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Principal's Message

Laurie Narro, Ed.D. Principal Letter to MHS Families 2017

Dear MHS Families,      

Welcome Back! Bienvenidos! Uhsuhwa! Huanying! Willkommen!

We are so glad to welcome the children back on Aug. 16 and look forward to another Golden Year as MHS celebrates its 50th Anniversary as an elementary school. With the inspiration of inquisitive children, active volunteers and exceptional teachers, we our committed to continued excellence!

We are very excited about the year, as we are eager to continue the important work of implementing the Common Core Standards and Practices in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science while building artists and humanitarians of the future!

To that end, we will be using a new English Language Arts series called Benchmark (and for our Dual Language classes, Adelante). The series is a rich program that is closely aligned to the standards and uses effective strategies for students to build their reading and writing skills.  In addition to building their critical thinking skills, students will increase their knowledge of science and social studies through content driven text.  Another very cool family feature of the program is that the series is written around ten different themes, as an example the first unit is on citizenship. This will allow you to converse with your children around the same topic while discussing, "What did you learn at school today?".  

We'll continue our work on the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers have already started to realign their lessons of studies and are studying the new lesson delivery of the 5 E's (learn more at our PTA meeting). This year we add one more Project Lead The Way, STEM Unit to each grade level.

Of course we will continue to work on our implementation of CGI. This year we will augment the work in math with extra support for those students who may struggle in this area. We have used our CAASPP test scores to identify students who may be in need.  In-school and out-of-school intervention will be provided.

We will continue to build our students caring and empathy.  This will be done through a social emotional curriculum, such as Second Step.  We will also continue having students involved in various community service activities by grade level.  We will have our students practice the three rules: Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible.  We believe the world needs children with the Pillars of Character.

Thank you once again for allowing me the honor of working with your children as their school principal!

Laurie Narro, Ed. D.