Principal’s Corner

Witter Ranch Elementary Principal Patrick Birdsong

Dear Witter Ranch Families, 

My name is Patrick Birdsong and welcome to the 2020-21 School Year. I am very proud to be serving as the principal of Witter Ranch Elementary, a school that is excelling in so many ways. I believe that we will continue to be an excellent school, one that exemplifies excellence with the Common Core Standards and the Natomas Unified School District Vision- “All NUSD students graduate as college and career ready, productive, responsible, and engaged global citizens.” 

Even though we will be opening our school year in distance learning and facing many new challenges, staff and I have been working together to prepare for a great year. Additionally, I am happy to announce that Witter Ranch will enter year two of AVID. The AVID program will help our school to better meet the needs of our learners and to continue to prepare students to be “College and Career Ready”. More than 80% of our staff is trained in AVID,  teachers attended professional development over the summer to deliver an educational program that can be taught in person or through distance learning.  The following links will give a better understanding of AVID and how it will benefit your child.   https://www.avid.org/what-avid-is and https://youtu.be/iIuvnXyhtQM  Witter Ranch will be implementing AVID, from preschool to 5th grade for the 2020-2021 school year.

Here is a little information about me:

I bring to Witter Ranch over 20 years of educational experience and practice serving K-6 and K-8 schools in Sacramento and the Bay Area. Prior to Witter Ranch, I served as principal at Pioneer Elementary, Michael J. Castori and Golden Valley Charter.

I attended California State University, Sacramento, where I played football and graduated with a degree in Social Science. I received my teaching credential in Urban Education at San Francisco State University and my Administrative Credential in Urban Leadership from CSUS.

My wife and I are raising two children, a girl and a boy in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento.  Our daughter will be starting her first year of college this Fall and our son will start his junior year of high school.

Again, welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact our virtual school office at (916) 567-5620. 

Sincerely, 
Mr. Patrick Birdsong
Principal, Witter Ranch Elementary
Email: [email protected] 
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