Welcome to the 2019-20 School year! My name is Ron Zahnd (Mr. Z) and I am excited to be the new 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 5 years in Jurupa Unified School District. I genuinely care about our students and will work to ensure they have a positive and memorable experience in their time here. Providing a safe and supportive learning environment are top priorities for me. To accomplish this, we are committed to positive behavior instruction which aims to shape our students into the citizens our community can be proud of.
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 are excited to offer all day Kindergarten to ensure our Pandas get off to a strong start academically. Our Guided Reading program assists all students to read at grade level. Peralta is an AVID Elementary. AVID strategies teach all our students the study 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. We are also excited to have you attend our amazing Harvest Festival, Parent Picnic, Bingo Night, Valentine's Sweetheart Dance, and/ or 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!