Welcome to Ponderosa Elementary School. My name is Tom Taylor and I am fortunate to be the Principal of Ponderosa. I am proud of Ponderosa's many wonderful programs, but most of all I am proud to serve as Principal to such a wonderful, talented staff. The great staff, along with very dedicated parents, has been the core of our success. Our teachers are all "Highly Qualified" and the staff brings many years of experience to support your child. Most importantly they bring a commitment to our kids.
The goal of the Ponderosa staff is to assist each student in reaching his/her maximum academic, social, physical and emotional potential. It is important to educate the whole child. To this end, we are dedicated to helping students master the rigorous California State Standards of Education as well as the equally important life skills (qualities such as citizenship, teamwork, responsibility and respect). We use data to drive our curriculum and instruction, and to identify what each student's needs may be. We also use a Positive Behavior System to encourage students to make positive choices and be productive citizens in our community.
At Ponderosa Elementary we believe that all students can learn. The staff at Ponderosa takes this responsibility seriously and will do everything within our power to help your child reach his/her potential. Intervention is provided through our blended services model. This model allows special education, Title I, and regular education teachers to collaborate and provide the best programs possible for our children. We believe that we learn as a community. Our teachers support this belief through collaborative efforts. Ponderosa teachers are experts in their fields and frequently meet to review students' successes and needs.
We believe that it takes a community to raise a child. As parents you can help by being sure that your child has excellent attendance. We value parent involvement and believe that student success can best be reached when the school is working in conjunction with parents. We look forward to working with you throughout your child's elementary education. With the support of our entire community students are sure to be a success!
Tom Taylor, Principal
Ponderosa Elementary School