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The California Department of Education (CDE) awarded Kaiser Elementary with the California Gold Ribbon Award, in recognition of their outstanding educational programs and practices that contribute to closing the achievement gap.


Kaiser Elementary uniquely serves students in grades three through six and was selected as a Gold Ribbon School for their success implementing their Read All Day (RAD) Program. The RAD program includes various tiers of instruction, grounded on new state standards, student assessments to determine the tier of instruction that best suits each student’s need, and creating a community culture of reading.


The RAD program has resulted in a 24 percent increase in student reading proficiency. Based on 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium data, English learners exceed state averages by nine percent, socio-economically disadvantaged students exceed state averages by 11 percent and special education students exceed state standards by 18 percent.



Kaiser Elementary School is the home of the Kaiser Knights – noble in thought, word, and deed. Our mission is to build a “community of life-long learners" who consistently demonstrate Common sense, Accountability, Respect, and that Everyone matters (C.A.R.E.). As a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (P.B.I.S.) school, our students, staff, and families are united in providing Kaiser students with a foundation for success as students and young people in an ever-changing world.

You will find that our expectations are high and that they are matched by our support in achieving them. It is our intention that when Kaiser students move up to intermediate and high school, they will be powerful thinkers with a strong knowledge base, skill set, sense of creativity, and commitment to community. In other words, Kaiser Knights are 21stcentury global citizens who C.A.R.E.! As we progress through the year, you can anticipate hearing and seeing more and more evidence of C.A.R.E. at Kaiser!


Change is in the Air


What do 160, 1, and 2 have in common? Each of these numbers reflects individuals who will be leaving Kaiser at the end of this week. In the midst of the celebrations for our soon-to-be promoted sixth graders, the adults at Kaiser know that “Miss” Carey, one of our instructional assistants, will be promoted alongside the students she supports. We also will sorely miss our beloved Mrs. Womble and Mr. Searcy.


Eloise Womble entered education as a second career 18 years ago. She has been a pillar of expertise, commitment, and camaraderie at Kaiser. Mrs. Womble looks forward to marvelous adventures in exotic places along with one of her favorite pastimes, gardening. She has so much teaching left in her! We anticipate that Mrs. Womble will turn her talents toward students who need a helping hand to complete their educations. We are so grateful that Mrs. Womble decided that the classroom was the place she needed to be when she entered the field of education. Hundreds of students have been enriched by their experiences in Mrs. Womble’s class. Eloise, we will miss you!


Jeremy Searcy joined the Kaiser staff as a third-grade teacher two years ago. Even while completing the arduous new teacher induction program, Mr. Searcy quickly became the heart of his grade level and our school! If you’ve seen “Johnny Thunder’s” appearances at Flag Decks and events, or our PBIS community tree, or Kaiser’s PBIS logo with the surfing knight, you’ve seen some of the ways that Mr. Searcy has touched Kaiser. His gentle demeanor and desire to be the best team member ever led Mr. Searcy to change students’ lives. Students feel safe and are eager to learn in Mr. Searcy’s class. He has expressed constant humility and desire to learn from his colleagues while he has helped them with everything from tech tips to classroom management. As a result of reduced numbers of third-grade students entering Kaiser in the fall, we were compelled to downsize. Once again, reflecting Jeremy Searcy’s grace and desire to be of service to our school and community, he volunteered to move to another school where his gifts are sure to be extremely well received.


This is a bittersweet time at Kaiser. While we accept and anticipate change with students, it’s their job after all, we feel their absence when they are gone. Seeing the adults near and dear to our hearts following new paths in the maps of their lives’ journeys leaves an empty place that we fill with happy memories and best wishes for wonderful futures.


Whether or not you can attend Wednesday morning’s Flag Deck (8:25 AM) when we have a little send-off, please join us in wishing all the best to Carey Palencia, Eloise Womble, and Jeremy Searcy. Of course, we look forward to seeing parents of sixth graders at the promotion ceremony on Friday morning! It will be a marvelous event - bring Kleenex!

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Principal:  Dr. Deborah Granger
Assistant Principal:  Mrs. Teri Lyn Schad
Administrative Assistant:  Kathy Dugan

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