I would like to welcome back all of our returning students, and extend a special welcome to our new students who will join our Manuel L. Real Elementary School family for the 2016-2017 school year. This is an exciting time for us as we continue to build on the successes of the previous year. We have a great staff that will provide our students with the knowledge and skill sets to meet the rigors of 21st century learning.
We are happy to announce that this school year we will begin the implementation of AVID elementary for grades 3-5. The following school year we will expand AVID at our school to include grades K-5. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program that focuses on creating a college going culture for our students through quality academic and social support (visit www.avid.org for more information). Moreover, we are expanding the use of classroom technology to ensure that our students become proficient digital learners in a safe and responsible manner.
I encourage all parents and guardians to actively participate in their children’s education and work alongside our staff so that our students receive the best possible support from home and school. By doing so, we will provide our students with the greatest opportunity to achieve success and meet their learning goals.
I look forward to a fantastic school year, and to work with our students and their families.
Dr. Fernando Betanzos