Greetings Camarena Parents and Families,
I want to welcome all of our students and their families to the 2018 – 2019 Camarena Elementary – Home of the Robogriffins, school year. In 2013, when Camarena opened its doors, the students had the opportunity to choose the school mascot, a unique blend of future and past - the Robo for the age of robotics and the Griffin for the mythical creature of ancient times. I believe this mascot is symbolic not only of the joining of what has been with what can be but it also represents one of our most cherished district values and beliefs that, "each child is an INDIVIDUAL of great worth." I believe that each child is a one of a kind masterpiece – Unique in Every Way, which is why I am thrilled to have the opportunity and the challenge to be a part of continuing the Camarena Elementary Mission:
"To make Camarena the model neighborhood school for learning in the 21st century."
Furthermore, Camarena Elementary was founded on the beliefs that all members would:
BE models of character demonstrating integrity, perseverance, and leadership as members of a community where they are valued for their individual strengths.
BE voracious learners, inspired to explore and know the world around them.
BE clear thinkers through structured social learning, the interplay of ideas, deep reflection, and evidence based opinions.
BE fully literate (including digital literacy) integrating their knowledge in all academic arenas.
BE excellent collaborators and communicators who listen critically and empathetically to one another and speak with clarity and effectiveness enhanced by multimedia.
BE explorers of their passions and interests every day, publish what they are learning, and create products that exemplify their unique talents and skills.
BE actively involved in embracing technology to facilitate the acquisition of the best knowledge and information, developing products and presentations, and making connections with experts and co-learners anytime, anywhere.
BE supportive of embracing languages through a Dual Immersion program and foreign language opportunities.
As we embrace this mission and live out these "BE" attitudes, we recognize that we cannot do it alone. We encourage every member of the Camarena school community to be involved and be a part of our work together in supporting our children and their education. Please make sure to:
· Follow our Blog: https://camarenarobogriffins.blog/
· Follow us on Twitter @CamElementary
· Ensure your primary phone number is up to date with the school office to receive the weekly Sunday automated phone messages
If there is ever anything I can do to better support you, please do not hesitate to ask. Go ROBO!
Debra McLaren, Ed.D. – Principal
Noemi Talamante, Associate Principal