Principal's Message

  • Greetings from James W. Rice Elementary School: 

    As the new principal at James W. Rice Elementary School, it is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I extend a warm welcome to every one of you.  As I step into this esteemed position, I am honored and humbled to serve our community as we work together  in our dedication toward academic excellence, personal growth, and fostering a nurturing environment for all learners.  

    I am not new to the James W. Rice community.  My family has been here since its beginnings. I am a graduate of  Andalucia myself~ Go Jaguars!!!  Some things have changed since then, but my love for our community has not.   

    Our primary focus at JWR is on the growth, development, and success for each of our students.  Each student possesses unique talents, strengths, and potential waiting to be unlocked.  It is my commitment to create a safe, inclusive, and stimulating learning environment where each student can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.  

    Parents and guardians, I understand the importance of a strong partnership between school and home.  I value your input , involvement, and support in shaping the educational experience of our students.  Let us work together in creating a culture of open communication, collaboration, and shared responsibility for our children’s success. Together as partners, we can create and provide our students with options.  We can be Difference Makers.

    We are excited to have students back on campus in our classrooms and hallways filled with enthusiasm for learning. Please encourage your students to get involved.  We offer a wide variety of clubs, activities, and sports on our campus.  We are offering a variety of electives this year as well for our Jr. high students.

    As we start this new chapter together, I am filled with hope and optimism for the incredible achievements that lie ahead. Our mission at JWR, in short, is to SUPPORT, ENCOURAGE, and INSPIRE.  The vision is to create a Legacy of Lifelong Learners.  

    I am thrilled to come back and lead the school that provided me so much.  I look forward to working with each and every one of you.  My door is always open, and I encourage you to reach out to me with ideas, concerns, or suggestions you may have.  

    Once again, Welcome to James W. Rice.  Together, let’s inspire minds, shape futures, and build a stronger, brighter future.  


    Warmest Regards, 

    Gretchen Noble

    Principal, James W. Rice Elementary School