Welcome to Cerritos School!
Hello Cheetah families; my name is Mrs. Heather Cash and I am proud to serve as the Cerritos School Principal! At Cerritos School, we believe in giving every child a chance every single day to reach their full academic, social and emotional potential. We believe that parents are important partners in supporting students on their academic journey as they learn to be reflective and engaged learners.
Cerritos is indeed a beautiful and safe place to learn. We continue to improve our newly modernized campus with a new parking lot, beautiful landscaping and shade structure. Cerritos provides a safe and secure learning environment with a closed campus and visitor checkpoint. We are truly grateful for the residents of our community for continuing to value and support our students, thank you!
Creating engaged and reflective students is our focus here at Cerritos. We do this through the use of technology, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), differentiated instruction, and PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports). Students visit our Technology Learning Centers weekly.
Cerritos School is a community of caring people whose goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment where students feel included, respected and valued. Our dedicated staff is committed to upholding these expectations by being proactive in addressing student needs and concerns. Cerritos School has adopted the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) approach to student discipline. Our primary goal is to reinforce positive behavior and prevent discipline problems. To do this we will teach, model and expect students to R.O.A.R. – To be Respectful, Organized, Accountable, and Resilient. We expect students to follow the established procedures for the classroom, walkways, restrooms, MPR, lunch area, and playground.
Cerritos School students and staff are recognizing large and small ways we show kindness! Research shows that practicing kindness improves attention, develops pro-social behavior and supports cognitive learning. Upon entering our school, visitors are met with a brightly decorated wall covered with examples of the ways Cheetahs show kindness every day! From helping a friend tie his shoe, to sweeping up crumbs at lunch, Cerritos Cheetahs show that kindness makes a difference!
At Cerritos School we take bullying very seriously; so much so that we've developed a policy in this area To read our Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Policy, please click here. We will continue our student mentoring, and our sixth graders recently completed the Cypress Police Department’s P.A.C.E. (Positive Action through Character Education) Program. Cerritos School also uses peer mentors on the playground to help students communicate and solve problems proactively.
We welcome parents at Cerritos School as mentors (Watch D.O.G.s), volunteers (PTA), and partners. Please reach out to me to share your talents, skills or resources with our students.
About Cerritos School
Cerritos School is in the Savanna School District which encompasses parts of the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress and Stanton. Approximately 500 students attend Cerritos School. The staff at Cerritos School is composed of 21 regular education teachers, 3 special day class teachers, a special education resource teacher and speech therapist, as well as psychologist, counselor, and nursing services. All of the teachers at Cerritos 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 who meet to help parents and other teachers with students who may not be progressing academically, socially, or behaviorally.
Cerritos staff members attend inservices 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. Cerritos 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 English Language Proficiency Assessment for California(ELPAC) for second-language learners.
The Cypress Police Department provides the PACE (Positive Action through Character Education) program for sixth grade students, emphasizing character education and drug abuse resistance.