Dear Harbor View Community,
Are you ready to Make Learning Your Adventure for the 2016-17 school year? Whether a returning student or someone who is joining the Harbor View family just this year, I want to welcome you to another exciting school year! This year’s theme is Unlock Your Superpower, and it is our hope that throughout this year, each student, parent, and staff member is able to unlock their unique talents and special “powers” that will continue to make Harbor View a place where kids are put first and everyone feels like they bring something special to our community.
We had much to celebrate last year! Through the hard work of our teachers and generous contributions of time and resources from our parent community, Harbor View was recognized as an inaugural Gold Ribbon School. Our Response to Instruction (RtI) program was commended for its ability to meet the needs of students whether they need enrichment, reinforcement, or remediation. In addition, because of our top-notch art, music, and drama programs, Harbor View was designated an Arts Exemplary school as well by the California Department of Education.
This year, we continue to build on our successes. Our 5th and 6th grade students will be piloting our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program which will allow students the chance to use their own technology and their own devices in the class-room. This will also allow us to ensure that our K-4 students have greater access to iPads which will enhance both learning and instruction.
In addition, I am very excited that Harbor View will begin to explore the maker mindset and design thinking. Both ideas encourage teachers to create more opportunities for students to design their own learning and use their hands and their creativity to build, solve, create, and experiment. From the creation of a makerspace to our amazing science lab classes to unique opportunities in the classroom, students will get the chance to take more ownership in their learning. Our goal is to create more student choice and amplify student voice!
I welcome you to Harbor View. With award-winning programs, incredible and dedicated teachers, supportive and proactive parents, and the best students around, Harbor View is the per- fect setting for us all to Unlock Our Superpowers and make our community and beyond a better place!
Here’s to Making Learning Our Adventure!
Dr. Todd Schmidt, Head Viking!