Principal's Message
Phone: 805-474-3670


Thank you for visiting our Dorothea Lange Bobcat website. On behalf of the faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Dorothea Lange Elementary School. 

Welcome to the 2018/2019 school year!  I am thrilled to be back at Lange and look forward to an exciting year leading staff and students to setting and achieving goals.  Our mission is to serve our community by providing a high quality education that inspires a lifelong love of learning, produces high achievement, and instills a strong value for self and others.  I am proud to be part of this community!

We will continue our focus at Lange for 2018/2019 around student academic and social achievement.

Lange will continue to successfully integrate:

  • Maps in all content areas
  • Guided Literacy and Daily 5/CAFE
  • Writing across the curriculum with the use of WFTBB
  • Digital Literacies

In addition, Lange staff will participate in professional development focused on:

  • Implementing the math curriculum and providing academic support for success
  • Improving writing achievement Thinking
  • Integrating technology into a collaborative setting where students have opportunities to be creative
  • Promoting critical thinking and creativity
  • Strengthening the culture and character education of our students including PBIS (Positive Behavior

             Interventions and Supports)

  • NGSS science standards integration
  • Project based learning

We welcome a few new staff members to our Lange family this year.  Our new teachers are Emi Dusel (kindergarten), Shannon Garvella (fourth grade teacher), Shelby Green (resource teacher),  Linda Silva (resource teacher), Kim Youngblood (music teacher), and Diana Johnson (PE teacher). We also welcome Katya Garcia (secretary), Haylea Drysdale (psychologist), Meghan Sims (speech pathologist), and Aaron Melancon (counselor).


Lastly, I would like to say that Lucia Mar will continue our Late Start Mondays for staff professional development.  On Mondays, our campus is open at 9:40 and the school day begins at 9:55.


I look forward to seeing all of you during the school year.  Look for monthly school newsletters for information on upcoming events such as Parent/Principal Coffee, parent participation events, School Site Council, English Learner Advisory Committee meetings, PTO meetings, along with school updates and celebrations.



Debbie Schimandle