Dear Cook Students and Family Members,
I would like to wish you a special welcome to the new 2018-2019 school year at Cook Elementary! Our staff is looking forward to begin another year of learning, growth and the creation of special memories with the many community centered activities and events we have planned. For our students and families who are new to Cook, whether you are TK, Kinder families or families who are choosing Cook through the transfer process, we wish you a very warm welcome to our Cook Community.
At Cook Elementary, our staff supports the well being of the whole child. Our teachers are skilled in their ability to guide and teach in this new era of rigorous standards, and at the same time expand the horizons of all students through lessons and experiences that help students become successful learners and individuals. As a parent, you may notice growth in your child’s ability to use technology, write to defend their opinion with evidence, speak with greater confidence in small groups or demonstrate growth in assessments. We believe in the possibilities of each student and provide learning experiences that will challenge students and help them grow! Our continued success is evident through multiple facets of data, from state SBAC exams as well as growth in the language skills of our children learning English.
Cook staff understands that the support of parents and families brings strength to our school community. We offer many opportunities for Cook family members to be involved in the life of our school through volunteering, involvement in committees or parent education opportunities. Children take great pride in seeing their family’s involvement. This is valued and celebrated at Cook School! The strength of our PTO parent group is evident from Friday snack sales to fundraisers, Parent Safety Patrol, special events and activities for our students. We encourage all parents to volunteer at school or in your child’s classroom. Parents are important members of our Cook Team and Community!
The support of our families, combined with the professional skill of our teaching staff and commitment of our support staff members, provides the perfect foundation to make Cook School a great place to be. We adhere to the belief that all children can succeed and grow as learners through hard work and perseverance.
As we begin the school year, our staff is available to all of our families should you have any questions, comments or concerns.
Welcome to the Cook School Community and to an exciting new year of learning!
Sandi Ortiz Ishii
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!