Welcome to my page. My name is Lana Penley and I am your Principal. I am originally from Tennessee but love living here in the Pacific Northwest. I have been the Principal at Marysville for 6 years and enjoy the wonderful staff and students that we have.
Here at Marysville, we have a Mantra-Relationships, Respect and Rigor. Relationships are the beginning of the foundation and serve as the guide for all that we do. We believe in the power of building strong relationships with all school stakeholders. Next, we treat each other with respect. This overall building tone of respect is critical for a healthy school. We attempt to be respectful in every single interaction. Our last piece of the Mantra is rigor. Rigor means being challenged and still doing your very best. We strive to have each assignment, each day have a high degree of Rigor.
I love being the Principal of Marysville School. My typical day is anything but typical. I am juggling meetings, duties, observations, lessons, emails, and paperwork. But the most important thing I do, is work with students. It is so rewarding to help a student in any way I can. I believe in the power of education to open doors and exciting new worlds.
I am grateful for this opportunity to have an impact of the lives of students.
News from the Principal
You have probably heard that we are doing a new program this year entitled, MindUP!
Here is a little blurb from their website:
MindUP™ is a research-based training program for educators and children. This program is composed of 15 lessons based in neuroscience. Students learn to self-regulate behavior and mindfully engage in focused concentration required for academic success. MindUP™ lessons align with all state standards including Common Core and support improved academic performance while enhancing perspective taking, empathy and kindness as well as fostering complex problem solving skills.
In a nutshell, we are teaching students about the brain and how to be mindful and fully present to the task at hand. Given the multitasking nature of our world today, we are finding that teaching them to be mindfully focused on one thing helps them calm their brain, and therefore learn better.
Each class begins the day with 15 minutes of MindUP time. During this time you may see the lights down, soft music playing, the teacher at the door greeting the students. The students quickly come in, and will begin some sort of lesson in line with MindUp. At 9:00, the time closes often with Chime Time. Chime Time is a ringing of the chime where students close their eyes, relax their brain and get ready to learn.
We would like to involve you in this process. We are having a free parent training on February 18th at 6:00 pm. Please save the date. More information to come.
In the meantime, feel free to speak with the office or your teacher about this if you have any questions.