Final Principal Message of the 19-20 School Year
Posted on 06/17/2020
Dear Korematsu Families,

Wow, what a year! I must start by thanking all of you for welcoming me into the Korematsu community. As strange as this year turned out, I enjoyed getting to know our students, staff, and families. I am honored to be a part of such an amazing school. I hope your families are able to relax and enjoy your summer break.

I know all of us are anxious to find out what the 20-21 school year will look for our school and the district. There are a lot of us (teachers, principals, district leaders) working on plans for the three options for a fall opening Superintendent Bowes mentioned in his last Constant Contact letter to the community: A traditional “brick and mortar” reopening with in-person student attendance - including any safety precautions as warranted; Continued Distance Learning instruction with teaching and learning conducted remotely; and a hybrid model with variable days/hours of in-person and remote student attendance. Make sure to read all updates from the district that come through this summer as they will have the most up-to-date information for fall 2020.

If your student(s) is returning to DJUSD in the fall (it does not matter if it is a different school than Korematsu), please hold onto your issued chromebooks and hotspots until we return in the fall. If your family is leaving the district, please reach out to our school office for next steps on how/when to return the chromebooks and hotspots.

For those of you that ordered yearbooks, they are still NOT in. The company is working at under half of their normal capacity due to the pandemic. As soon as they are in, our team will work to get them to everyone. If you have any questions regarding yearbooks, please reach out to PTO Yearbook Liaison, Tarri Swanson at

To wrap up the year, I have attached a quick video of our staff showing their love to our students and families on just how much we are missing each and every one of you! What I am learning through all of this distance work is that I am not as technologically savvy as I believed myself to be! I had grandiose plans with fun songs to accompany the pics, but I gave up trying to figure it out on my PC! I am a Mac girl at heart, and my lesson learned with this project is I should have done it on my iMac!

We are going to miss our 6th graders! What a great group of kids. I really enjoyed getting to know them this year, and it saddens me that my time with them was cut short. I wish each of them luck in their future endeavors in junior high, high school, and beyond! I know they will go on to do GREAT things for our world!

Finally, I would like to wish some of our staff members many well wishes as they move on from Korematsu: counselor, Marla Bowen (moving to Da Vinci Jr. High); paraeducator, Jill Peel (retirement); special education teacher, Andrea Soto (moving to Montgomery full-time); and sixth grade teacher, Brett Walter (moving to Portland). We cannot thank them enough for all they have done for our students during their time at Korematsu. They will always be a part of our coyote family!

Happy Summer,

Principal Curtaz