COLLEGE DAY 2014 at Corona Elementary
Did you hear the marching bands? Did you see the parade of university colors represented? Corona Elementary School hosted its 9th Annual College Day on October 10th, 2014. College fight songs were playing and pom-poms were waving while Corona School welcomed parents and community leaders to a whole school assembly to showcase Corona’s college bound culture. “This event is getting bigger and better each year as we focus on developing college and career ready students here at Corona,” remarked Sal Flores, Principal of Corona School. “Each teacher has chosen a university to highlight in the classroom, and students have learned chants or cheers for that school. Today they are all wearing their brand new college t-shirts which they will now wear every Monday to start each week with our college focus. Every day, college banners are displayed on the doors to remind our students of the goal. We don’t want them to just dream of college – we want them planning now to make sure it happens.”
Harvard Graduate and CSUSB Professor, Dr. Louie Rodriguez, addressed the audience. “When I was growing up, I kept hearing about going to college but didn’t know what that meant or how to get there. Students, look around you. You have parents here, grandparents, friends, teachers – all here to support you. These people here are your mentors. Learn from them. The key to your success is finding that mentor who you can trust for advice and guidance along the way.”
Corona was also honored to have participants such as United States Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod as she presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to Corona Elementary School for “fostering a lifelong commitment to higher education in the students of the 35th Congressional District.”
Ontario Montclair School District Superintendent Dr. James Hammond, as well as Board of Trustees members Kris Brake, Elvia Rivas, and Samuel Crowe were also on hand to inspire and encourage the students. Several Corona students took turns in front of the crowd to share their personal plans for college and beyond.
While parents attended a workshop to learn about high school A to G subject requirements for California State University and University of California acceptance, visiting guests went to every classroom on the Corona campus in order to make personal visits with the students. Over forty currently enrolled college students, graduate students, school mentors and counselors, law enforcement officials, and school district personnel were on hand to share what their respective college experiences were like. In many cases, the visitors were paired up with a class that has adopted their alma mater in order to bring firsthand knowledge of the campus to the students. Corona’s Outreach Consultant, Judy Gooden commented, “We are so thankful to all of our participants who made this such a special day for our students. We want Corona students to be inspired and motivated to believe in themselves and plan for their future.”
Picnic with the Principal
Corona Elementary School is celebrating Highest Attendance Percentages each month with a Picnic with the Principal! Classrooms with the highest overall attendance percentage for the month by grade level are rewarded with a classroom certificate and trophy to display in the room, but even better than that, they get to eat a picnic style lunch on the playground with music and streamers as well as special games planned just for them. Winning classrooms must have a minimum 98% monthly attendance percentage, however, most of the grade level winners have been well over that with percentages at or above 99% for the month.
Thanks to the support of Corona’s PTO, Corona’s first picnic was held last week with parents decorating lunch bags and cheering for students as they picnicked with the Principal, Mr. Flores, and their teacher. After a great lunch of milk, PBJ, carrots, and pineapple, students spent the rest of their lunch recess playing football with Mr. Flores or swinging their hips in a hula-hoop. Students were also able to have traditional picnic fun with potato sack races or throwing a Frisbee. At Corona, our goal is “Every Day, On Time; On Time, Every Day,” and with events like Picnic with the Principal we encourage all of our students to make attendance count!