Principal's Message

Brenna Godsey

Palmyra Elementary School is one of 27 elementary schools in the Orange Unified School District.  It opened with 18 classrooms in 1952 and has now grown to thirty two classrooms/program spaces.  Palmyra is home to 487 diverse students from transitional kindergarten to sixth grade. Our families come from a range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.  In addition, Palmyra is one of the GATE Magnet sites for the District.  It also houses the District’s elementary S.U.C.S.E.S.S. (Systematic Utilization of Comprehensive Strategies for Ensuring Success) Program supporting students with autism. 
  
Palmyra is a positive, inclusive learning environment that empowers each individual to develop as a life-long learner and productive member of society as a result of a partnership between the school, parents, and the community.  The mission of Palmyra is to collaboratively focus on meeting and exceeding high standards of student achievement in a safe, welcoming community. We foster creative critical thinkers and motivated problem solvers who possess a strong work ethic, a growth-mindset, and the skills and abilities critical for success in middle and high school, college, and career.  
The goals of the Single Plan for Student Achievement are the foundation for the school’s instructional program.  As a Title I, Program Improvement School, the students benefit from many additional resources that support and extend their educational program. The decision making process at Palmyra is a team effort, with an extremely strong School Site Council, English Language Acquisition Committee and PTA playing an active role in the community.

Honored in 2016 as a California Gold Ribbon School and the Title I Academic Achievement Award, Palmyra Elementary continues to ensure the progress of all students to their highest potential through incorporation of technology in the classroom, rigorous standards-based academic curriculum, and instruction supported by research-based pedagogy. Two key practices at Palmyra are the use of GLAD strategies and the implementation of a school-wide AVID structure.  The goal of our school-wide implementation of these strategies are to increase the collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking skills in daily instruction.

Palmyra School fosters and maintains a positive school culture by providing a warm and caring environment for all students.  Desirable student effort is recognized through a variety of programs including “Pinto Pride” tickets, monthly Student of the Month assemblies, and Perfect Attendance awards.  The school climate is enhanced through special assemblies and activities, many facilitated by parent volunteers and provided by PTA funding.