Fallbrook Union Elementary School District

Inspiring Greatness In All Students

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  • Potter Junior High School Honored with 2014 Golden Bell Award

    Potter Junior High School (Potter) received word that it is being honored with the 2014 Golden Bell Award, a leading educational honor in California sponsored by the California School Boards Association (CSBA). (Click on the title to see more.)

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  • Sean Covey Pays a Special Visit to Fallbrook Union Elementary

    The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) was proud and honored to host Sean Covey, son of Dr. Stephen Covey, on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in the Bowers Auditorium, Potter Junior High Campus. Sean Covey spoke to district parents and staff, then signed copies of his most recent book, The Leader in Me, Second Edition. (Click on the title to see more.)

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  • FUESD to Reopen Maie Ellis Elementary School in 2015-2016

    We are pleased to announce that our district plans to reopen Maie Ellis Elementary School next year as a school of choice for the dual language program, pending Governing Board approval on October 20th. It will join the home school program already housed at the site. (Click on the title to see more.)

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  • The Leader in Me

    The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District has embraced and implemented The Leader in Me approach in developing a culture of leadership in all of our schools based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® by Stephen Covey. (Click the headline to see more.)

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FUESD Inspires! Blog

  • The Rosetta Stone at La Paloma

    Posted by Katy Jenssen at 10/21/2014
    Rosetta Stone Computer Lab

    La Paloma parents are actively modeling leadership for their children by becoming involved in two amazing parent education programs at our school!

    One of our popular programs is Rosetta Stone in both English and Spanish. Our Spanish speaking parents come on Monday and Wednesday mornings to improve their English skills and are so very excited and motivated to advance levels of Rosetta Stone English Competency. For many this is a unique opportunity to learn to work on a computer and operate in an online arena, as Rosetta Stone is all online. By improving parent skills in English, they are better able to help their children with homework as well as understand and participate in programs and events done in English. Many of our English speaking parents are also excited to be learning Spanish so that they are able to communicate better in our bilingual La Paloma Book Club.   Parents are finding it much easier to communicate with other parents who speak another language now that the language barrier is being taken down and they all are second language learners.

    7 Habits Group  

    Our diligent parents meet every other Friday and discuss assigned chapters reflecting as a group on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey, a national bestseller. This book is said to be, “A true gift for the teenage soul”. It  offers teens a ‘solid road map’ to a successful future, focusing on setting goals and sticking to them in order to achieve their dreams. These are lifelong values and principles that will enrich these families’ lives by bringing the Habits into the home as well as school. This teen version helps teens to improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, and get along with parents. Parents say, “It is helping me learn the same habits as my child and apply it to my own life.” Our families are so grateful to be getting this amazing guidance!

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  • The Leader in Me and Panda Cares Foundation Transform Fallbrook Street School

    Posted by Bill Billingsley, Director of Student Services and Communication at 9/17/2014

    Fallbrook Street School's mission is to find and foster the leader in every child. They do this by embracing and explicitly teaching the 7 Habits and The Leader in Me values to their staff, students, and even their parents.  After just one year of implementation, the transformation on the Fallbrook Street school campus has been absolutely phenomenal.

    However, for one particular Fallbrook Street student, learning the 7 Habits has been nothing short of life changing. I'd like to introduce to you a very special student named Bryan. Now in sixth grade, he has attended Fallbrook Street School since Kindergarten.  Bryan is currently being raised by a single mom, lives in a neighborhood riddled with gang influences, and has had more than his share of troubles in and out of school. Until recently, Bryan was on a destructive path: making poor decisions, struggling academically, encountering disciplinary issues, and contemplating following family members into a gang life. 

    The great news for Bryan, however, is that things are beginning to change. Since Fallbrook Street School has embraced the 7 Habits and The Leader In Me, Bryan is beginning to experience academic and social success for the very first time.  Bryan now enjoys success at school, success in the classroom, success on the playground, and even success navigating challenges in his neighborhood. Utilizing the 7 Habits, Bryan now has strategies to cope with negative influences and to lead him to make positive choices.  He is truly embracing these life-altering changes.  Bryan states, "Now I am in charge of my life. Using the 7 Habits is helping to make my life better at home and at school."  Bryan states further, "Now I choose to do the right thing, choose to help others, choose to work hard in class, and choose to care about school."  

    Bryan was selected by the Panda Cares Foundation to represent the entire Fallbrook Union Elementary School District as an exemplary student who embraces The Leader in Me. The Panda Cares Foundation supports the District through a generously funded grant recently obtained by Superintendent Candace Singh.  Additionally, Bryan's turnaround story was filmed recently.  Bryan’s amazing story will soon be highlighted in a video viewed nationally to document how impactful the 7 Habits and The Leader In Me can be for school age students.

