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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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Planning for Excellence – LCAP Highlights


Dear Friends,


Over the past several weeks, we have shared with you some highlights of our Local Control and Accountability Plan, or LCAP.  We have distributed the publications Academic ExcellenceBasic Services – A Foundation for Excellence, and A Team Effort – Parents, Students and School. Today we’re providing those documents combined in one convenient publication titled Planning for Excellence. Toward the end of this compilation, you’ll also find an extensive list of family resources to support academic achievement.


If the title links to the above documents don’t work, you can also find them at under the Local Control Funding section.


Best regards,


Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendent of Schools


Planificación para la Excelencia – Lo Destacado del Plan de Control y Responsabilidad Local


Estimados Amigos,


En las últimas semanas, hemos compartido con ustedes algunos puntos destacados del Plan de Control y Responsabilidad Local o LCAP.  Hemos distribuido las publicaciones Excelencia AcadémicaServicios Básicos – La Fundación para la Excelencia, y Un Esfuerzo en Equipo – Padres de Familia, Estudiantes y Escuela.  El día de hoy proporcionamos esos documentos en una publicación titulada Planificación para la Excelencia.  Hacia el final de esta recopilación, usted encontrará una lista extensa de muchos recursos familiares para apoyar el logro académico. 


Si los enlaces con los títulos no funcionan, usted también puede encontrarlos en bajo la sección “Local Control Funding.”


Mis mejores saludos,


Christopher J. Steinhauser

Superintendente Escolar



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Threat Prevention


Hello, Students and Families.


As we’ve seen in recent weeks, our schools are not immune to the potential threats that so many other schools nationwide have been dealing with.  We appreciate your heightened awareness of this issue, and we continue to encourage everyone in our school communities to report any suspicious information or activity that could impact school safety.


Threats to our schools are not harmless, and they are not funny.  They take valuable resources and time from our school district and the law enforcement agencies who work with us each day to keep our schools safe.  Threats cause anxiety for parents, students and staff, and they can disrupt the important work of teaching and learning.  Students who make threats face consequences that linger long after the threat is made.  We reiterate the Long Beach Police Department’s recent statement about such threats:


“The Long Beach Police Department takes all potential threats of violence very seriously and thoroughly investigates all reported incidents,” Chief Robert Luna said. “Making any kind of threat whether in person or online, is illegal and has serious consequences.”


Those consequences, as we also have seen in recent weeks, can include suspension, expulsion, arrest and potential prosecution under the law.  Students who make threats, even as a “joke,” can quickly find themselves facing the entire range of these consequences. 


We urge parents to discuss this matter with their children.  In light of the senseless loss of lives in recent school shootings nationally, it is completely inappropriate and unacceptable to make threats, even as a “joke.”


We have appreciated everyone’s support during this challenging time.  Again, we continue to encourage students, parents and staff to immediately report any information that could impact the safety of others.  With your help, we can continue to provide safe schools and the best possible education for our students.





Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendent of Schools


Prevención de amenazas


Hola, estudiantes y familias.


Como hemos visto en las últimas semanas, nuestras escuelas no son inmunes a las posibles amenazas que otras escuelas a nivel nacional han estado enfrentando. Agradecemos su intensificada concienciación sobre este problema y seguimos animando a todos dentro de nuestras comunidades escolares a reportar toda información o actividad sospechosa que pudiera afectar la seguridad escolar.


Las amenazas a nuestras escuelas no son inocentes y no son graciosas.  Le quitan recursos valiosos y tiempo a nuestro distrito escolar y a las agencias del orden público quienes trabajan con nosotros cada día para mantener nuestras escuelas seguras.  Las amenazas les provocan ansiedad a los padres de familia, los estudiantes y al personal y pueden interrumpir la importante tarea de enseñar y aprender.  Los estudiantes que hacen estas amenazas enfrentan consecuencias que perduran por mucho tiempo después de haberlas hecho.  Reiteramos la reciente declaración del Departamento de Policía de Long Beach sobre estas amenazas:


El jefe de policía Robert Luna dijo, “el Departamento de Policía de Long Beach toma muy en serio todas las posibles amenazas de violencia e investiga completamente todos los incidentes reportados.”   “Hacer cualquier tipo de amenaza, ya sea en persona o por internet, es ilegal y tiene consecuencias graves.” 


