Welcome to Hansen School!
Welcome back Hansen Huskies to the 2016-17 school year! My name is Tracy Goodspeed and I am honored to serve as the principal of Hansen Elementary School. I'm looking forward to a successful year ahead! Parents, teachers, support staff, community and administration all play a part in helping our students meet and exceed our expectations of them. I look forward to seeing each of you as the school year progresses. You will find that my door is always open and I am here to support the success of your child in any possible way.
The past years at Hansen School have seen tremendous academic and community improvements; we can't help but let our PRIDE show in the selection of Hansen School as a California Gold Ribbon School! We continue to expect an even higher standard of excellence this coming year, and are willing and able to provide the support and leadership needed to meet these goals. This year, we will continue our tradition of “Husky Time”, with leveled, skill-specific instruction where students’ individual needs are addressed. Building on our successful implementation of Thinking Maps and “Write from the Beginning”, we will continue our focus on writing, as it is our goal to provide our students with the necessary skills to become proficient writers. In addition, we will continue to build on technology skills and standards to provide students with the skills necessary to become 21st Century Learners. We are thrilled to have both a Technology Learning Center and STEM Center on site to help better prepare our students’ advancement with technology across all curricular areas.
As our students’ academic success starts in Kindergarten, we will continue our very successful full day Transitional Kindergarten program this year as well as our full day academic Kindergarten program. Transitional Kindergarten is designed to offer students a developmentally enriched educational experience by implementing the kindergarten curriculum over a two-year period. The Transitional Kindergarten experience results in a seamless transition to the more rigorous academic Kindergarten.
Here at Hansen Elementary, we encourage our students to be successful, life-long learners, prepared to accept responsibilities and challenges that may present themselves in the future. We are a caring and supportive staff that will continue to maintain a safe and nurturing environment so that all students can be successful. All staff members at Hansen will continue our implementation of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) approach to student discipline. Our goal is to reinforce positive behavior and prevent discipline problems. We wish for our students to display Hansen Huskies P.R.I.D.E.- Polite, Respectful, Integrity, Determination, and Enthusiasm at all times. We expect all members of our school community to show our Husky PRIDE and abide by expectations.
To help ensure the success of our students, we will continue and expand our strong partnership with the Anaheim Police Department and Cops 4 Kids. Through this wonderful partnership, Hansen School’s 4th-6th graders have the opportunity to participate in the Jr. Cadet Program, which instills a sense of respect and responsibility in our young Huskies. The Jr. Cadet Program has been extended to a yearlong program for fourth through sixth graders, an extension that we are extremely excited about. In cooperation with our surrounding community, we will also continue our strong, positive relationships with the Ocean Institute and the Tiger Woods Learning Center. We are happy to continue our successful Music Masters program in which our 4th-6th grade students have the opportunity to participate in a music program teaching them how to play string instruments. Our Hansen Huskies perform in a wonderful concert each spring to show off all of their talents! We have an outstanding partnership with the city of Stanton and through this collaborative Hansen School families have access to many services such as counseling, childcare, parenting classes, summer programs, mentoring, and many others. At Hansen School we take bullying and harassment very seriously. Because of our commitment to ensuring a safe, secure learning environment for each student, we've developed a policy in this area. To read our Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Policy, please click here. Our goal at Hansen School is to create a school community where all students, parents, and staff feel connected!
I firmly believe that for our children to be the most successful they can be, parents, community and staff must work together as a team. I encourage you to participate in your child’s education and get involved at Hansen. There is a direct correlation between parent involvement and student success. Whether you would like to join any or all of our programs, such as our Greeter Program, School Site Council, Watch D.O.G.S., the PTA, or simply to volunteer your time in your child’s classroom; all make a difference in the lives of our children.
I look forward to the 2016-17 school year!
Hansen School PTA
The Hansen School PTA has planned many fun and exciting activities for the students and families for the school year. The Hansen School PTA is always looking for additional volunteers to assist with their many activities. Feel free to stop in the school office to find out more information about how you can help. The PTA is an integral part of Hansen School!
About Hansen School
Hansen School is in the Savanna School District, which encompasses parts of the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress and Stanton. Approximately 700 students attend Hansen School. The staff at Hansen School is composed of 28 regular education teachers, a Response to Intervention (RtI) Title I support teacher, a special education resource teacher and speech therapist, as well as psychologist, psychology intern, and nursing services. All of the teachers at Hansen School are fully credentialed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Support services at the school include clerical, custodial and maintenance, and special funded school based coordinated program and special education classroom instructional assistants. Student support is also maintained through the Student Intervention Team, a group of teachers and support staff who meet to help parents and other teachers with students who may not be progressing academically, socially, or behaviorally.
Hansen staff members attend in-services and workshops on a regular basis to keep current on exemplary teaching strategies, new curricula, and methods to best assist students in meeting grade-level standards. Hansen School's strong academic program ensures that the state and district standards are taught in a comprehensive manner. Students participate in a variety of assessments including District benchmark assessments; teacher and publisher assessments; as well as the State Testing and Reporting (STAR) program which includes the SBAC, California Standards Test in Science for fifth grade students, Physical Fitness Testing for fifth grade students, and the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) for second-language learners.
Additionally, the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is an integral part of the school’s support services through its work as parent volunteers, as program fund-raisers, and as a school-parent communication resource.