Achieving Academic Excellence Through a Focus on the Visual and Performing Arts
Year Opened: August, 2007
Description of Campus:
Lisa J. Mails Elementary School opened in August, 2007 as the eleventh elementary school in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District with 39 classrooms, a multipurpose room with a kitchen, a computer lab, a library, an outdoor eating area, an amphitheater, administrative offices, a health office, teacher workrooms throughout the campus and two play areas, one for kindergarten students and one designated for students in grades 1-5. Kindergarten Readiness, State Preschool, and Childcare Programs are located on campus as well.
MISSION:Lisa J. Mails Elementary is the district’s first school of choice with a school-wide focus, in this case the visual and performing arts. The school is open to enrollment for families across the district and outside of the school district. The visual and performing arts focus at Lisa J. Mails Elementary School drives the school’s mission to offer students extensive and regular experiences in the arts and to enrich the regular academic program through arts integration.
School Mascot: Monarch
School Beliefs:At Lisa J. Mails Elementary School, we do things with HEART: Harmony, Empathy, Achievement, Reflection, and Transformation. These beliefs guide our day-to-day experiences and are part of the learning process for our students.
Instructional Goals/Program:Our school uses the California State Standards, District and State curriculum, current research in education, and student assessment data to maintain a strong educational foundation. We believe students will need this strong educational foundation and the support of the community to meet the high standards and expectations that are necessary for them to compete in tomorrow’s world.
Lisa J. Mails (1953-2005)
On August 11, 2005, the Board of Education gave their approval to name the District’s 11th elementary school after Lisa J. Mails (1953-2005), a soft-spoken and much admired teacher at E. Hale Curran Elementary School for ten years. Mails used her knowledge and teaching experience to train other teachers in the District and she served on numerous committees including literacy, report cards, writing, language arts adoption and Student Study Teams. She was also a key individual in writing two successful California Distinguished School applications for E. Hale Curran. Mails represented all that is exemplary in the teaching profession and continues to be an inspiration to our community.
High School: Vista Murrieta High School
Middle School: Dorothy McElhinney Middle School