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News - January 21, 2022

A principal's pledge

Barron Park's new principal aims to forge partnerships by making home visits to each student's family

by Zoe Morgan

Around a decade ago, Judy Argumedo was working as a school district administrator on reducing truancy and went to the homes of Palo Alto students who weren't attending school in an effort to get them back on campus.

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Posted by Virginia Smedberg
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 21, 2022 at 8:17 pm

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Kudos to her for this outreach - communication is SO valuable to every part of our lives! And it's a recognition of the value of each student - each one is seen as important. I hope other schools find ways of doing similar things - larger student bodies would need several people doing it, but it's certainly do-able.

Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 22, 2022 at 9:01 am

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But wonder why her prior years at the district have not moved the dial on the achievement gap or the district's repeated conduct in disproportionately designating certain racial demographics as special Ed? Though she was in charge of these and related things at PAUSD?

Maybe PA weekly should do its HW.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2022 at 9:11 am

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As a former PAUSD parent, I am not sure I would want a visit from the school principal and I feel quite sure my kids would definitely not.

I would much prefer the principal at school dealing with some of the urgent issues, bullying, wastage, etc.

Be present at recess, lunchtime, drop off and pickup time. Get to know the parents at school events. Be easy to contact, returning emails and phone calls in a timely manner. Take notice of our concerns. Pay attention to what parents want. Give our concerns a hearing rather than a platitude reply. But please, do not spend time coming to my house so that you can check us off on a list that says outreach to families.

Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2022 at 10:36 pm

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Good for you, Principal Argumedo. Your reaching out to the Barron Park families is excellent.
For a child’s school principal to want this deeper understanding of students and their families is rare and valuable.
Lucky BP Elementary to have her leadership.

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