Dear Marengo Families,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 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 look forward to a full reopening of campus on Thursday, August 12th, when we can greet all of our new and returning students. Our theme for this school year is There’s No Place Like Marengo! We chose this theme because there is no place we would rather be than with this positive, resilient and dedicated learning community.
Student and staff safety remains our top priority as we continue to follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s directives for schools. We will use layered mitigation measures that have proven to be effective against the spread of COVID-19. Students, staff and visitors will be required to wear masks while indoors. We have also adjusted the recess and lunch schedules to reduce the number of students who are eating and playing on the playground at one time. Please refer to the 2021-2022 SPUSD School Opening and Safety Plan for more information.
We are also committed to fostering our students’ social and emotional wellness, creativity, positive character and academic growth. We are very excited to add two new positions to the Marengo team this year. Mrs. Rachael Wong will serve as the Intervention Teacher Specialist and Mrs. Noelle Fong will serve as the Behavior and Academic Support Teacher Specialist. We are very fortunate to have these familiar faces on board to provide meaningful and critical support to our students and staff. We look forward to sharing more information over the coming weeks.
There will be some new faces on campus and also some changes in teaching assignments. We are still finalizing our staffing (it’s been a busy summer), so be on the lookout for the first newsletter of the year which will include all Marengo staff assignments and photos.
Please welcome the following team members:
Hannah Vaden, 3rd Grade English DI
Adolfo Diaz, 5th Grade
Emily Kim, 5th Grade Mandarin DI
Jason Yassine, 5th Grade English DI
Melody Schwartz, Long-term Substitute
Lynn Heber, Special Education Teacher
Arielle Pittluck, Speech-Language Pathologist
The following teachers have made a change in grade level:
Jana Orozco and Landis Lin, 1st Grade Job Share
Linda Park, 2nd Grade English DI
Chelsea Webb, 2nd Grade
Carly Humphrey, 5th Grade
You may have noticed that construction has started on campus and the new building has dropped! We anticipate the completion of construction in late September or early October. The new building will house two classrooms and an arts room. Students were so excited to watch the day-to-day progress during our summer programs. If you haven’t had a chance, you should check out the videos and pictures posted on our Instagram page @lionsofsp.
The custodial staff has been very busy this summer preparing for our return to campus. Everything is coming together as they finish deep cleaning and organizing all of the classrooms. Be sure to thank Joel, Zoila and Jerry if you see them out and about!
Our amazing PTA has been working all summer to get ready for the school year! They are planning Marengo events with flexibility and safety in mind as we begin the year with continued COVID-19 challenges. Please make sure you mark your calendars for our monthly general PTA meetings on the 1st Wednesday of the month. There are many new faces on the PTA board and we’d love to have you join us.
Together, we will 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