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First Day of School

Thursday, August 18, 2016





Missed the Volunteer Orientation?

To Volunteer:

Less than 10 days per month: 

*Fill out a Volunteer Form

*Have a copy of your TB test (within the last 4 years)

*Turn in to Ms. Yolanda in the office.

More than 10 days per month:

*All of the above to Ms. Yolanda

*And we will send you for Fingerprinting where you will need to provide a valid form of ID.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Paz at (626) 307-7012.

Thank you!

Please send any Box Tops for Education you have with your child to help support our school. Thank you!




Potrero Heights Elementary Principal Lili Atoyan and Angelica Paz, a teacher on special assignment, hold a banner the school received in recognition of its Honor Roll distinction.




Potrero Heights Elementary Named to 2015 California Honor Roll

Potrero Heights Elementary has been named a 2015 California Honor Roll campus for demonstrating consistently high levels of academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time and closing achievement gaps.

The Honor Roll is presented by the Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE), groups which campaign for cooperation between educators and businesses to improve student achievement in public schools.

Potrero Heights Elementary Principal Lili Atoyan attributed her school’s listing on the Honor Roll to its strong California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) English language arts and math scores taken in spring 2015, adding that her teachers collaborate to build a rigorous curriculum that prepares all students for college and careers.

“I’m very proud of our teaching and support staff,” Atoyan said. “They have the students’ best interest in mind and they work very hard to help foster learning in all of our students. Our staff and teachers are dedicated, committed professionals.”

Using the test scores they received in summer 2015, Potrero Heights teachers developed a plan to help students meet California’s new English language arts standards. Teachers who cover fourth to fifth grade at Potrero Heights use strategies from Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) to emphasize organization, notetaking and strong writing skills, while teachers in other grade levels utilize thinking maps and strategies that focus on vocabulary development to enhance student writing.

During the 2015-16 school year, teachers submitted students’ writing samples each month to Atoyan, who selected a few examples and honored the outstanding writers at an assembly.

Reviewing every Potrero Heights student’s writing required a lot of reading, but Atoyan said it’s very rewarding to see the growth and mastery students attain over time.

Potrero Heights Elementary also works hard to create a college-going culture so students know going to college is important, expected and possible.

“They know that everything they learn now is building a foundation for getting into and preparing for college,” Atoyan said.

The Educational Results Partnership is a national alliance of businesses and educators dedicated to improving educational productivity, and the CBEE comprises a group of California business leaders committed to improving public schools, closing the achievement gap and ensuring college readiness and success.

Potrero Heights previously made the Honor Roll in 2009 and 2010.

“The District is committed to providing all students with the highest quality education, and we are already seeing higher levels of student achievement throughout our classrooms,” Superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith said. “I look forward to seeing many more Montebello Unified schools being named Honor Roll recipients because of our hardworking teachers and students.”

Dear Potrero Families,


Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!


Potrero Heights has been busily preparing for your children all summer! We have added a second new computer lab and we have a fantastic new teacher for first grade.


Academic excellence is the focus at Potrero Heights Elementary. We provide opportunities for students to learn through the use of various research-based instructional strategies tailored to meet student needs. Teachers meet collaboratively to plan lessons in accordance with the Common Core State Standards which focus on academic rigor and quality, and data-driven instruction. You can be assured that your child is receiving a high-caliber education and is surrounded by teachers who truly care about his/her well-being.


Beginning on Thursday, August 18, students will start their first day of school and have a full day schedule. School will commence at 8:15 and be dismissed at 2:30. Every Wednesday, all students are on minimum day schedule and are dismissed at 1:15. 


Good attendance is an important part of being a responsible student. Please make sure to bring your child to school on time each day. School starts at 8:15 daily. Please send a note to school or call the school office at 626-307-7010 when your child is absent and explain the reason for the absence. Please plan doctor and dental visits after school.


Please fill out the application for free and reduced-priced meals. All students need to fill this out and it is available online at www.montebello.k12.ca.us/nutrition. This form helps our school receive funding.


Our school does adhere to a uniform policy. This policy will help Potrero Heights Elementary maintain a safe and effective learning environment as well as contribute to the idea that school is a serious learning place. We do have days during the week when students may wear other types of T-shirts.


Mondays:  Students may wear an anti-bullying shirt (sold at school) OR the school uniform.

Tuesdays: School uniform

Wednesdays: School uniform

Thursdays: University Day-students may wear a shirt from a college of their choice OR the school uniform.

Fridays: School Spirit Day-students may wear a school shirt (sold at school) OR the uniform.


Parental support and involvement is a key component to our school’s success. Working with your child’s teacher and keeping open lines of communication is the best way for parents to track their children’s progress. Any questions that you may have about your child’s progress, homework, or behavior should first be directed to your child’s teacher. Feel free to call the school office to leave a message for the teacher or send a note to the teacher to set an appointment. Our teachers are caring and committed to helping your child have a positive school experience.


Your ongoing participation and support will make a significant difference in helping your child be successful in school. There are many opportunities for parental involvement, such as our Parent Teacher Association, School Site Council, Title I Advisory Committee, English Learner Advisory Committee, and classroom volunteers. I encourage you to join and get involved. Please check our website for meeting dates and times.


I look forward to a successful school year!



Mrs. Atoyan, Principal