June 25, 2015
It is hard to believe the school year is over already! What a wonderful year! At Mount View Elementary school we are committed to “Doing Whatever it Takes for Excellence!” I enjoyed getting to know your children – it is important that they are each known for their strengths and their needs. There is nothing more joyful than watching our students grow as learners and know that they will continue to be inspired and challenged here at Mount View Elementary School.
We have some very exciting things happening next year. As you know, we are becoming a school wide Dual Language school. Currently we have Spanish Dual Language classes in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Next year all Kindergarten classes will be Dual Language. Each year we will roll up a grade level until we are all Dual Language. There are many benefits to being bilingual and bi-literate. It will provide many opportunities for our students as they compete in a global society. We are excited to have a school wide Dual Language program.
We are pleased to expand our Blended Learning approach to differentiating our instruction in our classrooms. Blended Learning uses all kinds of tools and devices to create learning environments that are “student-centered, personalized and gap closing.” It provides a structure where teachers are able to work with small groups, therefore, giving more time and attention to our young learners.
We are also very lucky to have a partnership with Arts Corp. Teaching artists will be working with our 5th and 6th graders integrating visual and performing arts into their writing units. Students will also learn how to create an e-folio to track their progress. In addition, the district STEM Academy will provide support to our 5th and 6th grade teachers to enrich and expand our instruction in science, technology, engineering and math.
Our work with the organization Sound Discipline guides our approach to behavior. Our staff is committed to taking Positive Discipline courses and to continue learning how to work with students to develop positive behaviors even if they have experienced trauma in their lives. We are excited about the school wide community building activities we will be doing the first few weeks of school to set the tone for the year.
Another top priority for us is to continue to build relationships with parents and community members. We cannot do this work alone and look forward to working closely with you. I look forward to meeting you at our Open House on September 1st. You will be able to meet your student’s teacher, see the classroom and learn more about the PTA, our community partnerships, our extended day program and much more. We will also be offering Family Academies throughout the year so you can continue learning with us as well.
It is going to be a positive and productive year for everyone in our learning community. I am looking forward to meeting more parents and spending time with you as we join together to meet the needs of our students.
Have a wonderful summer!
Lisa Escobar, Principal