Staff Information

Welcome to Savanna School District!

We have much to celebrate as we close the 2016-17 school year, demonstrating that The Best Really is Yet to Come!  As we look at our accomplishments during the 2016-17 school year, we cannot help but let our pride show!  When a school district holds great expectations and believes that the best opportunities are yet to unfold, wonderful things can happen for students.  We have much to celebrate; our strong academic progress and laser-like focus on student achievement is yet one more example of how the combination of a rich, well-rounded curriculum, a highly qualified and caring staff, and a long-standing commitment to excellence is continuing to provide our students with the opportunity to be prepared and successful 21st Century citizens. This is what Savanna has been and what we strive to be for every child every day. We are very proud of all the hard work and dedication to learning on the part of all of our students and staff!

“The Best Is Yet To Come” can be evidenced in the way our students and staff have embraced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) including the use of technology for both instruction and student learning.  The amazing demonstration of student learning utilizing a variety of technology ranges from kindergartners who are able to use the ‘popplet’ app to create thinking maps to first graders honing language arts and math skills with the use of iReady; from second graders who use word processing skills to type reports and import photos from various sources to third graders using Adobe Voice to make their own videos; from fourth grade students creating reports in PowerPoint to fifth and sixth grade students creating QR codes as well as documents on apps such as Prezi, Plickers, Pages, ChatterPix and Animoto. It’s incredible to see the way technology is used for expanding learning as well as for demonstrating skills learned; at Open Houses, children can be seen teaching their parents about the apps they use on the iPads and programs on computers.  In addition to the infusion of technology, students have been immersed in engineering lessons. Our commitment to ensuring our students are engaged in STEM activities in a wide variety of areas has resulted in student-created projects including the design and building of mock cities, roller coasters with loops and turns, and bridges; students can also be seen programming robots using their coding skills as they program the pint-sized robot. As our students design and build, we are helping to create the workforce of tomorrow, preparing students with real-life applications to meet the demands of an ever-changing global society.

Our pride also shows in the partnerships our schools have cultivated with our local community, providing a myriad of student support programs, demonstrating that “The Best Is Yet To Come.”  Our schools’ commitment to exemplary programs that create safe and inclusive environments for all students can be evidenced at each site, some similar and others to meet the unique needs of the students, parents, and staff.  Each school has completed their third full year of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) implementation, ensuring positive behaviors throughout the campus. Partnership programs have involved parents in school activities, from serving as greeters in the parking lot to assisting children at lunch, from volunteering in classrooms to reading with children throughout the school day, from welcoming dads as Watch D.O.G.S. to a school-level VIP Club, our students are demonstrating good citizenship along with social and emotional growth that will help them to become the leaders of tomorrow. Through partnerships with the City of Stanton and the Anaheim Police Department, we’ve been able to expand the GRIP program, offer parenting skills classes, provide high school-aged ‘big brothers and big sisters’, enhance counseling and anger management classes for students and families in need, expand after-school tutoring and homework help, and recognize students for perfect attendance.  With the support of the Anaheim Police Department, approximately 60 students from across our schools have participated in the Jr. Cadet program where students participate in educational and physical activities that help to teach and reinforce respect, responsibility, and self-discipline. Partnerships such as these are essential in ensuring our students have the support of the entire community to assure their success!

Our partnerships with local community organizations have provided additional interactive, hands-on experiences from highly skilled and credentialed staff committed to the success of every child, once again demonstrating that “The Best Is Yet To Come.”  One such partner provides our fifth grade students with the opportunity to explore careers in the sciences including interactive, teacher-directed science experiences targeting an engaging career, Crime Lab 101 while another provides students at all grade levels with hands-on experiences in oceanography, with our fourth through sixth grade students being able to experience the ocean ‘up close and personal’ aboard an ocean-going vessel.  Once aboard, students study the effects of plate tectonics through the investigation of sea floor geology, sediment cores, microfossils, underwater archaeology, and underwater seismology as they take part in scientific sampling and exploration. Through our ongoing partnership with local universities, we will once again be able to offer our Summer Academy with a STEM focus where students will be engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math as well as English-language arts.  Taught by teacher credential candidates, this partnership provides a hands-on focus for students to meet or exceed grade level standards in each of these core subjects over the summer. Partnerships such as these truly allow our students with access to enhanced hands-on experiences in science, technology, and math!  Truly, our successes are YOUR successes; it takes a village to raise a child and our children are so very fortunate to be part of this great community and the many partnerships that support them. These partnerships demonstrate that “The Best Is Yet To Come!”

When I reflect on what makes a good school district a GREAT school district, I recognize that it is “people;” people like our staff who are committed to what they do each day to ensure student success that we can be proud of; people like our parents who provide the home support for our students so that they can reach their potential; and people like all those in our community who have contributed to our successes in so many ways. Because of all of the support from a wide variety of people in our community, the 2016-17 year has been a successful one in which we take tremendous pride, and…..The Best Is Still Yet To Come!”