University Schools

Elementary School Information

We know that education is a team process and that schools and parents must work closely to provide our students with the best possible educational environment. Together we can give every student the chance to make the most of their educational experience.

A Message From Our Principal

Trimester 2 has begun and with Halloween and Thanksgiving behind us we are racing toward the winter break. With all the excitement and transitions this time of year presents, we ask that you keep to your routines and schedules as best as possible as kids need them now more than ever. Your consistency at home gives them the greatest chance of success here and we can’t thank you enough for giving them that. ‘Tis the season for viruses as well, but with plenty of rest, proper clothing, and hand washing, your efforts at home can go a long way in helping us all stay healthy here at school.

Donuts for Dads was a rousing success in October and now we set our sights on recognizing all the moms at University Schools Elementary. Muffins for Moms will be held on Wednesday, December 6 from 7:00-7:45 a.m. in the Main building cafeteria. Moms will be treated to a light breakfast of a muffin, juice or coffee, and fruit along with hugs and kudos from kids and staff.

If you have not already had your parent/teacher conference, be sure to make some time to go over the 1st trimester’s grades and accomplishments with your child’s teacher as 100% participation is the expectation. Holiday parties and music programs will again be in the fore-front this month. Be sure to check out the calendar or check with your child’s teacher for specific times and dates. 

Thank you again for your generous donations to the Giving Tree project here at US. We were able to help many University Schools’ families in need this season and that certainly helps reduce the stress in the lives of many US families.

From all the teachers, staff, and students at US, happy holidays and we wish you a happy, healthy new year!

Mike Mazurana

Mike Mazurana, Principal

Elementary News
Home Reading!

Home Reading!
November 2017, Vol. 1, Article 1
The Power of Praise

To express a favorable judgment of: commend. 

Use praise to begin building your child’s confidence with reading at home. If a child is reluctant to read, it may be due to frustration and feelings of inadequacy. To keep those negative feelings at bay, try to strategize with some positives. 

Do this by praising the positive reading behaviors you have observed. This lets your children know what they can do well, which helps boost confidence. Success is a strong motivator, so let them know they are successful. It will help your children feel supported, capable, and confident enough to continue trying.

  • “You can hold the book all by yourself!”
  • “You just named the main character in the story!”
  • “You read that text message so fluently!”
  • (in the car) “You read for two minutes already, and we aren’t even home yet!”
  • “You are really able to concentrate on that ….”
  • “Did you realize that you just figured out that word by yourself?”

If it is difficult for you to determine which reading behaviors are worthy of praise, ask your child’s teacher for the grade-level competencies. It is a checklist to determine which behaviors or skills a student has accomplished. It is also available on the CDE website.