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Principal's Message

Dear Mann Parents,

Welcome to another great school year! We are proud to announce that we have been recognized as a California Gold Ribbon School, National Excellence in Urban Education School, Title I Academic Achieving School and the California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll. These are all wonderful honors that recognize the commitment and hard work of our staff, students and parents. Our students’ success is our number one goal and these awards applaud our efforts.

Our school will continue our work in implementing the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) to create and maintain a safe and effective learning environment and ensuring that all students have the social skills needed to ensure their success at school and beyond. In this handbook you will see the matrix that students are expected to follow throughout the school and how we will recognize students that follow these expectations. The purpose of PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. We will continue to teach positive behavior just like academics and acknowledge students that show the “bulldog way!”

We will continue our work in teaching the new State of California standards in both Language Arts and Math. Please continue to reinforce the importance of reading every day. Students are expected to read multiple sources to analyze, synthesize and critically write about what they read.  Reading every day at home is not an option, but a must so that your child can exceed academically and in their career. Our staff is ready to work together to see that our students are college and career ready so that they will have choices as they continue their future. However, we know that it takes a team working together to accomplish the level of achievement we want to see in our students.  We are expecting our parents to be involved in our school and in making sure that students come prepared every day with completed homework and needed supplies so that our teachers can continue to teach. Parents are highly encouraged to actively join our team by participating in our monthly “Coffee with the Principal,” School Site Council, attend parent conferences and talk to their child’s teacher weekly about their progress and how they can help their child at home. The level of parent involvement is directly correlated to our high level of student success.  Make it your goal this year to be actively involved in your child’s school and making sure your child reads every day.

This parent handbook/calendar is a useful guide to the many activities and programs offered at our school, as well as information about school and administrative policies. The calendar may be used to help plan your family’s busy school schedule. Please note that we will also send home monthly calendars with additional information and additions. Notifications of additions and changes will be distributed through our weekly “Thursday Folders.”

The Horace Mann Family is committed to the success of all students. Learning and teaching is our business and we are determined to be the best that we can be. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make this year a more successful and memorable school year for your child.

Again, I am looking forward to working with you and your child. Make sure that your child reads 45-60 minutes daily, including Saturday and Sunday.  Thank you for your support in providing your child, our students, with a love for learning and good life-long habits!



Rosa Alonso