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Principal's Message

August 2021

 

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! 
I have been on campus, amazed at the construction which is taking place. Components of the new MHS two-story building on the street were lifted by cranes onto the parking lot, then hoisted on the playground, with great safety and precision.  I marveled at the teamwork of the crew, the size of the project, and the fact that this started out as a blueprint just a few months ago.

The analogy was not lost on me.  It got me to think about the teamwork of our community and how the staff, parents, and students came together, also with great safety and precision, to open our campus in the Spring.  Our blueprint was to address the unprecedented needs required to ensure continued academic, social, emotional, and cultural growth.  We are confident that this year our children will enjoy continued development and we will build on the foundation we laid last year.

As we build, we will count on what we learned.  Safety must come first, both physical and emotional.  Relationships are constructed with support and strong communication.  When we come together, no matter the size of the project, great things can happen.  The experiences we had last year prompted us to evaluate what we think is important as we built our infrastructure for the 2021-22 school year.  Community, inclusion, and the overall well-being of our students topped our lists and will continue to do so.

As part of our blueprint, we have added two new positions to our school team.  Teachers on Special Assignments (TOSA) will support our students and teachers by building a systematic Multi-Tiered Support System, with structures built to address social, emotional, cultural, and academic growth.  Mr. Lopez will serve as our Behavior and Academic Support TOSA.  His work will help our campus to focus on positive behavior intervention support (PBIS) and develop restorative practices.  Mrs. Bishop will serve as our Intervention TOSA, charged with working both with students and teachers to provide academic support but also to assist teachers in their implementation of culturally responsive pedagogy.

Safety is still our first priority. We will continue to follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s directives for schools. We will use layered mitigation measures that have proven to be effective against the spread of COVID-19. Students, teachers, staff, and visitors will be required to wear masks while indoors. We have also adjusted the recess and lunch schedules to reduce the number of students who are eating and playing on the playground at any one time. Please refer to the 2021-2022 Elementary Health and Safety FAQ and the 2021-2022 SPUSD Containment, Response, and Control Plan for additional information.

We realize that with teamwork, with precision, with a blueprint for our structures, the 2021-22 school year will make up for learning loss, allow for social and cultural growth, all while keeping our students happy and healthy!
 
We are a learning family,
 
Dr. Laurie Narro
Dr. Narro, looking toward the future with a Roadrunner.
Photographed by Alanna Narro
(SPHS graduate, 2010)