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Meet Our Principal

At Twain Elementary, we recognize the importance of a collaborative approach between the school, home, and community in order to create an environment for all learners to thrive.  We hope you will embrace our approach and be involved in your learner’s education.  It takes a village to ensure the success of all of our Tigers! 

Our Twain Tigers are respectful, responsible and caring which makes Twain Elementary the best place to learn and grow.   Prioritizing these simple fundamentals and coupling them with high expectations for all are important to our Twain Family.  We strive to create an innovative, supportive and equitable environment for each and every member of our Tiger Family.  

We are grateful and excited to engage in this learning experience with you. Help us help our learners thrive!  Thank you for entrusting us with this opportunity!  We are all in for ALL Tigers! 

Theresa Kirkman, Principal

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About Twain Elementary

Twain Elementary School is located three blocks west of Sycamore Mall at 1355 DeForest Ave. Students from Twain attend South East Junior High School and City High School. There are approximately 240 students at Twain School with three preschool classes, two full day kindergarten classes, two first grade classes, two second grade classes, two third grade classes, one fourth grade classes, two fifth grade classes and two sixth grade classes. We have Title I Reading,  an Academic Support Teacher, and an ELL (English Language Learners) Program.  

All students participate in art, music, and physical education. Instrumental music lessons are provided beginning in grade 4 for string instruments and grade 5 for band instruments. Letters regarding instrumental music lessons are sent home with students in the fall. Students in grades 3-6 can also be trained to act as "Conflict Managers" to help their peers resolve conflicts that arise at recess. 

The Twain School building site includes 14 acres with an arboretum, three soccer fields, long jump and track area, as well as multiple play areas for students. There are 23 classrooms, including art and music, and a large, beautiful library with a story well and computer lab. 

Parents at Twain are supportive of the educational program and are frequently involved. The parent organization (PTO) sponsors a variety of activities including individual student pictures, 4th grade field trip to the "School of the Wild", school suppers, the City High Homecoming Parade, a spring carnival, the ice cream social and fund-raising activities.  

The Twain staff is dedicated to providing the best educational program possible. We are a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) school and pride ourselves on being a Respectful, Responsible and Caring community.  We strive to meet the individual needs of students, to provide a variety of experiences, and to foster a positive climate in which learning can thrive.


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