Kelly Papke  
    Dear Cortina Families,

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  
    I am so honored to be a part of your child's education. I have worked in the field for the past 20 years in a variety of capacities from teaching to leadership and administration.  Working with children keeps me young at heart and inspires me to continue learning and challenging myself personally and professionally. This will be my sixth year at Cortina and it's so exciting to see how our students have progressed and grown over the years both academically and socially.

    At Cortina, we are proud of our history of academic excellence and believe in every child's ability to learn.  Students who enter our doors are able to thrive in a supportive and caring environment where they are challenged and provided focused and meaningful learning opportunities.  Teachers and staff work endlessly to ensure that the unique academic and social needs of each student are met.  This year, student literacy needs are being supported during a 30-minute Response to Intervention (RTI) reading group. RTI provides an opportunity for teachers to address areas in reading in which students may need additional instruction.  We are committed to providing a well-rounded educational foundation for students so that they are prepared to be productive and contibuting members of society.  

    Please feel free to communicate any celebrations or concerns you may have.  When we work collaboratively together, your child's educational experience will be enhanced.  Thank you for trusting us with your child's education.   

    Kelly Papke

    "Achieving Personal Excellence, One Student at a Time"