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Mountain View School District Welcomes Students Back to School

  • Courtesy photos, Maxson Elementary students show their enthusiasm for the 2014-15 school year.
  • Courtesy photos, Maxson Elementary students show their enthusiasm for the 2014-15 school year.
  • Courtesy photos, Maxson Elementary students show their enthusiasm for the 2014-15 school year.
  • Courtesy photos, Maxson Elementary students show their enthusiasm for the 2014-15 school year.

by Michele Earle

El Monte

The 2014-15 school year kicked off on August 25th for students in the Mountain View School District as the District’s 12 schools, Magnolia Learning Center and Children’s Center/Head Start Preschool campuses welcomed students for a year of dynamic instruction and engaging learning.
“Our entire team is excited about the opportunities the new school year brings for our students,” said Lillian Maldonado French, superintendent.  “We have high expectations for our students and know they will achieve great things this year as our dedicated staff and families partner together to create a collaborative school environment focused on student success.”
The 2014-15 school year ushers in the new Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics, and MVSD has spent the past year gearing up for its implementation.
“We have been working hard over this last year creating a transition plan for the implementation of the new nationwide assessment program,” said Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, Director of Learning Support.  “Our teachers have participated in professional development focusing on aligning teacher practice with the demands of the new Common Core Content Standards which require a higher order of thinking and project based learning for our students.”
Students at Maxson Elementary School were happy to be back in school and reunited with friends. “Summer is fun but I’m glad school is starting,” said Kaylee, a 4th grader in Mr. Yamamoto’s class.  “I like my new teacher and I’m looking forward to learning new things this year.”
The playground, a favorite place for many students, was full of energy at recess as students ran, climbed, slid and played games after a morning of getting acclimated to their new classrooms.
“I love to play outside,” said Allison, a kindergartner in Mrs. Cortes’ class, as she raced to the swing set.  “I like school a lot and I love coloring.  I hope we get to do lots of coloring in class,” she said.
Maxson principal, Dr. Aileen La Corte is looking forward to this new era in education with the Common Core State Standards.
“This is a time of transition in education and provides an opportunity of new learning, new growth and reflection,” said La Corte.  “Our teamwork with the UCLA Mathematics Project Center X has prepared us well for the Common Core and the energy and excitement at Maxson on the first day of school really set the tone for what I know will be an excellent school year.”
At Cogwell School, principal, Gerardo Yepez led assemblies on student responsibilities for the kindergarten through sixth graders, laying out the expectations which will help Cogswell be an exceptional school.
“As Cogswell Cubs you need to respect yourself, respect others and respect our school.  Know the rules in your classroom, on the playground, in the library and in the cafeteria and be sure to follow them,” he encouraged.  “Also be sure to be engaged in your learning.  Stay focused in class, ask questions and participate in class discussions.  Engaged, respectful and responsible students are essential for a school to be exceptional, and I know that’s what we have here at Cogswell!”
The MVSD team is eager to continue the journey of educating each student at the highest level and looks forward to providing students with positive learning experiences that will lay the foundation for a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

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