Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year at Palm Lane Elementary School. I am pleased and proud to write to you for the first time as principal of your children’s elementary school. I will be communicating with you from time to time in order to offer updates on important happenings and share logistical information that will make your lives easier. When doing so, I will venture to utilize just the indispensable words that will keep you interested while conveying the necessary details… and perhaps include an inspiring or humorous quote or anecdote.
It is my hope that with hard work and dedication from our students, for our students, and on behalf of our students Palm Lane will meet and exceed the academic expectations set by the California department of education and our own expectations. During this school year you will see a number of changes that will serve to make this campus a safer one for our Panther Scholars. We began by closing the back gate that leads into the park for our first through third graders during dismissal. Students will be reminded often about SAFETY FIRST. Placing the safety of our students as a top priority allows our parents to drop off their children at our gates with confidence and a sense of reasonable security. And so I ask for your patience as we tighten safety measures. If we are doing it right, we will ask that you check in at the office and wear a Visitor’s Pass while accessing even our Parent Room.
Entering as the new principal during summer vacation was a surreal experience; the school lacked the incredible energy that students bring with them. However, there was a lot going on this summer that kept us busy. Computers were cleaned during the summer season, which also had us welcoming our new technology assistant, Mrs. Fabiola Barajas. Our classroom placements were finalized and we hired two new teachers. This process produced the hiring of Mr. Joshua Schoening as a fifth grade teacher and Ms. Shiloe Erickson as the newest member of our sixth grade team. Ms. Erika Campos also joined our staff as our school psychologist. Many of our teachers also worked during the summer preparing for the rollout of the Common Core State Standards. We also took a look at our logo and had it redesigned to coincide with our more focused approach in increasing student achievement levels. Supplies and equipment were ordered and inventoried, and our building received a thorough cleaning, all in preparation for this school year.
I do want to take this opportunity to thank my office and custodial staffs (Thank you: Ms. Carpio, Mrs. Stapish, Mr. Cortes, and Mr. Barrios!). They have been with me since I joined the staff on August 5th supporting me in every way. I’d also like to thank the parents and students who joined me during the Meet the Principal session held on August 16th. I was touched by the fact that many of you took time to come out with your children to meet me. It was a great morning! And lastly, I want to thank my Palm Lane Staff for their willingness to participate with an open mind in the professional development day on August 19th that I planned for them. As with any team, before we can get down to work we must become familiar with one another, and so we took this opportunity to get to know each other through some team-building scenarios.
I ask that you please check our website often for information that may help you as you prepare for the upcoming events throughout the school year. Also, Palm Lane has joined the world of social networking sites. Please follow us on Twitter by clicking on the icon button on this page. Thank you for a great start to what should be a most productive year!
Dr. Roberto Baeza
Palm Lane Principal