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  • Kasey Klappenback



    Garfield Gators…”Leading the Way in the 21st Century!”  

        “To Infinity and Beyond!”


    Summer Greetings Parents,

    Welcome back Garfield families!  My name is Mr. Klappenback, the Principal, and I would like to personally welcome all of you back to school this August. What an exciting time of year!  Our belief is that we are better when all stakeholders work together. Last year, as a community we focused on “Raising the Roof with STEAM!”  Garfield Gators definitely “Raised the Roof!” in everything that they did. We encourage all of you to be part of our TEAM, by joining our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) , School Site Council (SSC), and/or the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). All three of these teams, allow you to be involved in the decision making process that happens at Garfield. PARENTS make our school STRONGER!

    Just like Tapatio...You are our secret sauce!

    I am looking forward to another year working with you to ensure that all Gators Lead the Way in the 21st Century!”    This year Garfield will be working to empower our students in all grade levels to believe in themselves and continue to take risks, working hard, and staying focused in their learning!  Teachers will continue to be focused on Science, Technology,  Engineering,  Arts, Mathematics through the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering modules. PLTW are hands-on project based learning lessons, that help to ensure students are prepared for college and careers in our global society!  We will also be accelerating math achievement through the implementation of our new Math Expressions instructional program.

    As a result, our gators will be better prepared for college, career, citizenship, and success!  As educators and parents, we must all hold our students accountable to the highest of expectations! All  GARFIELD GATORS are capable of … “Leading the Way in the 21st Century!.....To Infinity and Beyond!”

    If you are returning to Garfield Elementary, WELCOME BACK! If you are a new gator this year, WELCOME TO THE TEAM!  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to stop by and meet with me or call the front office.  

    Remember... Garfield Gators SWISH (Scholarly Worthy Innovative Successful Honorable)

    With sincere gratitude,
    Mr. Klappenback
    Garfield Elementary 
        Kasey Klappenback
        (714) 972-5300
        Garfield Elementary
        Santa Ana Unified School District

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