With near perfect attendance and engagement to open the 2020-21 school year, Curtner Elementary School Principal Stephanie Park touted her school’s game plan for distance learning for her October 13 Principal’s Report. Curtner currently has 720 students, accumulating 99.2 percent attendance and close to 100 percent engagement, Park shared.
“We continue to reach out to students with challenges such as internet connectivity,” added the first-year principal who led the presentation of “how and what Curtner is doing to foster the Culture of WE with our students, our staff and parent community to support student success during distance learning.”
Park did not come alone, bringing a variety of voices from the Curtner school community, including sixth-grade students Neirah Hafis and Vivian Foy, fifth-grade teacher Andrew Topham, PTA president/parent Mauricio Gavidia, librarian Chau Pham, elementary counselor Jinky Bitanga, and mental health counselor Marianne Doi.
“It’s definitely been a new experience…(but) having a consistent routine has helped a lot,” said Topham, whose students have been “patient and supportive” throughout distance learning and even take turns leading Social-Emotional Learning lessons. “It is awesome to see students take the lead and build up one another.”
Sixth-grader Vivian Fox shared that distance learning has helped her with organizational skills, problem-solving skills and punctuality, while Neirah Hafis noted that she pays more attention in class, helps resolve problems, and supports her classmates in breakout rooms.
Gavidia, who has one child at Curtner and another at Thomas Russell Middle School, has been impressed with MUSD EducatEveryWhere 2.0. He also is grateful for MUSD's commitment to DL through the calendar yea since it "eliminates uncertainty."
Librarian Chau Pham, who has been at Curtner for 13 years, adjusted to DL by allowing families to make online book requests for in-person pickup. To date, 140 books have been checked out. She has established a virtual library.
Curtner has utilized its elementary counselor, in conjunction with its mental health counselor, in servicing students, staff, and parents to continue building the foundation of We for Success, according to Park. “Our goal is to include everyone in the learning process,” Doi said.