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Assistant Principals' Messages

Assistant Principal:  Mr. John Graham
Hello Parents, Students, and Community Members to the 2017 – 2018 school year!  A year that I am confident will bring continued success to Los Alisos Middle School.

Educational Philosophy

My goal is to create an environment where students are successful learners and global citizens by challenging them to achieve their highest potential; providing an environment that is positive, safe, and academically challenging; and by modeling for them how to be responsible citizens in the larger global community. My priorities include:  1) Commitment to high standards, 2) Support systems for students, 3) High expectations for student behavior and 4) Sense of community and parent involvement.  My commitment as member of the administrative team is to ensure that every child is prepared both emotionally and academically to enter high school and successfully transition to adulthood.  Hence, I believe that we need to do all I can to bring about ideas that will make Los Alisos an excellent educational organization.

High Expectations for Student Behavior

I believe in an approach to discipline where consequences serve as a learning opportunity for the student.  I believe that a fair, firm, calm and honest approach when communicating with students along with holding them accountable for their actions fosters a relationship of mutual respect.  Students in middle school learn best when boundaries are clearly communicated and consequences are consistently enforced.  I strive to provide and maintain a learning environment where students feel safe and look forward to the learning opportunities available.  A child’s willingness, effort, participation, and attitude they bring toward their own learning are critical to their own success.

It is my goal and desire to make sure that I serve you and your child with the best of my abilities. I will assure you that I will care and provide a safe environment for your child. I look forward to an exciting school year.  If you would like to schedule a meeting, please call the school for an appointment. You can also contact me by phone at 562-868-0865.

Mr. John Graham
Assistant Principal
Los Alisos Middle School
Assistant Principal: John Graham
(En Español)

Bienvenidos a la escuela secundaria Los Alisos

¡Donde la universidad no es un sueño, es un plan!
Bienvenidos padres, estudiantes y miembros de la Comunidad al año escolar 2017 - 2018.  Un año en que estoy seguro traerá éxito continuo a Los Alisos.  

Filosofía educativa
Mi objetivo es crear un entorno dónde los estudiantes son alumnos con éxito y ciudadanos globales por parte de un desafío para alcanzar su máximo potencial; proporcionar un entorno que es positivo, seguro y que ofrece un desafío académico; y modelando para ellos como ser ciudadanos responsables en la comunidad. Mis prioridades incluyen: 1) compromiso a altos estándares. 2) Sistemas de apoyo para los estudiantes, 3) altas expectativas para el comportamiento del estudiante y 4) sentido de comunidad y participación de los padres. Mi compromiso como miembro del equipo administrativo es garantizar que todos los estudiantes esten dispuestos tanto emocionalmente y académicamente para entrar al colegio y con éxito la transición a edad adulta. Por lo tanto, creo que tenemos que hacer todo que lo posible para lograr las ideas que hará Los Alisos una excelente organización educativa.  

Altas expectativas para el comportamiento de los estudiantes
Creo en el marco de una estrategia para la disciplina donde las consecuencias sirven como una oportunidad de aprendizaje para los alumnos. Creo que un justo, firme, tranquilo y honesta enfoque en la comunicación con los estudiantes junto con hacerlos responsables de sus acciones crea una relación de respeto mutuo. Estudiantes en la escuela media aprenden mejor cuando se comunican claramente los límites y constantemente se aplican las consecuencias. Me esforzaré a proporcionar y mantener un entorno de aprendizaje dónde los estudiantes se sienten seguros y deseando la oportunidades de aprendizaje disponibles. La voluntad de un estudiante, su esfuerzo, participación y la actitud que aportan hacia su propio aprendizaje son fundamentales a su propio éxito.  

Es mi objetivo y deseo de asegurarme de servirle a usted y su hijo con el mejor de mis capacidades. Le puedo asegurar que cuidaré y proporcionaré un entorno seguro para su hijo. Espero que este año escolar sea excitante. Si necesita comunicarse conmigo, mis puertas están abiertas. También puede ponerse en contacto conmigo al 562-868-0865.  

Señor John Graham
Los Alisos Middle School

Assistant Principal: Paula Mayes

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover 

it. -Michelangelo


Welcome (back) to Los Alisos Middle School. This year will be my 20th in the district and my third as Assistant Principal.  I have high expectations for students, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators, and myself as we reach toward the mission statement: 


"At Los Alisos our mission is to provide students with rigorous, standards based instruction that will enable students to compete in a global society. Students will become responsible and ethical citizens within their communities while experiencing differentiated opportunities for college and care

r success. Students will be critical thinkers that are capable of solving real world problems through effective communication and collaboration.


...Because College Is Not A Dream, It’s A Plan."

The 7 Cs:  Curriculum, Conscience, Compete in Global Society, College and Career, Critical thinkers, Communication, Collaboration, Grit.


Through collaboration and cooperation, Los Alisos will be prepared to meet the rigor of Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and 21st Century Skills to ensure our students are prepared for college and careers. 


My goal is to support Los Alisos' principal and staff as they promote engagement with professional learning communities and networks (PLCs & PLNs).  This will allow our school to have multiple opportunities to interact, collaborate and compete within world communities.  I will encourage positive classroom environments and reinforce firm and fair consequences.  I will provide opportunities for ongoing learning in STEM, SIOP, and 21st Century Skills while continuing a focus on Common Core Standards. 


Within the community, I will encourage parent engagement in their children’s education and provide resources to reinforce what their children learn at school.  Parents are their children's biggest advocates when it comes to school, and we encourage them to be well informed and involved.  Parents, join PTSA and ELAC.  Ask your children questions every day.  Celebrate their success and encourage them to work through their difficulties with the help of adults who support them. 


I look forward to serving Los Alisos Middle School this year to meet its mission and ensure all students have the opportunity to learn.  


Here's to an amazing new year,


Paula A. Mayes

Los Alisos Middle School

Assistant Principal