Message from the Principal

Principal Ponce

Mary L. Ponce, Ed.D.

It is with great pleasure that I begin my 13th year of serving our Davis community.  I served Valley Oak Elementary for two years and will enter my 11th year serving Korematsu Elementary. For the past several years I have had the pleasure to see many of our children grow, mature and build confidence before heading off to secondary school. I have also witnessed great teachers finish their career with us and have had the privilege of seeing them sent off with dignity and respect. Since 2008, we have added Transitional Kindergarten, added many PTO enriching activities, such as Choir, Chess, Arts and Social Emotional Learning. Currently, we begin to build our STEM/STEAM program and many other 21st century programs. We are Social Justice School, striving to create globally aware citizens, that can collaborate and practice pro-social skills in their community. We also continue to change, grow and adapt to the expectations of the 21st century, but through it all, what is most important, are the relationships we build between staff, students and parents in our community. 

I am proud to report that Korematsu has a very healthy culture, with committed staff and parents, working alongside towards our social justice and equity goals. We believe that every child should thrive and be the best version of themselves. We believe in interrupting inequities, and ensuring that historically marginalized groups in our society have the opportunities to be successful.  In this current time of political distress and division, it is more important than ever, that we help our children navigate this environment. Although misinformation, 'false news', media bias is the new norm, our students can learn valuable skills to help them discern and become critical thinkers, question the status quo, and learn to be truth seekers.

This is also a time of unfortunate great division. However, again, it is an opportunity for many of us to learn to listen and begin to be open to varying perspectives that may not necessarily align to our own beliefs. Students should learn to be 'perspective' takers, listen to understand, commit to listen to in exchanged to be listened, and begin to be citizens that can bridge the divide and promote tolerance and acceptance. 

Maya Angelou stated it quite poignantly, “Diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter their color.”

Here at Korematsu, we embrace diversity, we expect students to learn from a variety of perspectives, and to become culturally aware and engaged with one another. We also hope that you will come along with us as we continue to build this quilt of an equitable community at our school.

I have hope in our staff, students and community to work towards pro-social skills that will help us all learn from one another in this ever-changing, interdependent complex world, that sometimes may be difficult to navigate.

Thank you for committing to work alongside us. We look forward to continuing our connections with our community. 

Here is to another memorable school year!