August 16, 2021
LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING AHEAD....
The 2021-22 school year promises to be just as historically significant as the COVID-19 Pandemic year of 20-21. However, in very different ways. Looking back, our Manzanita community pulled together and survived the pandemic year...and gave our scholars a little bit of ‘normal’ during a very frightening and uncertain time. This year, however, is not about survival. Not when 55-60% of Santa Barbara County is fully vaccinated with these numbers increasing by the day. No, the 2021-22 school year focus for Manzanita scholars is all about thriving...even if the new normal is not quite what it used to be.
The fact is, none of us know if there will ever be return to ‘normal’ as we remember it. And...we have to be ok with this fact. Our children are counting on us to be ok with the new normal. And so...we shall be!
On the Manzanita campus, the new normal includes indoor face masks and classroom seating arrangements that separate scholars more than teachers would like. Each day, students must continue to wash their hands more than they’d like. But the new normal also includes, (thanks to a significant infusion of taxpayer money into the public school system), art, music, drama, robotics, engineering activities, outdoor science education, field trips, and strategic small group instruction.
Our scholars will also receive caring, empowering, social emotional support from our experienced counseling and teacher teams.
In short, for Manzanita scholars, the “new normal’ will offer a robust and improved ‘whole child ‘educational approach that will wrap its arms around your child. Thus, if we must embrace a ‘new normal,’ I feel confident Manzanita’s ‘new normal’ will be a healthy, engaging, and safe learning environment for each of our scholars. That is what a ‘thriving’ educational community looks like.
Cheers to the future-whatever it brings!
Suzanne Nicastro, Superintendent/Principal
Manzanita's mission is to provide an enhanced educational environment that promotes learning excellence while allowing scholars to thrive in a 21st-century world.
Our vision shapes and develops a school culture that promotes creativity, deep development of learning independence and strengths, while providing personalized services in a results-driven environment.