Dear Stanford Families,
It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to the 2018-19 school year! I am thrilled to be heading into my second year as the principal here at Stanford. I hope that all of you have had a wonderful summer break and made some special memories with family and friends. I look forward to hearing about them when students return!
The Stanford staff and I are very excited about the year ahead! Last year, we received the honor of being recognized as a California Distinguished School! We are proud of this accomplishment and will be working hard towards even greater achievements! We will be continuing to focus on our District Goals: Academic Skills + Personal Skills = Lifelong Success! Our academic program is rigorous, engaging and aligned to the state standards. Our amazing teachers use research-based strategies to develop students’ critical thinking skills, include the meaningful use of technology in instruction and learning, and help students develop scholarly habits and motivation. As a staff, we are committed to 21st Century Learning to best prepare students for a successful future. We understand that academic ability alone will not bring success and we must educate the whole child. It is a priority at Stanford to support and mentor our students to become caring, responsible, and global citizens.
Stanford School Programs
Like several schools in GGUSD, we implement Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, frequently referred to as PBIS. As a PBIS school, we have a common set of behavior and academic behaviors and our motto of the RED RULES: Respect. Everyone Cares. Do Our Best. To further support positive character development in our students, we are implementing a Character Trait of the Month that every class will be learning about. We are proud to be an AVID Elementary School! Students will learn AVID strategies that foster a college and career mindset, develop study skills, and teach key organizational strategies. This year we will be starting the 100 Mile Running Club and College Wednesdays when students and staff are encouraged to wear college gear. Some of our other continuing programs include Academic Pentathlon, Student Council, Striving Scholars (mentoring), field trips at every grade level, educational assemblies, and excellent Vocal and Instrumental Music Programs- including Beginning Guitar!
Follow us on Social Media!
We are continuing to open our doors digitally by sharing the wonderful things we are doing on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Please follow us on social media to see the engaging and challenging work happening in our classrooms and the many fun activities and special events at Stanford!
As you know, school safety is a priority. To ensure a safe campus, we will be implementing a Closed Campus this year. A letter explaining the new drop off and dismissal procedures was sent home in June and also mailed out to our families in August. Thank you for your support of student and school safety!
Home School Connection
Research shows that an active partnership between families and the school has a significant positive impact on your child’s success. Frequent and consistent communication with your child’s classroom teacher is key to maintaining the home-school connection. Teachers use either Class Dojo or Seesaw as primary ways to keep parent communication frequent and consistent, and it gives parents an opportunity to see the great things their child is learning at school. I will be continuing with our Pastries With the Principal gatherings, communicating through email and School Messengers. Families will see a decrease in the number of flyers going home, as most will be digitally accessible through Peachjar on our school website. Our school office team is always here to help, as well. The teachers, staff, and myself care for each student as if he or she was our own, and we are committed to providing the highest quality education in a safe and supportive environment.
Lastly, Please register and update your Parent Portal account. Through the use of Parent Portal, parents have the ability to be notified of their child’s new teacher, update student emergency records, print their child’s report card, and download important documents directly from the portal.
As your principal, my door is open and communication with the community is my priority! It is my pleasure and honor to work alongside you and with our wonderful students as they continue towards academic and personal success!
Mrs. Melanie Mathovich
Welcome Stanford families!
Stanford is a PBIS school that strives to create a positive class climate for our 524 students! To promote a positive campus-wide culture, our highly-trained teachers give out RED (Respect, Everyone cares, Do our best) tickets to students who show good behavior. Every Monday morning, one student per grade level is selected to come to the front office and receive a prize! Our scholars grow motivated to exert phenomenal behavior every day.
Our after-school programs provide students with enriching educational and extra-curricular opportunities:
- Our Beginning Guitar Program is taught by our Visual and Performing Arts teacher and teaches students the basics of guitar in a fun and exciting way. The program culminates with a recital. Students can show families and their community the impressive skills they acquired through this enrichment program.
- Stanford has an AVID Program that serves as an early college preparation course for students. What makes Stanford unique is that it is one of the seven schools in the district to implement the AVID Elementary Program. By the end of the program, scholars will have learned effective note-taking and study skills.
- Our Academic Pentathlon consists of scholars who challenge themselves in subject areas such as English, Math, History and Science. They compete with schools in the district and county, exerting the importance of collaboration and critical thinking one competition at a time!
We are proud to announce that Stanford received the 2018 California Distinguished School Award and was named to the 2018 California Honor Roll! Stanford was named a California Gold Ribbon School in 2016. We would like to thank our students, teachers and staff for giving it their all every day. Keep up the amazing work!
Our yearly events are a great opportunity for students and parents to enjoy a sense of school community. Events include:
- Fall festival
- Winter Breakfast and Holiday Social
- Winter boutique where students and parents come to purchase unique items
- Kids Run the OC
- Monthly Pastries with the Principal
- Skate Night sponsored by the student council
- Festival of Friendship celebrating Tet
- Hour of Code - teaches students coding
- Monthly Spirit Assemblies organized and led by Student Council
Our dedicated parents have an outstanding PTA program that helps with assemblies, events, fundraisers, field trips and classroom volunteering. Participants meet monthly to communicate and collaborate on organizing engaging events for all students. Parents can become involved by reaching out to teachers, the office, or other PTA members.
Please feel free to stop by our office for questions or concerns.