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Principal's Message

Welcome to De Anza Elementary School,

 

We are excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year!  We want to welcome all of our returning students and new families joining our school. 

 

De Anza Elementary is committed to preparing all of our students for College and Career! Although college seems far away while the children are in elementary school, time will pass by and we want every student to be prepared to make whatever choice they want to achieve their future goals.  During the 2019-2020 school year, we will focus on literacy, critical thinking, building a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math).  Every classroom will continue implementing AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) to better prepare them for middle school, high school, and college.  We begin in kindergarten to teach them important skills in the areas of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading.  As a school, we are continuing a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) to better prepare our students for future college and career opportunities. The students also have access to a Makerspace in our library where they can be creative with technology, Lego’s, art, and more!  We are excited to begin this school year with every classroom being 1:1 with Chromebooks so students will have the opportunity to show their learning through Google and our curriculum components. 

 

One of the most important aspects of De Anza is our positive culture.  In the 2019-20 school year, we will be implementing some changes to enhance our school campus.  The first change is the implementation of a house system.  The house system is designed to promote unity, provide students opportunities to connect across grade, promote core character traits, and create a sense of pride.  De Anza will have Four Houses, yet we are One Family.  Our Houses are:

Kuamua--Swahili for Determined

Honestidad--Spanish for Honest

Qwicha"aantum--Luiseno for Compassionate

Quantum--Latin for Respect

All students and staff will be divided into the four houses, and students will remain in their house their entire time at De Anza.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in House Fridays which is where they promote the pride of their house, learn unique skills, and celebrate the house point leaders for each week.  

 

In order for our school culture to thrive, we also believe in holding students accountable for high expectations academically and behaviorally. We focus on teaching and modeling the rules and expectations of the school. De Anza has implemented PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) which focuses on instructing behavior skills, focusing on the positive behaviors, and providing interventions to increase student success behaviorally and academically. All of the expectations fit within three categories: Be Safe, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful. Please review these with your children throughout the year. We ask the students to assess their own behaviors by asking themselves if their decisions are safe, responsible, and respectful for themselves and others.  We are combining our current PBIS system with a strong responsive behavior system that is very focused on certain behaviors:  intentionally off-task, disrespect towards anyone on campus, not keeping hands/feet/objects to themselves, and inappropriate language/gesture/picture.  Our goal is to teach students how important the behaviors are to follow while also giving them the opportunity to learn from mistakes and make rights for their wrongs.  

 

Finally, we believe a strong partnership between school and the home is crucial to student success. We hope you will become involved in the school by volunteering, joining PTA or other parents groups, and attending family events. We also have a quarterly Coffee with the Principal, School Site Council, and English Learner Advisory Council which we invite you to come to hear updates and share ideas with us. We ask that you maintain communication with your child’s teacher throughout the year and ask your child daily what he/she learned about in school.  Working together as a team, I know your child will have the best year yet at De Anza Elementary!

I am looking forward to an amazing school year filled with learning, growth, and fun!

 

Respectfully,

 

Lauren Armijo