Dear Cook Families,
Welcome all of you to the 2021-2022 school year! My name is Sherry Sanborn and I am the new principal of Cook Elementary. I hope that all of you have had a wonderful summer break and stayed safe and healthy. These are certainly unique times but I am excited to partner with you to support the academic and socioemotional needs of your students this year!
District Focus and Goals
Like all of our wonderful schools in GGUSD, we will be continuing to focus on our District Goals: Academic Skills + Personal Skills = Lifelong Success! Our emphasis will be on providing an academically rigorous program that engages students and aligns to our CA state standards. Our amazing group of teachers use research-based strategies including GATE icons with our students to develop their abilities to think critically, collaborate, and increase their use of scholarly work habits and technology. As a staff, we are committed to 21st Century Learning to best prepare students for a successful future in whatever career path they choose. In these challenging times, it is also a priority at Cook to support the social-emotional well-being of all of our students.
NEW FOR 2021-2022 School Year
This past year has brought with it some challenges but as we start the new school year off, we are excited to help students reacclimate to being in person full time and finding the joy at school again. We will be embedding socioemotional learning within our instructional day to support students and will also offer expanded learning opportunities throughout the school year (more to come on this). Rest assured, we are committed to high quality in-person learning to meet the needs of our students and will provide communication, guidance, and support every step of the way!
This year, our main communication tool will be ParentSquare so please be sure that you have downloaded the app and are receiving all of our school and district communication. If you have any questions or issues with ParentSquare, please feel free to call us here at (714)663-6251.
You will also receive a weekly Wednesday Folder in your child’s backpack every Wednesday. Please be sure to check it, sign the form, and return it with your child the next day.
Our school office team is also always here to help, as well. Please make sure that we have your updated and current phone numbers and emails, so you can stay informed on all school information.
Please register and update your Parent Portal account. Through the use of Parent Portal, parents have the ability to be notified of their child’s new teacher, update student emergency records, print their child’s report card, and download important documents directly from the portal.
Also, a reminder that we are a Closed Campus to support student safety and campus security. Please make sure you check in at the office before entering campus. Thank you for your continued support!
It is my pleasure and honor to work alongside the students, parents and staff at Cook Elementary School. Together, our students will continue towards academic and personal success!
Mrs. Sherry Sanborn, School Prinicipal
At Cook Elementary School, we are committed to equipping all of our 365 students with the academic and personal skills for lifelong success. Our school has a long record of academic excellence and was honored with an elite 2018 California Distinguished School award and named to the 2017-2018 California Honor Roll for high academic gains and student success. Our students consistently outperform the state and county average on standardized state testing. In 2016, Cook Elementary School received the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School from the United States Department of Education. We also received the STEM Honor Roll from the CBEE Campaign for Business and Education Excellence. Alongside this award, we received the Title I Academic Achievement School and California Distinguished School Awards.
Our exceptional staff, dedicated students, and engaged parents all contribute to the success of our school. We offer free after-school tutoring to help all students succeed, and many intervention and enrichment opportunities. Cook provides many opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills, including:
- The Tech Squad consists of 5th and 6th grade students who meet weekly to learn about technology troubleshooting so they can serve as leaders on campus to help teachers with their technology needs and. They also run and manage “Coding Day” which teaches all students about computer programming and coding.
- Our Peace Ambassador Program trains students in conflict mediation. These students range from 3rd to 6th grade, and they learn to work through issues together using the Peace Path.
- The Graphic Design Group is a group of talented fourth through sixth grade students who work together on visual design, and make posters and ads for spirit days.
- Safety Patrol is a parent valet service that supports traffic flow, helping students get out of cars. There will be a junior safety patrol launching soon! The Cook Student Council provides the opportunity for leadership and service. This is seen through how they are in charge of spirit days.
Cook's dedicated PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) organizes many fundraising initiatives to provide for fun school assemblies, family events, educational field trips, and new and exciting opportunities for our scholars. Any parent interested i joining is encouraged to call our school at (714) 663-6251 and ask for Joeleen Sbonek for more information.
We are grateful for the Give ad Grow grant which helped fund a new playround, play structure, buddy benches, murals and more to help modernize our campus and ensure students have a top-notch 21st century learning environment.
Thank you for visiting our site and we look forward to sharing unforgettable experiences this school year!