Phyllis Hernandez, James Elementary Parent
My daughter is currently enrolled in the 5th grade at James Elementary. This is her fifth year attending the school. We chose this school because it has an exceptional staff that is dedicated to the success of every student. Teachers work with each student in identifying their strengths and weaknesses. The teachers realize that not all students learn the same way. They have a system which allows teachers and their aids to work with students in small groups. This system allows students that are struggling in a particular subject to get the extra support they may need.
I also enjoy the positive attitude the staff has towards their students. Every morning the students and staff meet in the auditorium for morning announcements. Dr. Mary Bachkora, the principal, does an amazing job at encouraging the students to stay positive. Their motto “If I believe, and I work hard, I will achieve” can be heard echoing throughout the hallway every morning! The students love the enthusiasm!
I’m very impressed with how well the staff work together. Ms. Nayeli Murillo is the bi-lingual secretary. She does a wonderful job at maintaining a very busy and sometimes hectic front office. She’s a wonderful liaison between the parents and staff.
I strongly believe that the teachers work so well because they have a strong leader. With a hard working and dedicated principal such as Dr. Bachkora, it produces a dedicated staff that enjoy their jobs. Dr. Bachkora works hard to make sure students are meeting attendance goals, increased test scores and positive behaviors.
The school has a large gym, library, computer lab, art room, and well maintained classrooms.
The school provides volunteer opportunities for parents. They also encourage and welcome parent involvement during their monthly SAC (School Advisory Council) meetings.
James Elementary provides a LINC after school program. The LINC program allows students to participate in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Chess club. The LINC staff work with the students in creating craft projects, science experiments, Lego projects, sports, and dance groups. Every year the LINC staff put together a Cinco de Mayo celebration. The staff spends several months teaching students Folklorico dances which the students perform at the festival.
James Elementary is rich in diversity. It’s located in the Historic Northeast community where there are many different cultures and backgrounds represented at the school. It provides a fun and a safe environment. I highly recommend this school. My daughter loves James Elementary and their superb staff!