Dear Panther Students and Families,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! This is a groundbreaking year as Los Paseos is welcoming its first ever Transitional Kindergarten class and our fifth graders are now the leaders on campus. WOW! I have no doubt that our fifth graders will lead by example and show our youngest panthers the importance of academic and social success. I am thrilled to welcome two new staff members to our family this year. Mrs. Jenelle Fraser will be teaching 4th grade and Mrs. Amanda Vuniwai will be teaching Special Education. When you see either of these lovely ladies on campus, please join me in giving them a warm welcome!
Elementary years are among the most memorable and I am proud to share with you that ALL Los Paseos staff members have engaged in a variety of activities over the summer to further enhance your child’s educational pathway. In effort to implement the most promising practices to date, all staff have engaged in a book study titled The Common Core Writing Book by Gretchen Owocki. This text has provided us strategies on how to make literacy standards even more engaging and more challenging. Kindergarten and first grade students will be composing opinion pieces, second and third grade students will be using technology and keyboarding to produce and publish masterpieces, while fourth and fifth grade students will be conducting research and writing about content-area topics. Our collective intention is to always improve teaching strategies in effort to raise student expectations for learning.
Embarking on my fourth year as the lead learner on campus, my personal mission is to engage with all students and families as we partner in this educational journey together. Helping each individual achieve their greatest potential is one of our core values achieved through identifying student’s individual needs and providing appropriate enrichments and interventions. We believe that students thrive with a balance of choice and structure, hence it is necessary to explicitly teach clear expectations. Please review the PAWSitive Behavior Expectations Matrix and join our efforts in promoting a safe and caring climate. Be sure to ask your child how they are contributing to the PAWSitively Panther spirit at school! Please review our “ABC’s” vision and mission statement:
We know that all students can achieve their personal best through PAWS expectations of being peaceful, aware, wise and safe on campus.
We believe that all students can make positive contributions to society and it is our moral imperative to tap into each individual’s potential.
We cultivate 21st century skills and encourage our students to persevere.
We strive to help our students become compassionate and confident in an ever-changing world.
It’s going to be an amazing year at Los Paseos! Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to talk to your child’s teacher, our amazing office staff, or myself. I look forward to seeing you at Back-to-School Night on August 31, 2016!
Jenna Mittleman, Principal
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