    Michelle Cherng of the Panda Cares Foundation, daughter of Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express owners, came to Fallbrook Street School on September 5, 2014.  The Panda Cares Foundation filming crew, along with Michelle, captured the positive transformation evident for both Bryan and the entire Fallbrook Street School campus since implementing The Leader in Me. Fallbrook Union Elementary School District is incredibly honored and grateful to partner with The Panda Cares Foundation. For Bryan, The Leader in Me program has been not only profoundly inspiring, but truly life changing.    

    Below is a picture of Bryan and Michelle taken September 5, 2014 during the video filming at Fallbrook Street School. 
    Panda Cares  
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  • Welcome from William H. Frazier's Principal

    Posted by Joe Kniseley at 8/25/2014

    Dear Frazier Families,


    I am extremely excited and honored to be serving as the principal of William H.Frazier School.  WHF is a great place to learn and is filled with outstanding teachers, students, staff, and parents!  Our mission at William H. Frazier is to maintain a positive, safe, and active learning environment where academic excellence and success is experienced by all our students.  The staff at William H. Frazier, in partnership with parents and the community, is committed to developing responsible, active learners who are engaged in an academic atmosphere of critical thinking, communication, and creativity.   


    Joe Kniseley,


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  • Welcome from San Onofre's Principal

    Posted by Lillian Perez at 8/25/2014
    Welcome Letter
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  • Welcome from Potter Junior High's Principal

    Posted by Leonard Rodriguez at 8/25/2014
    Principal Rodriguez
    Mr. Leonard Rodriguez, Principal
    As principal, I am excited to lead this school and build upon its proud traditions and many successes.  Together with my highly qualified staff, rigorous academic program, and student activities, I am confident that we will continue to meet the high standards of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District.  We will work diligently to provide academic and behavioral support for our students while seeking new and creative opportunities to enrich and extend their experiences on campus.  Potter Jr. High School is truly a special place to be!

    Throughout the year, our students will be encouraged to show their Potter P.R.I.D.E. (Personal Responsibility in Developing Excellence) by being Ready, Respectful and Responsible. We encourage parents to support our efforts and challenge your children to be their very best they can be. I look forward to working with you this year to provide your children the best education possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (760) 731-4150 or lmrodriguez@fuesd.org. Have a great year and go Braves!

    Mensaje del Sr. Rodriguez, Director

    Como director, estoy contento de llevar la delantera de esta escuela y edificar sobre sus orgullosas tradiciones y sus muchos éxitos.  Junto a mi altamente capacitado personal, riguroso programa académico, y actividades estudiantiles, tengo plena confianza que continuaremos satisfaciendo las altas normas del Distrito Elemental de Fallbrook.  Trabajaremos diligentemente para proporcionar el apoyo académico y de conducta  para nuestros estudiantes mientras buscamos nuevas y creativas oportunidades para enriquecer y ampliar sus experiencias en la escuela.  ¡La Escuela Potter Junior High es un lugar verdaderamente especial para estar!  

    Durante todo el año, se les animara a nuestros estudiantes que muestren su Potter P.R.I.D.E. (Responsabilidad Personal en Desarrollar Excelencia) por medio de estar Listo, ser Respetuoso y Responsable.  Animamos a los padres para que apoyen nuestros esfuerzos y  reten a sus hijos para que sean lo mejor que puedan ser.  Espero trabajar con usted este año para proporcionarle la mejor educación posible a sus hijos.  Si tiene preguntas, por favor llámeme al (760) 731-4150 o escríbame a lmrodriguez@fuesd.org.  Que tengan un magnifico año y  ¡adelanteBraves !

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  • Welcome from Mary Fay Pendleton's Principal

    Posted by Chad McGough at 8/25/2014
    Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members:

    I am honored to be the new principal at Mary Fay Pendleton.  I feel truly blessed to be the instructional leader of such a remarkable school community.

    I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 15 years.  During this time, my experiences include teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both regular and special education.  I have also served as an Instructional Specialist, consultant, Dean of Students, assistant principal and principal.  Most recently, I served as principal in Fallbrook at La Paloma Elementary School which was awarded the honor of a California Distinguished School for its academic achievement.  I am married to my beautiful wife, Erin, and we have three wonderful children.

