An expanded dual-language program, refurbished blacktop areas to play on, and a new teacher are just a few of the changes students will find when they return to the home of the Mustangs for a brand-new school year.
This year, the district has opened up the Spanish/English academy to children in preschool through fifth grade. With a globally focused curriculum, Mt. Vernon Elementary School is striving to live up to its motto: “Educating and Developing World Citizens and Leaders.”
With MaryDell Worthington retiring and Yolanda Cole taking over as principal of Vista La Mesa Academy, Principal Russell Little will be in charge of two schools this year—he's also at the helm of Monterey Heights Elementary School.
Here's a look at the year ahead from Mr. Little.
Lemon Grove Patch: Does your school have any changes in leadership?
Principal Russell Little: Mrs. Melanie Scott is the new assistant principal.
Lemon Grove Patch: Does your school have any new teachers?
Little: We are pleased to welcome Ms. Claudia Ramirez, a native of Columbia, to our Grade 5 program.
Lemon Grove Patch: What special events or programs do you plan at your school for 2012-2013?
Little: Our PTA is preparing for our annual Fun Run, which will take place on charger field Oct. 13.
Lemon Grove Patch: How many students do you expect at your school?
Little: We are very glad to welcome students to the home of the Mustangs. We will start the year with 555 students in preschool throught sixth grade.
Lemon Grove Patch: Does your school have any physical changes, such as new/remodeled buildings or major equipment?
Little: We are pleased to announce that our blacktop areas has been resurfaced and repainted. We look forward to welcoming all students on Sept. 4!
Lemon Grove Patch: What's changed at your school this year that parents and students should know about?
Little: The Dual Immersion Academy (DIA) is now in grades Pre-K to five. Our teachers in DIA have worked diligently this summer to prepare for another exciting year. All students in the school are exposed to a globally focused curriculum.
Lemon Grove Patch: Who are your PTA leaders, and what special projects do they have planned? How can parents get involved?
Little: Mrs. Deborah Childers is our president.