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Principal's Message

Hello WAVES Families!
What an honor it has been to join this incredible WAVES family.  With the many wonderful instructional and STEAM programs in the works, we are excited for the 2nd half of the school year and beyond. I have been so impressed with Palisades’ welcoming family atmosphere, our laser focus on student engagement and high academic achievement, and our emphasis on providing meaningful STEAM opportunities for our students.
Our staff embodies passion for student learning, collaboration, and instructional innovation.  Regular review of data drives instruction and allows our teachers and support staff to make adjustments as indicated, thereby providing students with meaningful, rigorous lessons that are differentiated to help all students learn.  Hands-on, collaborative lessons are frequently utilized to stimulate critical thinking while fostering problem solving skills.  In addition to academics, our staff emphasizes and celebrates positive character development in our WAVES’ students through our monthly Character Counts program.  Our WAVES are Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn; and, at Palisades, our goal is to facilitate a safe and supportive learning environment in which every student can thrive.
Palisades is blessed with ongoing, generous support from our community and volunteers, as well as our active Education Foundation and PTA.  Their collective time, effort, funding, and sponsorship have allowed our students to participate in enrichment programs, engage in novel experiences, and showcase their talents in many and varied ways.  Together, our students, staff and community create a unique, eclectic, and highly prized elementary school!
A little about me:
I have been in education for more than two decades, as both a teacher and an administrator, and I consider my most important role to be that of child advocate. It is a priority that all of our students achieve at high levels within the context of a safe and supportive school environment; and I will work along-side you to see that our students develop confidence and capability through successful experiences in academic and social realms. Together, we will implement systems of support that promote clear and high expectations, while providing the specific and targeted support students need to succeed.  We will celebrate successes, encourage every day, and show our students that each and every one is a valued individual who has a special place in our school community.
Over the years, I have served in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles, administratively as a Program Specialist, and most recently, an Assistant Principal of a neighboring elementary school.  I have an extensive background in special education, building and developing programs, and facilitating multi-disciplinary teams to identify and accomplish the agreed upon goals of our stakeholders.  On a more personal note, my husband and I have been married for 33 years and we are the blessed parents of three children, all of whom have been Capistrano Unified students. 
Rebecca Bailey