Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! My name is Ron Zahnd (Mr. Z) and I am excited to be the principal at Peralta Elementary and to foster our “College Bound and Panda Proud" message. I have been a teacher for 10 years and principal for the last 6 years in Jurupa Unified School District. I genuinely care about our students and will work to ensure they have a positive and memorable experience during these difficult time here. Providing a safe and supportive learning environment are top priorities for me. To accomplish this, we are committed to positive behavior instruction and social emotional learning which aims to shape our students into the mentally healthy citizens our community can be proud of.
Despite the effects of the pandemic, at Peralta, we will aim for all students to master grade level standards and be continually challenged academically. To ensure this sustained academic success, our teaching and support staff employ research-based instructional strategies in a safe, enriching environment. We will utilize the technology available to us to accomplish these goals in a virtual setting when necessary. Our Reading program assists all students to read at grade level. Peralta is an AVID Elementary. AVID strategies teach all our students the study and organization skills necessary to be a successful student. We also encourage our gifted students with enrichment opportunities and support our English Learners with designated time to learn English as well as integrating strategies throughout the day.
A strong partnership between school and families is extremely important to the success of a school. I want to welcome you to participate in our School Site Council, English Language Advisory Committee, and/or our PTA which will continue to meet virtually when necessary. We are hopeful that through our community's perseverance will be able to offer our amazing Harvest Festival, Parent Picnic, Bingo Night, Valentine's Sweetheart Dance, and end of the year Celebration.
We should have consistent communication between home and school for families to learn about what is happening and provide feedback to help us improve. Please know that you are welcome and will have a great time with your children. I am honored to be a part of your child's education and take this responsibility very seriously. Thank you in advance for your support and let's help these Pandas learn without limits!