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Principal's Message

Matt Spade
Ponderosa Principal

Dear Students and Parents,

Ponderosa Elementary is an extraordinary place to learn!  We are excited that your child is a part of our special learning community.  We are eager to work closely with you in order to ensure your child receives an educational experience of exceptional quality.  As I’m sure you know, your child’s education begins and ends with you each day and we consider each of you to be integral in your child’s success. 

At Ponderosa, we are fortunate to have the highest quality instructors and staff.  Our classrooms are continuously being upgraded with the latest educational technology and our teachers intentionally design tasks that increase student engagement and improve achievement. 

Research has repeatedly shown that the more parents are actively involved in their child’s education, the higher the child achieves.  Keeping this in mind, here are some ways to support your child’s success:  

  • Be sure your child is to school by 7:25am each day

  • Make homework part of the daily routine

  • Read to or with your child for 20 minutes each day

  • Encourage independent reading

  • Talk with your child each day about what happened at school

  • Communicate actively and openly with your child's teacher

  • Reinforce the value of learning as a lifelong process, not just something that happens in school

We welcome and encourage your partnership, ideas, and suggestions.  There will be many opportunities throughout the year for you to volunteer and be a part of the great things that are happening at Ponderosa Elementary.  We hope to see you at school and are so excited that your child is a part of our learning community!

Matthew Spade



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Ponderosa Elementary (k-5)
16701 Ponderosa Drive
Catlettsburg, KY 41129
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Phone: 606-928-2330
Fax: 606.928-2337