As we near the end of this school year and I reflect on the many accomplishments of our students and staff, I am so proud to be the principal of this wonderful school. Thanks to the support of our staff, families, community, and district office, Del Cerro continues to innovate and find ways to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences for all of our students.

Del Cerro has celebrated many bright spots this year.

Two of our classrooms have received the SV Innovates Classroom Makeover grant. Mrs. Wrobel and Mrs. Cavanaugh's classrooms now have flexible seating, voice amplification, and LCD monitors. Next year we look forward to two more Classroom Makeovers!

Seven of our teachers participated in a year-long GATE Certification course with the Orange County Department of Education and are now GATE Certified teachers. Teachers are implementing GATE Standards in each of their classrooms and providing a rigorous and challenging classroom environment for all our students. We look forward to several more of our teachers becoming GATE Certified next year.

Classroom presentations and plays are a few of the highlights of our year too with each grade level providing their students the opportunity to perform in front of peers and our school community. That teachers make time for the performing arts is a testament to their commitment to providing an engaging and memorable learning experience for all of their students.

Our students participated in Run Club and two races this year. We had 6th-grade student, Keefer, 5th grader, Leila, and 4th graders Dylan and Mia race in the District Mile Meet last week. Our relay team members were made of a mix of 4th-6th graders Ryan, Teagan, Landon, and Natalia.

Del Cerro students participated in the SV STEM Expo. Mrs. Cavanaugh and Mrs. Wenzel brought our first two student teams to the district's 2nd Annual VEX Robotics Competition this past Saturday.

With the help of Mrs. McAllister, Del Cerro now has a PAL (Peer Assisted Leadership) program. She is also the ASB Advisor and organized our many Flag Assemblies this year. Mrs. Fries, our instructional coach, has been instrumental in helping me launch our SWIM (Students with Innovative Mindsets) Team this year. Both of these programs will continue to grow and improve in the following year. Thank you to Mrs. Corwin for her generous gift of time working with our Green Team. With Mrs. Corwin's guidance, the students have done so much in service to the school.

Mrs. Rios's 4th-grade class worked hard to raise money for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Their hard work was rewarded with an invitation to view the release of 14 sea lions this past May. Her students have also started a Kindness Rocks Garden on campus that future students will continue to add to throughout next year. This activity was prompted by the many Kindness Challenges her and many other classes participated in this year.

Activities such as these help students build empathy, tolerance, and a better understanding of how all of us are unique and how we can all make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Mrs. Cochran and Mrs. White developed a reading lab to help support our most struggling readers. They recruited parent and community volunteers and our paraeducators and then arranged for them to be trained in a phonics and a fluency program. We piloted this reading lab for the past 6 weeks and are very pleased with the initial data. We will continue to build upon this program next year.

Our Front Office staff is one of the friendliest and most helpful around. They are instrumental in ensuring our school runs smoothly and are bright spots each and every day. Our playground supervisors' commitment to our students' safety and well-being is evident every day in their interactions with both teachers and students.

Del Cerro's PTA has enjoyed several bright spots. Mrs. Mansour's gift of designing our school's PBIS banners and posters has been beyond amazing. Without her talent and guidance, we wouldn't have the beautiful Splash the Dolphin graphics for our classrooms, Office, and MPR. We are so grateful. Mr. and Mrs. Medina helped me launch the Watch DOG program this year. I could not have done this without their help. We are so appreciative to all of our dads who took the time to spend a day at Del Cerro helping and supporting our students and teachers. Stay tuned for a Pizza Night in September where all dads and father figures are invited to come out for some pizza and sign up for one day to volunteer at our school. Mrs. Gardiner and our Del Cerro staff have been instrumental in sprucing up our MPR and Library. Del Cerro's 5th Grade Girl Scouts have given the school the gift of a Library Makeover. The girls fundraised, organized books and shelves, selected paint and fabric, and selected furniture for the library. All of us at Del Cerro are very grateful for the Girl Scouts. Mrs. Thurston's Lunch with a Loved One was a hit this year, and we will add more of these lunches in 2019-2020. I am grateful for such a supportive PTA.

Together we will continue to provide engaging and meaningful learning experiences for our students.

Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Important Dates:

June 7: ACE Student Awards

June 13: Last day of school