Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear Woodbury Families,

I am eagerly looking forward to the 2023-2024 school year! We will continue our work as an MTSS School Site this school year as we address the following areas:

GGUSD Strategic Plan Goal 1: Academic Skills

Our SBAC scores show continued growth for our students in both the areas of ELA and Math! Every cohort that tested with us over the last two years showed improvement in both of these areas. Students who scored proficient in math jumped by 15%. Supports in place are definitely effective!

Our teachers enter year three for use of the FastBridge Program. FastBridge allows us to screen our students in the area of reading, delve into deeper diagnostic assessments for certain students and then offer small group intervention during the school day. It is exciting how our teachers are leveraging this tool to meet the needs of all of our students. 

GGUSD Strategic Plan Goal 2: Personal Skills

Woodbury will continue the work as a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) School. Students are explicitly taught how to behave around Tiger PRIDE (Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Excellence) across all areas of school. If students are showing Tiger PRIDE, they will earn Tiger PRIDE Tickets. These tickets can be used for purchases at the Tiger PRIDE Store and will also be entered into our monthly raffle. We also honor students at the end of each month in a school-wide assembly. In addition, we have a new position- IBI Site Support. This person will be assisting with student behavior across campus both inside and outside the classroom.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

To help address our students’ Social Emotional Learning, we will continue in year three of the ASPIRE Program. This key support will ensure that we have either a Social Worker or Mental Health Specialist on campus at all times. They will be intervening as needed during the school day, offering individual and group counseling, and be teaching our students SEL strategies through the Second Step SEL Curriculum. We are looking forward to the grand opening of our Wellness Room this school year- a safe place for students to participate in counseling, process feelings, and overcome anxiety.

To support all of these areas and also of note for this school year are:

  • Expansion of the after school program Boys and Girls Club. We hope to be able to accommodate all students whose parents want them to participate instead of having to carry a Wait List. Boys and Girls Club remains a wonderful, cost-free program for our students.
  • Focusing on School Safety. Keeping our students physically safe is of the utmost importance. We will participate in the district initiative to ensure we are keeping our campus and students as safe as possible.
  • Unified Champion Program. We were the first elementary school in Garden Grove Unified School District to earn the title as a Unified Champion School. As such, we seek to ensure that all students are socially included through physical activity including Hero Helpers, Young Athletes, Olympics Day, Disability Awareness Day and Student Council. We are proud of our inclusive environment!

Please know that I have an open door policy and always encourage parents to reach out at any time with questions, comments or concerns. It is only in working in unison between home and school that we can help our students reach their full potential.


Chris Francis