Principal’s Corner

September 2019

Welcome to Toledo Elementary and the 2019-20 school year.  Our community is fortunate to have 48 extremely talented and committed individuals who work each day to provide an incredible learning environment for the children of Toledo.  The 2018-19 school year turned out to be incredibly successful. We showed academic growth in Math and Reading, Attendance, and our behavior referrals were down.  We had many teachers attend professional development over the summer: training in AVID, Reading, ECRI, Trauma Informed Practices, and Technology. I am amazed at how committed this staff is to providing a top notch education to the children of LCSD-East County.

I’m excited to announce we have added several new Rockstars to our team:  PE teacher – Krista DeVries, Counselor – Kimberly Emmett, Drama teacher – Nathan Bush, Media Specialist – Paul Johnson. 5th/6th – Rebecca Freel, 4th – Kristen O’Hara, 4th – Laura Pettyjohn,  3rd – Rose Mignano, and Kindergarten – Leah Eller.  New instructional assistants include: Gwenn Marinwood, DiAnn Jackson, Melissa Cairney, and Christina Smith.  Our new staff join an excellent group of returning staff to complete a truly Incredible team!!!

Here at ToES, our focus continues to be on the three R’s: Relationships…Relevance…Rigor! (plus the fourth ”R” of Reading!!)  We strive to have quality relationships with each other, with our students and families, and with our community.  We believe strong relationships are the foundation for developing our students socially, emotionally, and academically.  It is through these strong relationships that we will be able to teach our students the Relevance of the curriculum and learning opportunities they will engage in. The final component of our focus is Rigor. Learning is not always easy, but our students will learn to work hard. They will practice and develop a Growth Mindset, and show Grit. They will learn to do things the #BoomerWay!  Together we will achieve Incredible things.

Shout out to parents; WE NEED YOU!!!   You are an important part of the team in helping your child be successful. Be involved, volunteer.  Please join me in the Media Center on the first Friday of each month from 7:45-8:45am, starting October 4th, for Parent Coffee. This is a chance to ask questions, to hear about opportunities/projects, and the keep up on the overall great things going on in our school. This year we will alternate the Parent Coffee with a new opportunity called Teaching Showcase.  On these days we will step in to a variety of classrooms to observe the great things our teachers are doing with students & learning.  I also welcome a conversation at any time, so please do not hesitate to stop by the school, call (541-336-5121), or send me an email (

Together, we will make our Boomers…”Incredible!”