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Principal's Message

Welcome to Mission Avenue Open, where learning knows no bounds!

It is a tremendous honor and privilege to begin my 7th year as the principal at Mission Ave Open Elementary School, where we embrace the philosophy that education should be open, inclusive, and dynamic. Our approach is rooted in the belief that every child is unique and capable of achieving great things when provided with the right opportunities and support. We are committed to fostering an environment that encourages curiosity, creativity, and a lifelong love of learning.

Our Open Philosophy

Our Open Philosophy means that we prioritize a flexible, student-centered approach to education. We encourage students to explore their interests and passions, and we support them in becoming critical thinkers and independent learners. This philosophy is evident in our curriculum, which is designed to be adaptable and responsive to the needs of each student while also aligning with state standards. We believe that by giving students the freedom to pursue their curiosities, we empower them to take charge of their education and develop the skills they need for future success.

The Heart of Our Community: Parent/Guardian Volunteers

We deeply value the role of parents/guardians in the educational journey of their children. Your involvement and support are crucial to creating a vibrant, supportive, and engaging school community. At Mission, we encourage and welcome parent/guardian volunteerism in various capacities, whether it's through helping in the classroom, organizing events with our Mission Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), or leading extracurricular activities like Play Day. Parents/guardians who join our School Site Council (SSC) help to ensure ALL students have the opportunity to access their learning and achieve their highest potential. Your participation not only enriches our school community, but provides invaluable experiences and memories for our students. We believe that together, we can create a nurturing environment where EVERY child thrives.

Experiential Learning Through Field Trips

Learning extends far beyond the walls of the classroom, and we are strong advocates of experiential learning through field trips near and far. Our students have the opportunity to explore the world around them, connect with their community, and gain hands-on experiences that deepen their understanding of the grade level curriculum. Field trips are not just educational excursions; they are journeys that inspire curiosity, foster independence, and create lasting memories. From visits to local museums and science centers to outdoor, overnight adventures and cultural explorations, our field trips are carefully planned to complement and enhance our students' learning experiences.

I am so gratitude to our dedicated staff, enthusiastic students, and supportive families who make Mission Avenue Open a wonderful place to learn and grow. We are excited for the year ahead and the opportunities it holds. Let's work together to continue creating a school community that celebrates learning, diversity, embraces challenges, and nurtures each child's potential.

Thank you for choosing to join the Mission Ave Open school community, and we look forward to celebrating Mission Magic with you!

Warm regards,

Margaret Terzich, MA.Ed.