Principal's Message

Dear Chaparral Families,

As the start of school is just around the corner, I’d like to welcome families new to Chaparral and returning families to a new school year! It is a privilege for me to be part of the Chaparral community. This is my 2nd year as principal of Chaparral. We are honored to have the responsibility of educating Chaparral’s children and by partnering together with families we can meet this challenge with success for “ALL students.”

Mission, Vision, and Values

As we begin this school year we have an exciting new announcement. The Chaparral staff worked together to create a new mission, vision, and values.  A mission statement is our purpose and explains why we are here as a school. The mission of Chaparral Elementary School is high achievement of ALL students. All Chaparral students will perform with high standards of POSITIVE BEHAVIOR through their respect, responsibility, and productivity.  A vision statement is what we aspire to become.  Our vision statement is Chaparral strives to create high levels of learning in a welcoming, collaborative environment that prepares ALL students for our rapidly changing world.  Finally, our values help guide the work we do to support your child.  They are listed below:

  • We value an “All Means All” mindset where all students are included and staff have high expectations for student achievement and positive behavior. 
  • We value respecting every child as an individual and celebrating their differences. 
  • We value having positive interactions with students each day. 
  • We value the health, safety, and welfare of our students, parents, community and staff. 
  • We value building relationships with the parents and community members through open and honest communications. 
  • We value maximizing instructional time for students within the classroom. 
  • We value a growth mindset and making an impact on achievement through hard work and perseverance. 
  • We value students taking ownership in their own learning and behavior by setting goals for themselves to improve daily. 
  •  We value student recognition both academically and behaviorally. 
  •  We value collaboration among grade level teams and across the grade levels to raise achievement for all students. 
  • We value using student data to drive instruction, which guide interventions or enrichment for all students.

New Staff

Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Irene Blanchard (1st Grade), Alexis Bellissimo and Lacey Broyles (Resource).  You may already recognize their faces as all three student taught here at Chaparral last year.  We are also welcoming Andre Murillo as our new P.E. coach.  He comes with many years of physical education experience.  Please welcome our news Chaparral members to our family.  This year we have a new school psychologist who is with us part time, Maria Villamar.

Student Classroom Placement

A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2019-2020 school year. Careful consideration was given with input from staff and families as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level.  Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities.

 Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. Chaparral is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group, and teacher.

 Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to insuring that Chaparral remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal.  Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for ALL children.

Warmest Regards,          

Kara McDivitt


Chaparral Elementary