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Comet Connection ~ Weekly Newsletter

Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year!

Welcome Comet families! We are excited to kick off another amazing school year at Casillas. We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable time with family and friends over the summer break. As we get ready to start another year, it’s a good time to be reminded of our Core Values that serve as the foundation of our learning community:

  • Caring
  • Honesty
  • Perseverance
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

Our core values will support us in this journey together and as Helen Keller once stated, “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” In addition to our Core Values, this year we will be introducing monthly Character Strengths to further help encourage our scholars’ academic, behavioral, and social and emotional development. We kindly request the support and cooperation of all stakeholders in making our school a pleasant and safe place in which all children can learn.

We’ve got lots of fun activities and events planned for the year and look forward to working alongside families to teach, support, and encourage our scholars as they accomplish great things and grow together. Additionally, there will be many opportunities for parents/guardians to get involved and we encourage you to do so! Once again, we will see another awesome year through and thank you so much for being a part of the Casillas family! 

Shine bright, Comets!


Nicole Adams-Walker, Ed.D.

Proud Principal, Casillas Elementary

Our Mission

Casillas Elementary School will prepare all students to be literate, responsible citizens with an enthusiasm for life-long learning. Through the implementation of a rigorous, standards-based academic program, all Casillas students will be prepared to confidently meet the challenges of middle and high school. The essential elements of school's mission are:

Our Vision

  • High expectations for all learners
  • Strong parent involvement is valued and encouraged
  • Rigorous curriculum is driven by California State Standards.
  • Instructional strategies reflect best practices.
  • Multiple sources of data used to assess each student's progress.
  • Technology is used as a tool to support teaching and learning.
  • Professional development and systematic support are ongoing for all staff.
  • Diversity and cultural sensitivity are celebrated and modeled.
  • Critical decisions are child-centered.
  • A safe and orderly learning environment.
  • A commitment to district's vision and values.

Our Values

Casillas school believes that student-based decision-making process encourages collaboration and meaningful involvement among all stakeholders (Parents, staff, students, and community partners). Goodwill and pride in the Casillas school community are rooted in each child's academic, social, and emotional development.

Guided by student achievement data, we will ensure our language arts and mathematics programs work to close achievement gaps between students identified as English only and those in our target groups including English Language learners and economically disadvantaged students.