Dear Stanford Families,
It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to the 2019-2020 school year! I am thrilled to be heading into my third 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 on August 28th. On a personal note, my family has had a very fun and busy summer. We enjoyed some local getaways and day trips. My son will be starting first grade in just a couple of weeks. It’s hard to believe how quickly the time goes!
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. 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 the social-emotional well-being of our students, as well as helping them to become caring, responsible, and global citizens.
NEW FOR 2019-2020
This year, GGUSD is partnering with ParentSquare to expand and improve parent communication. Beginning in August, ParentSquare will replace SchoolMessenger as the district’s platform for all communication between the school and family. ParentSquare is a robust platform that provides district staff, school administrators, and teachers with a whole host of tools to more effectively communicate with families and students. Please make sure that we have your updated and current phone numbers and emails, so you can stay informed on all school information.
To support our focus on STEAM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) at Stanford, we are going to be opening a STEAM Lab! Our goal is to create the STEAM Lab over the coming months and open it in January. The space will be used during the school day and after school to support state standards and emphasize collaboration, communication, research, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity at each grade level.
Our teachers and staff will be continuing to prioritize Character Development, with a focus on a specific Character Trait each month. We are excited to have 9 teachers who will be trained in AVID, and we are actively creating a College Mindset in all our students from TK - 6th grade! 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, my door is open and communication with the community is my priority! I will be continuing with our Pastries With the Principal gatherings and communicating through ParentSquare, the school website, and our social media. Our school office team is always here to help, as well.
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 you and with our wonderful students as they continue towards academic and personal success!
Mrs. Melanie Mathovich, Principal