Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear Garden Park Community,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year at Garden Park Elementary!

I hope this letter finds you and your family well.  As a Garden Park Community we have persevered through many challenges over the past two years, and we have come out stronger than ever before.  I look forward to a new school year filled with new and exciting opportunities.  I thank you in advance for all that you do as parents and guardians to ensure your scholar continues to learn and grow.

As we embark on this new school year with the high expectations for student achievement, we will continue our focus on developing the whole child, both the academic skills and personal skills in order to prepare them for lifelong success.  We will focus on each child’s social-emotional well-being, by continuing our work in practicing Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Learning.

This year we will begin the initial implementation of our school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (commonly known as PBIS). Implementing PBIS creates a common set of expectations for all students on the playground, in the classroom, and throughout our campus.  PBIS encourages positive behavior, with a focus on "catching students doing good or doing the right thing".  Every student is a Gecko STAR when they follow the school-wide expectations:  SAFETY, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY, ACHIEVEMENT, RESPECT.

We hope that you will find our website helpful and informative.  The website calendar has important dates for all events and activities for this school year.  In addition, important information and updates are sent on a weekly basis via ParentSquare. Using the website and ParentSquare are the two best ways to stay informed as we go through the school year.

It is my hope that as our students and families return to campus, you feel the strong sense of community and family pride.  Our school in partnership with our amazing PTA and various parent groups provide many events that strengthen and enrich our home & school community.  I want to encourage you to get involved as a volunteer and to participate as a family in as many of these activities as you possibly can.   Please refer to our school website and the various PTA flyers that are shared with you to be kept informed of these opportunities.

I am honored to serve as the principal of Garden Park Elementary School for the ninth year.  It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, staff and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth.  Please feel free to contact me at 714-663-6074 or at


Michelle Morales