Wayside Insider First Week Edition

In this Edition:

  • Welcome letter from Superintendent Matt Abbott
  • Your First Day photos
  • FAQs: Where to find important resources
  • What's Next? A preview of next week

Welcome Back, Waysiders!

Letter from the Superintendent - (Previously released on July 31, 2019)


Welcome back! I am so pleased to kick off the 2019-2020 school year with such an amazing group of young scholars. I am looking forward to Wayside's best year yet!

Unlocking Excellence in All Scholars

If you’ve been in the Wayside community, you’ve likely heard me say All Means All. This simply means that at Wayside, we are ALL scholars, ALL united, and ALL IB. We are all in this together, and we all have the potential to achieve great things.

Going forward, you’ll see me talk about the word "potential" much more. Your child is full of potential, and I truly believe that every Wayside scholar is capable of achieving excellence. As educators, our most basic function is to nurture their potential to ensure they are able to grow into the best possible version of themselves. We are educating future doctors, community leaders, lawyers, and entrepreneurs.

All IB

At Wayside, we are still All IB. Though we no longer offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) in elementary and middle school, our focus is still on the prestigious IB Diploma. Not only does this certificate give scholars preferred acceptance into the university of their choice, but it can also allow your child to earn a year of college credit while in high school.

Throughout our elementary and middle schools, you may see different programming this year. We are placing an increased focus on math and literacy to ensure our scholars are prepared for the rigorous IB Diploma Programme, which begins in 11th grade.

First Day Motivation

I would like to end on a note of motivation for our scholars: Dive in this year. Study hard, and remember that you have what it takes to earn a college degree. You are our future, and I know you are capable of changing the world.

I appreciate everyone who helps make Wayside Schools so special. Let’s all have a fantastic school year.

Together we are unlocking excellence in ALL scholars.

- Matt Abbott, Superintendent, Wayside Schools

Your First Day Photos

Thank you for sharing your First Day of School photos with us by using the hashtag #WelcomeBackWayside!


Looking for information on school times, dismissal maps, uniforms, after-school care, and much more? Visit www.waysideschools.org/back-to-school to find answers.


Wayside Schools communicates with parents through email, text and Facebook. To make sure you stay informed this year, subscribe to our email list at www.waysideschools.org/subscribe, and follow us on Facebook: @WaysideSchools, @AltamiraAcademy, @EdenParkAcademy, @REALLearningAcademy, @SciTechPrep and @SciTechMiddle


During the first two weeks, Waysiders focus heavily on scholar culture and routines to ensure we create a productive learning environment for the year ahead. We will continue to work on perfecting these next week so that all scholars have the resources needed to tackle the 2019-2020 school year.


Wayside Schools still has spaces available in select grades. Have friends or family looking to enroll their child for the upcoming school year? Have them email enroll@waysideschools.org for more information.

Thank you, Waysiders!

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