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Principal's Message

2020-2021 Principal's Message - COMING SOON.
November 2019
Greetings Sequoia Eagles!
I am so proud to be the new principal of Sequoia Academy, a GATE Magnet Elementary
School. As a former student in the Westminster School District, I am committed to
ensuring your family feels confident they are receiving the best education for their
students. I am excited to be working with such amazing groups of staff, students,
parents, and community members. I am excited to work with you as your partner in
ensuring your child’s educational success. I look forward to meeting you!
This year, I begin my 17th year as a GATE certified educator in the Westminster School
District. In that time, I have had the opportunity to serve in many district roles, including
classroom teacher and as an Instructional Support Specialist, working side by side with
teachers at every elementary school in WSD. In that role, I served as a key member of
the adoption committee for ELA and Math Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I am
a National Trainer for Thinking Maps and Write from the Beginning and Beyond, two
important district initiatives that support metacognitive thinking and writing. In addition, I
am an Orange County STEM specialist with Kids@Science.
As a STEAM GATE Magnet Academy, we provide students with several pathways to
academic excellence, such as, an academically rigorous AVID program that offers
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) rotations, rigorous
curriculum based on the Common Core State Standards, and classrooms rich with
GATE icons to add more depth and complexity to the lessons and to meet all of our
students’ diverse learning needs. Students in our program are empowered to develop
essential skills such as innovation, persistence, collaboration, and leadership, all highly
sought after skills in our world today.
We also believe that school should be a positive place for our students. Our staff
collaborates to build safe and supportive relationships with all students. Our classrooms
are engaging with technology and hands-on activities, and when you walk through the
doors, you can hear learning come alive! Visit us today to find out about how to tour our
school and see all of our amazing programs in action.
At Sequoia, we know our parents are vital to our success. We invite you to participate in
our school community through a variety of volunteer opportunities. From supporting
school activities, being a member of the PTA, or serving on a governing council, there is
an opportunity for everyone.
I am proud to become a Sequoia Eagle and join this committed learning community! I
look forward to working with all our families to ensure each child’s success!

April Derr

Principal  - Sequoia Academy