Dear Students, Parents, and Multnomah Community,
My name is Tiffany Melgar and I am the new principal at Multnomah Elementary School. It is my privilege and honor to join this team to serve our scholars. I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning and growing with our students and working with our teachers, staff, and you, our parents and community members. It takes all of us working together to keep our school safe, collaborative, and successful.
My main goal as an educator is to ensure that every child is given access to a high-quality education in a safe and supportive learning environment. Working together as a team with you and our school staff, we will continue to provide every child with the best academic and social-emotional opportunities. My vision is that all students will leave our school as critical and creative thinkers who are compassionate and confident, equipped with the skills and abilities to compete globally.
As the parent of two children, I recognize the importance of a strong home-school connection. Parents are every child’s first teacher, and the help and involvement of our parents will make sure that every child’s needs are met. Elementary school is where students develop the foundational skills they will use the rest of their educational careers. This is where students first develop and/or build reading, math, speaking, listening, and writing skills. It is also where students cultivate social-emotional skills and develop a mindset for learning that they will carry into adulthood.
I have served the students and teachers of Los Angeles in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles for almost two decades. As a National Board Certified teacher, I have taught grades K-8 as well as served as an instructional coach. As an administrator, I have worked at the Local District Eastand Central offices, writing and facilitating professional developments for teachers and principals specifically supporting English Language Arts. I have also supervised our Common Core Experts and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support coaches. These experiences have only strengthened my passion for equity and access in education and I look forward towards continuing this journey with you, my new Multnomah family.
Nestled at the bottom of the Ascot Foothills, in a quiet neighborhood on the edge of East Los Angeles, you'll find our school. The campus is sprinkled with charming bungalows connected by covered walkways and surrounded by a textured landscape of fruit trees, pines, shrubs and a small redwood forest. We're a DWP "Cool School", an extensive project designed to provide more shade and a cooler learning environment.
Multnomah Elementary is a school of many schools and programs. The neighborhood school is comprised of students from our community, as well as three classes of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students (DHH) receiving total communication instruction (ASL and voicing), and a School Readiness Language Development Program (SRLDP) PreK program. We also house an Environmental Science Magnet for grades 1-5 and a Highly Gifted/Gifted /High Ability Magnet for grades 2-5. We are an eclectic group of 600 learners who come from a diverse population.
Our community is very interested in all school activities, and many of the students that attend Multnomah have parents or grandparents who also attended the school. Since 1995, Multnomah has been involved in LEARN, a school reform model, where all stakeholders participate in the decision making processes. Various Action Teams and councils consisting of staff and parents make up the structural organization and contribute to the instructional improvement process.
The administrators, teachers, and staff promote a strong clear focus on issues of instruction, student learning, and expectations for student and teacher performance by building a strong system of internal accountability in which teachers work collaboratively and systematically to improve student achievement.
We are recipients of The California Distinguished School Award and California Title 1 Academic Achievement Award for our continued academic improvement. In the area of the arts, we are 1 of 8, prototype LAUSD Stage 5 schools and are the winners of the Bravo Award, the prestigious LACOE award for excellence in arts education. We have accomplished this despite the fact that we haven't any stage, theater, cafeteria nor multipurpose center. Even with all of these challenges, art matters at Multnomah. We believe that through arts instruction, all students can work in a personal space, develop self-expression and self-confidence, experience a sense of accomplishment, and help us meet our vision. We believe our continued academic success, as measured by the API and AYP, is directly related to our particpation in and planning for our integration of arts instruction.
For your Information
Identification Card – Safety and welfare of students is taken seriously at Multnomah. District policy states that the person who is picking up your child from school must be listed on your child’s emergency card. This person must have an identification card with them in order to pick-up your child from school on your behalf. This card can be a driver’s license, a visa, or a passport for the person picking up your child. The person picking up your child must be at least 18 years old.
School Safety in Car Line – Please do not leave your car unattended in the car line or double park your vehicle. This not only creates unnecessary traffic, but also an unsafe situation for all.
Reading at Home – Remember to read to your children at home every night. Once you’ve read to him or her a story ask them to tell you what the story was about. Make nightly reading a tradition in your home.
Behavior Expectations: New this school year is this section of the parent newsletter which will review one section of the behavioral expectations. Students are expected follow these expectations in order to have a safe school environment. The expectations are phrased in the following manner: “Be safe”, “Be Responsible”, and “Be Respectful”. We hope you will discuss these expectations with your child(ren) at home and we will review them at school.
This month’s expectation addresses the behavior that is expected in the pavilion. Please review the behavioral expectation (below) as it pertains to the pavilion with your child(ren).
Para Su INFORMACION
Tarjeta de Identificación – Seguridad y bienestar de los estudiantes es tomado en serio en Multnomah. Póliza del Distrito indica la persona que está recogiendo un estudiante de la escuela debe estar en la tarjeta de emergencia de su hijo/a. Esta persona debe traer una identificación para poder recoger a su hijo/a en su lugar. Esta identificación puede ser una licencia de manejar, visa, o pasaporte de la persona que lo está recogiendo.
Seguridad Escolar en Línea de coches – Por favor, no deje su coche desatendido en la línea del coche o en doble fila su vehículo. Esto no sólo crea tráfico innecesario, sino también una situación insegura para todos.
Leyendo en el Hogar – Por favor recuerde leerle a su hijo/a todas las noches. Cuando leen un cuento con su hijo/a, pídale que le cuente la historia en sus propias palabras. Empiece una tradición en su hogar leyendo cada noche.
Expectativas de Comportamiento:
Este año escolar el boletín también les va informar acerca de las reglas de la escuela que se conocen como Comportamiento Expectativas. Estas expectativas se explican siempre con las frases “Sea Seguro”, “Sea Responsable”, “Sea Respetable”. Esperamos que hablen con sus hijos acera de estas reglas en casa y nosotros hablaremos con los alumnos aquí en la escuela.
La expectativa de este mes es el comportamiento que se espera cuando los alumnos comen en el pabellón. Favor de revisar las expectativas de comportamiento de recreo con sus hijos.