Principal's Message

Dr. Bazanos
August 3, 2016

Dear Edgemont Elementary School Community,

It is, indeed, an honor to serve as your Principal at Edgemont Elementary School this year (2016-2017).  As we welcome your children to our campus, we would like to assure you that our purpose is to partner with you to educate our kids and to keep them safe, while helping them to grow into culturally competent and socially responsible young people.

Edgemont Elementary School is a high performing school with the test scores and other data to back up the claim, including two awards from the State of California:  The Gold Ribbon (for outstanding school-community partnerships) and the Title I Academic Achievement Award.  Academic success, such as that which we experience at Edgemont Elementary School, occurs when school and family work together to raise our kids right.  We hold high expectations for our students and we will hold them responsible for their own learning and accountable for their own behavior choices. By doing that, our students can take pride in their accomplishments and we can take pride in our kids!

Moreno Valley Unified School District, with input from parents and community members over the last two years, has developed a comprehensive, four-pillared strategic plan (focusing on our priorities, principles, processes, and commitments) through which we pledge to you that we will continue to make gains in the eight priority areas stipulated by the state of California:  student achievement, student engagement, student outcomes, school climate, parental involvement, basic services, California State Standards, and curricular access.

Our Education Services Department is constantly striving to provide the very best training for teachers and highly-developed Common Core-based curriculum for our classrooms.  With highly-trained teachers and state-of-the-art curriculum and technology, our students will be well-prepared for middle school and high school - with the ultimate goal of being college and career ready at high school graduation.

Finally, along with five other elementary schools in our district, Edgemont Elementary School is continuing to participate in a study conducted by Harvard University. A research group from the university will monitor our progress, as we continue to teach specific behavioral expectations for our students following the research-based process called “Positive Behavior Intervention and Support” (PBIS).  By implementing, monitoring, and evaluating this process, we hope to instill intrinsic motivation in the hearts and minds of our students so they can learn to choose to do the right thing in all circumstances. Choosing to do the right thing feels better and helps our kids to develop pride and integrity. 

We call our PBIS implementation at Edgemont the “SOAR” Program:

S = Safe

O = On Task

A = Accountable

R = Respectful

We hope you will partner with us as we continue our journey on this PBIS adventure because, to do it right, we will need your support!

We invite you to become active participants in our many existing and developing parent groups:  Parent Booster Club (fundraising), ELAC (English Learners’ Advisory Committee), AAPAC (African American Parent Advisory Council), PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association), and School Site Council (S.S.C.) which is our on-site governing group. Additionally, we would welcome your time and talents to help with the supervision and/or tutoring of our students before, during, or after school.

A note about our interim campus and the construction of our new school:

MVUSD, with much support from the Moreno Valley Community (through the passing of Measure “M”), is in the process of building a brand new, two story, state-of-the-art elementary school which is predicted to open in the fall of 2018.  Last year, portable classrooms were moved onto the back lot of our old campus and, over the summer, our old building (which was constructed in 1956) was demolished.  This year, we will conduct business-as-usual in our “Interim Housing” while we watch the construction of our new school.  This is an exciting adventure for our students, our staff, and our families in the Edgemont Community and we ask you to be patient with us during this transition.  Here are some of the systems we have put in place:

·         Our parking lot is very small.  Parking is reserved for employees only and access by vehicle transport is restricted to school busses.  MVUSD is providing bus transportation for ALL Edgemont Elementary School students and we encourage all parents to obtain bus passes for their children at our Centralized Registration Center at 23301 Dracaea Avenue. Phone number:  (951) 571-7690.

·         In the mornings, student drop-off is in front of our campus on Eucalyptus Avenue by the orange cones in front of the pedestrian walkway. Parent volunteers and staff will be stationed at the front of the school each morning to help your students during the drop-off process.  Please exercise extreme caution and, as you pull in to drop off your child, please pull forward to allow others to pull in behind you.  We want to avoid having any cars stopping in the traffic lanes. Also, please remember, that area is for student drop-off only.                   NO PARKING! 

·         In the afternoons, bus riders will be escorted by supervising staff to their correct busses.  For students who walk home: We ask parents to park your cars near the campus and walk in (using the pedestrian walkway) to meet your walkers.

·         Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday are regular days, starting with breakfast at 8:00 a.m. – free for all students. Instruction begins at 8:30 a.m. and dismissal occurs at 3:05 p.m. 

o   Early Bird T-K and Kinder:  8:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. (with lunch from 11:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.). 

o   Late Bird T-K and Kinder:  11:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. (with lunch from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m.).

·         Wednesdays (excluding the first Wednesday) will be FLEX DAYS, with dismissal at 12:25 p.m. for grades 1 through 5.  (T-K and Kinder students are dismissed at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday FLEX DAYs.)

Our Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2016 and we are staggering our time slots to accommodate traffic.  Parking, in the parking lot, as always, will be reserved for staff members and the visitation schedule will be as follows:

·         4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.:  Transitional Kinder and Kindergarten

·         5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.:  Primary – Grades 1, 2, & 3.

·         6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.:  Upper Grades – 4 & 5.

We are looking forward to seeing our parents and families and we welcome you to our Interim Campus.  While you are here, please sign up for one or two of our many parent participation groups.  (See list above.)  Our Parent Ambassador, Noreen Riley, will be on hand to greet you.

We anticipate having a GREAT YEAR here at Edgemont Elementary School and we welcome parental input, participation, suggestions, and support as we continue to teach our little Edgemont Eagles to SOAR!!

Thank you for entrusting your children to the faculty and staff at Edgemont Elementary School!  And . . . thank you for your patience with us as we transition from the 1956 Edgemont Elementary School building to the 21st Century structure!  We appreciate your support!

Sincerely,

P. L. Bazanos, Ed.D.

Patricia L. Bazanos, Ed.D.

Proud Principal - Edgemont Elementary School