Welcome to Manzanita: A Tradition of Excellence, Entreprenuership and Academic Growth

Dear Manzanita Elementary Families

I am truly honored to be your new Superintendent/Principal.  I am looking forward to working closely with all of you this year and I know together we will accomplish great things for the benefit of each child in our school. 
For those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, I would like to offer a little background information about me.  I was born and raised in Gridley and graduated from Gridley High School in 1992.  I graduated from California State University, Chico in 1996 and I began teaching at Sycamore Middle School immediately following.  I taught middle school for thirteen years before transferring to Wilson Elementary School after the birth of my second child. I was also an English Language Arts trainer for Sacramento County Office of Education during the summers where I traveled up and down the state of California training elementary, middle school, high school teachers, and administrators with regards to literacy instruction.  The last five years I have been the Principal of the Biggs and Richvale Elementary Schools prior to accepting the Superintendent/Principal position at Manzanita Elementary School District.  I am coming to this district with over twenty-one years of experience in the educational field and very deep ties to this community and above all else I truly care about every child who walks through our doors. It is my mission as well as every member of the Manzanita Elementary School Family to see our children graduate as successful, confident, responsible, entrepreneurial learners who have been empowered and inspired by attending the Manzanita Elementary School.  This is going to be an amazing year and I look forward to everything we will accomplish together.
Minden Byrne King 

Welcome to Manzanita

Manzanita Elementary provides an exceptional learning environment for students ranging from grades TK to eight. We strive to create a safe, engaging and dynamic learning environment full of support for our students while also promoting a personalized experience helping them capitalize on their strengths and unique individual characteristics.

We believe education provides opportunity. We are committed to giving our students the foundational skills and knowledge needed to give them as many options as possible when they graduate from high school. We believe that students must be challenged with rigorous coursework and opportunities to think critically to solve problems.

At Manzanita, we value risk taking and perseverance while emphasizing academic achievement through collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Our focus is building the mindset for learning that supports students in becoming resilient, flexible and entrepreneurial learners ready to tackle the technological demands of our current world. We provide a variety of learning opportunities that, when appropriate, utilize technology as a tool for learning and student engagement. We strive to create learning spaces across our school that foster the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of each of our students. As a learning community, we value and expect consideration and respect for others, empathy, responsibility, initiative, resourcefulness, and self-advocacy.

One of the many amazing things that sets Manzanita apart from other schools is our active parent support and involvement. Parent participation is a key component to student success and we encourage each and every parent to become a part of our community in some way. We take great pride in the strong partnerships we have with our families.  Together, we work as a team to ensure that our Manzanita Mustangs develop to their fullest potential and become entrepreneurial learners ready to make a difference in the world! 

Manzanita is a truly special and amazing place. Please feel free to contact me as we work together to continue the solid traditions of the Manzanita Elementary School District. Thanks for visiting our website.
Go Team Mustangs!    #mesdmustangs

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