• Dear Cowan Families and Friends,

    It is my honor to serve as Principal of Cowan Fundamental School. Cowan Fundamental enjoys a rich history of academic and cultural excellence that is the result of a dedicated partnership between the school staff and parents who promote and inspire our students to strive toward personal excellence in all that they do.

    My greatest initiative is to provide leadership that will facilitate a school environment that promotes excellence and fosters a love of learning. The Cowan staff collaborates on a regular basis to ensure we continue to grow in our established goals of successful implementation of Common Core State Standards. We are committed to developing our student's critical thinking skills both academically and socially. We implement teachings from Caring School's Community to help in developing character traits such as respect, responsibility, honesty, courage, caring and cooperation. At Cowan we celebrate the challenges that are a natural part of being a scholar. School is hard work. We are here to put forth our greatest efforts to grow to our highest potential. In order to stretch and grow, we will encounter difficult tasks. We expect our students to look forward to the difficult tasks and to talk through the challenge before them. As our school leader, I ask our parents to applaud your students for problem solving, for sticking to a difficult task, and for communicating their thinking process. Pride and a sense of accomplishment comes from achieving challenging tasks.

    Communication is imperative to the overall success of our school. Please watch for school events on the school website, on our Facebook page, in our monthly events calendar and during upcoming PTC meetings. We strive to communicate with you in the way(s) that are the most convenient for your family. Please be sure to confirm with your child’s teacher how you can best access information about what is happening in the classroom.

    Please know if you have a question or a concern that we are here to provide the information you need. I respectfully request that, should a concern arise, you speak with your child’s teacher first. The teacher works closely with your child on a daily basis and knows her or him best. If your concern is not resolved, then please contact me by e-mail at millie.happoldt@sanjuan.edu or call the office to schedule an appointment or a telephone meeting: 916-979-8240. I look forward to seeing and talking with you around the campus as well!

    In closing, I’d like to share a favorite quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.” ~Margaret Mead (1901-1978) I share this specific quote because it represents what I see in the unique culture here at Cowan Fundamental School. It is through the close and collegial partnerships with everyone associated with Cowan Fundamental, I am confident we will inspire excellence in our students as they learn and grow.


    Millie Happoldt
    Cowan Fundamental School

Last Modified on January 21, 2020