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  • Principal’s Message…


    Dear Washington Elementary Families,

    Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year. It is my honor to introduce myself as your new principal.

    My journey with BUSD began over 20 years ago when I first started teaching in the District. Since then, I have been a classroom teacher, a Title-1 Coordinator, an ELD Coordinator, and an Assistant Principal. I have worked with so many students and families over the years, and it’s always a joy to see those students grow and thrive.

    I am also a parent of two amazing young women who went from kindergarten to 12th grade in the BUSD system, so I recognize the incredible impact a school has on a child and a family.

    I would like to give a huge thank you to Ms. Brandi Young for her commitment to Washington. She has truly left her mark and will be missed by the entire community. We wish all the best to Ms. Young as she moves on to her new adventure.

    I look forward to continuing with the wonderful work the Washington community has done, including creating a school culture that nurtures children and gives them a foundation for the years ahead. Last year was a challenge for us all, and I’m so proud of the achievements made by students and staff as they navigated through those challenges. This year we will build on that and continue to do great things. I’m excited to meet you all and to learn alongside you. I hope everyone in the Washington community feels valued, supported and cared for. 

    At Washington Elementary, we are committed to the work of diversity, equity and inclusion, and believe it is the responsibility of every stakeholder in our school community. We bring students, families, employees and guests of different backgrounds and experiences together to create a school and community that celebrates our differences.  Washington offers a diverse experience as there are over 120 English Language Learners and two special education programs for students with autism spectrum disorder and deaf and hard of hearing.  Our Patriots (PATS) will grow, develop and reflect by being learners that Persevere, Act Responsible, Think of Others and Show Respect.

    As we plan for a new year, our focus will be to ensure that every child who enters the Washington campus feels safe, supported, and loved. No matter whether you're brand new to the school (just like me), or whether you have been a Washington family for a few years, I want you to know how important you are and how much we value you.

    Thank you for welcoming me into the Washington family, and make sure you stop by and say hello. 


    Laura Vinyard