It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year at Mar Vista Elementary School for Advanced Studies. The faculty, staff, and I are working diligently and collaboratively to provide the highest quality instruction, enrichment, and learning environment for our students. We have been very busy this past year refining our teaching practices, learning how to teach math utilizing a constructivist approach, and integrating technology into the curriculum in a variety of ways. In the current school year, we are focusing on the implementation of an effective and individualized method of writing instruction called Writing Workshop, as well as opening up a new computer lab. At Mar Vista, our goal is to educate the whole child; supporting the child’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth.
We realize this goal by providing an exceptional curriculum taught by a stellar faculty and staff, as well as offering our students instruction in visual art, music, dance, theater, computer, science lab, physical education, and reading in the wonderful library. Our fabulous enrichment classes, taught by expert teachers and instructors, are only available through the generous donations of our parents and community members. These contributions assist us in improving student learning and achievement.
Additionally, our parents’ participation along with numerous hours of volunteering in classrooms, at school events, and with parent organizations – Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Mar Vista School Enrichment Group (MVSEG), English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), School Site Council (SSC), and School Committees – help us to create an excellent learning environment for our students, making our school the place to be! Mar Vista thrives on the continued partnership between the staff, parents, community members, and students. I have no doubt that this school year will be amazing!