Palm Vista Elementary School staff have been recognized for having a majority of their staff engage in the professional learning course for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and become California MTSS Certified Educators. The Orange County Department of Education has awarded Palm Vista Elementary School Platinum status of their implementation of MTSS.
California's MTSS is a comprehensive framework that aligns academic, behavioral, social and emotional learning, and mental health supports in a fully integrated system of support for the benefit of all students. The evidence-based domains and features of the California MTSS framework provide opportunities for a Local Education Authority (LEA) to strengthen school, family, and community partnerships while developing the whole child in the most inclusive, equitable learning environment thus closing the equity gaps for all students.
Palm Vista Elementary School Principal Dr. Claudette Onumah said, "Teachers are now having conversations around culturally and linguistically relevant and responsive teaching and learning, trauma-informed practices, Universal Design for Learning, and data to support academic, behavior, and social and emotional learning instruction and support." During an awards ceremony recognizing staff, Dr. Onumah said, “We are a family and as a family we grow and learn from each other and it trickles down to our students.”
Palm Vista strives for excellence in education by providing a safe and supportive learning environment. As a community, they inspire and challenge all students to achieve their maximum potential as lifelong learners. Palm Vista began its journey to implement a multi-tiered system of support via the CA MTSS Framework in October 2019, with a goal to create a safe and positive learning environment by focusing on the fidelity of PBIS and academics by providing a continuum of supports.
“This exceptional recognition highlights the great things that are taking place at Morongo Unified School District. I want to recognize the staff members for their commitment and dedication as well as Dr. Claudette Onumah for the leadership she has provided to Palm Vista Elementary School,” said Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Patricio Vargas.