Plaza Elementary School

Plaza Elementary School

School Info

Principal's Message

August 2, 2017


I would like to welcome everyone back for the 2017-18 school year.  Like always, I had a great summer traveling to various places and spending time with my family. My summer began with a quick trip back to New York for a few days to visit friends and family who live there. One of the main reasons I went was to get my 13 year old nephew, Donivin, and bring him to California for a ten day visit.  While he was here my family took him to a Chico Heat baseball game, snow sledding on Mt. Lassen, and spent a few days at a place my family enjoys near Klamath Falls.  Shortly after he left my family took a week long road trip around Nevada and California. 


I am excited for another great year at Plaza School. Once again we will continue to offer a rich educational experience that includes art, music, band and chorus, as well as a sports program that emphasizes teaching fundamentals and playing time. Also, students in 4th-8th grades are encouraged to be involved in student government, which meets the first Wednesday of each month at 8am. 


This year we welcome some new staff members to the Plaza community.  We are fortunate to have two new teachers who have already been a part of our school.  Mrs. Mandy Edson will be co-teaching 2nd grade with Mrs. Fowler, who will be working Monday through Thursday this year.  Also, Ms. Mary Sexton will be teaching Transitional Kindergarten (TK) during the morning and the TK/Kinder after school program from 12:45-2:45.  The purpose for both of these positions is to prepare for upcoming retirements that are expected over the next few years.  Lastly, I’d like to welcome our new 7th grade teacher Mr. David Lee.  Mr. Lee has taught elementary school in Greenville and Williams. 


I am happy to report that Plaza School will finally fully occupy the building we purchased last year.  The building will house both the 7th and 8th grade classes, and will host the after school program in the back classroom.  Also, Tina Noraas spent a good part of the summer working on our library, which will be in Room 4.  Although it is unlikely the library will be ready for use on the first day, I expect it to be open within a month of school starting.  Finally, the playground has been expanded to include additional concrete for kids to play on, a large concrete ball wall, and additional space for a new piece of playground equipment that will be installed in late August.  Mr. Jim Byerly was kind enough to donate a great deal of time and labor pouring concrete this summer. If you see him, Mrs. Noraas, or any of the library crew, please take time to thank them for all their hard work this summer.


Once again, I’d like to welcome everyone to the new school year. I’m looking forward to learning about how you spent your summer when we return Thursday, August 10th at 8:30.



Several years ago California overhauled the way K-12 schools receive operating funds from the state. Part of the new budgeting process involves seeking direct input from the community and staff with regard to the Eight State Priorities that focus on student achievement, conditions of learning, and stakeholder engagement. Input from all community members were used to create the following three goals our district will focus on over the next three years. Throughout the year community members will have opportunities to provide input on how we can accomplish these goals, as well as give feedback on how successful the district has been in working towards them.  To view the whole LCAP where you can find detailed information about the needs, actions, and services for each goal,please click here:


Goal #1: Students in grades K-8 will increase academic achievement in all areas.


Goal #2: Provide appropriately assigned and fully credentialed teachers with standards-aligned instructional materials in school facilities that are in good repair in order to fully implement academic content and performance standards in a broad course of study.


 Goal #3: Provide a safe and welcoming climate for all stakeholders that includes parent input in decision making and promotes parent participation in student learning in order to improve school attendance rates.  



Click the link below to view the policies and regulations

Plaza School Safety Plan

The following links will allow you to view the safety plans in place at Plaza School.

Safe Schools Plan

Our school has a comprehensive, up-to-date safety plan in place to address a variety of emergency conditions. The plans are reinforced through drills with students and at regular meetings of staff.

Our school disaster plan includes emergency procedures in case of:

  • Traumatic Incidents
  • Imminent Danger—Code Red
  • Evacuation/ Relocation
  • Civil Defense/Disorder
  • Bomb Threat/ Bomb Emergency
  • Earthquake
  • Chemical Spill
  • Crime in Progress
  • Fire/Explosion

On-going training increases our ability to deal with conflict, anger, and other threats to safety. Our plan stresses prevention; our goal is to be prepared.

Your children are surrounded daily by professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping their students. In the event of an emergency, you can count on these caring individuals to keep your children secure.

In most incidents, public safety and emergency management personnel will play a critical role in identifying the specific nature, cause, and extent of the emergency, as will provide guidance to administrators on the appropriate response steps.

If you have questions about your child's safety and school support responses, please contact your principal. Your understanding, support, and cooperation are vital as we take these precautionary actions on behalf of our students. 

School Accountability Report Card

An annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is produced for each school. It provides valuable information for parents, teachers, administrators and the community, including:
  • description of facilities
  • demographics
  • curriculum
  • special programs
  • academic and test data
  • teacher/staff information
  • school safety
  • fiscal data
  • and more

School Profile

Grades: K-8
No. of Teachers: 10
No. of Students: 210

  • Multipurpose room/cafeteria
  • Mobile computer Lab
  • K-4th Playground 
  • Football/Soccer field
  • 4 backstops
  • Basketball/Volleyball Courts
  • Fenced perimeter
  • Staff and visitor parking