Dear Sanchez Families and Community,
Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! I am honored to continue as your principal. These past few years have been an interesting journey. Last year, we were thrilled to welcome our students back to a full year of in-person learning. As restrictions changed, we were able to begin to bring back several activities and events. Next year, we are hoping to include many more -- let’s keep our fingers crossed that the pandemic does not impact our ability to do so.
This year our students will be engaged in high levels of learning and achievement. We are fortunate to have a truly exemplary group of teachers and staff. Four of our teachers are receiving mentoring from the prestigious Cotsen Foundation for the Art of Teaching. They will continue to share their learning with their colleagues. In addition, students will continue to have 1:1 devices. This means we no longer need computer labs, so we will be converting one into a Science Room and another into an Occupational Therapy room.
We will also add a Wellness room, with the support of our Promising Learners Project grant, which is designed to meet the social emotional needs of our students through the arts. This room will be staffed with our Elementary Student Support Specialist who is highly trained in meeting the social emotional needs of students.
Students, particularly our older students, will have the opportunities to engage in various leadership roles. They will be allowed to be a part of our playground leadership team as Junior Coaches, our schoolwide leadership team as Associated Student Body members, our Reading Club, Robotics Club and AVID Club.
We have some changes for our younger students as well. We will be adding a Transitional Kindergarten class for students who turn 5 between September 2, 2022, and April 2, 2023. These students will become part of the regular Sanchez Community and will attend school from 8:15 to 2:32 just like the other students. There are no income restrictions as this will not be part of our regular elementary program.
We will also be adding a full inclusion pre-school program in room 21. This class will be taught by a general education pre-school teacher as well as a special education pre-school teacher. In addition to the two teachers, there will be two aides in the class. We are incredibly excited that the grant we received to begin the class also is allowing us to make various changes to our pre-school/kindergarten playground to ensure all students can enjoy their playtime.
There’s no doubt that this is going to be our best year yet. Thank you in advance for your support and encouragement and for helping us live up to our district motto:
Every Student, Future Ready, Our Promise!