Principal's Message

Michelle Gardner

Michelle Gardner
Elementary Principal

Dear Parents and Students,


On behalf of the staff at Strafford Elementary, we are happy to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year!  We are excited to learn and grow with OUR TRIBE as we continue our third year as a LEADER IN ME school.  We are looking forward to a great partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential.  As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know we will do our best to carry out our responsibilities.  We ask that you guide and support your child to LEARN, LEAD and SUCCEED by helping them with the following:


    1) Attending school daily and arriving on time, ready for the day’s learning

    2) Completing all homework assignments given by the teachers

    3) Reading daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills

    4) Sharing school experiences with you so you are aware of his/her school life

    5) Understanding that you want him/her to be successful


In this handbook, you will find a copy of our school procedures, policies and rules so that you and your child can review them together.  Please refer to the district website,, under the elementary tab to access the handbook at any time.  If you have any questions about the rules and expectations, please feel free to contact us or discuss them with your child’s teacher.  


Please consider joining the Strafford Elementary Booster Club, as our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school’s program.  Membership price is only $5 and this money goes directly to help sponsor and support various events throughout the school year.


Our parents, staff and students are all a part of OUR TRIBE and we feel privileged to be a part of a school family that is focused on inspiring the leaders of tomorrow. We thank you for your support throughout the school year as we work to continue the tradition of being #straffordstrong!




Dr. Michelle Gardner      Dr. Ashley Bough

Principal                        Assistant Principal


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Strafford Elementary School 310 W. McCabe
Strafford, MO 65757