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Cabrillo Ave Elementary School

Los Angeles Unified School District

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    Principal's Message

    I am very proud to serve as principal of Cabrillo Avenue Elementary School. I moved to San Pedro from Long Beach three years ago and I am very happy to serve the community in which I live as an instructional leader. 

    I look forward to working with our community, parents, and students in order to make Cabrillo Ave Elementary the place to grow and learn in San Pedro!

    Dr. Nathan MacAinsh



    Science Fair

    Cabrillo students participated in a variety of marvelous experiments and learned about science first hand. This first grade experiment was created by Ms. Mc Manus' first grade class. Can you guess which objects float? You might be wrong on a few.

    If you liked our science projects, you will love our upcoming  STEAM Magnet Program, which  will focus on science and engineering. There is still time to sign up. See Libertad Morales, the Parent and Community Representative, for support.

    Teachers College Training

    On the first week of December, Kelley Lavery and Kristi Guinness, trainers from Teachers College, planned with teacher grade level groups to develop lessons for more effective reading instruction. The groups met to learn more about reading research and best practices, and then the trainers demonstrated the strategies in the classrooms. It was a great learning experience for both students and adults. Teachers are now starting to use the Readers Workshop model with their students and building their classroom libraries. Our trainers will return in February, March, and April to continue the great work.

    We were able to pay for the training through a special state grant, which also includes funding for classroom libraries and chrome books. Every student should be reading books at his/her independent level for an hour a day between home and school.

    Mental Health Workshops

    Ana Romo, District Counselor, presents mental health workshops for parents and community members on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm this spring for 11 weeks. The first sessions was held on April 24th, but more will follow. Participation is open to everyone, even those who did not attend the first session. Important topics include depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, grieving, and childhood disorders. Ms. Romo talks about these challenges and offers strategies for copying in today's modern world.


    Cabrillo Avenue encourages that all students will encounter rich, varied experiences that will accommodate their unique and individual learning styles. Every students will acquire knowledge and develop skills and habits necessary to function productively in society. All students will develop skills in higher order thinking and problem solving and will have access to modern technology, learn how to use the tools used in everyday life.  Cabrillo students will learn to work with others in a collaborative effort and respect different cultures and individual differences. 


    promoting wellness for all

    Ms. Gastelum, our Psychological Social Worker (PSW) wrote a wellness grant so that we can create a wellness room at Cabrillo. This room, sponsored by Blueprint for Wellness, will have exercise bicycles, yoga mats, weights, and massage chairs for the staff and community volunteers to take care of their bodies and minds. We all need to release a little stress and keep ourselves healthy.

    Code of Conduct

    1. Be Safe (on school grounds before, during, and after school)

    2. Be Responsible

    3. Be Respectful

    4. Be Honest

    5. Appreciate Differences

    6. Be a Life-Long Learner


    Fourth grade students built wind-propelled vehicles and launched them in the school yard in order to test their designs. This lesson is an example of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Cabrillo will open a STEAM Magnet in 2019/20. The application process will open on February 1st. Interested parents may apply at or come by the school and ask Jackie Honorio, Community Representative, for help. The program is open to Cabrillo students who will be in grades 1st-5th next year and to all of those within LAUSD boundaries.

    LIBERTAD, OUR NEW Community Representative

    We had Jackie as our representative for a little over a month, and she did a great job of organizing the center, but the District offered her a position as a special education aide. Now Jackie is in Ms. Jimenez' classroom working with 4th and 5th grade students.

    Luckily, the vacancy was not left open very long. Libertad Morales has now joined the fold. Libertad loves arts and crafts and cooking. She as brought her skills to the Parent Center. Come by and say hello to Libertad, or if you'd rather, "hola." Libertad is a native Spanish speaker and can help parents in either language.


    Cabrillo welcomes our new SAA, Danielle Davis, to our crew. Danielle comes with years of experience in elementary, middle and high school as a clerk and SAA. She says she enjoys elementary the most, so she has landed in the right place. Come and say hello to our new staff member with the enchanting smile.