Tales consecuencias, como también hemos visto en las recientes semanas, pueden incluir suspensión, arresto y un posible procesamiento legal.  Los estudiantes que hacen amenazas, aún en forma de “broma,” pueden encontrarse rápidamente enfrentando la gama completa de estas consecuencias. 


Instamos a los padres de familia a platicar con sus hijos de este asunto.  A consecuencia de la pérdida sin sentido de vidas en los recientes tiroteos escolares a nivel nacional, es completamente inapropiado e inaceptable hacer estas amenazas, ni siquiera en forma de “broma.”


Agradecemos el apoyo de todos durante este tiempo difícil.  Seguimos animando a los estudiantes, los padres de familia y al personal a que reporten inmediatamente cualquier información que pudiera tener un impacto en la seguridad de otras personas.  Con su ayuda, podemos seguir proporcionando escuelas seguras y la mejor educación posible para nuestros estudiantes.






Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendente Escolar


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: Weekly Update, March 19-23, 2018 (Posted 3/18/2018)

“Cliff Notes Version”

  1. Quote of the Week (by the late, great physicist, Stephen Hawking)

  2. JiJi Math Progress Update

  3. Arrive on Time, Every Minute, Every Day Update

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, March 22:  School Spirit Wear (t-shirt orders) DUE!

  • Friday, March 30-April 6:  Spring Break, NO SCHOOL


Good Sunday Afternoon, Florence Bixby Elementary School Families,


This week’s quote -- “Look up at the stars… Be curious!” -- is in honor of the late, great theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking.  Known for his brilliant, beautiful mind, quick wit, and his remarkable ability to inspire others, he is widely considered to have made some of the most groundbreaking scientific discoveries ever.  Sadly, Hawking passed away in his home country of England last week at age 76.   


While Hawking worked in the world of scientific theorems, equations, and facts, his quote reminds us of the importance of curiosity.  Parents and educators can attest to the powerful effect that curiosity has on children’s learning. It is through curiosity, seeking to understand what is unknown, and the pursuit of new knowledge that we see our children grow the most academically and socially.  


Hawking’s life and work remind us that learning is not merely the result of acquiring facts, but more importantly, that a thirst for new knowledge is essential for intellectual development.  In addition to espousing the importance of curiosity, he also embodied Coach Wooden’s traits of Determination, Action, and Skill. Although he was diagnosed in his early 20’s with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and was told that he would live perhaps two years, Hawking lived a tremendous life of purpose and meaning for 76 years, and he left a legacy that will have an impact far beyond his physical presence on Earth.


We are truly fortunate -- as parents and educators -- to have the opportunity to inspire (and be inspired by) our young people.  As we begin a new week, let’s remember not only the power of curiosity, but also the enduring work and example left by the late, great Stephen Hawking.  


Click here for an outstanding, brief video clip about Stephen Hawking to share with with your child/ren:

And now for the detailed portion of the Weekly Principal's Update...


1.  Quote of the Week, by Stephen Hawking -- “Look up at the stars… Be curious!”–Stephen Hawking.  Students who memorize and recite this quote to Mr. Platis will be entered into our weekly drawing for a free pizza from Pieology


2.  JiJi Math Progress Update by Grade Level -- Our friendly competition is a motivating factor in doing our Personal Best.  Research shows that students who regularly and efficiently progress through the JiJi math syllabus are more successful with developing their understanding of key mathematical concepts and skills.  Here are the current grade level JiJi average syllabus completion rates, in descending order (as of 3/10/18). 1. Fourth Grade (60.4%), 2. Third Grade (57.2%), 3. Second Grade (53.7%), 4. Fifth Grade (50.8%), 5. Kindergarten (48.2%), 6. First Grade (44.4%).


3.  “Arrive on Time, Every Minute, Every Day” Update -- Thank you to the families who’s Hard Work, Action and Determination ensured that their child/ren benefited from a high-quality education, every minute, every day last week.   As a reminder, students arriving late will meet briefly (about 30 seconds) with me before going to class to develop a plan for arriving at school on time. Families of late arriving and/or frequently absent students will also continue to be contacted to see how the school might be able to better support our shared commitment to ensuring that all students are at school every day, on time.  


Enjoy a Personal Best week ahead!


With continued gratitude,

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


School District News

Today: 3/19/18

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!