Greetings Lucerne Valley Elementary Families,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year! My name is Ricky Anderson, and I will be the principal at Lucerne Valley Elementary this school year. A little about myself, this is my 18th year in Education and my 2nd year at Lucerne Valley Elementary. I feel fortunate in my educational journey to have worked alongside many great teachers, staff, and administrators throughout the Inland Empire, Imperial Valley, and the High Desert that have shaped my educational vision.
I look forward to working with our school community this year to navigate this current state of Education.
This school year is set up to be like no other due to the COVID-19 Pandemic effects. This school year, we will be on a hybrid schedule to provide normalcy to our elementary families. The hybrid schedule allows us to have fewer students on campus with the many safety precautions we have put in place. In this model, classes are split into 2 cohorts, which receive in-class learning and virtual learning. Cohort 1 attends school on Monday and Tuesday, and Cohort 2 attends on Thursday and Friday. When one cohort is on campus, the other cohort will be working on assignments aligned to what the teacher has taught. Wednesday, both cohorts will learn through distance learning supported by their teacher with virtual instruction. The hybrid model allows fewer students on-site and enables us to stagger lunchtimes and provide spacing on the playground and field areas. The school instructional day is shorter (8:30-1:30) but features teacher online office hours and instruction for students in both Cohorts for the days they are not on campus. Despite the recent changes in education, I am happy to say the strong partnership between students, parents, and stakeholders has remained constant.
At Lucerne Valley Elementary, the educational success and safety of our students are paramount. We will continue to implement our school-wide SOAR expectations for our school family. These expectations are essential for the success of our school. These expectations are:
On-Time, On Task
Respect Self and Others
In academics, we will continue to reteach and implement the learning tools, Thinking Maps, and our writing program, Write from the Beginning and Beyond, in an effort to establish a consistent learning language. It is my mission, along with our new assistant principal, Joanna Mora, to enhance classroom instruction, boost student wellness, and achievement in my time at the elementary site. I believe this mission can happen with a strong connection between staff, students, and parents. When all those components are giving a 100% effort, anything is possible. Please feel free to contact me at the site if you have questions or have academic needs.
I look forward to working with our community members and seeing you all around campus before and after school.
Yours in Education,
Ricky A. Anderson