Dear Walnut Families,
Welcome to the beginning of another school year! I am very excited that I will continue to be your principal at this school that means so much to me. Walnut has made some amazing growth in the past few years on the State’s SBAC assessments in both Language Arts and Math, on and on the social emotional growth of our students. This past year we lead the district in PBIS by being the only gold school in the district, and we will now be the only school that has been gold two years in a row. We are also 1 of only 4 elementary schools in the district that is an AVID Elementary school. AVID Elementary is a foundational component of the AVID College Readiness System in which, Instruction, Culture, Leadership, and Systems, are embedded into daily instruction. In adding this other layer of support for our students, we are building strong foundational steps for our students to be prepared socially, emotionally, and academically in this 21st Century! We also recently applied to be a Microsoft School and are waiting for the results. Students in grades 4th-6th are 1:1 with laptops and hopefully by the end of the year, 3rd graders will also have their own laptops.
Our administration and staff are committed to student success. The environment at Walnut is supportive, safe, and goal-centered in maximizing student achievement. At Walnut, our PACK expectations our rooted into everything we do. Using Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), we will continue with our school-wide P.A.C.K. expectations to help foster positive behaviors in our students. Our goal with PBIS is to improve the school climate and maximize academic achievement. We will work to accomplish this goal by continuing to set behavioral expectations in classroom and non-classroom settings. Students will continue to be encouraged through positive feedback and incentives when they demonstrate these expected behaviors. Since implementing PBIS with fidelity, we have reduced the number of major office referrals and we have been recognized by the California State PBIS Coalition for our successful implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports.
Our adopted P.A.C.K. expectations are, show PRIDE, be ACCOUNTABLE, have CHARACTER, KEEP safe. This is our way to outline the expectations that will support and create a positive and respectful learning environment. Students will learn more about these expectations through classroom lessons, modeling, and practice. In addition, P.A.C.K. posters will be placed around the buildings. Students will receive P.A.C.K. tickets as rewards for demonstrating P.A.C.K. expectations. Our goal is to acknowledge students who are doing the right thing. Students will be awarded a ticket for positive behavior which will allow them to receive other forms of acknowledgements in the classroom and school-wide. Examples of school-wide acknowledgements are; picture taken and displayed, shopping at the PACK store, being recognized at Monday assemblies, or receiving PACK certificates at trimester assemblies.
Walnut also provides enrichment activities for the students to become involved in, such as: Student Council, Safe School Ambassadors, Robotics, Basketball team, Track Team, Tall Flags, Science Fair, Choir, Band, Chess Club, Noon Sports, plus some lunchtime clubs. I urge families to become active members of our P.F.A. (Parent Faculty Association). We have activities planned for this year such as: Family Nights, Movie Nights, Bingo, and many other activities.
We embrace open communication and an exchange of ideas within our school community, so please don’t hesitate to come see me.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King, Jr.