Hello Northcutt Families!
On behalf of GGUSD and the Northcutt Elementary School, I am so excited to welcome you to the 2022-23 school year! Last year, our third in a series of challenging years since the pandemic hit in 2020, gave our students a sense of normalcy, although we still had some challenges with masking, social distancing and bringing back some additional activities on campus. As I look back on last school year, I can’t even begin to express how proud I am of the extra effort of our wonderful staff, students and families. I hope all of you had a great summer break and stayed safe. I’m thrilled to embark on another great year of learning, growing and fun with all of our fantastic Northcutt community!
This next school year, we will continue to focus on our District’s Strategic Plan: Academic Skills+Personal Skills = Lifelong Success! Our academic program is rigorous, engaging, and aligned to the state standards. Our amazing teachers use research-based strategies to develop students’ critical thinking skills, including the meaningful use of technology in instruction, learning how to collaborate, and helping students develop scholarly habits and motivation. In addition to building a solid academic foundation, in these tough times, Northcutt also prioritizes supporting the social-emotional well-being of our students and families. This year we will continue to have additional resources allocated to support students’ academic, behavioral and emotional needs.
At Northcutt, we believe quality education can be achieved through strong instructional programs, a dedicated and committed staff, and high expectations of student performance and behavior. Effective education also results from a positive partnership of parents, students, community members, and staff. This partnership is built on a strong foundation of commitment to student achievement and continues to grow with open communication between home and school. Part of this important partnership is to be involved with your child’s school in a variety of ways. Some of the ways you can be involved at Northcutt include joining the PTA, Volunteering for activities and events, or joining the School Site Council or English Learner Advisory Committee.
As we begin the 2022-2023 school year, students will return to a beautified campus with many improvements and upgrades. Some of these improvements include a more welcoming and parent-friendly office space, an expanded and fresh multi-purpose room for assemblies and performances, and new TK/Kindergarten playground structures and safety mats. In addition, classrooms were installed with the latest LED lighting technology and state of the art air-conditioning and air-filtration systems. When on campus, you will also notice brand new concrete leading out to the blacktop. There are more plans for improvements as the year progresses, so we will keep you all updated as projects are completed.
Northcutt will continue to strengthen our Bulldog community with events such as Skate Nights, Movie Nights and amazing student performances. We’ll also be continuing our character development program, with a focus on a specific character trait each month. Some of our other continuing programs include a wonderful anti-bullying program, Student Council, College and Career Mentoring Program (a great program for 6th graders developed by our Superintendent, Dr. Mafi), field trip opportunities, educational assemblies and excellent Vocal and Instrumental Music Programs!
Parent communication and connection between home and school is one of our top priorities. Our main communication tool is ParentSquare so please be sure that you have downloaded the app and are receiving all of our school and district communication. If you have any questions or issues with ParentSquare, please call the office for assistance and support.
I truly look forward to working together with students, staff and parents to continue providing the best educational experience possible. Thank you for your continued support of Northcutt and its programs. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at (714) 663-6537.
Mr. Brian Ladd, Northcutt Principal
Welcome back Northcutt students and families!
We are excited to bring in a new school year full of academic success and overall well-being. Here at Northcutt, our highly trained educators go above and beyond to provide unique opportunities for our community of 400 students.
What makes Northcutt unique is our consistent use of innovative technology tools as a part of daily instruction. We have a high-tech computer lab and a 1:1 ratio of laptops (Grades 2 -6) and iPads (Grades TK-1) for all students. We offer a plethora of after-school programs as a means to enrich the learning experience. Our most popular after-school programs include coding, computer programming and robotics club.
For the last several years, Northcutt was been named to the California Honor Roll by the Educational Research Partnership for excellence in supporting student achievement. We are also a designated AVID elementary school. The AVID program builds scholarly habits so students can set goals and achieve success. We also use the Character Counts program to support social skills development and making good choices.
We have many opportunities for parents to get involved are through the PTA and the school-site council and believe that parent engagement is critical to student success. Our PTA is as active as ever, coordinating events and activities for scholars and families to enjoy!
At Northcutt, we celebrate the academic success and positive behavior of students through regular awards ceremonies.
For questions and concerns, please visit our front office or contact us at (714) 663-6537. Thank you for all the support and contributions to the success of our scholars.