Q&A: Monterey Heights Elementary School Fast Facts

Principal Russell Little returns to the home of the Eagles after seven years at the helm of Palm Middle School.

At Monterey Heights Elementary School, students learn to “Soar to Success.”

Helping all the little Eagles reach their upper limits this year are a new principal (but a very familiar face) and vice principal, a teaching staff that also has a new addition, and a PTA that's planning fun events for the entire school year.

How can you get involved? Join the PTA, volunteer in your child's class, or lend your green thumbs to the school garden, which was recently renovated. For more information, call the school at 619-825-5633.

The fall semester starts Tuesday!

Here's a look at the new school year from Principal Russell Little, who is also the principal at Mt. Vernon Elementary School.

Lemon Grove Patch: Does your school have any changes in leadership? 

Principal Russell Little: I am the new principal of , though I was previously principal here from 2001-2005. I’m looking forward to working with all staff and families. Mrs. Melanie Scott is the assistant principal.

Lemon Grove Patch: Does your school have any new teachers?

Little: There are no new teachers, but Mrs. Scott is new to the staff. She is a native of New Orleans, has much instructional experience and has created successful student writing programs.

Lemon Grove Patch: What special events or programs do you have planned at your school for 2012-2013?

Little: The PTA is planning an exciting year of events designed to supplement our instructional program. The 2012-2013 school year promises to bring new opportunities to all of our students and families.

Lemon Grove Patch: How many students do you expect at your school?

Little: We will have 411 students in preschool through sixth grade. We are looking forward to welcoming all our students back to school on Sept. 4!

Lemon Grove Patch: Does your school have any physical changes, such as new/remodeled buildings or major equipment?

Little: Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Direct TV, we have renovated the nature area and school garden. The volunteers also painted a new mural in the auditorium. Our nature area features California native plants. Our goal is to add interpretive signage to this area.

Lemon Grove Patch: Who are your PTA leaders, and what special projects do they have planned?

Little: Ms. Nerrissa Hendrix is our PTA president this year.


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