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Message From Our Principal

Dear Rockdale Family,

I am looking forward to a productive and exciting  2017-18 school year as Rockdale embarks on its fourth year as a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet.  This is my first year as Principal at Rockdale, and my fourth year as a member of the staff.  We have a lot to look forward to as we continue provide our students with a safe and nurturing school environment, rigorous learning in all academic areas, and quality instruction in and through the arts.  We are focused on developing students who are proficient readers, writers, and critical thinkers, and curious life-long learners.  Most importantly, we are providing our students with multiple opportunities to create their own meaning.  By fostering a community within our school where authentic arts integration takes place, we can meet and exceed expectations set by the Common Core, and support a culture of true inquiry and learning.  

The arts program – in all arts' disciplines – is alive and well at Rockdale and our students benefit greatly from having a well-rounded curriculum. Our fabulous credentialed arts teachers provide students with instruction in Drama, Visual Arts, Vocal Music, and Instrumental Music.  Our FocusFish physical education program rocks students with the world of dance, movement, Capoiera, and physical education.  LA Opera returns to Rockdale to infuse performance arts into the fourth grade social science curriculum.  We are fortunate to continue our partnership with the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, which includes exciting field trips, presentations, teacher professional development, and a Family Day and free admission for families to visit the galleries and gardens.

Classroom teachers work collaboratively to bring the ArtsWheel program to our students, as well. The ArtsWheel lessons ensure that every student has on-going and consistent instruction in the foundational skills of the various arts disciplines.  Classroom teachers  integrate these processes into the teaching and learning of grade level curriculum and standards. 

At Rockdale we go beyond test scores to measure our students' success. Thank you for partnering with us to develop the whole child - to ensure not just the academic success of your child, but also their social and emotional well-being.

Parents, thank you for continuing to read to and with your child on a daily basis, discussing what they read, visiting the library, and providing a print-rich home environment filled with books, newspapers, magazines, and other reading materials. Limiting their use of electronics, and monitoring their television programs, movies, music, use of the internet, and access to social media, is key to limiting your child's exposure to inappropriate subject matter, as well as ensuring their safety. Thank you for continuing to set high standards for your child's behavior at home and at school and continuing to encourage and support their academic responsibilities and thirst for learning.

My deepest gratitude to all of you for your support and encouragement. It's important that your children see the home and the school as a team, working together to help them succeed. A special thank you to all of you who volunteer your time and resources. Your contributions to our students and the programs at Rockdale are greatly appreciated. You ROCK!

With warmest regards,
Stefani Williams

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