Grand Island Schools

Dear Islanders,

Both of my sons graduated from Charlotte Sidway Elementary—in fact, the younger one moved up on the day I’m writing this letter. I cannot say enough how proud of and grateful to I am of the staff at Sidway. Each and every one of them is fantastic.

Kudos to Sidway

When my oldest son started at Sidway, he came straight from a foreign preschool. He barely spoke English. But his teachers showered him with love and helped him feel comfortable. Within a week he had adapted to the new class, and his English improved rapidly.

My younger son was shy and timid. Now he’s the life of the party. He makes me laugh every day, and he’s infinitely more confident and outgoing. His teachers at Sidway gave him opportunities to express himself and encouraged him to make friends.

Last month I went to the annual Patriotic Assembly at Sidway. My son sang me his patriotic songs for weeks beforehand; he was so proud and excited to practice for the performance. It was one of the most beautiful and patriotic events I’ve attended in a long time.

Thankful for strong schools
My sons are young, so I don’t have a lot of personal knowledge of our other public schools, but Kaegebein looks great—the garden looks like something out of a magazine. Huth’s teachers are engaged and kind; every time I’m there it seems idyllic. The middle and high school facilities, especially the tech wing, are state-of-the-art.

I’m thankful we have such strong public schools in Grand Island, and happy my sons will get to attend them. To all the teachers, administrators, and staff, I congratulate you on a job well done, and sincerely thank you for your efforts to make our kids a little smarter, a little more compassionate, and a little more prepared.

Highest regards,

Nate McMurray