Principal's Corner

I’m pleased to welcome all of our new Kindergarten students as they begin their educational careers here at Penryn Elementary. I would also like to welcome any new families that are joining us as we have grown from a student population of 210 to a population of 248 and we are growing every day, this is going to be an electrifying school year.  I’m sure you will find the Penryn school community a warm and welcoming place.  It is wonderful to welcome back our returning friends as well – WELCOME!

Penryn Staff has been working hard to develop an innovative, rigorous and engaging writing program. We have participated in lots of professional training and collaborative learning. Students and staff are working hard and digging into their own writing, using a relevant writing instructional program. We are enthusiastic and eager to be moving into our third year of Writer’s Workshop. Our Penryn School motto is to, “Keep Calm and Write On!”

We have now adopted a new math program in K-5th grade and continuing the College Preparatory Mathematics program for 6th-8th grade. New curriculum usually is not easy for both students and staff; however, our district has given great ongoing professional development support. As a staff, we are working to support students around number sense, number patterns and the conceptual understanding of math while making it relevant at the same time. This is not an easy task, which is why we will continue to work with staff and students to develop a conceptual understanding of math.

Penryn’s instructional philosophy is developed around a workshop model (small group instruction-MTSS a multi-tiered support system). Through the workshop model we are able to be responsive and meet the needs of all our students. With this model of teaching, our Penryn team works collaboratively to keep students in the classroom for a majority of the school day. By doing this students are given the same core instruction as all their peers but we can help support with push in given through staff in our resource department, again a Multi-Tiered Support System (MTSS).

Penryn is a Positive Behavior Interventions and Support School (PBIS). Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) is a way for schools to encourage good behavior. With PBIS, kids learn about behavior, just as they learn other subjects like math or science. The key to PBIS is prevention, not punishment. We were recognized by the State of California PBIS Coalition for our PBIS programming at Penryn School with the Platinum PBIS Implementation Reward. Only 15 schools in the state were recognized with this award. We are very proud of our PBIS program at Penryn School.

Penryn has a devoted staff that works hard to deliver the best instruction through the tools developed in their tool belt. We have created an abundant tool belt through our research based professional development, we believe in continuing to develop our staff so we continue to stay up to date and relevant with our instruction.

It is essential that our school fosters a sense of community. Part of this can be accomplished by having an active and well-represented PTC. We need representatives for every class to help with events and community activities throughout the year. To find out how to get involved or to contact the Penryn PTC with questions or comments you can visit our Penryn PTC website at This website is also a great place to keep up to date on any activities or events.

 As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at (916) 663-3993. Please visit our website as well at


Cara Alfonso