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Welcome to Henry Ford School
"Home of the Mustangs"
 
Theatre Works

Teaching artist Kyle Payne leads the students at the Henry Ford fifth grade “Playing with Science” TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley Open Workshop performance in the MUB.

 

Hello and welcome to Henry Ford! My name is Lynne Griffiths. I am the principal at Henry Ford Elementary School. We are very proud of the Home of the Mustangs and we would like to tell you a little bit about ourselves.  We are unique in the Redwood City School District, a true neighborhood school that celebrates the diversity of its kindergarten through fifth grade students.  We strive to create an atmosphere of academic excellence in a safe and nurturing environment for all students.  Our staff has created a Professional Learning Community (PLC) that focuses on learning, collaboration and results.  Our teachers are well trained and experienced in differentiating instruction so that all students have the knowledge and skills to reach their potential. We believe that the ability to read, write, speak, listen, and compute are the keys to achievement in future pursuits. Our commitment is to meet the needs of all students by providing the academic, social, and emotional successes that are essential to the development of a child's potential. Together, home, school and community, we will raise our children to be equipped to successfully meet the challenges of the 21st century.

 

Our academic performance speaks for itself as the school was able to exit Program Improvement (PI) based on making Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) for the second consecutive year in 2010.  Since 2005, Henry Ford's student achievement has seen a steady trend of increase, going from 35% of students attaining proficient or advanced scores in 2005, to 58% in 2012 in English Language Arts, and from 49% in 2005 to 74% in 2012 in Math. Our growth Academic Performance Index (API) n 2012 is 833.  An API of 800 and above is considered proficient by the state of California.

 

Mustang students not only work hard, they play hard as well.  Our students enjoy weekly Physical Education classes, Character Education, Art in Action, classroom music programs in all grades, a well stocked library and computer lab.  We have a school garden and are working hard to "go green".  School events include our annual Fall Fiesta, Field Day, Game Nights and our fabulous end of the year Pasta Dinner.  We liaison with private enterprise and our own staff to bring after school programs such as art, chess, individual music lessons and Police Activity League (PAL) sports to our students, as well as Redwood City Park and Recreation Services and our Child Development Center (CDC) on site.

 

Please feel free to contact us and explore our website for further information about our school.

Headlines & Features

  • New Computerized Tests Replacing STAR Test: Testing Begins April 7

    In a few weeks, along with thousands of schools across California, we will be participating in a field test of a new test designed to help shape teaching and learning in the classroom. Known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress – or CAASPP – these computer-based tests replace the STAR program tests used in previous years. To read the full article, please click on the headline above. Para español, opriman en el titular.

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  • Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee Reports Measure W Parcel Tax Funds Spent Properly

    On February 12, the Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee for Measure W, the parcel tax passed by Redwood City School District voters in June, 2012, presented a report to the District’s Board of Trustees stating the nine-member Committee’s unanimous finding that all Year One (2012-13) Measure W proceeds were spent in accordance with the parcel tax measure. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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  • Superintendent Christensen featured in School Administrator Magazine

    The January issue of School Administrator Magazine features an opinion editorial by Superintendent Jan Christensen: "I Want Google and Apple Clamoring for Our Students". To read the full article, please click on the headline above. Para español, opriman en el titular.

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  • 2012-13 School Accountability Report Cards Now Available

    Find out important information about your child's school, including demographics, school safety, class sizes, teacher and staff information, curriculum and instruction descriptions and fiscal data. To access school reports, please click on headline above. Para español, opriman en el titular.

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  • Kindergarten Registration for 2014-15 Now Underway

    Kindergarten and transitional kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year in the Redwood City School District begins this Saturday, from 9 to 1 p.m. at your neighborhood school. To read more, please click on the headline above. Para español, opriman en el titular.

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  • Parent Meeting Series to learn about 21st Century Learning & Common Core in the RCSD

    Come and join fellow parents to learn more about how the Redwood City School District is embracing the new changes in learning and teaching in the 21st Century. To read more, please click on the headline above. Para español, opriman en el titular.

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  • Roosevelt School Receives Top Statewide Educational Honor

    Tomorrow, December 7, Roosevelt School will receive a California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Award at the CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Diego. The Golden Bell Award, now in its 34th year, recognizes public school programs that are innovative and sustainable, make a demonstrated difference for students, and focus on meeting the needs of all students. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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  • RCSD Community Presentations on Local Control Funding Formula

    The Redwood City School District will be holding a series of community presentations on the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the requirements of the new Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). To read more, please click on the headline above. Para español, opriman en el titular.

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  • RCSD Will Begin Sending Flyers Electronically

    Beginning this week, many of the paper flyers we have been sending home will now be sent electronically. To read more, please click on the headline above. Para español, opriman en el titular.

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  • Partnerships with Local Tech Companies Brings Silicon Valley to Teachers

    Technology is changing the way students learn and teachers teach all over the country. But here, in the shadow of Silicon Valley, teachers in the Redwood City School District have an advantage – access to the developers who create “apps”, software that is used in the classroom. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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