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Panda Press

The Panda Press is College Park's newsletter. 

It's distributed in printed form to all students weekly. 

2013-12-17 Panda Press

Past editions of the Panda Press can be found on the News page.

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School Office: 650-312-7691

Principal Diana Hallock
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President Sharon Vause
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Phone: 650-200-3350
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Preschool Information

For more information on the SMFCSD preschools visit: the preschool website by clicking here.  

Prospective Parents

Tours for new students for next year will begin in November and continue through February.   Parents will have a brief presentation by the principal and a tour of several classrooms in both Mandarin and English as well as plenty of time to ask questions.  Due to the popularity of our program, it is unlikely that we will be able to accept students that do not live in the San Mateo Foster City School District.    Contact the principal, Diana Hallock, dhallock@smfc.k12.ca.us for details.

Tours are Tuesday mornings at 9:00am and last about an hour.  Our tours are for parents only so please arrange for babysitting for your children.  Spaces are limited and reservations are required.  We begin accepting tour requests November 1st.    Contact Tish at ewall@smfc.k12.ca.us or 650-312-7691 to make a tour reservation.


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Distinguished School Award 2014

In May, 2014, we received the official notice that College Park has received the CA Distinguished School Award.  From Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent, “I applaud strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success.  This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work, and unwavering support."  The 2014 CA Distinguished Schools Program focuses on California’s students’ right to an equitable and rigorous education, and recognizes those schools that have made progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap.

In addition to being chosen as Distinguished Schools, 16 schools out of the 10,200 elementary school in California were given an additional honor for having an Exemplary Program in Physical Activity and Nutrition. "College Park educates the whole child:  physically, mentally, socially, and academically.  We are so proud of efforts to increase physical activity, reduce junk food, ensure sun protection and encourage students to be fit".  said Diana Hallock, principal

Welcome to College Park

The Mandarin Immersion Talented and Gifted Program at College Park is founded on the belief that all students possess talents and gifts.  The educational program at College Park endeavors to identify, nurture and celebrate these qualities in all of our students.  In addition we believe that all students can benefit from, and have the capacity to be bilingual and bicultural.  Regardless of background or home language, all students spend 55% of their instructional day learning the California standards in Mandarin Chinese. 

All College Park teachers receive ongoing training in GLAD, RtI2 and GATE strategies.  GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition by Design) ensures that all students receive daily instruction in language development and advanced vocabulary in listening, speaking, reading and writing.  RtI2 (Response to Instruction and Intervention) utilizes frequent and specific assessments to determine how students are responding to instruction and refers students to interventions that may be required.  GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) gives teachers specific stragies to challenge students to think more critcally, approach challenges more creatively, and solve problems in unique and individual ways.  These are not programs taught in isolation but strategies to enrich instruction in all content areas and in both English and Mandarin.

Welcome to College Park, a rare, exciting  Mandarin gem in the heart of San Mateo-Foster City!

Diana Hallock


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