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Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear Northrup Students, Parents, and Community,      


I hope that all of you had a memorable summer and had some time relaxation. I am looking forward to another great school year ahead.  Welcome back to our returning students, and we all welcome our newcomers to the Northrup family. We are proud of our staff and students and invite you to get to know our school. I encourage you to become involved by volunteering or visiting school when you can.  It is with great pleasure that I welcome you, as part of our educational family, to the 2016-2017 school year.


A new school year is always an exciting time for all. It presents opportunities for various beginnings – new classes, new faces, sometimes new courses, new expectations, a busier schedule, more choices and often new materials. Your child’s time at Northrup will be exciting and filled with many new opportunities.


School can be challenging at times, but there are several simple things that will help students achieve success. 


Parents, please take time to:

  • Talk with your child about their school day.  Ask them specific questions about their time at school.  For example, “What was the most interesting thing you did in math class today?” or “Tell me about your science experiment?”
  • Maintain contact with your child’s teachers and staff members to establish a successful home/school connection throughout the entire school year. 
  • Parents of Middle School Students Grades 6-8th: Review your child’s online grades on the Parent Portal.   The Parent Portal will give you relevant information regarding your child’s performance on their homework, a test or quiz as well as their attendance. Your interest and concern in their school progress will motivate them to do their best.
  • Get to school on time daily. Strong school attendance increases a child’s academic achievement as well as has a direct correlation to High School Graduation! Have students start their day on a positive start. Please try to ensure that your child or children come to school on time daily.
  • Read for the love of reading nightly for 30 minutes or more. Have them read to you or read together. This can be done in any language your household speaks.
Students, here are some tips to help you get started off to a positive and successful school year:
  • Read for enjoyment! Read what interests you 30 minutes or more daily.
  • Use your school planner/agenda.
  • Make time for homework and assignments.
  • Break big projects into smaller ones.
  • Prepare the night before. Organize your backpack nightly.
  • Get involved at school.  Join ASB, Music, or participate in Alhambra City sports.
  • Students Grades 6-8 Check your grades frequently on the online GradeBook.

Our goal is to challenge your child academically, grow them emotionally and socially, and guide them toward independent thinking and problem solving. Students will be encouraged to display good character and to make good choices that will result in successful outcomes.  We are looking forward to a great school year filled with enriching activities and learning experiences that will help your child display “Gladiator Pride!” 

Our school learning community is strengthened by our partnerships. The active participation of students, staff, families, and community organizations are essential for our continued success. I encourage you all to be active in our PTA and the Alhambra Educational Foundation (AEF). As we go through the school, I welcome the opportunity to meet all of you. We are looking forward to a positive, upbeat school year at Northrup School.  I encourage all students to communicate anything you know is not right. Remind yourself you do not have to follow the crowd. Be yourself and even when no one is watching, do the right thing.  Parents, please help us by reinforcing school expectations at home. With your help, Northrup will continue to be a school community in which every person feels respected, valued, and is encouraged and challenged to achieve at the highest levels.

I look forward to working with you and your child throughout the school year to provide a productive and safe learning environment that supports student success.  I am honored to serve as the principal of William Northrup Elementary, and I look forward to a great school year! Know that my door is always open, and I welcome your questions, concerns and input at any time. Once again, welcome to William Northrup School.


Go Gladiators!


Ms. Stacie Colman-Hsu

Principal TK-8