Welcome to the Principal's Page

August 2021

Jennie Mikels, Principal
17449 Matinal Road, San Diego, 92127-1299
Office: (858) 487-2026 Fax: (858) 673-9103

Dear Roadrunner Families,

We hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful summer together and are recharged to begin a Game Changing year! We cannot wait to greet you back on campus and get the learning going with your children. I am looking forward to a new school year, and one in which we can resume our relationships with your families in person. We are planning for full-day, in-person instruction for all of our students here at Westwood, transitional kindergarten through Grade 5. (see instructional times noted) Our Poway Unified district team will continue to provide updates on safety protocols and they will be shared with you as they are finalized.

After the last year of functioning in a fully virtual, and then hybrid setting we are excited to return to five full days of in-person instruction in the building. Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic we will continue to implement mitigation measures as established by CDPH. This will include the requirement for all students to wear masks while indoors and on the buses, and regular handwashing and/or access to hand sanitizers. We will continue to implement mitigation measures as directed to ensure that our staff and students’ safety and well-being are prioritized.

Our goal is to be a community working hard toward excellence and academic success. At Westwood, our students and staff follow the Character Counts Pillars. This program promotes the characteristics that we want all of our students to learn and uphold to ensure that they are ready for success in school and beyond. We take time to teach the character traits and focus on one per month. We look forward to partnering with you each and every day in supporting your students.

This year we will renew our commitment to excellence in all that we do, as we seek to provide world class instruction daily with the expectation that all students can learn and succeed. We will continue to provide students with opportunities to address academic deficiencies, to build numeracy and literacy skills, to make take challenges while growing in our strengths to be college or work force prepared. We will continue to implement initiatives to promote teaching and learning, and to engage all our stakeholders in the process of educating our students. A major initiative for this year is to support each and every student in owning their learning. We look forward to partnering with our stakeholders in this effort which will positively impact student performance in every content area, and in their overall academic growth and development.

I am excited about all that this new school year has to offer and look forward to working collectively as a family to ensure that our students are provided with the best educational experience possible to be critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and prepared to be successful in their endeavors ahead. The Westwood Elementary School family will commit to excellence and being a world class institution of teaching and learning.

I look forward to building relationships with all stakeholders throughout this year and encourage you to become active members of the PTA, Foundation and the Roadrunner family. It is going to be an amazing year.

Happy New Year!

Jennie Mikels, Principal

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