. Keeping our school in excellent condition is very important to us. We encourage our students to be good citizens and stewards. This year we are focusing our attention on our Nature Trail, a vital and unique part of Cassell for over 30 years. We are seeking volunteers to help provide resources for this project.
A native of the area, I attended Augusta County Public Schools as a child graduating from Fort Defiance High School. My college experiences extended from Bridgewater College to James Madison University to University of Virginia. I have had a wide range of educational experiences. After teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Augusta County, I taught at Bridgewater College for three years. I have been a school administrator for nearly 20 years at Luray, Grove Hill, and Beverley Manor Elementary Schools. I have enjoyed teaching graduate level classes at Mary Baldwin University and mentoring graduate students at Eastern Mennonite University. My favorite job is being at Cassell Elementary.
The PTO is a vital part of our school program. Our Parent Teacher Organization has volunteered hundreds of hours for the school. They have provided thousands of dollars to fund technology, the artist-in-residence program, literacy, playground improvements, and the list goes on. Did you realize that the PTO generates over $30,000.00 per year? This year our goal is to raise over $10,00.00 just from Box Tops for Education. Please harvest these from your relatives, friends, and co-workers and send to school. We urge all parents, grandparents, and other significant adults to become active PTO members.
We anticipate that this will be the best year yet for our school community. If you have any questions or concerns regarding school policies or your child please let us know. By working together we will ensure that all children are winners.
Mindy Garber, Principal