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