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    J Bruhl

    Mr. Jimmy Bruhl, School Principal

    Dear Carver Families & Wonderful Santa Ana Community, 


    As we close out another fantastic school year, I want to take a moment to celebrate the incredible progress Carver has made as a community school, particularly with our strong focus on environmental literacy. We are proud of the strides we've taken together to enhance our students' educational experiences through innovative and hands-on learning.

    This year, our partnerships with the Santa Ana Zoo, OC Parks, and Inside the Outdoors have been instrumental in developing outdoor learning lab projects. These collaborations have provided our students with unique opportunities to engage with the greater community, apply their classroom knowledge in real-world settings, and deepen their understanding of environmental stewardship.

    I extend heartfelt thanks to our partners at the Santa Ana Zoo, OC Parks, and Inside the Outdoors for their unwavering support and dedication to our students and teachers. Your collaboration has enriched our educational programs and brought new dimensions to our environmental literacy initiatives.

    As we reflect on the past school year, I am excited to highlight some key achievements and initiatives that have shaped our journey:

    Environmental Literacy at Carver

    This year marked the third phase of our environmental literacy program. By the end of the last school year, all general education teachers and counselors at Carver had received Project Lead the Way (PLTW) training. PLTW elevates science education by providing students with opportunities to solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and collaborate with peers. Our partnership with the SAUSD Career Technical Education (CTE) program continues to offer ongoing teacher training and student support. This year, we successfully integrated PLTW learning into our Santa Ana field study units, allowing students to apply their classroom knowledge in meaningful community contexts.

    STEAM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)

    In addition to PLTW and our Santa Ana Zoo Project, we launched a new STEAM Lab at Carver! The STEAM Lab has brought additional hands-on science learning activities to all students, offering grade-level appropriate programs such as botany, robotics, virtual reality activities, code engineering, 3D printing, and a new highlight addition: a 3D laser printer, which cuts and engraves designs into materials like leather, wood, or acrylic with an ultra-precise beam of light. This exciting new space has further enriched our students' learning experiences and fostered a love for exploration and innovation.

    Community Schools

    Carver Elementary has proudly been declared a Community School, and we are excited to share that we have had our full-time community school coordinator since late December 2023. Our coordinator supports the integration of community initiatives, augments parent support, student enrichment, and local agency collaboration. Our goal is to provide services and support that fit the Artesia-Pilar neighborhood and the greater community of Santa Ana, ensuring that Carver is supported by individuals who know how to work together and understand our children's needs.

    As your school community leader, it is important to me that everyone involved feels connected, welcomed, and excited to be at Carver. These feelings enable us to continuously grow both socially and academically. I look forward to seeing you all next year as we continue to build on our successes and strive for even greater achievements.

    Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication to our school community. Enjoy your summer, and see you in the fall!

    Warm regards,

    ~Mr. Bruhl  

    Jimmy Bruhl  

    Principal, Carver Elementary School, SAUSD 


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