Principal's Message

Principal Chip JosephWelcome to the new Beaverdam Elementary School Website! It is my hope that you find the information included to be helpful to you. I am excited to be in my eighth year at Beaverdam! This is such a special community, and it is a pleasure serving as your principal!

Our theme this year is “Lights, Camera, Learning!” We hope to have fun with the movie theme as well as encourage our students to reach for the stars! So, don’t be surprised if there are some movie related references made throughout the year!

Our unique EDGE (Early-Childhood Developmentally Guided Education) program provides each child the opportunity for continuous instruction from the same teacher for two years. Teachers "loop" from either grades kindergarten to first, second to third, or fourth to fifth. This provides additional instructional time by reducing the amount of time typically needed for getting acquainted and wrapping up the year. It also provides consistency from year to year as well as a strong feeling of a classroom community.

This year, we will continue to focus on finding the special talents of each of our students, providing excellent instruction, and helping each student find their leadership potential! We are a Virginia Tiered Systems of Support school which means that we utilize Positive Behavior Support to encourage good behavior in our students that is tiered to match the needs of all students. We have 3 areas of behavioral focus: those areas are Lead Respectfully, Lead Responsibly, and Lead Cooperatively. We also encourage leadership qualities that encourage setting goals, accepting responsibility, working together, and balancing work and life.

It is our desire as educators to prepare our students for long-term success in the classroom and in life! We are so fortunate to work with such great kids and their families and we know this will be another terrific year!

Yours in Learning,

Chip Joseph

A Message from our Assistant Principal

Michelle WhaleyWelcome to the new Beaverdam Elementary School website and the 2018-2019 school year.

I am so excited to begin this school year and even more excited for our theme, “Lights, Camera, Learning!” It truly reflects our students because each and every child here at Beaverdam is a star! Beaverdam is a very special place...a place where the staff and parents believe in working together to help our students achieve their personal best! The students here bring joy and happiness to our school. We are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful group of children!

My experience here has been amazing! It has been filled with hard work and a massive learning experience for all. Having parental support and open lines of communication is an essential part of a successful school year. I look forward to working with each and every one of you to develop formidable relationships and work collaboratively. Please know that my door is always open to you.

We have many exciting learning experiences planned for this year here at Beaverdam! Our goal is that each of our students feels loved while also discovering their potential as a leader. Please feel free to contact me at any time. Working together as a team, we are helping to mold lifelong learners!


Michelle Whaley
Assistant Principal

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