Melbourne Elementary School
WELCOME TO MUSTANG COUNTRY!
Melbourne welcomes you and your student to the very best! The staff at Melbourne Elementary strives to provide students with a learning opportunity on a daily basis. We are located in the city of Lakewood and serve students from various cities including Hawaiian Gardens, Long Beach, Cypress and of course the city of Lakewood. We serve approximately 570 students and our teachers are certified to teach from Transitional Kindergarten through 6th grade. Our staff, parents and community members are dedicated to providing their very best for the students at our school. Our students begin their day with a PeaceBuilder pledge and a commitment to do their very best. We are proud to be Mustangs and with every success, we strive to show our Pride!
QUALITY INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM
Our classroom instructional program is research based and aligned with EDI concepts. EDI stands for Explicit Direct Instruction and at Melbourne, many of our teachers are certified EDI teachers. This method of instruction requires meticulous planning, constant checking for understanding, concept development and many other strategies that align with the new National Common core standards and rigorous SBAC testing. Our teachers are proud to provide this systematic instructional delivery. Ultimately we know that students thrive when there is structure and clear programs that support their learning.
At Melbourne we believe that we provide a high quality instructional program and our entire staff is grounded in the fact that student well-being and character development ranks right up there with student achievement. This past year our staff dedicated its efforts to rolling out new PBIS strategies and structures to help our students have a more enjoyable learning and social emotional well-being. Our students participate in weekly Peacebuilder lessons and our teachers implement Playworks activities throughout the day as well. Our goal is to improve the academic well-being of our students but we also strive to improve their overall character to ensure that our students become productive citizens. Every member of our staff has been trained through the Molina PeaceBuilders Program, the Kaiser Thriving Schools Grant for Playworks implementation and our own district training to improve school culture through PBIS strategies. Students are provided incentives and positive reinforcement for their positive choices. We also recognize students regularly in the class for their academics, attendance, and citizenship at our awards assemblies and we strive to instill positive characteristics throughout our daily activities for our students.
Students and school thrive when the community and staff work in harmony. Our local community partners and ABC district offices work hard in support of our students. Over the past two years the city of Lakewood and the Lakewood Education Foundation have assisted with technology integration in all of the classrooms. Thanks to their efforts, every single teacher on our campus recently received a new iPad and in some cases a new Apple TV module! Their efforts are featured in the following segment: click here
This year our PTA and School Site Council, have also committed to setting goals and moving our school closer to schools technology integration and increased safety! Our PTA has helped raise over $7,000.00 to help fund for a kindergarten canopy. We remain committed to this goal and hope to raise additional funding to begin the ground breaking project sometime in the near future. Our past partnerships include sponsorship through various forms from the city of Hawaiian Gardens, the city of Lakewood, Tri-City Hospital, Sam’s Club and other business partners to provide services, goods and funding for our students, parents and community members. The city of Lakewood has also provided our teachers with yearly grants to help provide materials, such as books, electronic goods and various other goods in excess of $500.00 per teacher and this past year the city of Hawaiian Gardens sponsored a perfect attendance program that included a monthly bike drawing, movie tickets and admission tickets to Disneyland. Our community partners help us ensure that we are providing the very best for our student.
Other PROGRAMS and SERVICES
Our school makes every effort to ensure the well-being of our students, teachers and community members. Here is a condensed list of the programs and services that we offer to our students:
- EiE- Engineering is Elementary
- 1 Apple Mac lab and 1 PC lab plus 6 mobile Chromebook Carts
- Technology Implenetation Program
- Character Development; Peace-Builder Program, Playworks Activities, and PBIS Implementation Program
- ExTRA- After school daily tutorial program
- Provided by our new community partner- California Education Centers (CEC)
- Robotics Instruction, Kids Power Speaking, Kidz Lit!
- Before and After School Intervention support for struggling students
- Migrant Education Program
- Saturday Classes for students
- Summer Program for students and parents
- Parent Workshops
- SES- District funded tutorial programs for all students eligible
- On site counseling services
- Social Wellness Coordinator, School Counseling Intern,
- School Psychologist and referrals to program providers
- Collaborative Multi-Agency Counseling Services
- Free and Reduced lunches and meals for students
- Active PTA and School Site Council
- Opportunities to volunteer in the class- for parents and community members
- Opportunities to read to students- for parents and community members
The commitment and dedication to student success lives on at Melbourne! With over forty staff members, we are constantly ready and willing to service our 570 students. We are proud to say that at Melbourne and we are always ready to serve.