Dear Witter Ranch Families,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. My name is Patrick Birdsong, and 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.”
I am happy to announce that Witter Ranch has officially become an AVID elementary school, one of two in Natomas Unified. AVID will help our school to better meet the needs of our learners and to continue to prepare students to be “College and Career Ready.” The following links will give a better understanding of AVID and how it will benefit your child: “What AVID Is” article and “It’s My School” YouTube video. Witter Ranch will be implementing AVID in ten classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year, and by 2022 every classroom will teach the AVID program.
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. Before 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 Citrus Park neighborhood of Sacramento. They keep us very busy with all their activities and events. I enjoy watching and/or coaching my children in sports such as tennis and rugby.
Again, welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to stop by the front office or contact me at (916) 567-5620. I look forward to seeing you in August.
Principal, Witter Ranch Elementary
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