Dear Sierra Oaks families,
Please join me in thanking our vice principal, Mrs. Allison, for the support she has provided to all of our students, staff, and families over the course of the last year and a half. At the same time, please join me in wishing Mrs. Allison the best in her promotion to interim principal at Whitney Elementary. Mrs. Allison’s last day at Sierra Oaks will be Friday, December 21st, as we head into the holiday break. She will begin as interim principal of Whitney Elementary upon returning from the break. Mrs. Allison, you have been an amazing vice principal! You have brought an unwavering positive attitude and energy to Sierra Oaks K-8, and I have the utmost respect for the way you support our students with care and consistency. I speak for myself, but I believe the staff would agree, we are all the better for having had the opportunity to work with you. You will be a great principal! Congratulations!
Just as Mrs. Allison has begun her transition to interim principal, Sierra Oaks has begun to transition Mrs. Allison’s replacement. Please join me in welcoming Allison Kozel to Sierra Oaks as our new interim vice principal to start the New Year! Mrs. Kozel has been a teacher and the academic coach at Kingswood K-8 for the past 6 years where she has had her hand in all things student achievement and K-8 related, from intervention and SSTs, to professional development and academic classroom support. I know she is extremely excited to have this opportunity and get to know the Sierra Oaks community. Mrs. Kozel has taught at most grade levels, K-6, and taught at Whitney and Del Dayo prior to Kingswood. She and I have planned to have her visit Sierra Oaks this week and next, and she will be properly introduced when we return from the Holiday Break.
Lastly, but certainly not least, the state has released the new California School Dashboard with school, district, and state data from the 2018 CAASPP test, ELPAC, as well as absenteeism and suspension data. Sierra Oaks K-8 is proud to have made a 10.2 point increase in English language arts and a 14.6 point increase in Mathematics from 2017 to 2018. We are also proud to have decreased chronic absenteeism by 1.9%, an accomplishment which has earned additional recognition within the San Juan Unified School District. Go to https://www.caschooldashboard.org to search Sierra Oaks, and take a closer look. If you should have any questions, I am more than happy to help.
We return from the break on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019. Until then, I hope all of you have the happiest of holidays and New Year with friends and family. See you in 2019!
Principal, Sierra Oaks K-8 School