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Principal's Message

August 13, 2018

Dear Prospector Families,

WELCOME TO THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR! I am looking forward to a fantastic year of growth and community. We have an amazing team of educators and support staff that can’t wait to start the year! One goal and theme we have for this year is unity. As the expert on your child(ren), you are a very important part of unity in our school community. I look forward to getting to know you!

Hello! I am your new principal, Celeste Wahlberg. I grew up in the Morongo Basin, even spending some time at Yucca Valley Elementary School! I graduated from Yucca Valley High School, where I met my husband of 28 years. After traveling the world with our four children, we’ve returned to settle near family. 

Growing up, I faced many difficulties that are common in our community. Despite these challenges, I was the first from my family to graduate from college. It has been my honor to invest 22 years in students, parents, and teachers as a K-12 educator, literacy coach, mentor teacher, teacher trainer and principal. I am a firm believer in the transformational power of education! I look forward to deeply investing in our community as we work together for transformation. 

As we work together to support success in each child, you are a valuable and important part of the team.  There are many ways for you to invest in your child’s education and in our community.  Please join us for Back to School Night on August 24, 2018 from 5:30-7:00 to find out more.  Teachers will be making presentations in their classrooms to welcome students and families. To accommodate all of our families, there will be two sessions, so please check the scheduling to plan your visit.     

Our Prospector Family is growing! We have added a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) class this year.  Times for TK are 9:40-1:40. If you have a child that will be 5 years old between September 2 and December 1, 2018, you are welcome to join us! Families will need to provide their own transportation, and space is limited. Please share with others that may be interested. You may register your child for any grade on the district website at http://www.morongo.k12.ca.us.  Please call if you need more information.     

To better serve our newest family members, our Kindergarten teachers will be conducting pre-assessment screening on August 20-22.  This will be an opportunity to interact with a teacher and for the teachers to best determine class placements for our Kindergarten students.  The office will be contacting families to schedule appointments.     

I look forward to meeting you at Back to School Night! We will be introducing new staff members as well as our new part-time Vice Principal, Mr. DeRon Johnson.  We will have Prospector T- shirts available as well as family packets and information on volunteering and participating in the FFA. Please join us!

Our first day of school is August 27, 2018. It’s going to be a great year!

Sincerely,

Celeste Wahlberg, MA, MEd

Principal

Yucca Valley Elementary School

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