Letter from Administration
Dear Sundown Stallion Families,
I am so honored to continue to serve as your Sundown Elementary principal for the 2021-2022 school year. Our administrative team this year will also include Mrs. Shameka Andre as the Vice-Principal, Ms. Christina Khoury as the School Psychologist, and Mrs. Christina Parker as the School Counselor. We all are thankful for the opportunity to serve the Sundown Elementary School students, parents and staff!
We are so excited for this school year where we will be, “Growing Stronger Together,” which is our theme for the year. This theme is visually represented on campus with elements such as plants, gardens, jungle, and greenery. It is meant to focus on the idea that this is going to be a big year of growth both academically and socially, and the most important thing is that we are now going to be able to do that together on campus.
An accomplishment that we would like to recognize is that Sundown Elementary is now WASC accredited! We received notification in late June that we received the accreditation after working on the initial report and visit last school year. This is a fantastic recognition that helps us to show our community about the strength of our school program and our cycle of continuous improvement.
During the previous school year, we have all faced a number of challenges and ongoing changes as we navigated through the year. We are so appreciative of our families and staff that stayed with us as we all worked together to provide as positive and engaging learning experience for our students as possible. We do believe there will be more consistency and normalcy this year, but it is difficult to determine exactly how the entirety of the school year is going to look at this time.
As your principal, I want to share my most core commitments to you and your students this school year:
Communication is critical- I will make sure to communicate with families regularly through the weekly phone messages and emails to keep everyone up-to-date about what is going on at the school. If there are changes occurring, I will communicate them as early and clearly as possible so families can stay informed.
Student growth is a primary focus- We are building in new systems so that all students receive the support and enrichment they need. We want to make sure students and families understand where they are starting, what measurements are being used, and are regularly updated about their progress throughout the year.
Strengthening connections and engagement with our families- Admittedly, it was incredibly difficult to stay connected with our families last year. This year, we are encouraging all of our families to connect with the school by attending any events, participating in the PTA, or even volunteering on campus. We want students to see their families and school connected in a partnership for their success.
A safe environment for all students- This does include their physical safety where there are still protocols to reduce student risk of COVID. However, this primarily involves having an environment and school community where all students feel safe to learn, make mistakes, and grow both academically and socially-emotionally.
All means all- We believe that all students can learn and grow at high levels. We believe that all students and their families will feel welcomed, safe, valued, and supported on campus.
Thank you for your continued support, and I am looking forward to serving this school community for the 2021-2022 school year!
Amy Brouwer, Principal
Sundown Elementary School