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Principal's Message

Welcome back Cottonwood Families! We have an exciting 2018-19 school year ahead of us. Our staff members have already been working diligently in planning field trips, assemblies, athletic events and other great learning activities!


Our students experienced so much learning last year and it has really shown in not only the day-to-day accomplishments, but also in the local and state assessment outcomes.  There was growth in ALL grade levels across the board, and even to the point where we outperformed all schools in the district in some grade levels.  Kudos to all of our kiddos for taking pride in their abilities and really applying themselves in all areas of life! 


We will continue to support ALL of our students as they work toward reaching their full potential.  After-school tutoring will be offered again to students who meet certain criteria. We are providing more support staff in these tutoring sessions to give students more opportunities for one-on-one assistance.  Our Elementary teachers will continue to utilize workshop time where students will be re-taught and/or challenged based on the current curriculum and their academic needs.  At the Middle School level we are offering a Math and ELA Intervention Course that will be tailored toward students’ specific needs. 


Our district has adopted a new English Language Arts curriculum, Benchmark, for Kindergarten through 5th grade, and all teachers have been trained to implement the many intervention components it entails.  Our Middle School students will have a new Math curriculum, Big Ideas, which also includes a variety of intervention tools, including booklets and technology to meet the needs of individual students.  Our teachers are excited to implement these new curricula as they have been tested across our district at many schools, including ours, and the teachers are the ones who elected to adopt these highly effective educational programs.   


I am looking forward to continuing this partnership with you to provide for the needs of our students in order to reach 100% Attendance, 100% Achievement, and have students prepared to successfully transition into high school while leading a safe and healthy lifestyle!  A major focus for this upcoming year is POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS!  Our staff identified positive relationships as one of the most important areas to maintain a successful learning environment and promote a Positive School Culture.  Our District is in agreement with us and has provided us with a Full-Time Counselor to further support a Positive School Culture for this upcoming year.  We have assemblies and learning activities already planned to emphasize how important positive relationships are at school, at home and in our community each day!


I am forever grateful to have the opportunity to serve alongside each of you to make Cottonwood and Hemet Unified the Premier Choice!


See you soon,

Daniel Betts