Message from Our Principal
Welcome to Washington Charter School,
I want to take a moment to welcome you back for the 2014-2015 school year. I want to thank all of our parents for entrusting us to educate your son or daughter. In the fall of 1994 we reopened our doors as the 52nd public charter school in California. For the past nineteen years the school has had many successes. We are one of a handful of schools to be named a California Distinguished School in 1998, 2004 and 2010. The school proudly flies the Distinguished School Flag in front of our administration building. As a charter school decisions are made on site so that we can best meet the needs of our stakeholders. Policies are set by an elected Governing Board and the day to day operations are carried out by staff. We are energized by the ability to control our destiny.
The staff at Washington Charter School is dedicated and goes the extra mile on a daily basis. As a public charter we have used the flexibility granted to us by the California State Board of Education to improve student achievement and to provide our students a well-rounded educational program. We passionately believe that parents should have a choice regarding the school their child attends. As a charter school all of our families are here by choice.
Public charter schools and school districts in California are operating under a new funding model know better as the Local Control Funding Formula (LEFF). It requires schools to allocate dollars received to improve student performance and to narrow the achievement gap. Washington Charter School has written and adopted its Local Control Accountabilty Plan (LCAP). The LCAP spells out areas of focus for our school for the upcoming three school years.
Parent involvement and support is a key to our school's success. For the past sixteen years our parents and community members have volunteered more than 20,000 hours annually. The effectiveness of our classroom program is enhanced because of the commitment our parents make to the school. There are a number of opportunities for parents to become involved in the school. If you desire to volunteer, please talk with your child's teacher or give me a call.
I have had the honor of being the Principal at Washington for the past sixteen years. Each year brings new excitement. Offering our students a balanced educational program is a priority. Our specialty programs complement our magnificent classroom teachers and exceptional support staff.
On behalf of the Washington Charter School staff, thank you for your ongoing support and feedback. Please stop by the office or call if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for you interest in Washington Charter School. I would like to take a moment to introduce myself.
I was born and raised in Okemos, Michigan. My dad has taught at Michigan State University since 1957. Even though he officially retired a few years ago he still goes into his office each day. I feel I was born with a predisposition to teaching. I graduated in 1985 from Michigan State University and left the snow and cold of Michigan to come to California. I was recruited to teach 5th grade in Yucca Valley, California. For five years I taught 5th grade and for the next three I was a third-grade teacher. I loved every moment in the classroom. During my years in Yucca Valley I returned to college and obtained a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. After eight years in the classroom I became the Assistant Principal at Yucca Mesa Charter School. I was fortunate to have the opportunity of assisting in the writing of the initial charter petition for Yucca Mesa. After being Assistant Principal for one year I was asked to become the Principal. I served as the Principal of Yucca Mesa for the next three years.
In the spring of 1998 I was privileged to be selected as the Principal of Washington Charter School. I have had the honor and pleasure of being at Washington Charter School for the past 11 years. It seemed like only yesterday that I became a member of this fabulous team. The school has gone through three successful charter renewals the most recent one coming in June 2006.
I have a wonderful family. My wife Sheryl teaches 3rd grade at Sunny Sands Elementary School in Cathedral City. We have two amazing sons. Our eldest is a sophomore at college and our "baby" is in 11th grade at Palm Desert High School.
When visiting the campus you will find that I have an open door policy and am very approachable. Washington Charter School is a special place because of the efforts of the WCS family (parents, staff, students and community). We are passionate about providing each of our students a balanced educational program within a nurturing school environment. Please feel free to e-mail any questions that you may have about the school and or our educational programs. If we have not already met I look forward to meeting you.