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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.

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!

Bixby News


Minimum Days Monday and Tuesday Oct. 23 to 24


Due to weather forecast in excess of 100 degrees for Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 23 to 24, schools will be on a minimum day schedule on those days.  If you have questions about exact dismissal times, please check with your school.


Días mínimos el lunes y martes, 23 al 24 de octubre


De acuerdo al pronóstico de calor de más de 100 grados para el lunes y martes, 23 y 24 de octubre, las escuelas tendrán días escolares cortos esos días.  Si tienen preguntas respecto a los horarios exactos de salida de clases, favor de comunicarse con su escuela.


The Long Beach Press-Telegram is again launching its popular Scary Stories contest for Long Beach area youth. Winning entries – both stories and artwork – will be published in the Press-Telegram on Halloween, Oct. 31. The rules are the same as last year, with three age categories for stories and drawings:

  • Elementary grades (K-5)
  • Middle grades (6-8)
  • High school grades (9-12)

Here are the rules:

  • The deadline is Monday, Oct. 23.
  • All entries must be emailed, with the entrant’s name and grade, and the subject line “Scary Stories,” to: Stories can be submitted in the body of the email, or as a Word attachment.  Drawings should be submitted in JPEG format, no larger than 5MG in size.
  • Stories must be no longer than 650 words.
  • Artwork must be original (no tracings).
  • Entries will be judged based on imagination, creativity and theme.
  • The winning entries will be published in the Press-Telegram on Oct. 31, and posted online at

If you have any questions, e-mail Press-Telegram City Editor Melissa Evans at or call 562-499-1280.


From the Principal: Weekly Update, October 16-20, 2017 (Posted 10/13/17)

“Cliff Notes Version”

*Growth Mindset/Success Trait Quote of the Week


*Florence Bixby ES Parent (Michael Donoghue) Evacuates Puerto Rico Residents After Hurricane (and makes the LBUSD District-Wide Bulletin:)


*Superintendent’s Parent Forum Re-Cap, by Florence Bixby ES Parent Representative, April Walker


*JiJi Math Progress Update by Grade Level


*PTA Fit-a-Thon Update


Good Friday Afternoon, Florence Bixby Elementary School Families,


Since I will be at a Boy Scout event with my oldest son this weekend, I wanted to push out my Weekly Principal’s Update a bit early (since, as Super Bowl Champion Coach Vince Lombardi famously said, “If you’re early you’re on time.  If you’re on time, you’re late:).   


Success Trait/Growth Mindset Quote of the Week -- “Be more concerned with your character, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is what others merely think you are.”  –Coach John Wooden


Florence Bixby ES Parent, Michael Donoghue, Featured in LBUSD Bulletin for Evacuation Efforts -- If you want a “feel (not just good) great” story to start your weekend and kick off your week ahead, be sure to read this feature article (top left-hand side) that went out to all LBUSD employees today.  It’s about Michael Donoghue’s heroic efforts to evacuate those who have been horribly affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  On behalf of a grateful school community and nation, thank you, Michael!


Superintendent’s Parent Forum Re-Cap, by Florence Bixby ES Parent Representative, April Walker --   On Thursday, October 12th, Bixby's representative attended the first Parent Forum meeting of the school year. During this meeting, Dr. Christopher Lund, Assistant Superintendent of Research, Planning, and Evaluation, shared the College Readiness Guide - a project eight months in the making!

The College Readiness Guide is a CUSTOM letter for you and your child that provides the following:

  • College and career planning resources
  • Your child’s current competitive status for applying to colleges in California
  • Your child’s current status for CSULB based on the LB College Promise
  • Suggested action steps
  • Your child’s current graduation status
  • Your child’s current A-G status
  • A summary of your child’s college readiness data

This program is quite impressive and provides all students with equal access to college and career readiness. Whether your student is a first grader or a freshman in high school, we encourage all families to become familiar with this invaluable resource.

The meeting concluded with Superintendent Chris Steinhauser's budget update highlighting ELL Tutoring funds and how those are allocated by the State.


JiJi Math Progress Update by Grade Level -- We know that completing 100% of the syllabus of JiJi Math (our research-proven, standards-based online math program) is highly correlated with successful attainment of the learning standards.  94% of the students that scored Met/Exceeded Standards on the state SBAC math test last year had also completed 100% of the JiJi Math syllabus.  By the end of October, all students in grades ETK-5 should have completed at least 24% of the syllabus/lessons in order to stay on track to complete 96% of the syllabus by the time that testing begins in April/May.  In order to help support our goal by doing JiJi Math at home, here are current progress levels, by grade (as of 10/7/17).  1. Fifth grade (18%), 2. Third grade (12.6%), 3. Second grade (10.6%), 4. Fourth grade (9.9%), 5. First grade (5.4%), 6. Kindergarten (5.2%).


PTA Fit-a-Thon Update -- Sign up your child to raise money online for our Fit-a-Thon at  Remember, if we reach our goal of raising $30,000, your child will have an opportunity of a lifetime to see their principal (i.e., me:) get slimed AND kiss a live pig!  A bit disgusting?.... Yes.  For a great cause -- our kids?  Absolutely!


Arrive on Time Update -- Congratulations to the first graders in Mrs. Dahl’s class, who won a popsicle party after being entered into a drawing for being on time and 100% attendance at least once last week!


With continued gratitude,

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



School District News

Today: 10/20/17

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