    All of us at Mary Fay Pendleton are eager and excited to begin what promises to be an amazing year.  We are poised to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help build relationships.  As your principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors (staff, students, parents, and community members) are excited to be here working together to ensure everyone succeeds.  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and supportive environment. 

    It is imperative that our community embraces the idea of doing whatever it takes to advance the achievement of every student.  As a professional learning community, we are committed to working tirelessly to provide challenging educational opportunities for children everyday.  However, in order to be a successful learning community, we will need your help as you are an integral part of your child’s education.  Open communication with your child’s teacher is vital to ensure an effective and successful partnership throughout the year.  Parental involvement is an important aspect of every child’s education and is the primary factor in a student’s success in school.  There are many ways in which you can participate in school: sitting down with your child when they are doing their homework, asking them what they learned, asking them about the book they’re reading, volunteering in the classroom, becoming a member of PTA, running for school site council, and assisting with special activities are just a few things you can do to help make a difference.    

    My goal as principal of Mary Fay Pendleton is to improve academic rigor through vertical and horizontal collaboration which is used to: identify focus standards, create measurable objectives, discuss best practices, identify engagement strategies, develop common assessments, and analyze data to ensure academic growth for all students.  This type of collaboration will allow us to create learning experiences that require students to think independently and apply their knowledge.  Additionally, I want to develop a culture of leadership through the Leader in Me approach which is based on Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  This approach helps students develop interpersonal skills to empower themselves to become a leader in every aspect of their life. 

    Our job is to strive for excellence and make Mary Fay Pendleton world class.  For this to become a reality we must all work together as a learning community and keep our focus on doing what is best for students.  Together we can turn today’s learners into tomorrow’s leaders.



    Chad McGough

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  • Welcome from Live Oak's Principal

    Posted by Wendy Kerr at 8/25/2014


     Introducing Mrs. Wendy Kerr
    Dear Parents, and Students of Live Oak Elementary School,

    I want to warmly welcome you to the 2014-15 school year. As the newly appointed principal, it is my sincere pleasure and honor to be able to lead all of us into a great school year, while supporting the mission of Fallbrook Union Elementary School District which is to provide the pathway for all students to attain expertise and develop skills of academic excellence that will empower them to:

    ·      Become life-long active learners

    ·      Perform successfully in their chosen field and in society

    ·      Model respect for themselves and others in a diverse and global society

    ·      Think and apply information in a critical manner

    I look forward to working with the dedicated staff to help provide the best educational experience for our students. Live Oak Elementary enjoys a rich history of academic and cultural excellence based on loyalty, community, and integrity. I feel fortunate and honored to have been appointed Live Oak’s principal at a school that serves a diverse population. It is important for you to know what I believe, for me; students matter, relationships matter, Live Oak matters, and academic, leadership, and character success matters. Therefore, I look forward to getting to know the students, staff, and parents.  

    Parents, teachers, support staff, community and administration all have unique roles in encouragement, support, and fostering of our children’s self-efficacy. Research shows that these relationships can have a significant, positive impact on our students in becoming engaged, active, and life-long learners. It is my sincere desire to provide expanded opportunities for our students to acquire the 21st Century.  Skills needed to become productive citizens in our ever-changing society. I believe through a trusting, collegial partnership and clear communication with everyone associated with Live Oak Elementary School, we will continue to strive for excellence! 

    Lastly, you have my full commitment to ensuring that your student receives the best education possible and I would hope that our students develop their talents, skills, and abilities in a variety of ways that will enhance their new school year. I leave you with this… 

    Mission, Belief, and Purpose:

    If I am not positively impacting a life as a servant leader, then I have wasted mine. I bring a deep commitment, sense of responsibility,and passion toward living a “life of excellence”. 

    Please feel free to stop at my office to say hello, as my door is always open! I wish your family, and especially your student, great success during this new school year. 


    Wendy Kerr, Principal
    Live Oak Elementary School, a Leader in Me school
    Twitter: @WkerrED

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  • Welcome from La Paloma's Principal

    Posted by Nancy Foster at 8/25/2014
    Mrs. Nancy Foster

    I am proud to welcome you to La Paloma!  I feel so fortunate to be the new Principal of this wonderful California Distinguished School.  We are committed to working “together as a pack” to ensure every student has the opportunity to improve socially and academically. 

    As an educator for over twenty- seven years, my background is varied and extensive. I have taught elementary school  for  twenty years, served as an instructional coach, lead teacher and Assistant Principal. 

    I pledge to continue the vision to develop each student’s academic, social, emotional and physical well-being through a safe, engaging, and rigorous standards-based learning environment infused with a college bound culture.

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