September 8, 2015
Welcome to the new school year! We have enjoyed seeing all of our students
return and hearing the stories of summer.
We are focusing these first few weeks on getting to know our students
and building community in the classrooms, in the grade level teams and in the
whole school. We want students to know
they are part of a wonderful thriving learning community and that we are committed
to ensuring each student is successful at Mount View Elementary School.
We are proud to be a dual language school with the goal that
our students will be bilingual and bi-iterate in English and Spanish by 6th
grade. This is the first year of our
transition to school wide dual language and all of our kindergarten classes are
dual language this year. Next year all
of our kindergarten and first grade classes will be dual language and we will
continue to roll up each year until we are school wide dual language in grades
K-6. We are also a STEM academy school
and receive instructional support and resources from experts at the district
level in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. In addition, we are fortunate to be a
Blending Learning school which means that teachers are able to identify
instructional challenges and then “hire” technology to help solve the
challenge. When teachers are successful
in integrating technology into their instruction, they are able to work with
students in small groups and personalize their learning experience. We have a full time Blended Learning coach,
Amy Carlson, who will help lead our staff in the successful implementation of
our Blended Learning initiatives. Amy
will be hosting our first Family Night on October 15th at 6pm and
the focus will be technology. We hope
you can join us.
We are also very fortunate to have a Creative School
partnership with Arts Corp this year.
This is very exciting! Teaching
artists in visual and performing arts will be co-teaching with 5th
and 6th grade teachers in the fall and spring and will be
integrating the arts with a social justice focus into our writing
curriculum. I personally can’t wait to
see what is created by our talented students!
This year we will be starting each day with a few moments of
silence. This will right after school
begins. We will increase the time of
silence at the beginning of the day as we progress through the year. Our world is very fast moving with lots of
stimulation for our children. We are
finding that it has impacted our student’s ability to focus and learn. We will “train the brain” to quiet and focus
and get ready for a day of learning. Students will learn “Brain Breaks” throughout
the day and exercises that will enhance their ability to learn. If you are in
the building at the beginning of the day, please stop what you are doing and
join us in our moments of silence or if you are in a classroom during a “Brain
Break”, feel free to join in!
We will be holding two parent information nights in
September. The first is September 22nd
for grades 1-3 and the second is September 24th for grades 4-6. They will begin at 6pm. The purpose is to meet you and to share
important information that will help you know more about Mount View Elementary
School and what to expect this year.
Please join us.
We look forward to working closely with you this year as we
team together to ensure success for your student. We cannot do this work alone. It is a school-family-community effort that
impacts the success of our students.
Please feel free to come by the office and introduce yourself.
Lisa Escobar, Principal
Brian Tinsley, Assistant Principal