Why Cordillera?

PAWSitively the Best! Cordillera Paw Prints

The staff, students and parents at Cordillera Elementary School work together to create a positive school environment that continues to ignite learning. The teaching staff works closely together to monitor student growth and achievement in their grade level Data Teams by assessing student learning and planning the use of research-based instructional strategies to meet the needs of their students. Our strength is teamwork and communication among our staff, students, and parents.

We continually reinforce our Positive Behavior Intervention Support system with our “PAWS” program. We begin each year with school-wide assemblies for PAWS expectations as well as anti-bullying strategies and information, as age appropriate. We hold playground rotations to familiarize students with expected PAWS behaviors on the playground and around campus. All staff and students utilize the behavior matrices to know and understand the rules. We speak the same language with the students to keep consistent expectations throughout the campus and provide many opportunities for positive reinforcement. We begin each Friday morning with all-school PAWS assemblies where we recognize positive behaviors, share school news and participate in Cordillera cheers. An active student council plans monthly spirit wear days and all-school sports competitions as well as other fun student and family events throughout the year.

Cordillera’s parent community is key to the success of our students. Members of our PTA and School Site Council (SSC) volunteer hundreds of hours on campus as well as provide our students with assemblies, fine arts programs, and technology. Through the efforts of staff, PTA and district resources we have purchased Chromebook and iPad carts for classroom checkout. We have 1-to-1 Chromebooks in grades 4-6, a Chromebook cart for both Grades 2 and 3 and 2-to-1 iPads in grades K and 1. All classrooms also have access to both types of devices. Additionally, every classroom is equipped with a document camera, projector, iPad and Chromebook so that teachers and students may access a multitude of media resources to enhance instruction. Cordillera teachers have participated in many professional development opportunities where the focus was on technology integration and the use of Chromebooks as well as Google resources such as Google Docs and Google Slides in addition to programs such as Green Screen, SeeSaw and Hyperdocs. We continue to work with our PTA and school district to acquire additional technology to engage students in learning and teach valuable college and career technology skills throughout the curriculum.

Students participate in monthly STEAM challenges where they use Claims, Evidence and Reasoning to create STEAM projects focused on NGSS engineering and science standards. Our K-2 students engage in the Ramps and Pathways engineering program and our upper grade students are learning to program Lego Robotics.

Cordillera continues to participate in Class Act, a grant program funded by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Students study a different composer each year, taught by a musician from the Pacific Symphony. The students attend a Family Night concert and a school-wide field trip to the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Students also participate in the Meet the Masters visual arts program with the grade level appropriate study of selected artists and opportunities to create their own pieces of artwork utilizing each artist’s style. The arts are alive at Cordillera with these opportunities as well as curriculum integrated musicals at each grade level.

As you can see, Cordillera is a PAWSitively amazing place to learn and grow!

Go cougars!

Mrs. Jennifer Kajdasz

Principal Cordillera Paw Prints