Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year, parents. I am extremely excited about beginning my third year as Spurgeon’s principal. This year will be a year of high expectations for our students. Our school site’s goals this year will be focusing on creating meaningful relationships with students, continuing to build strong academics in every classroom through Project Based Learning, strengthening the AVID program, and continuing Lesson Study professional development to support our teachers in planning rigorous instruction.
Our teachers have been hard at work this summer in order to bring our Spurgeon students the newest innovations in learning. We had several groups participating in conferences in order to bring the best knowledge to Spurgeon. This included professional technology development, the AVID Conference, Summit Schools personalized learning, Project Based Learning training and PBIS Training. We know that we constantly need to improve ourselves so that our classrooms are strong in 21st Century technology skills and rigorous in academics.
We have hired 8outstanding teachers this school year. This makes a total of 16 new teachers in the last 2 years. These teachers have been carefully selected. We know that by bringing in great teachers to work with our current amazing teachers, who are dedicated to our community, we can continue to transform the Spurgeon image.
Parents, I encourage you to take part in the Spurgeon Community. Here at Spurgeon, we believe that this is your school, and you have a voice. Be on the lookout for opportunities to be involved. We offer classes for adults, Pizza with the Principal, and events for parents to come to school and participate with your children, such as Let’s Move Day and project showcases. Consider being part of our “Padres Cougars” parent group. Those interested can contact the front office and your information will be given to the coordinator of the “Padres Cougars.”
As a team we will continue to build this school so that it will become an academic leader in our community. Assistant principal Meg Lloyd will lead AVID, assistant principal Felipe Zamudio will lead Lesson Study, and I will lead Project based learning.
I am looking forward to having another great year. As the principal, I will continue to make sure we have a safe and clean campus, high expectations for all students, a college going culture and great communication with parents and our community. Parents please remember I have an “open door” policy. You do not need to make an appointment to see me. Please check our web site and marquee and monthly calendar which is given to students at the beginning of each month, for up-to-date information.
Together we can help our students be successful.
Mr. Todd Irving