Welcome Back to the 2015-16 School Year!
We are very excited to welcome all of our new and returning families to the 18th year of the Museum School. It is incredible to think that we have been bringing a unique form of education to public school students for so long. We value your trust in us to provide the best education we possibly can, and thank you for being a part of the Museum School family.
Our team has been hard at work, during the summer, planning for a great year. We have some new programs and we also have a few new wonderful members of staff joining our team.
Heather Poirier joins us from the San Diego History Society as our new 4th grade homeroom teacher and has virtually been living on campus for the past month getting ready for the school year. Beyond her 4th grade classroom, she will be teaching Language Art and a Science of the Senses Department.
Congratulations to Miss Jaleh, who will be taking some maternity leave pretty soon! As such, she is stepping back from teaching art. Taking her place will be Andrew Rae who has a great history in community art projects. You may have seen his work in collaboration with our middle schoolers last year in the upstairs hallway. Working with Mr. Nandi’s Projects Class, they developed and mural based on California’s water sources and the effects of the drought. We are looking forward to some exciting work from our kids under Andrew’s guidance.
Jon Kenney is coming to us from the east coast, by way of Colorado, to teach western music tradition and modern band to our kids every Friday. He has already brought us a great connection with Little Kids Rock, and organization that helps to seed new music programs. Through them and his work, we will be receiving a class set of guitars, ukeleles, a drum set, bass, and a few other items necessary to rock out. We are looking forward to making our school an even more musical community!
Andrea Hernandez will be carrying on the Museum School’s 15 year tradition of teaching Balinese gamelan at the Museum School. Over the summer, I am happy to let you know that she was hired as one of the Center for World Music’s teaching artists! We are very proud of her hard work, and thrilled that she will keep our program moving forward.
Joining our amazing support staff will be Steven Thorsen, in the middle school grades and Christina Walker is back from her adventures up north, and will be supporting kids in grades 3-8.
Trait of the Month – Respect
This year we are looking forward to celebrating a trait of the month. While we will be consistently talking with our kids about the many traits that we hope to instill in our community. Each month will have a school wide focus that will help us engage in conversations, conduct activities and celebrate actions that focus on that particular trait. To start off the year, we are focusing on RESPECT. We believe that respect is something that should occur in every situation, every minute of every day. Please look out for more information, ideas and conversation starters so you can help us at home with this effort.
We are looking forward to a great year, and we are glad you are with us!