Toyon creates innovators, inspires leaders and sparks love of learning.
The staff at Toyon supports the mission of the district. Our core values are tigers lead with ideas and motivation. Our dedicated and qualified staff is committed to the academic, social, and emotional development of all students.
Each teacher teaches the Common Core State Standards and the Four Cs: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. State adopted textbooks, as well as, Common Core supplemental materials are used in the classrooms. Members from both certificated and classified staff, a parent representative, and a community representative make up Toyon’s Lighthouse team where we focus on the school environment, academics, leadership roles, mentoring, and work-life balance. The staff at Toyon agrees to find the genius in every child and provide leadership roles for each student. As a STEAM school, there is an extra focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. STEAM career speakers expose students to these fields. STEAM provides students opportunities in design-thinking and hands-on learning. The Science Fair celebrates the critical and creative thinking of our students. Community members interview students about their projects who participate in the Science Fair. The bonus for fifth graders is a week at Walden West Science Camp.
A full range of special education services are available to identified students at all grade levels. Programs are available to assist in the development of English language proficiency for students learning English. Proficiency is focused in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. We “triage” all students who are at risk of academic failure three times yearly to develop a plan of services to help them attain academic, social, and emotional standards. Students benefit from our after school Homework Club. Project-based learning, study trips, after school enrichment (Coding and Robotics, Kindergarten, GATE, Art, and Mandarin) and assemblies add to the depth of knowledge for our diverse group of learners.
Morning announcements are done every Monday to inform students of the week’s schedule and the Golden Paw winners. Every month, we award students who demonstrate proficiency on a habit. Awards are given for improving or scoring met or exceeded on the Smarter Balanced assessment, perfect attendance, and at the end of the year at Principal’s Award Night for honor roll and fifth grade student standouts.
Parent and Community Involvement
Parents and community members play a vital role in the success of all children at Toyon School. They contribute in a variety of ways, such as being on the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and School Site Council (SSC). Other district opportunities include District English Language Advisory Council (DELAC), Measure K and L Oversight Committees, and Berryessa District Advisory Committee (BDAC). Our invaluable volunteers help from home and in the classroom and during field trips. They also mentor at-risk students with the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Toyon has partnerships with the YMCA and YSI Alum Rock. YMCA provides an after school program. Toyon students collect water bottles for recycling and turn it into cash, and then the cash is donated to YSI. For our Spanish-speaking families, we offer a parent education program called The Latino Family Literacy Project to show parents how to build literacy skills in both their primary language and in English. This program runs once a week for ten weeks in the fall. We also provide parent workshops quarterly in the evening on social-emotional wellness and safety on the Internet and educational apps. Coffee with the Principal and Title I meetings are held monthly to provide parents a forum to share their ideas or concerns about our school.
We believe that all students are capable of succeeding in school. From early on, our students understand what it will take to be successful when they learn the school motto: Take care of yourself, take care of others, and take care of our school. The Toyon staff is dedicated to taking care of our kids and we are excited about what the future will hold for all Toyon Tigers!