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Principal's Message

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BlueJay Families,

We would like to welcome you and your child to Kirksville Elementary School as we are glad you are BlueJays. We are very proud to be a part of the Kirksville community and the rich tradition of educating young Madison Countians that has been established in Kirksville hallways and classrooms. We hope each student and parent shares in our school pride and unity with our community inside and outside our walls.

I am honored to be principal of Kirksville Elementary School and continue the heritage of the pride of being a BlueJay. I have been in education for 17 years, serving as an elementary teacher before becoming principal 8 years ago. At Kirksville Elementary, we strive to provide equitable access to rigorous instruction in an inclusive environment that emphasizes the social-emotional well-being of each of our students.

 Kirksville Elementary is a wonderful learning community. We pride ourselves on providing a safe, friendly, and nurturing environment for our BlueJays to learn and flourish. There is a focus on building a school community around “The BlueJay Way”, following our LEAD motto – Love learning, Encourage others, Achieve our goals, Do what is right, Because BlueJays always LEAD.

As our community continues to grow, so do the challenges for our students. As we continue to meet these demands, it becomes more evident that we all need to work together to ensure that our children reach their fullest potential. It’s our responsibility to empower our BlueJays with creative, intellectual, and decision-making skills necessary for them to become academically, socially, physically, and emotionally successful.

It is our desire to help your child have the best possible educational experience while at Kirksville Elementary. If there is anything we can do to help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact the school. We look forward to assisting each child to reach their highest potential. 

Again, I am honored to serve this amazing school. I look forward to partnering with you in educating and supporting your child in their success.

Kirksville Elementary Principal, 

Derrick Bussell