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Welcome to Victoria
Victoria Elementary is part of the Redlands Unified School District. We are located at:
1505 Richardson St.
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Below is a bit of our history, our academic vision, and how parents and families can be involved
A Brief History
Victoria Elementary opened its doors in 1949 serving an unincorporated area of San Bernardino County. The school was surrounded mostly by orange groves and strawberry fields, with most of the homes in the area built on large lots zoned for livestock. With less than 300 students, the school started with 1 kindergarten and the original classrooms (A, B, and C wings today) housing first through 6th grades. Designed as a neighborhood school, Victoria was built without a parking lot, but instead with a park located where the parking lot is today. In the 1950s, the "D Wing" classrooms were added, a parking lot replaced that park, and the cafeteria was expanded. During this decade the library and the computer lab were added as well. Also during this decade, a baseball field was added that hosted the Vicotria Little League. At its height, the league had more than a dozen teams and was one of the few fields in the area for lighted night games. The leagued dissolved in the early 1980s. The ball field remains, but the light poles were removed. The parking area next to the field was eventually converted into what is today Victoria Park.
Over the decades, the cities of Redlands, San Bernardino, and Loma Linda grew to the point that Victoria eventually became the only Redlands Unified school located in San Bernardino. Today it serves students from Redlands, San Bernardino, and Loma Linda and its student population has nearly doubled. To accommodate the growth, portable classrooms (E and F wings) were added in the early 1980s, along with a State pre-school, special-day pre-school, and our Family Resource Center. The area economy moved away from agriculture causing the orange groves and the strawberry fields to be replaced by warehouses and light industrial facilities.
The Victoria mascot and school colors have changed over the years. At one time Victoria's mascot was the Spartans and its colors green and white. Despite research into school archives, it is unknown whether the Spartan was the original school mascot. During the early 1990s, the school community wanted a new mascot and at which time the Tiger was adopted as well as the Navy blue and white colors. The Victoria Tiger, affectionately called "Victor," has gone through several incarnations and can be found in all its forms on murals and signs throughout the school. Because of the numerous murals of our mascot, Victoria has taken on the nickname of Tiger Town. Finally, our present-day version of Victor (featured above) was designed by teacher Albert Holmon.
Today Tiger Town has approximately 550 students in grades T/K through 5th, with an additional 40 students in its pre-school program. Despite its original construction in the 1940s, the school has been maintained, modernized, and improved over the years. Students and teachers have daily access to computers in the classrooms with dedicated wifi. This upgrade in the last several years rendered the computer lab obsolete, which was converted into an enrichment room for art, music, and PE. Victoria has a had a history as a diverse school and continues as such serving students from a multitude of countries from 4 different continents, with upwards of 18 different languages.
More than 90% of Victoria's students qualify for free or reduced meals. As a result, school and district personnel have gone the extra mile to foster partnerships with local non-profit organizations. As a result, the school has a robust Family Resource Center which facilitates a food and clothing bank, as well as housing a case manager from Building a Generation (BAG). Through this partnership, a BAG case manager is located in our Family Resource Center. The case manager is available to assist families on a one-to-one basis for various services such as counseling, emergency housing, food and/or clothing, and utility assistance. BAG also offers a host of parenting classes and family activities throughout the year. To contact the Building a Generation case manager call (909) 478-5670, x62335, or via the direct line at (909) 307-2478.
As evidenced by the surrounding care offered at Vicotria, the teachers and staff have long believed in educating the who child. However academic excellence has always been at the heart of Tiger Town. It has always been the expectation that students will show:
To that end, teachers work and plan to provide strong initial instruction followed by differentiated lessons to provide enriching content or remediation of concepts/skills. Teachers and administrators also meet every 6 weeks to review student assessment data and plan lessons for English Language Arts and Math. Given that 34% of Victoria's students are English learners, teachers also develop designated and integrated ELD lessons.
