Welcome to the 2018/2019 school year. I am excited to be continuing as the principal of North Park Elementary. Our assistant principal, Jayme Rutter, and I are looking forward to a positive year working with you and your children. North Park is a California Gold Ribbon School whose success is directly related to the partnership it has with the parents and community. We encourage you to be an active participant in your child’s education. There are many opportunities to volunteer through Site Council, PTA, and in classrooms. We are committed to working with you to provide your children an optimal educational environment.
We firmly believe in educating the whole child. Our goal is to provide a nurturing, well-rounded education that meets the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of all our students. Helping students learn how to think and communicate their understanding is just as important as teaching them how to read. Advocating for themselves when they have questions, working in teams, and navigating relationships, are skills essential to be successful 21st century citizens. It takes all of us working together to build these abilities in the children who are our future – your children.
The Arts are a focus at North Park Elementary. Through the generous funding of our PTA, we are able to offer many opportunities for students to experience the arts. All students in TK to grade 6 have opportunities to show their artistic talents. Students study famous artists and replicate their great works through our School Wide Art program. North Park works with the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center (PAC) to bring artists in residence to our school. Each grade level participates in 8 sessions with an artist. These sessions can be focused on music, dance, or drama. In addition many of our students participate in weekly beginning/advanced band and other after school enrichment performing arts programs.
At North Park, we utilize Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). As a part of PBIS, we explicitly teach our behavioral expectations to students just as we would any other core subject. Research shows that when expectations are clear and consistently reinforced, there is less ambiguity and the majority of students will choose to act appropriately. Positive reinforcements will be provided for students who demonstrate behaviors aligned with North Park’s stated PBIS goals:
As educators, our goal is to help students understand their mistakes and learn from them, whether those mistakes are academic or behavioral. That does not mean that there are no consequences. Consequences for inappropriate actions during the school day are based on the inappropriate action and Ed. Code laws. Consequences are confidential and are only shared with the student and his/her parents or guardian.
Please remember that our door is always open for you to share your ideas, concerns, or comments. Working together, we will make this school year a memorable and rewarding experience for your child.
This is my twenty-fifth year in education. I believe the twenty-one years I spent teaching in the Saugus Union School District uniquely prepared me to be an effective administrator. Not only do I have experience teaching the Common Core standards, I am also well versed in brain-based teaching strategies. One of my passions as an educator has always been studying about and understanding the brain and how it learns. In addition, building relationships both with my students and their families has long been an integral part of who I am as an educator. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know you and your children.
My door is always open to share your ideas, concerns, or comments. Working together, we will make elementary school a memorable and rewarding experience for your child.