Principal's Message

Principal's Message

The 2019-2020 school year has many exciting things in store! We are very proud to announce that Mitchell has officially launched as an Apple School! We have implemented a one to one student to iPad program. Teachers will be utilizing native Apple applications with other technology like Apple TVs to foster 21st Century skills in our students. We will be focusing on iPads as a powerful learning tool to promote higher levels of collaboration, communication and critical thinking. These traits are integral to our students’ future success. iPads will be used to create rigorous, high level tasks that truly engage our students in meaningful tasks.

In addition to iPads, we have developed a comprehensive technology lab. The technology lab contains two green screen filming areas, Dash and Dot robots for coding and the space for coding activities, STEM centers, a full array of desktop computers, and a teaching station. The lab is conveniently located next to the library so that teachers can plan a wide variety of different activities during visits.

In the area of GGUSD Strategic Plan Goal II: Personal Skills, Mitchell was recently honored with Silver recognition from the California PBIS Coalition. Our PBIS Program continues to develop as we explicitly teach students how to behave across all school settings and then work to positively promote these behaviors through the use of Eagle Pride Tickets. This school year we will continue our “Flight Plans” which are a unique Check-In Check-Out opportunity for some of our amazing students. The Peace Path program will continue in its third year of operation. Select students are elected by their classmates as Peace Ambassadors. They are trained in conflict mediation which builds leadership skills in themselves while making Mitchell a happier place to be. 

 

Our last focus of this school year is to implement components of AVID Elementary. AVID is a unique, research-based program that successfully helps students across the nation prepare for college through deeper thinking, explicit teaching of organization, note taking and study habits, and exposure to college and the admissions process. A cadre of teachers and I attended the AVID Summer Institute. We will take our learning to foster in our students these important traits that will lead them to be successful not only in school, but in life. 

 

I cannot say enough about how excited I am about this upcoming school year! Thank you for entrusting us with your child. It is an honor and responsibility that we take very seriously. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Christopher Francis

Principal

cfrancis@ggusd.us