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From Principal Almuena
Welcome to Columbia Elementary School, Home of the Rockets! Our school motto “Inspire, Inquire, Innovate" reflects our commitment to preparing our students for college and career readiness in the 21st Century. We integrate the Four Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking) as we teach the California State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), our students learn to explore and innovate new ideas. Through digital learning, they learn to research, create, and collaborate digitally. Through AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), our students learn the organizational, writing, and reading skills necessary for success in college and in our global economy. Through PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), our students learn the important foundational social skills that are necessary in building successful relationships and collegiality. Every member of our learning community shares the responsibility of ensuring the academic, social, and emotional well-being of our students.

We welcome and encourage parent participation in our classrooms and at special events including 21st Century Learning Afternoon, STEAM Fair, Parent Days, and Parent Education Workshops. We look forward to sharing our programs with you during our school committee meetings including English Learner Advisory Committee, School Site Council, Coffee with the Principal, and Parent Teacher Organization.

Together, we will have a wonderful and successful year!

Thelma Almuena, Principal, Columbia Elementary School