Mary Lou Padilla
Dear Parents and Community Members:
It is a distinct honor and a pleasure to serve eight years as your Principal. This is an exciting time for our staff and students. Our students are meeting the challenge of our state standards and we are all very proud of their accomplishments. Our school motto is: “Blazers Believe in Power to Succeed!” This belief is apparent as everyone continues to work diligently to attain academic goals. Continuing our success will encompass targeting learning strategies to students, continuing in our Response to Interventions, increase community and parent involvement, and increase student use of technology.
We continue to have very active parents who serve on our School Site Council (SSC), English Language Advisory Council (ELAC), and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). These groups, staff, and I will work towards welcoming parents and community members to assist teachers in helping students attain proficiency in English/Language Arts and Mathematics Standards. This year we are in the process of implementing AVID in grades Three through Six.
Teachers work regularly in Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s), and participate in Professional Development with a focus in Math and English Language Development (ELD). They tirelessly analyze data, target students and their needs and discuss teaching modifications to meet their needs. Through this process, learning strategies for students are discussed and shared, along with teaching strategies. You are all welcomed to visit John Kelley and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have about us. You will be caught up with our excitement. I believe that our students are willing to learn, parents are willing to support them and our staff will not accept failure as an option. The power of this belief is why John Kelley Blazers will continue to succeed.
With deepest regard,
Mary Lou Padilla, Principal