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Principal's Message

August 2022

Dear Marengo Families,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful summer break that included some much-deserved time to relax and recharge. The Marengo staff and I are looking forward to Thursday, August 11th when we will greet all of our new and returning students with warmth and excitement. Our theme for this school year is Dance to the Music Played. We chose this theme because we want to nurture a growth mindset that encourages our students to be flexible and open to new learning and challenges. Don’t be surprised if our mascot, Mango the Lion, leads a few dance parties this year (parents included)!

Student and staff safety is our top priority as we continue to follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s directives for schools. Updates and specific information will be shared as we get closer to the start of school. We are also committed to fostering our students’ wellbeing, creativity, positive character and academic growth. We are eager to move forward with the focused work that we started last year in the area of social emotional learning (SEL). We will continue to use the Second Step program, literature and current strategies to foster a positive and inclusive school culture. Our classroom teachers, counselor, teachers on special assignment and support staff will monitor student progress and offer multi-tiered interventions and supports.

The custodial team has been very busy preparing for our return to campus. Everything is coming together as they deep clean and organize all of the classrooms and office spaces. If you have traveled on Stratford Avenue near campus recently, you likely noticed the new play structure, refurbished handball courts and resurfaced playground. I cannot wait for our students to benefit from all of these recent updates.  

Our dedicated PTA has been working all summer to get ready for the school year! They are planning a return to in-person Marengo traditions and events. Please make sure to mark your calendars for our general PTA meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. There are many new faces on the PTA board and we’d love to have you join us.

We will welcome some new members to the Marengo team and will also see some teaching assignment changes. We are finalizing the 2022-2023 staffing, so be on the lookout for the details. Together, we will dance to the music played and make this school year one of growth and achievement for all of our students. I look forward to partnering with you. Warmest wishes for a wonderful year!


Mrs. Patricia Cheadle

Marengo Elementary Principal