Dear John Reith Jaguar Students and Families,


Welcome to the 2020-2021 Virtual Start to the School Year!  If you are new, welcome to John Reith, and if you are returning welcome back!  We miss you dearly!


We wish the kids were returning to school in person, but we will take the next best thing and start online!  When the health and safety guidelines lift, we will share more information on how we will safely bring kids back to school.


As an educator in Elk Grove for over 23 years I believe that all kids can and will be successful.  I believe in building relationships with every student, family and faculty member to create a strong and cohesive team that will work for you and your child’s success.  I believe in building a school culture that welcomes our families as partners.  I believe in creating teams that analyze current student data to meet the individual needs of our students.  I am here to serve and work to support the John Reith students and community!


Our goal is to close the achievement gap, and create a child who is college, trade school and career ready.  We will do this with four focus areas.  We will focus on your child’s social and emotional needs.  Our school will continue to provide outstanding services with our PBIS Program, mental health therapists and school psychologists.  We will also use data to support the intervention needs of your child.  We will involve and collaborate with our parent community to enhance our school programs.  We will partner with you to create a learning environment that best meets your child’s needs.  Lastly, every teacher on our campus will provide your child with high quality instruction.  We will commit to learning and growing daily to provide your child with the needed tools to be successful in our school and into their future.  Even from a distance!


I am a mommy of two students who attend EGUSD schools.  I know and understand the challenges you are faced with in this distant learning model; I am faced with them as well.  We will be right there to support you all along the way.  Please be patient, flexible, and caring when a need arises.  Our teachers and staff have been working behind the scenes all summer planning and preparing for the children to return to school online!  We will pass out materials, supplies, Chromebooks as needed, and textbooks.  Please help your child set up a station in your house with their Chromebook and working materials to be successful each day.  The expectation is that this distant learning model, looks, sounds and feels like school from your house.  Children will need to be logged in by 8:00a.m. each school day!  We appreciate how hard you are working at home to make this possible!  Thank you!


I am so excited to start this new virtual school year!  My door is always open.  Please feel free to contact me by email, phone or in person at any time.  I am lucky to call myself your John Reith Principal.  Thank you and I look forward to working with each one of you!



Katie Hedrick