The school also provides a robust small-group reading intervention program focused on developing fluency and comprehension. Based upon data over the past 2 years, students who participated in the program regularly have made growth in their reading with fully half reaching grade level and exiting the intervention.
In 2015, the reading intervention program was nominated at the District level for a Golden Bell award. Previous to that, Victoria won a Golden Bell award in 2007 for the academic intervention program it ran in partnership with Beattie Middle School.
With deep roots as a neighborhood school, Victoria teachers and staff work to provide avenues for parents and families to be involved in the school community. Some of the activities offered to parents/guardians and families are:
We also have a number of parents who volunteer throughout the year in various capacities, which include in-classroom helpers, field trip chaperones, and working in our library. Parents who wish to volunteer should contact our office manager at (909) 478-5670 for more information and to obtain the necessary forms. Families may also keep current with activities and information about Victoria by following us on Twitter @TigerTownRUSD.
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Dear Victoria Families,
Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! We are excited to see new and returning Victoria Tigers for the new school year! The first day of school is on Wednesday, August 9th! The first day of school is a minimum day with dismissal for TK AM & PM at 11:40 a.m., Kindergarten dismissal at 12:20 p.m., and grades 1st -5th at 12:30 p.m. Also, Back to School Night will be on Wednesday, August 9th, starting at 6:00 p.m. inside the MPR. Please add this important date to your calendar! The new school year will prove to be the best one yet! As you can see, August 9th will be a very busy day! Please keep in mind dismissal times.
Victoria has new and returning staff and programs! First, I am excited to welcome Mrs. Kristine Castro as our assistant principal. Victoria has a Reading Coach, Mrs. Brooks. The Extended Learning Opportunity Program (ELOP) has a new program specialist Mrs. Murphy. With new teachers on board, we will continue to expand and build excellence across all programs. ELOP information has been sprinkled throughout the summer via ParentPortal. Our site After School Education and Safety (ASES) program will continue after school. Our Exploration Experience after-school program refers to both ASES and ELOP.
This past summer a group of teachers attended the Summer Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Institute where we will further implement AVID strategies across all grade levels TK-5! In all grades, we will continue our focus on the use of organizational tools, as well as supporting students as they learn and practice skills around Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR). Victoria continues to focus on preparing students for college and career readiness. As a Garner Holt demonstration school, our innovation teacher, Mrs. Burk will continue to lead many exciting opportunities for students to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) activities as a way to deepen their understanding of the concepts being taught by their teachers, as well as to develop critical 21st-century skills. We have added an additional TK classroom serving additional students in our community!
One of the most important components of an exceptional school like Victoria is the partnership between home and school. Victoria has a strong tradition of supportive families. Throughout the year will have opportunities to develop and strengthen partnerships in a variety of ways. Please consider joining Victoria’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) or becoming a member of the School Site Council, Coffee with the Principal, and/or the Safety Committee.
Information regarding your child’s teacher, grades, attendance, as well as ongoing communication between school and home, is all facilitated through our Aeries Parent Portal. On Friday, Aug. 4 you may view your child’s teacher in the portal. It is very important that you access this account in order to receive this and other pertinent information. If you need any support creating your account, please contact our school office between the hours of 7:30 - 4:00 p.m. We have an excellent staff standing by to serve you.
School safety continues to be our number one priority for students and staff. For the first three days of school, parents/guardians will be given the option to walk their children to class. Beginning Monday, August 14th, students will be expected to walk onto campus on their own. In order to ensure the continued safety of our students, access to the campus is limited during the instructional day. If you have an appointment that requires your presence on school grounds, please report directly to the office. A valid photo I.D. must be presented to facilitate the check-in process and obtain a visitor's pass. To ensure the safety of our students and school community, the RED Zone on Richardson St will be strictly enforced. As mentioned, school safety is our number one priority.
This new school year is full of promise for our students and I am excited for the great work we will do together for the success of your child. I consider it an honor and privilege to serve Victoria Elementary and the community. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Estella Patel, Ed.D.
Principal, Victoria Elementary School