Award Year: 2021

Los Coyotes Elementary School

8122 Moody Street
La Palma, CA, 90623-2046

(714) 228-3260

Dr. Vicki Wong, Principal at time of Nomination

Centralia Elementary School District

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Los Coyotes staff and teachers collectively empower students through a future-ready environment focused on the learning and development of the whole child.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 14%
  • Hispanic: 18%
  • Asian: 65%
Excellence starts here!

Excellence starts here!

Excellence starts here! A warm welcome for Los Coyotes students begins at the door. Every morning teachers stand at the entrance to welcome students into the classroom because they know relationships matter. Greeting students is a practice our teachers have done before the pandemic. Still, teachers are more intentional about the conversation and simple connections made with students as they enter the room because they know that students face more social-emotional challenges returning to school after the closure.

At Los Coyotes Elementary, we believe that providing students with a strong beginning in education means addressing the whole child's needs. Therefore, we provide each student with high-quality instruction in an environment that focuses on building positive relationships to support the whole child's learning. One of the cornerstone practices is our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). MTSS is a school-wide framework that utilizes data-based decision-making to support students in academics, behavior, and social-emotional learning. A huge component of our MTSS program is our Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) grounded in Restorative Justice Practices (RJP). We are a PBIS Gold school that centers on empowering students to resolve their conflicts through small group discussions that are peer-mediated and civic-minded. In addition, we focus on helping our students reframe their thinking around their behavior and emotions cognitively. At Los Coyotes, it is our goal that every student feels supported and connected to their teachers, peers, and school community. We believe strong school connections help our students achieve high academic success.