Our Mission is to create a learning environment in a public school setting where social-emotional and academic development are equally valued and viewed as integral predictors of our children's success. We will strive to instill in our children the value of a global education including world studies and environmental education in a place where visual and performing arts are basic ingredients. All the while we will preserve the sanctity of childhood and individuality through a developmental, experiential, and standards-based curriculum that fosters creativity in teaching and learning.
Mariposa welcomes new principal, Mrs. Leslie Martinez!
We recently welcomed Mrs. Leslie into her new role as principal after 7 years as an experienced teacher and leader at Mariposa. With her strong leadership and communication skills, Mrs. Leslie has a proven track record of connecting with students, inspiring the staff as well as supporting the community. We all look forward to her being at the helm for many years to come.
The Las Virgenes Unified School District is widely recognized for excellence. Mariposa School of Global Education was created to expand and enhance what the District offers.
The vision for the educational model of Mariposa is driven by both current and seminal research which purports the need for a variety of instructional strategies and approaches to meet the diverse needs of students and satisfactorily prepare them to participate effectively in the 21st century global market. We integrate a Waldorf-inspired curriculum with themes of world studies and environmental education. Children learn through hands-on projects, arts-integration, regular hikes, and so much more!
Currently, our student population consists of about 370 kindergarten through eighth grade students with room to grow. School tours are held monthly beginning in the Winter and you can also join us for our festivals and most other school-sponsored events.
Mariposa Elementary School offers the following distinguishing components:
- A 3-year and 2-year looping model in which children remain with their classmates and teacher in grades 1-3, 4-5 and 6-8.
- Project-Based teaching methods (hands-on, cross-curricular)
Incorporating Waldorf-inspired teaching methods including oral story telling, use of natural art materials, daily, whole-body movement and song, sculpting, drawing and focus on the process of learning over the product
- Use of Montessori materials to reinforce concepts
Integrated curriculum incorporating world studies, environmental education, science, visual and performing arts, music, poetry and storytelling into the core subjects of reading, writing, and math
- Skill-Streaming through a block schedule to target individual performance levels and meet students where their skills are at
- Council Circle and weekly social skills lessons with teaching teaching, modeling, role playing, and rehearsal
- Relationship-based teaching and looping students with the same teacher for 3 years
- Parent education and participation
- Outdoor/environmental education through monthly hikes, field trips, and classroom lessons taught by naturalists
If your child is absent, you must call the office (818-707-7144) to report his/her absence on the day of the absence or bring an absence note to the teacher on the day your child returns to school. Students are deemed truant (in violation of compulsory attendance law) if they have three or more unexcused absences and/or lates (31 minutes or more in duration) within one school year (Education Code Section 48260).
It is very important that all students arrive to school on time. Please make sure if you drive your child to school, to drop him/her off no later than 8:40 A.M. Your child is considered tardy if he/she is not lined up at 8:45. You must report to the office with your child to get a tardy slip after this time. Aside from school rules, punctuality is a life skill. Children thrive on routines so please instill good habits and an appreciation for being prepared and on-time.
Please remember your child may not come to school before 8:15 am daily. Supervision begins at that time.
LATE PICK UPS
Please remember, you are responsible for your child when dismissed from class. Please do not wait to pick up until an older sibling to gets out. Be sure to pick up your child on time. You have the option of signing your child(ren) up in the Aftercare program.
EARLY PICK UPS
If you will be signing your child out early one day, be sure to write a note to the teacher telling him/her what time to send your child to the office to meet you. You may not call the classrooms during instructional time.
Please provide your child with a snack and lunch daily. Hot Lunch can be purchased from the cafeteria for $4.00. Your child can bring cash or you can set up a lunch account through PayPams. We are a school who educates the whole child with your partnership. As such, nutritious snacks and lunches are a key to building healthy eating habits, improving concentration, and fostering strong physical and neurological development. So, make a conscious effort to pack healthy meals and ask your child if he/she ate lunch today!
Please drive slowly and report anyone who is driving over 5 mph. Drop off zone is located in the "horseshoe" near our entrance. Drivers may not leave their cars in the red "drop off" zone for ANY reason or for ANY length of time as this poses a serious safety problem for our children and creates unnecessary traffic congestion.
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