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Principal's Message

March 9, 2021
 
Dear Garfield Community,
 
It was great seeing so many of you at our Honor Society Assembly this week. So many new faces… which tells us that more students are performing well. Thank you for being there to support your children. It’s very apparent that it means a lot to them. Our students are responding well to their instruction. Last week Mrs. Garcia’s class attended a virtual field trip to the Huntington Library, and we were very happy to hear from one of the Library representatives that our students responded exceptionally well. They were very impressed with not only the behavior of our students, but also with the way the kids responded to questions. Students asked great questions as well. I want to thank Mrs. Garcia for organizing the trip as well as the students and their families for representing our school community positively.
 
We will be celebrating “Read Across America” next week. Please take notice of the flyer that was sent to our students inviting them to participate in the activities for each day of next week. I look forward to visiting classrooms to see how our students engage in the celebration. I truly miss having the kids at school to celebrate all of their success; however, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and our students will be returning to school soon. At present, we are planning and preparing our facilities for a safe return. Our district leadership continues to consider the evolving guidance from state and local health and education agencies as we continue to develop a school opening and safety plan. Please take the time to respond to the parent surveys that were sent to you recently. Your input is very important to us in our effort to implement the proper health and safety protocols.
 
We’ve started our state testing for this school year. We’re currently administering our Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments (ELPAC) to our English Learners, and we’re gearing up for our SBAC Administration for Grades 3-5 at the end of April. I want to remind our student to do their very best during these assessments.
 
I also want to inform you that our teachers are attending various professional trainings to support our students in the area of Eureka Math, Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI), and Thinking Maps.
 
Please stay safe. Often times when I visit our virtual classrooms I remind our students to drink plenty of water and eat healthy in order to protect ourselves from getting sick. Also, make time to exercise and take supplemental vitamins in our effort to continue fighting the good fight.
 
Thank you for your support and cooperation always.
 
In unity,
 
Mr. David Hernandez, Principal