Dear Orvis Risner Families,

It is an honor and pleasure to serve as the Principal of Orvis Risner Elementary and to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year. This is my third year to lead the staff and students to continued excellence.  Each day I am fortunate to witness the relentless dedication to academic excellence shared not only by staff, students, and families but also community members.  Orvis is clothed in rich traditions such as our weekly “Eagle Vision” assembly, a dedicated PTA and family focused learning experiences. I will continue to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure Orvis Risner Elementary remains a learning institution which promotes academic achievement for all.

I am excited to announce another phase of construction has begun. During the 2016-2017 school year, a new library/safe room will be added to the north end of the gym. Completion of the project is expected August 1, 2017. As with our recent remodel we understand the burdens of construction but are so fortunate to live in a community which funds such projects.

The theme for the upcoming school year is “Get Your Game On!” The theme will place emphasis on strategy, determination and commitment. I can’t wait to witness where this theme will take us on our road to excellence.

I am confident Orvis Risner Elementary will continue on the path of excellence during the upcoming year. We have so much to be proud of as a staff, family and community. If you have suggestions, comments, questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Penny Gooch