It is time again to welcome Chaparral students and parents to the beginning of a new school year. In June, many of us feel tired and ready for a vacation, but when the start of school rolls around, the excitement of the new school year begins to build. This excitement is contagious and already it is easy to feel and see that everyone at Chaparral is looking forward to a great 2013-2014 school year.
Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself as Chaparral’s new principal. I have many years of experience as a teacher and as an English Language Development/Reading specialist in Las Virgenes Unified School District. For the past eight years, I have been an assistant principal and then principal in Moorpark Unified School District. As principal of a college preparatory K-8 school, I implemented a school-wide federal magnet grant where the strategies of gifted and talented education were applied to all students. In addition, I led the development of a Targeted Learning Program, also called Response to Intervention (RtI), where my staff teamed to meet the needs of all students through targeted skills instruction, intervention, and enrichment. These past eight years had been a wonderful experience, and while it was a very tough decision to leave my previous school to become principal at Chaparral, it was a good one. This summer, as I moved into my office, met with the staff, planned activities with our incredible PFC leaders, worked with our Vision Committee, and began preparing for this next school year, I knew absolutely that I had made the right decision. It is easy to see why Chaparral is such a wonderful school with so many people working together as a team to provide the best education experience possible for our students. I am honored to become your new principal and I look forward to meeting each of you and your children. It will be an exciting year for us all!
As mentioned, I spent time working with our Vision Committee and School Site Council to develop our Chaparral vision and mission statements. We used the dreams and values cast by staff and parents at the end of this past school year. The process of revising and developing a vision and mission for Chaparral is an important one. The deeper values, dreams, and purposes communicated during this process shaped our school’s new vision. We have a picture of a hoped-for future and a dream of what Chaparral can become. It is my hope and goal that our new vision and mission will be the center of our school culture and the values that drive long-term planning, resource allocation, and daily work at Chaparral.
During the first part of the vision process we came up with a new Vision Statement for Chaparral. It is a tradition at Chaparral that we have a “cub” as our mascot. In embracing this tradition, our dreams led us to C.U.B.S.
: A C
uccess. We are in the process of developing a graphic to go with our Vision Statement and we are planning ways to further communicate our new vision to everyone in our community.
Our new vision statement led us to the development of our Chaparral mission. It reads:
Chaparral is a united community dedicated to building an environment that promotes the development of the whole child as a successful individual through…
- Critical Thinking
The next step in this process is taking the needs and wants that staff and parents communicated through surveys given at the end of the year. Using the needs and wants of all stakeholders, we will prioritize as we develop our School Plan for this next school year and for the future of Chaparral. If you have not had a chance to take the survey, please do so that everyone’s voice is heard in this process. We will also be surveying our students when the new school year begins to gather their important input.
I think you will agree that if all staff, community, and parents work together, our children will become lifelong learners, happy and responsible citizens, and individuals with competency to meet life’s challenges.
At Chaparral, I pledge to continue the cooperation and collaboration that is already an important building block in the success of our students. We will continue to include these vision and mission statements as the focus of all work and in the instructional decision-making process. I invite all parents and our extended community to become or remain our partners in this very important endeavor. Go C.U.B.S!