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Principal’s Message

Dear Cub Families,

The halls at Colonial Trail (CTES) are buzzing with energy and excitement as the faculty and staff eagerly prepare the school for the arrival of our students. I am even more thrilled to be joining this amazing community (faculty, staff, students and families) as the new CTES principal  partnering and collaborating to continue Colonial Trail’s history of excellence. As one of five Henrico elementary schools to receive the 2019 Virginia Board of Education Highest Achievement Award, CTES is poised to embrace new challenges and continue on the road to excellence.  

Our theme this year is, “Going for the Gold!”  and like all Olympians, our students will be training hard to achieve their dreams.  They will be working on the skills necessary to compete at a global level. The students’ training program will be based on developing skills in the 6c’s: Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Quality Character, and Global Citizenship.  With their skills sharpened, I have no doubt that our students will be ready to take the gold by the end of the year!

I believe that the first stop on the road to excellence is a focus on instruction.  Renowned child psychologist Jean Piaget said, “The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men and women who are capable of doing new things.”  These sentiments are mirrored in our instructional focus this year. Instruction will be geared towards the Henrico Learner Profile and its’ four pillars of Deeper Learning: Learning is Anytime Anywhere, Learning is Authentic & Connected, Learning is Student-owned, and Learning is Community Supported.  Deeper learning fosters experiences that ask the learner to apply new knowledge in ways that empower him/her to master essential understandings, skills, and attributes for learning and life with the ultimate goal of making them LifeReady.

For those of you who haven’t met me yet, let me share a little about my background.  I am in my 24th  year of education.  My educational journey began as a 1st & 4th grade teacher. Following that, I was a Math Teacher in Residence for two years and then the last seven years as an administrator.  Each one of these stops on this journey has strengthened my love of education and more specifically; strengthened my passion for the social, emotional, and academic growth of every student within my reach.  I look forward to bringing my passion and adding my energy to the Colonial Trail family. 

Lastly, you; as parents, families, guardians, and supporters of the CTES community are an integral piece of our students’ Life Ready success!  Please make sure you check out our PTA website  and look for all the many places we could use your support this year as a volunteer.  No job is too small and volunteering is a great way to meet other Cub families! Please consider committing your time this school year. Together we can make a difference! 



Kevin Schatz


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