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    August 1, 2019

    It is my honor to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year at Sycamore Canyon School. This is my third year in the Santee School District as an administrator. Prior to moving to Santee, I was a Vice Principal in the Lemon Grove School District and have taught in both Lakeside and Mountain Empire School Districts. 

    My passion is teaching and learning with a focus is on cultivating a healthy, welcoming school climate and aligning the right people and resources to support a culture of academic excellence. Over the last few years as a school administrator, my work has encompassed the development of systems for effective data collection and analysis to improve the schoolwide practices supporting academic, social/emotional and behavioral growth.

    Last year, the talented teachers and staff of Sycamore Canyon School collaborated to create an effective learning environment for our children. We saw marked improvement in reading proficiency as well as mathematics ability. You can access our school site data through the California Dashboard website. I look forward to continuing that work this year with a focus on:

    •      Family/Community connectedness (activities, assemblies, clear and consistent communication)
    •      Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (the P.A.W.S. expectations)
    •      Academic interventions to support learning
    •      Student enrichment opportunities (clubs, field trips, engagement opportunities)

    An Ancient Greek proverb stated that a society grows strong when old men plant trees under whose shade they know they will never sit. As educators and parents, that is the work we endeavor to accomplish; we create the environment in which all children will be supported and challenged, where they will learn and be well prepared for the changing world that awaits them. I understand the gravity of my position as we prepare the next generation of thinkers, mathematicians, scientists, authors, citizens and leaders.

    I look forward to us being partners in supporting your child’s education.




    Summer Locke, Principal

    Sycamore Canyon School