There were 6113 UNEXCUSED absences in 2018-2019, costing the district: $271,234 Besides revenue, students miss out on the learning that takes place in the classroom. It takes at least two days to catch up for every one day of school missed.
Mr. Josh Wilson, Principal
At Strawberry Elementary School, our mission is to increase the knowledge, the skills, and the well-being of every student through a school-wide commitment that assures safety, instills respect, and both models and requires responsibility. Our highest priority is to develop independent, life-long learners who seek to learn and enjoy learning, aspiring to their personal best in an intermediate-grade school setting designed to provide them with the support, the foundation, the self-discipline, inventiveness, and creativity they need to succeed in middle school, high school, college and/or careers. We honor and demonstrate respect for the human dignity and the immanent worth of each individual involved in our school community. We value the diversity of our community and we work synergistically with the families of our students to provide the opportunities and educational support each student needs.
Strawberry School serves fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students in a safe, respectful, supportive, engaging, purposeful, and challenging environment that is conducive to the highest achievement and best learning for our students. Our comprehensive curriculum is integrated to allow students to apply and reinforce their learning throughout the core subjects and beyond. All students are provided a rigorous, standards-based academic program in language arts, mathematics, science, history/social studies, physical education and visual and performing arts. Strawberry School students have the opportunity to participate in an active Student Council, social interaction groups (Lunch Bunch with our counseling staff), and a library club as well as in academic competitions such the County Spelling Bee (which students from Strawberry School have recently won twice), the National Geographic Geography Bee, the County Chess Tournament (annually hosted by our school), and the Lego Robotics Tournament. Other opportunities include lunchtime intramural sports programs called "noon league" with basketball, soccer, and softball, an interscholastic 4th - 6th grade basketball league for boys and girls (two teams of each), band, chorus, flag and shield team programs, and a rich program in the arts, including dance, music, and visual arts. After-school program offerings for GATE students include painting, ceramics, technology/computer coding, videography, robotics, and science. Additional classes in art, chess, cooking, and music are offered.
Strawberry School first became a California Distinguished School and Nationally distinguished school in the 1980’s. The Distinguished School status was again achieved in 2006 and most recently again in 2012. We have maintained the programs and the high achievement and scores that qualified us for the distinguished designation.
The district's comprehensive arts and music program is funded by The Bennett Valley Education Foundation (BVEF). The program includes art, music, and dance. At Strawberry, the BVEF also funds the beginning and advanced bands, and the chorus.