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Dear Rhawnhurst School Families,

I am happy to announce that the 2023-2024 academic school year is off to a great start!  If you are new to our Rhawnhurst community, welcome to the Rhawnhurst Elementary Wildcat Family!!

For the 2023~2024 school year, the Rhawnhurst School day will begin at 8:15am and end at 2:54pm daily. Please be sure to make family/childcare arrangements and ensure your child(ren) attends school on time every day.  All students will continue to receive a FREE healthy breakfast and lunch each day.  Students are also welcomed to bring their own breakfast and/or lunch from home.

Please be sure to visit the Rhawnhurst School Website at to see your child’s school supply list and uniform information.  You can also visit the School District’s main webpage at for important back-to-school information and District updates.

This year, I’d like to formally introduce our new Assistant Principal, Adebiyi (Thaddeus) Falana.  He will be joining our team this year and is excited to serve the students and families of Rhawnhurst School.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. Together, we can make this school year our best one yet!


Joy Kingwood Ellis, M. Ed. , Principal

Rhawnhurst Elementary School

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am Adebiyi Falana, the new Assistant Principal at Rhawnhurst Elementary School.  I’m thrilled to join this vibrant community and look forwards to working closely with you and your children.  My educational journey is rooted in a deep belief in the power of education.  With Master’s degrees in Curriculum and Development and Educational Leadership, I’ve cultivated expertise in designing effective educational programs that cater to the diverse needs of students.

Over the years, I’ve served in various leadership roles, including Dean of Academics and Principal at both K-8 and high school levels.  In each position, Ive prioritized a student-centered approach, emphasizing diversity, creativity, and a love for learning.  These experiences have solidified my commitment to creating an inclusive environment where every student feels valued and motivated to achieve their best.

As Assistant Principal, my focus will be to strengthen Rhawnhurst Elementary’s tradition of excellence.  Collaborating with our skilled educators, staff, and you, our aim is to nurture academic growth, character development, and a lifelong love for learning in each student.

I’m eager to connect with each of you in the coming weeks.  Your insights and feedback are essential in shaping a thriving, communicative, and respectful school environment.  Please feel free to contact me at with any questions or thoughts.

Thank you for your trust in our school’s mission to educate and empower your children.

Warm Regards,

Adebiyi Falana

Assistant Principal

Rhawnhurst Elementary School