Principal's Message

Welcome back Dolphins and a special welcome to all of you who are new to Durfee Elementary School.  Administrators and teachers everywhere recognize the important contributions parents make toward a child's success in school.  There is no question about it - success at school begins at home. Parents are the single most important variable in a child's schooling.  Parents model both a silent and spoken language in front of their children daily.
One of the most important components of a good school is the partnership between school and parents who work together for the best interest of children.  The close partnership between home and school is one of the exceptional strengths at Durfee Elementary School.
Durfee Elementary School has a strong tradition of supportive, hard-working parents.  Throughout the year, parents have the opportunity to develop that partnership in a wide variety of ways.  Parents join the PTO, volunteer in the classroom, help at the fall festival, attend School Site Council meetings, read to their children, and help in many other ways.  It is important to your child that you are involved in some way at school.
As we begin a new school year, we find teachers establishing school standards and rules.  In the most successful classrooms, teachers have established specific routines for the children to follow.  This means giving the children a specific place to find and keep materials, a set schedule for classroom instruction, etc.  These routines, blended with the teacher's consistent standards, form a smooth running classroom where the children have the security of understanding their environment and are reinforced positively for their contributions.
At home, it is also important to provide routines.  Many families build a daily "quiet time" when the television is turned off.  This quiet time provides students the opportunity for completing schoolwork or for recreational reading if there is no homework.  During this quiet time a suitable place, somewhat free of other distractions, should be available.  The routine of a daily quiet time provides an opportunity to develop self-discipline, stimulate imagination, and enhance reading skills.
Hopefully we can provide time for our children to be children.  The realities of the adult world will be there all too soon.  As children grow and learn, they find joy and satisfaction in working closely with their families toward a common goal.   Such is the case with the students at Durfee Elementary School.  Commitment to the best for our children on the part of parents, students, and staff is the key to our success with the children we teach.  It is the hope of the staff that all parents will help us fulfill this commitment to excellence on behalf of ALL children at Durfee Elementary School.  School and home can work together to build skills and knowledge, reinforce values, and develop a strong sense of self-worth.  We must invest our time and energies in our nation's most valuable resources - our children.  Have a 2015-2016 great year.
Mr. Sam Genis

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News and Announcements

The Power of One! - I'm In!

The Power of One! - I'm In!

The El Rancho Unified School District is dedicated to academic achievement and success for all students. We must work together to ensure your child's success. Attendance at school each and every day is an integral part of that success.

Attendance at school each and every day results in improved academic success as well as positive social and emotional growth for your child. The El Rancho Unified School District would like to thank you for your continued support in your child's success and for making sure they attend every day.

As we start the 2015-16 school year, we want to inform you of our attendance expectations. Simply put and to ensure learning, we expect that students will attend school- every day, on-time, and for the full day each and every day. The exception is when your child is ill.

Your support of positive daily attendance for your child makes you a vital and important part of your child's success and future achievement.

El Rancho Unified Highlights

El Rancho Unified continues on the path to transforming our schools to being "Second to None." Through the leadership of our progressive Board of Education in combination with a dedicated and experienced Superintendent, district and school site administrators, teachers and staff, we are proactively on our way as we provide amazing opportunities for our awesome students.

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El Rancho Unified School District Seeks Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee Applicants for Measure EE

Voters in the El Rancho Unified School District (District) approved Measure “EE” on November 2, 2010. Measure “EE” a $52 million bond measure, was put on the ballot to construct and improve local schools and student support facilities, improve student access to computers and classroom technology, build vocational technical classrooms, provide improvements to better maintain schools, and provide renewable energy improvements to reduce operating costs and put more money into the classroom.

The District is currently in the process of recruiting one individual to fill a vacancy on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for Measure “EE.” The committee has been established to monitor all bond measure projects and expenditures, provide proper oversight, controls, and accountability to ensure that bond measure funds are used as they were intended, and make regular reports to the community on the progress of the bond measure projects.

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TK-K Readiness Checklist

While there's no perfect formula that determines when children are truly ready for TK and kindergarten, you can use this checklist to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists.

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