Dear Joaquin Miller Families,
As I write this final Principal’s message for the 2015-2016 school year, I find myself overcome with emotion. This has been a transformative year of learning for me, filled with too many “firsts” to count! The support and feedback I have received from parents, teachers, staff, and district personnel have been crucial to my success as a first year principal.
Prior to being hired, I was tasked with developing a “transition plan” outlining my goals and action steps in the first 100 days of the school year. One of my overarching goals has been to establish a positive school climate in which all community stakeholders feel included. In order to achieve this goal, I knew I had to be visible on campus, establish open lines of communication with all community members, and not pretend to have the answers to everyone’s questions and concerns. I still have work to do with regard to this goal, but I know we have made great strides this year. I am especially proud of the PTA Board’s organization of our three parent education events, our Loteria Night hosted by the English Language Advisory Council and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and this past week’s schoolwide talent show organized by Julia Hollinger and Mrs. Scott. JM truly does have talent!
We still have some exciting events coming up! Our first Family Movie Night has been rescheduled to June 3rd and Field Day, organized by the incredible Mr. L., will be on May 31st. Lastly, we must bid farewell to our AMAZING fifth grade class as they are promoted to middle school on June 7th.
Though I am certainly ready for summer vacation, I am also looking forward to the upcoming 2016-2017 school year! To avoid the “summer slide”, I recommend having your kiddos read daily and keep a journal of their summer adventures. They can also continue to access online learning programs through the Joaquin Miller Student Launch Page throughout the summer.
I hope you all have a wonderful summer break with friends and family!