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Dear Pathways to College K8 Parents/Guardians and Students:

We welcome you back to Pathways to College K8 for the 2023/2024 school year! If you are new to PTC, we hope that you find here a second home for your child, one in which they can learn and play safely.
Last year was a challenging year across the board for teachers and schools across the nation. 70% or more of teachers nationwide indicated in surveys that this past year was the most difficult year since 2019 for a variety of reasons, including teacher burnout and student behaviors.
However, we have a lot to look forward to this upcoming year! All positions are filled as we start the year; highly motivated teachers in every class. This is a rare feat as the average of unfilled positions nationwide is at 4%. For a district like Los Angeles Unified School District, that means upwards of 1,000 classes that are without teachers.
We have maintained a school counselor and are adding a behavior interventionist to our team as well to work with students who need that extra support.
And to top it all off, we have a new building project to which we can look forward. The new build site is at the corner of 3rd and Hercules in Hesperia. Construction starts as soon as October 2023, and completion by July of 2024.
I would like to remind all parents of the school’s vision:
We envision a school that stands apart from others in its ability to influence all who enter its gates in a positive way; a school wherein each student is able to become a lifelong learner and productive member of society; a school whose purpose is to develop in every learner a regard for the potential that each of us has.
Let us also remember our common goals from the mission statement: promotion of academic growth, social-emotional learning, and positive behaviors.  We can do this together as remember that each of us is a learner; all of us are learning and growing each day to become a better version of ourselves.
I wish you the best year ever at PTC. If you need anything, do not hesitate to ask. We are here to serve!

Craig C. Merrill 
Principal / Executive Director
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