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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!


Students, Staff, and Families Who Light Up our Lives


Did you know that five Kaiser students, on their own, made and sold luminaries for the holidays, then purchased gift cards and donated them to Kaiser for families in need this year. We recognized Devin, Grace, Ethan, Aiden, and Leyton at Wednesday’s Flag Deck. I am especially appreciative that the group that started this effort a year ago has expanded to include younger students who might carry it forward!


In addition to amazing students, it is a tremendous privilege to spend my days with a truly phenomenal staff. This year, Jillian Holliday, one of Kaiser’s special education teachers is being recognized as Kaiser’s Teacher of the Year. Her tireless work and creativity has lead to students who are independent, resourceful, confident learners. Mrs. Holliday will be recognized at an upcoming district banquet and board meeting. Part of what makes being Teacher of the Year special at Kaiser is that the teaching staff selects the teacher that they would like to put forward for NMUSD Teacher of the Year consideration. This means that Jillian Holliday is this year’s teacher among teachers at Kaiser!


Finally, I am still riding on the appreciation I feel for the Kaiser families who wanted so badly to share their families’ good fortunes with those in need this year. In addition to the lessons related to the joy of giving that their children learned, these families created joyful holidays for members of our school community. I had the privilege of seeing the looks on the faces of receiving families and students - nothing can replace it!


Kaiser is a unique place where CARE is at the top of our priorities. Students act on our acronym daily by using Common sense, demonstrating Accountability, showing Respect, and remembering that Everyone matters. THANK YOU ALL for sending us your best babies every day!


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2130 Santa Ana Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92627


Office:  949-515-6950
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Principal:  Dr. Deborah Granger
Assistant Principal:  Mrs. Teri Lyn Schad
Administrative Assistant:  Kathy Dugan

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Today: 1/22/18
All Day: Art Masters In-Classroom Art Lessons
8:40 AM 3rd Grade Field Trip - ENC (Bertella, Clark, Molstad, Williams)
3:00 PM Mr. DeVusser's Robotics Club (Room 9)

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