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Weekly Principal Updates, 2017-2018 9/25/2017 - 9/29/2017


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5251 E. Stearns Street
Long Beach, CA. 90815

Office: (562) 498-3794
Fax: (562) 498-1711

Mr. Sam Platis

Office Hours:
7:30 - 4:00, Mon - Fri

Mr. Sam Platis


Bixby Mission

The Florence Bixby School Staff is a dedicated, highly qualified, caring, group of professionals.  We are committed to providing positive and challenging opportunities.  High expectations, academic excellence, parent and community involvement, and a safe learning environment provide students with the means to grow socially, emotionally, and academically on the path to becoming life-long learners.

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These meetings help the school district to strategize programs to support Pacific Islander students.  View the attached flier for details and a schedule of meetings through September.


State law requires all public schools to create a School Accountability Report Card (SARC). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about your child's school, which includes:

  • School Description and Mission
  • School Programs and Instructional Materials
  • Opportunities for Parent Involvement
  • Test Results
  • Safety Plan
  • Facilities

We invite you to view the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) for your child's school.  You can find your school's SARC here.


From the Principal: Ready? Set? GO!

Dear Florence Bixby Elementary School Families,


I hope everyone is having a restful, rejuvenating and rewarding summer vacation.  Our staff has quietly been working very hard "behind the scenes" over the summer to help ensure another memorable and successful school year.  We absolutely can not wait to continue our partnership with our returning families, and begin our work with our new families to build a foundation for a world-class education for ALL students!


When we begin the school year, countless conversations begin with some form of the question, "What did you do this summer?".  Well, in addition to traveling to places near and far, spending quality time with family and friends, and creating summer memories that will last a lifetime, your Florence Bixby Elementary School staff and PTA have also been putting in a considerable amount of time "on and off the clock" so that all 493 students are ensured of a year full of learning and growth.  Our Plant Supervisor (Jorge) and Custodians (Michael and Sal) have been sweating away to deep-clean every corner of our buildings.  Our hallways are bustling with teachers preparing their classrooms.  Our PTA Board has already held planning meetings and attended workshops.   Our office staff (Sandi and Christina) has been verifying that all of the essential "pieces of school" (textbooks, technology, and other important supplies) are in place.  Our Counselor (Mrs. Martin) has been preparing and organizing all of the programs that support our students' academic and behavioral development.  


Your principal has been engaged in a lot of learning (in between family vacations, a backpacking/fishing excursion in the Eastern Sierras back country, and some seriously "unplugged downtime").  Specifically, my learning has centered around three things:  An outstanding book (Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell) that was gifted to me by a Florence Bixby family; research-based strategies and systems that result in significantly increased learning outcomes; and  research-based best-practices for building and sustaining a distinguished Dual Immersion program.  I am confident that the learning that we continue to engage in as families, educators and students will help ensure that our school is one where all students reach their full potential in a warm and demanding learning environment, with a shared focus on our vision and mission of developing students who are college and career ready.


On a "business" note... Our office will officially open on August 20th.  Please do not hesitate to stop by or call if you have any questions when we open our doors to serve our community with pride, passion, and purpose.


For now, here's to "OUR Journey to Success and OUR Personal Best"  as we get ready to start the 2018-2019 school year on August 29th!


With continued gratitude,

--Sam Platis, Proud Principal, Florence Bixby Elementary School



School District News

Today: 8/20/18

Kindergarten - Are you ready?

Here are some places to go to get information to help both you and your kindergartener get ready for the first day of school.

Immunization Requirements

LBUSD Parent Guidelines - English

LBUSD Parent Guidelines - Spanish

ABC - Ready to Read

Literacy Activities: What Your Child Learns

Daily Affirmation

This day has been given to me, fresh and new.
I can learn from it, or throw it away.
I will choose to do my best in thoughts, words, and actions.
This day will be used, not lost.
That’s the Bixby way!

Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, 3rd Edition

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