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Tracy Voelker, Principal


Our goal is simple:  Work in partnership with parents and the community to enable each student at Runyan Elementary to achieve academic, social, and emotional success.  As Principal, it is my expectation that each Runyan teacher know his/her students’ individual needs on a daily basis and have the instructional skills and a solid plan to meet those needs.  In most cases students’ needs can be effectively addressed within the classroom through research-based instructional practices with, perhaps, minor accommodations.  In some cases more support is necessary, and we work interdependently as a staff and a district to ensure the necessary support is available.

Parent support is vital to achieving our goal.  For students to be successful in school, they must believe school is important and that their parents expect high achievement.  Parents can encourage this understanding within their children in a number of simple ways:

  • Have them at school on time every day they are well enough to attend.  Instruction begins at 7:45 each day.
  • Ask about what they learned at school every day; show an interest in what they’re learning.
  • Read with them every night and talk about what was read.
  • Talk about their educational future and how it will influence the choices they have.  For example, athletic coaches want gifted athletes who are also smart enough to solve problems, and employers who pay high salaries want college graduates to work for them.
  • Stay in touch with the teacher.  Maintain a current phone number so the teacher can contact you, and make an effort to check in from time to time to see how your child is progressing.

Most successful people had a lot of other people around encouraging them and helping them during their childhood years.  Each staff member at Runyan is here because we love and want to help Runyan students, but we can’t do it alone.  It will take all of us working together — teachers, parents, students and community members — to ensure the success of every Runyan student.  I invite you to be a strong presence in your child’s academic development.

Tracy Voelker

Runyan Elementary Principal

Christa Haymark, Assistant Principal


I am thrilled to be the new Assistant Principal at Runyan Elementary! Working at Runyan will allow me to continue my passion for helping children grow into successful, confident, life-long learners. However, I need your help. For your child to achieve success in school, you need to have high expectations and foster their love learning. Some ways you can help are:

1.  Read to your child every day.  Chose different types of literature.  Talk to your child about what you read.  Ask questions.  Have your child make predictions about what they think will happen next.  Children need to hear fluent readers read and model comprehension strategies.

2.  Keep a journal with your child and write to them on a frequent basis.  Encourage your child to respond.  Writing is an essential task.  The more a child practices this skill, the easier it becomes.

3.  Discuss your child’s progress in school on a regular basis.  Look at the graded papers that come home.   Go over and correct anything that was missed.  Ask questions about what is going on in class.  Have your child explain a concept he/she is working on in class.  Encourage the use of academic vocabulary.  People remember 90% of what they teach.  Let your child teach you something new.

4.  Remember, you are a key component in your child’s education!

I am looking forward to getting to know each of you, your children, and serving the Runyan community.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Christa Haymark

Runyan  Elementary Assistant Principal

Ilynn Marinero, Counselor


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