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Principal's Message

It is a privilege and honor to be the principal and educational leader of our Mag­nificent Monarch Community. We are proud to be recently named a 2014 California Distinguished School. Our namesake, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, was a staunch supporter of education, service to the community, the early kindergarten movement and co-founded the Parent/Teacher Association (PTA). When you step foot on our campus you will immediately feel our strong commitment towards children and the community in which they live. We are a community of learners in a positive and safe school culture.


Hearst Elementary School is now in our fifteenth year (2014-2015) of operation with close to sixty staff members and 700 students in Transitional Kindergarten through fifth grade. We are continually striving to refine and expand our current programs while maintaining our traditions. The school is located on the south side of Pleasanton and serves a diverse population of students.

Through ongoing grade level collaboration, our teachers have developed a program that exemplifies high academic standards, character education, and technology. The well-trained and experienced staff meets student needs through individualized and differentiated instruction. We analyze classroom data as well as state assessments and set goals to meet the needs of the whole child. Our school-wide TRIBES program promotes mutual respect and personal responsibility. Each month we focus on one of the District’s Community of Character Traits: Responsibility, Compassion, Self-Discipline, Honesty, Respect, and Integrity. Technology is used as an instructional tool as well as an avenue for communication. Individual teacher web pages provide parents with access to grade level curriculum, standards, student work, and classroom information.


Parent and community involvements are vital to the success at Hearst. Through ongoing two-way communication with our weekly newsletter (Hearst Headlines) and teamwork, we are confident that Hearst will continue to grow and develop into an outstanding school that promotes academic and social-emotional growth for all students. As we begin our year at Hearst, I encourage your active participation and involvement in all areas of the school program.


Elias Muniz