Message from the Principal

bertoloWelcome to Sequoia! I am honored and privileged to serve as the principal of Sequoia. Not only do I look forward to working with all of your wonderful students and a dedicated and highly qualified staff, but I am thrilled to get to know all of you and engage in the educational process together.

As a lifelong learner, I bring a firm commitment to the students and families to continue creating a positive culture, and a rigorous academic program focused on arts integration and a vision of college, career, and community readiness. We will continue implementing the California Common Core Curriculum, a balanced literacy model, and developing the workshop model for English Language Arts and Mathematics. In addition, we will be focusing on a new social and emotional support curriculum, and continue our efforts to decrease bullying.

To help each child achieve his/her fullest potential, the school provides both enrichment and acceleration supports for students. We truly believe in supporting the whole child, and will continue to focus many of our efforts on ensuring our school is a place of safety and joy. Our staff is committed to working with students and their families as a team, building relationships, and knowing each child by “name and need.” My promise is that the work you have all started as a community will continue to be nurtured, developed and structured to cultivate a strong culture of learning and collaboration.

Research shows that parental and community engagement benefits the child with higher levels of academic achievement, positive attitude, and greater maturity and responsibility. Because those benefits are so important, I urge you to make this year the one to become involved. Engagement at Sequoia is remarkable, and I would love to see even more parents involved in our day to day efforts.

I want to personally welcome back all our families for another exciting and challenging year. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the Sequoia community.  I look forward to meeting each of you and expanding our Sequoia family.

With Warmest Regards,

Donald T. Bertolo
donald.bertolojr@ousd.org