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Principal's Message

  • Ms. Bertha Irene Benavides-López, Principal

    Willard Scholars and Community,  

    Welcome to the 2024-2025 school year!

    Dear Willard Intermediate School Community,

    As we embark on the 2024/2025 school year, I am filled with excitement and optimism about the journey ahead. Our commitment to fostering a nurturing, inclusive, and vibrant educational environment remains steadfast. This year, we will continue to embrace and advance our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) mindset, ensuring that every student can access and engage in meaningful learning experiences tailored to their unique needs and strengths.

    At Willard Intermediate, we believe in the power of restorative practices as our primary mode of discipline. These practices not only help resolve conflicts but also strengthen the bonds within our school community, creating a sense of belonging and mutual respect. Our goal is to build a community that extends beyond the classroom and into our neighborhoods, fostering connections that support our students' growth and well-being.

    We are dedicated to working toward the SAUSD Graduate Profile, ensuring our students are well-prepared for their future endeavors. This aligns seamlessly with fulfilling our Board priorities, which guide us in providing a comprehensive and holistic education.

    As a proud Turnaround Arts school, we will continue to integrate the arts into our daily lessons, recognizing the profound impact they have on student engagement, creativity, and academic achievement. The arts are a cornerstone of our educational approach, enriching our curriculum and inspiring our students to explore and express themselves in diverse ways.

    Together, we will create a dynamic and supportive learning environment where every student can thrive. I am grateful for the dedication of our staff, the support of our families, and the enthusiasm of our students. Let's make this school year one of growth, connection, and achievement.

    Estimada comunidad de la escuela intermedia Willard, A medida que nos embarcamos en el año escolar 2024/2025, estoy lleno de entusiasmo y optimismo sobre el viaje
    que tenemos por delante. Nuestro compromiso de fomentar un entorno educativo enriquecedor, inclusivo y vibrante
    sigue siendo firme. Este año, continuaremos adoptando y avanzando nuestra mentalidad de Diseño Universal para el
    Aprendizaje (UDL), asegurando que cada estudiante pueda acceder y participar en experiencias de aprendizaje
    significativas adaptadas a sus necesidades y fortalezas únicas. En Willard Intermediate, creemos en el poder de las prácticas restaurativas como nuestro principal modo de
    disciplina. Estas prácticas no sólo ayudan a resolver conflictos sino que también fortalecen los vínculos dentro
    de nuestra comunidad escolar, creando un sentido de pertenencia y respeto mutuo. Nuestro objetivo es construir
    una comunidad que se extienda más allá del aula y dentro de nuestros vecindarios, fomentando conexiones que
    apoyen el crecimiento y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes. Estamos dedicados a trabajar para lograr el perfil de graduado de SAUSD, asegurando que nuestros estudiantes
    estén bien preparados para sus proyectos futuros. Esto se alinea perfectamente con el cumplimiento de las
    prioridades de nuestra Junta, que nos guían para brindar una educación integral y holística. Como escuela orgullosa de Turnaround Arts, continuaremos integrando las artes en nuestras lecciones diarias,
    reconociendo el profundo impacto que tienen en la participación, la creatividad y el rendimiento académico de
    los estudiantes. Las artes son la piedra angular de nuestro enfoque educativo, enriquecen nuestro plan de estudios e inspiran a nuestros estudiantes a explorar y expresarse de diversas maneras. Juntos, crearemos un entorno de aprendizaje dinámico y de apoyo donde cada estudiante pueda prosperar.
    Estoy agradecido por la dedicación de nuestro personal, el apoyo de nuestras familias y el entusiasmo de nuestros estudiantes. Hagamos de este año escolar uno de crecimiento, conexión y logros. Warm regards,

    With Orgullo y Respecto,

    Bertha Irene Benavides-López

    Willard Intermediate Principal


    (714) 480-4800



    Mrs. Errin Robinson Landry, M.Ed. Assistant Principal 

    Dear students, families, and colleagues,

    I am delighted to continue my journey as your Assistant Principal at Willard Intermediate School. With 26 years of experience teaching math and science at the secondary level, my commitment to education remains unwavering. At home, my partner and I enjoy the company of our two college-aged children and our beloved dog, with whom we share many adventures hiking and scuba diving.

    As we embark on another exciting school year, I want to highlight some of our key initiatives and focus areas:

    Universal Design for Learning (UDL): We are dedicated to creating a learning environment that accommodates all students. By implementing UDL principles, we aim to provide multiple means of engagement, representation, and expression to support the diverse needs of our learners.

    Graduate Profile: Our goal is to equip our students with the skills and attributes necessary for success beyond middle school. We are committed to developing well-rounded individuals who are critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible citizens.

    Instruction for English Language Learners: We strive to offer comprehensive support for our English Language Learners (ELLs). Through tailored instruction and resources, we aim to ensure that every student has the opportunity to achieve academic success and become fully integrated into our school community.

    My passion for positively impacting our youth drives everything I do, and I am eager to continue working with all of you to foster a nurturing and inspiring atmosphere. Together, we can make this school year one of growth, achievement, and success for every student.  

    Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

    Warm regards,

    Errin Robinson Landry, M.Ed.
    (714) 480-4800

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