Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!!!
Located in Northwest Philadelphia and situated in the Cedarbrook Neighborhood, Franklin Spencer Edmonds Elementary School (FSEES) serves more than 600 students from Pre-Kindergarten to the 8th grade. We are one of 16 schools in Learning Network 6. FSEES was, in 2016, designated as a City of Philadelphia Community School.
Our catchment area generally includes and extends to Cheltenham Avenue to the North; Stenton Avenue to the South; Limekiln Pike/Upsal Street to the East; and, Mount Airy Avenue/Easton Road/Wadsworth Avenue to the West. We welcome, on a limited, space-available basis, children and families from outside of our catchment area to join our school community.
At FSEES, we strive for continuous improvement in all that we do. In order for us to continue to do that and to do it well, we need for our students’ families, as well as members of various business, civic, educational, professional, public service, religious, and social organizations in and around our neighborhood and city to join with us to fulfill our charge of providing all of our students with a great public school close to where they live.
Will you join us?
A Message from Our New Principal…
To the Franklin Spencer Edmonds Elementary School Community:
I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as your new Principal and to join with the students, families, and community served by F.S. Edmonds Elementary School as we work collectively to significantly improve academic outcomes for our future leaders.
Having attended F.S. Edmonds 21 years ago as a fifth grade student, I rejoin the Edmonds school community by way of Martin Luther King High School where I have served for the past two years as a Turnaround Assistant Principal. Before accepting the assignment at King, I served for two years as the School Based Teacher Leader and Dean of Students at Parkway West High School where I was also the Assistant Athletic Director and an English, Social Studies, and Vocational Early Child Care and Education Teacher. I have also served as a Reading Specialist, as a Middle Years English and Social Studies Teacher, and as an Early Childhood Education Teacher at other schools both inside and outside of the district. Know that in the weeks to come, you will have the opportunity to learn more about me and the new direction that I would like to, in partnership with all of you, take Edmonds this academic year and beyond. I hope that you will consider joining me, other key leaders on our team, and various other team members who serve in and out of the classroom to make magic happen for our students each day when we host our annual “Back to School Night,” which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
A relationship in which the family, school, and community has high expectations for and is not afraid to hold each other accountable is what enables us to effectively educate the whole child. Failure is NOT an Option and together we must accept the challenge of preparing every student for high school, college/career, and life, including informed, responsible citizenship in the global, technological, and multidimensional society in which we live. After all, they deserve nothing less. To that end, in view of the new course that we are charting together, our new slogan is… “Achievement is the Standard and Success is the Expectation!”
For our team, there is one non-negotiable: ALL students, regardless of ability, circumstance, culture, language, or any other facet of diversity having equitable access to a high quality, standards-based academic program with aligned supports that enhance learning and teaching. As we move forward, we want for F.S. Edmonds to be a caring, orderly, positive, and safe educational environment for our children where we can teach, challenge, and support them in realizing and achieving their maximum learning potential. Understand, the work before us is great and so too are our expectations!
We invite you to join with us in creating an educational experience for our children that is memorable and grounded in relevance, rigor, and relationships. Remember, we can only accomplish our goals if all of us, most importantly you and your student, are sitting at the table! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone, via email, or by visiting us in the office. We are always, always open to receiving your input and feedback! Consider this as a personal invitation from your new Principal.
Principal Roundtree, Chief Learner and Teacher