Dear Parents and Families of Ramona Elementary Students,
As your Principal, along with the entire staff at Ramona Elementary, I would like to welcome you to our new era of "Distance" or "Virtual" Learning, and encourage you as we prepare for our first trimester of the 2020-21 school year. Due to the health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and mandates from the Governor of California, we will be teaching all of our students on-line for at least the first trimester of the school year, until the end of October. We are hopeful that we can transition students back into the classroom at that time in a hybrid model or full time capacity to what we all know is the best way for students to learn - in a classroom, with direct, engaging, meaningful, accountable and rigorous teaching in person with a teacher. Everything is dependent on everyone doing their part in staying safe and healthy, keeping our 6 foot physical spacing and wearing our face coverings, in order to reopen our classrooms and school to welcome everyone back on campus. In the meantime, we're going to help your child learn optimally with our great team of teachers and classified staff members, providing a learning and life experience that will better prepare the children of today to become the responsible digital citizens of tomorrow.
Good News! Ramona Terriers have SPARKed success over the past four years with sustained academic and social skill success! These past two years we have shown a dramatic double digit increase in the percentage of students who met their expected growth on our district MAP tests in all three academic areas for 1st through 5th graders - Reading, Math and Language, resulting in Ramona Elementary exceeding MVUSD’s target growth in all academic areas! We also excelled on California’s state test, CAASPP, doubling the district’s rate of growth in both Math and Reading, demonstrating that Ramona is a school rising to the top! Ramona Elementary staff and students also showed the SPARK to get us going as a Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) school recognized by the state as a Silver Medal school, creating a brand new focus for all Terriers to be Safe, Positive, Active learners, Respectful and Kind. Along with emphasizing a safer school environment for our students to optimally learn, Ramona has also achieved the highest level of California state status for English Learner improvement, scoring five out of five, achieving the highest performance of all 23 elementary schools in Moreno Valley Unified School District! We’ve got a model ELD program with Project Moving Forward and Language Power - focusing on academic vocabulary and reading comprehension. Attending school, in person or on-line, is critically important for students to make progress in learning and achieving, and Ramona is excited to have had the highest rate of attendance growth from August through February of this past school year compared to every other elementary school in MVUSD. Great Going! Remember - if you miss school, you miss out on learning, so a huge heap of thanks to all of you parents and families who prioritize attending school every day, taking your child and Ramona Elementary School to the top!
We are proud of our school and confident that your children will continue to have a safe, happy and productive school year. We invite you to be partners with us in providing the best possible educational program for our students. I’m excited about working together with you during this year in promoting open communication, teamwork, and dedication to ongoing improvement using an online platform in working with your teachers at Ramona Elementary School. I believe strongly in rigorous, relevant and responsible learning for your child to be more successful in school. You can expect that I will continue to reach out to you and ask for your support, ideas, suggestions and involvement. I encourage you to join our team, the Ramona Elementary School family, where preparing children for the future is our number one priority. I pledge to do my best to ensure that each child is challenged, nurtured, and provided with a safe and stimulating on-line learning experience. Every school day I will make every effort to be accessible. Parent participation is a vital part of our school program. Our Ramona Terrier Booster Club, along with the School Site Council (SSC), the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), the English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC), the African-American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) and classroom parent volunteers are all important community partnerships in our school. Parents can also be involved by contacting and communicating with the teacher by phone, email or on-line interaction such as Class Dojo, reviewing the school assignments with their child, ensuring their child reads every day for at least a half hour, and most of all contacting the school with any questions or serious concerns.
We have all worked together to build pride and “Terrier Spirit” in our school and our accomplishments, and we’re looking forward to an even more productive 2020-21 school year, as we look forward to including 6th graders on our campus for the first time ever. With everyone’s continued hard work and teamwork here at Ramona, our high expectation is for you and your child to keep dreaming big, believing in yourself, and achieving your goals. We’ll keep on transforming lives at Ramona in a safe, successful on-line learning environment that’s moving above and beyond! Let's Go the Distance at Ramona Elementary!