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Fact Sheet​ - Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

Home of the Bluebirds

Explore. Play. Learn.

The mission of Meriwether Lewis Elementary School (MLES) is to inspire and develop a community of critical and creative thinkers, responsible global citizens, and lifelong learners.

School Highlights

Meriwether Lewis Elementary School puts its focus on the development of the whole child through their motto “Explore. Play. Learn.” All children are given the opportunity to pursue their passions, develop their interests, and apply their learning in new and innovative ways.

Beginning in 2016, Meriwether Lewis is implementing a world language program designed to develop students’ fluency in a second language from an early age. The program begins with students in kindergarten and first grade and will add an additional grade level each year until it is implemented schoolwide. MLES is using the Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) model of instruction, in which students receive 90 to 120 minutes of instruction per week in French. This includes instruction in their morning meetings, during a project hour, and also incorporates some dedicated language instruction.

Community building is another important element of culture at MLES. All students and teachers incorporate the values of the Responsive Classroom program. This includes such team building activities as daily morning meetings in Homeroom, monthly schoolwide morning meetings, and a focus on valuing each student as a unique individual.

Movement and developing a healthy, physically active lifestyle is encouraged for every student. This can be seen in the school’s physical education (PE) program, which focuses on the theme “healthy bodies, healthy minds” and incorporates non-traditional activities such as dance into students’ PE routine. Another example of this work is the Morning Movers program, in which students produce their own dances that are broadcast throughout the school in the mornings, allowing their fellow students to get up and follow along.

The school recently has focused on developing learning spaces that provide a more student-central learning environment. Guided by the principles of choice and comfort, classrooms incorporate such furniture as soft seating and variable height desks and become more flexible spaces that can be transformed to meet the needs of individual learners.

Assessment Data

Aggregate SOL Pass Rates (Percent)

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Facility Information

Built in 1988

56,450 square feet

17.7 acre site

1922: The school was originally located on several acres of land in the Ivy District donated by the Hopkinson family

1988: Moved to current location in Ivy

2013: Design 2015 renovation work

2014: Front entrance upgrade

2015: Gym floor replacement

2016: Kitchen AC replacement; partial flooring replacement; playground upgrade; replace clock systems; Media Center learning space modernization

Grade-Level Changes

1922: Originally held grades 1-12

1953: The school housed only grades 1-8 when grades 9-12 moved to Albemarle High School

1966: Grade 7 moved to Henley Middle School

1973: Kindergarten class added

1984: Combined with Murray Elementary; grades 3-5 attended Meriwether, other grades attended Murray

1988: Meriwether completely rebuilt


Meriwether Lewis Elementary School is part of the Western Feeder Pattern. Students continue to Henley Middle

Administration

Michael Irani Michael Irani, Principal
Jennifer Underwood Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal

Principal History

Michael Irani
2014-Present

Karen Marcus, Interim
2014

Kimberly Cousins
2008-2014

Sylvia Henderson
2003-2008

Jo Vining
1998-2003

Elizabeth Bailey
1987-1998

Sylvia Henderson
1983-1998

William Steigman
1968-1983

Juanita Chafin
1966-1968

Charles Simmons
1956-1966

William Bullock
1955-1956

John Breeden
1946-1955

Mortimer Sutherland
1944-1946

Robert Allen
1941-1944

Guy Morris
1932-1941

E. Broadwater
1931-1932

W. Barrett
1927-1929

George Eutsler
1924-1925

Frank Taylor
1922-1924

Student Demographics

(as of September 30, 2016)

Total Enrollment: 449

Male: 51.7%

Female: 48.3%

Black: 0.2%

Hispanic: 3.6%

White: 84.9%

Limited English Proficiency: 1.3%

Disadvantaged: 8.2%

Students with Disabilities: 8.2%

Gifted: 4.5%

"Disadvantaged" students are those who receive free and reduced price meals under the federal program. "Students with Disabilities" are those identified for special education services, from speech pathology and learning disabilities to severe and profound disabilities.​​​