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Principal's Message

On behalf of our students and staff, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the Thelma L. Sandmeier Elementary School homepage. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our school community to an exciting 2019-2020 school year as we anxiously anticipate the many challenges and quality educational improvements this year will bring.

Our school will continue to devote much time and energy into the development of a cohesive schedule, rigorous course of study and the delivery of child-centered educational programs. As educators, we are here to help students achieve to their fullest potential. Our curriculum will empower each student to gain the basic fundamentals of education, to succeed and excel in the future as they progress through school.

In addition to the high quality instructional programs in all content areas, the curriculum is enriched by special area staff in the areas of Art, Music, Library, Physical Education and Health. Specialized programs that are provided include Special Education, AIS, Gifted & Talented, Counseling, Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapy. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Choir, Strings and Instrumental Music programs. We strive to create an environment where each and every student is given the attention necessary to achieve his/her individual success.

TLS continues to infuse technology in the classroom and challenge our students to utilize higher-level order thinking and problem solving skills. The use of technology leads our students to approach subjects differently, empowering them to be more vested and accountable for their own learning, while giving teachers the tools and opportunities to provide more robust, individualized instruction for all. Technology in the classroom not only helps engage our students, it empowers them to seek more knowledge.

The dedication and commitment of our PTA have continually impacted our school. Our PTA is an amazing group of people who commit to focusing their time, talents, energies and resources on our children's education and welfare. One of the keys to our students’ continued academic, social and emotional growth is the partnership between staff and parents.

I am a firm believer in securing the safety of every member of our school community. You can feel confident that our school is a secure place to be and our staff is always here to ensure that safe practices and procedures are followed at all times.

TLS is proud to serve the students of Springfield and grateful to be a part of their educational journey. I want to thank all of the parents and community members who work so hard to support and promote the activities and achievement of the students in our school.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office for any questions and/or concerns. We value your input and look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes to an exciting and promising year!


Michael C. Plias, Principal
Phone: 973.376.1025 x3465

Email: mplias@springfieldschools.com 


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Thelma L. Sandmeier Elementary School
666 South Springfield Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081