Dear Stanford Families,
It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to the 2020-2021 school year! I am Jamie Wells, the new principal of Stanford Elementary. I hope that all of you have had a wonderful summer break and stayed safe and healthy. On a personal note, my family had an opportunity to get away and practice social distancing in a cabin in Lake Tahoe. We enjoyed hiking and learning to fish. Like many of you, my own children will be starting Distance Learning in third and fourth grade in just a couple of weeks.
District Focus and Goals
Like all the wonderful schools in GGUSD, 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, including the meaningful use of technology in instruction, learning how to collaborate and work in teams, 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. In these challenging times, it is also a priority at Stanford to support the social-emotional well-being of our students.
NEW FOR 2020-2021 School Year
This year has brought new challenges as we start off the year postponing in-person instruction and begin with distance learning starting on August 24, 2020. We will reopen when it is safe with enhanced safety protocols in accordance with state guidelines for a safe return to school. Rest assured, we are committed to high quality distance learning to meet the needs of our students and will provide communication, guidance and support every step of the way.
Our teachers and staff will be continuing to prioritize Character Development, with a focus on a specific Character Trait each month. Some of our other continuing programs include Academic Pentathlon, 100 Mile Running Club, Student Council, College and Career Mentoring (a program for 6th graders developed by our Superintendent, Dr. Mafi), Striving Scholars (mentoring program with the principal for students in grades 3-6), field trips at every grade level, educational assemblies, and excellent Vocal and Instrumental Music Programs!
As your principal, I look forward to building relationships with our community and communicating through ParentSquare, the school website, and our social media. Our school office team is always here to help, as well. Please make sure that we have your updated and current phone numbers and emails, so you can stay informed on all school information.
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. Also, a reminder that we are a Closed Campus to support student safety and campus security. Please make sure you check in at the office before entering campus. Thank you for your continued support!
It is my pleasure and honor to work alongside the students, parents and staff. Together we will get through this unprecedented time in education and our students will continue towards academic and personal success!
Mrs. Jamie Wells, Principal
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.