Welcome to Roosevelt School.
My name is Patricia (Trish) Girardi and I am so excited to be the principal of Roosevelt School. I taught for seven years at Roosevelt School before working as the District K-3 Literacy Coordinator and English Language Development Coach for six years. In 2007, I became the Associate Director of Garfield Charter School in Menlo Park and worked there until August 2009, when I came “home” to Roosevelt.
I received a Bachelors degree in Spanish and Masters degree in Educational Leadership. In addition, I have a Bilingual Cross Cultural Credential (BCLAD), Teaching English as a Second Language TESOL Certificate, as well as an Administrative Credential from the state.
At Roosevelt School, we strive to create a learning environment where all students, in kindergarten through sixth grade, are individually nurtured and academically enriched. After a two year pilot program, Roosevelt School, beginning in 2010/2011, implemented Project Based Learning (PBL) school wide. PBL focuses on the core academics, with in-depth investigations in social studies and science. Students will be challenged to work cooperatively, think critically and present their work in front of an audience. A variety of engagement strategies are used to ensure that all students are focused and participate. Some engagement strategies include: talking to a neighbor about new information (Think-pair-share), having students get up and do something, generating a product, stopping and really thinking about the application of a new concept, or responding in some other physical or verbal way.
Visitors to Roosevelt will notice that our teachers are not standing at the front of the room, lecturing. Our students are involved throughout instruction and are having a great time learning! The goal is to effectively instruct students of all ability levels and learning styles, while holding them accountable for their very best.
What do students need to learn?
How will we know when they have learned it?
What will we do if they don’t learn it the first time?
(And how will we challenge them if they do?)
Our award-winning library and up-to-date computer lab keep our students on the cutting edge of 21st century technology. Students use “Accelerated Reader “ to assess their comprehension and reading levels weekly, by reading a book and taking a quiz. Teachers are provided progress-monitoring information to assist them in targeting instruction.
Roosevelt School was awarded a grant to utilize the MIND Institute's "Jiji Math" beginning in 2010. In 2011/2012, students in grades 1-6 will have fun learning with JiJi.
Roosevelt School is a place filled with people who care and who want to do what is best for children. Our talented staff is exceptional in delivering high quality instruction to our students. Our wonderful parents are involved in every aspect of school. Most importantly, our children are like no others- truly special in every way!
...students are seen as unique individuals
...students are actively involved in learning
…diversity is valued
...compassion and responsibility are expected
…students, families, staff members, administrators, volunteers, and other community members are appreciated and respected for their contribution to our school
...students build the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in middle school and beyond.
Students, parents, families, teachers, staff, administrators, and community members all work together to make our school a truly wonderful place. Some favorite traditions at Roosevelt are our Family Fun Nights and Winter Fest, which involve everyone in our community. Parents and Community members volunteer many hours each week to our school during the day and after hours. We have over 40 community volunteers who help in the classroom each week. Avenidas, Redeemer Lutheran Church and Peninsula Interfaith Action (PIA) volunteers tutor students in reading and math in Kindergarten through fifth grade. We truly appreciate all their support.
It is our goal to assure that each student succeeds academically and socially. We strive to create a school environment where this can happen. I invite you to browse our website and visit our school. I am sure you will feel the buzz of a school filled with a contagious energy for learning.