Dear Germain Families:
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I begin my term as Principal of Germain Charter Academy this school year. My last two years as the Coordinator gave me great insight as to the wonderful community of staff, students, and parents that work together to attain the District’s goal of preparing all students to be College and Career Ready. I look forward to working with all of you this year so please stop by to say “hello”. My door is always open.
Student safety is our highest priority. Please follow safety procedures when dropping off and picking up students. School gates for students in grades 1st – 5th open at 7:30 am and at 7:50 am for Kindergarten. Please be sure students arrive on time but not before the above mentioned times. Parents must check in at the office and receive a visitor’s pass before entering campus. As a follow up to previous District actions due to the recent Aliso Canyon Gas Leak our entire Air Conditioning System, including all ducts and vents, are currently being cleaned. All work will be done before school starts.
Our school will continue to use John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and its Character Traits. Each month we will focus on a different trait as follows:
August – Enthusiasm January - Alertness and Action
September - Hard Work February - Fitness and Skill
October – Friendship March - Determination
November - Loyalty and Cooperation April - Poise and Confidence
December - Self-Control May - Team Spirit
We will also continue to use our Best Practices of Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible as outlined by our school rules. Restorative Justice Practices will also be implemented as needed.
Our rigorous academic program will continue to prepare our students to succeed and meet grade level Common Core Standards. This year grades TK/Kinder through 2nd will implement the Early Language and Literacy Program in order to reinforce early literacy skills. Our English Learners will receive added support in the Learning Center from our Coordinator; Mrs. Stauffer, so that they can meet the Reclassification Criteria and be ready for middle school. Students in grades 3rd – 5th will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment in May 2017. We will provide our students with added technology experiences which will help them become more aware of technology applications and implement them in their learning. Our teachers will work together to plan, review data, and implement any needed interventions to make sure every student gets the best learning experience possible at Germain.
All this however is not possible if students don’t come to school every day or if they arrive late. For this reason our school has attained the services of a Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor who will work with families of students with chronic absences and/or tardies. Remember, students must be in their seat by the 8:00 am bell.
I look forward to a great year. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, calling the main office at
818-341-5821, or by stopping by the office. I will do my best to answer you within 24 hours.