Spartan Familygram

August/September 2019-- Back to School Edition

Welcome message from Mr. Issler

Dear SpartanStrong Families,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Principal of Pleasant Elementary. I feel truly blessed to be the lead learner of such a fantastic school! Pleasant is a very special place and it is a privilege to serve this great SpartanStrong community!

I have lived in Marion my entire life and currently live here with my wife, Alyson, and our three sons: Jt (12), Nolan (10), and Aidan (7). I am a graduate of The Ohio State University and I am an avid fan of my beloved Buckeyes. Go Bucks! Although this will be my first year as a principal, I have worked in Pleasant Local Schools for 6 years, most recently as the Dean of Students for the last three years.

At Pleasant Elementary we are on a relentless mission to develop, nurture, and unleash the greatness in each and every learner. While maintaining high levels of academic excellence, we also concentrate on the social and emotional growth of your child. Our goal is to prepare your child for future success and to equip them with key skills, such as communication, creativity, critical-thinking, character, and collaboration.

From me, to our teachers, to our bus drivers, to our custodians, we will live, breathe, and model the SpartanStrong way: (1) Serving & Empowering Others. (2) Driven by Purpose & Vision. (3) Acting with a Positive Mindset.

*I want to extend a special welcome to our kindergarten students and parents along with many new families to the Pleasant Local School District. I can assure you that 100% of our teachers meet the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA, 2015) reporting for the Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT) in their areas of expertise. You may also request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher (s). I am sure you will find the teaching staff to be dedicated in meeting the individual needs of your child(ren).

Here are some exciting new changes this year:

  1. We will be an R Factor School-- E (Event) + R (Response) = O (Outcome).

  2. Starting our day with “ouR Time”. 15 minutes to start the day where teachers and students will build classroom community, and develop & forge strong relationships.

  3. No formal homework. We want kids to be kids and enjoy playing, family time, and reading by choice at home.

  4. Very few grades. We are embracing a responsive teaching model therefore we will be more focused on mastery of grade-level content. Teachers will be communicating your student’s progress regularly.

  5. Specials rotations will be on a Red, Orange, Yellow, Green..Red, Orange, Yellow, Green.. rotation (think rainbow order). Depending on the week, your student will have one special twice in the same week.

  6. We are moving toward a Restorative Discipline model; a relational approach to building school climate and addressing student behavior that fosters belonging over exclusion, social engagement over control, and meaningful accountability over punishment.

  7. Communication is very important to us...are you signed up for Class Dojo? Are you following us on Twitter and Facebook?

As Principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to stop in or call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this the best year yet! I can also be reached via email at

Warmest Regards,

Travis Issler


Pleasant Elementary

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R Factor: E (Event) + R (Response) = O (Outcome)

Be A Part of Our Culture!

At Pleasant Local Schools we are promoting the R-Factor with students and staff to continue to grow individuals not only as learners but as impactful leaders. The R-Factor focuses on the simple formula E+R=O; E is an Event often out of our control, R is the Response that we do control which equals the O or Outcome. R-Factor also focuses on Above the Line and Below the Line behaviors. Above the Line behavior is intentional, on purpose and skillful. The opposite behavior is Below the Line. It is impulsive, on autopilot and resistant. As a building we are working to improve our “R”s and teach/model Above the Line behavior in our students.

The R-Factor theory was developed by Tim Kight and his Focus3 Company. Pleasant Local administrators and staff were able to see Mr. Kight at Professional Development Day in early Spring 2018. As a district, we are on a journey to equip students with a system/tools to effectively respond to life's challenges and deal with unexpected or difficult events.

It is our hope that you will go on the journey with us!

Playground Transformation--Big thanks to PTO for providing the paint!

Looking for a good read aloud...look no further!

Read Aloud with Mr. Issler---"First Day Jitters" by Julie Danneberg

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