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Principal's Message

Welcome Prospectors, and Prospector community, to the 2016-2017 school year. I am anticipating a great year, as I work with Yucca Valley Elementary School teachers to ensure your learning is gold. Gold is powerful and has a significant history that permeates the world. In the past, gold was used as currency to make purchases. Gold formed royal crowns for powerful rulers. Today, gold signifies first place for athletic competitions. Remember, the Olympic gold. When we, the learning community of Yucca Valley Elementary, say, “Knowledge is gold,” we mean there is power behind learning. Learning is significant, and learning impacts each prospector life now and in the future.

As your new principal, my vision and goals are centered upon prospector learning. It is a high priority for students to be provided with opportunities to test the expansive capacity of the human mind. Making connections across curricular content areas, becoming enriched and disciplined through music and fine arts, testing hypothesis and proving arguments, seeking out new information and applying this new information to solve problems, and looking for, identifying, and applying evidence in the reading of texts are all “must-do” skills for prospectors.

Where and how does prospector learning come about? Teachers are the integral answer to this question. Teachers are the knowledgeable, dedicated people who engage students in deep learning. As a leader of teachers, I must be one of their strongest supporters. Teachers are those talented individuals who know how to work with the hearts and minds of students.

Yucca Valley Elementary School parents, you are the foundational strength, and positive support behind your child’s will to learn. Your caring voice with regards to your child is a very important aspect of creating school-wide achievement. As your new principal, please understand I am available for you to share your thoughts and recommendations about your child’s learning process. Remember, a team effort between home and school are proven to develop children into high achieving students who love to learn.

Please do not hesitate to email, call, or schedule a meeting to visit with me. I am encouraged to know there are so many of you already interested in learning more about school involvement. I look forward to sharing about prospector learning across the coming months.

Dr. McLachlan (Dr. M)

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