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About Maya Angelou Elementary School
Maya Angelou Elementary School is in the county of Franklin, City of Pasco. Pasco, along with two other cities, Kennewick, and Richland, forms the Tri-Cities of Washington. The school, with its 15 acres of land, has twenty-five classrooms, a gymnasium, a multipurpose room, a library, a computer laboratory, music and art rooms, a conference room, and two classrooms for special education. In 2004, when the school opened, there were only less than four hundred students. At present, it is home to approximately 830 students from Kindergarten to Fifth grade.
The school was named after the American poet, memoirist, actress, and significant person in the American Civil Rights movement. A Pulitzer Prize nominee in 1971, she is known for her writings in biographies like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes." She wrote and read a poem during Bill Clinton’s inauguration as President of the United States of America in 1993. She was the second poet to do that. The first was during John F. Kennedy’s inauguration when poet Robert Frost was asked to read for the occasion.
Academics and Special Programs
Maya Angelou Elementary School students learn how to be responsible, and respectful, and cultivate their desire to be lifelong learners in a secure and caring environment with the cooperation of the staff, parents, and the community. Every student’s academic development, as well as their emotional, physical, and social well-being, will be supported and respected by the staff.
The school continually aims for quality education which the Pasco School District has gained a reputation for. The dedicated staff provides flexible teaching and learning environments.
The school curriculum focuses on Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. The school staff, with their hard work, creates a learning environment, where they work as a team for the advancement of the curriculum and their plan for instruction. They identify and focus on grade-level expectations, teach the children, and assess them. The students are given extra attention if need be. For fast learners, higher levels of learning and enrichment classes are available for them.
Maya Angelou Elementary School is the location of the district’s first Two-Way Dual Language program. This enrichment program aims to teach children to learn two languages.
Parents play an important role in their children’s education. The more interested the parents are, the more likely their children will succeed. Interaction with the teachers will help the school achieve its aim of excellence. In Maya Angelou, they are encouraged to be a part of the Parent Teacher Organization in promoting school programs and activities, and in supporting the staff financially and voluntarily. Through PTO funds, educational projects and programs may be provided for the students, the faculty, and the staff.
The school improvement goal is to increase the percentage of students in meeting the Washington Assessment of Student Learning standard in Reading and Mathematics.
The vision of Maya Angelou Explorers is to discover the past, develop the present, and define the future. This should be achieved through support, mutual respect, and cooperation among everybody involved in the school.