Students celebrate principal's last day at Cale Elementary School

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Students and teachers from Cale Elementary School celebrated the end of a school year with a conga line to the buses Friday morning.

However, the celebrations weren't only for the students.

After 10 years, Lisa Jones, principal of Cale Elementary School, celebrated her final day walking down the hallways with students and parents.

She is the longest-serving principal in Albemarle County, which she attributes to the love within her school community.

"What this school really means to me is family and community," said Jones.

During her time as principal, she established a bilingual program at Cale to help kids learn Spanish.

"Our students spend 50 percent of their day in English and 50 percent of their day learning in Spanish," she said. "When students leave fifth grade, they're reading, writing and speaking in two languages."

Creating a unique program for elementary school students was one of the many impacts Jones left on the school.

Pam Gardner, an office associate at Cale, said she will be missed as a personable leader.

"Just her smiling face in the hall. She's a good friend to all of us," Gardner said. "She knows all the students. She knows the parents. She understands their needs."

As students leave for the summer, Jones hopes they will always remember to make a choice to stay kind.

"I tell my kids every day, especially when they leave, that when given the choice, always practice kindness," Jones said. "Kindness is a choice you make. When you make that choice to be kind, it's something that you control."

Her last official day as principal is June 30.

She will become a new student services officer in the Center for Learning and Growth within the Albemarle County Public Schools Division.

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