IUSD hosted the official dedication ceremony for its newest K-6 school, Eastwood Elementary. The District’s 23rd elementary school opened in August of this year and serves the Eastwood Village neighborhoods.
Superintendent Terry L. Walker led the ceremony with brief remarks from IUSD Board of Education President Ira Glasky, Principal Aaron Jetzer, and Irvine Company Vice President of Community Affairs Robin Leftwich. Attendees included the Board of Education, parents, students, teachers, staff, the District’s development partner the Irvine Company, City of Irvine officials, PTA representatives, the Irvine Public Schools Foundation, and other community partners and dignitaries. All participants had the opportunity to tour the school site and experience the innovative features, such as design labs, high-tech and flexible-design classrooms, dedicated music and performing arts spaces, and collaborative workspaces.
“Eastwood Elementary represents new opportunities and exciting possibilities,” said Superintendent Walker. “Just last year, I remember standing on this ground and shoveling dirt as a symbolic gesture of a new beginning of another school site. Now, we are here sharing in the celebration of this new school, which will be home so many Irvine children and their families for decades to come.”
Eastwood’s state-of-the-art campus includes the latest educational technologies and a variety of amenities including:
- Student collaboration spaces across all grade levels
- Dedicated music classrooms
- Innovation Lab
- Design Lab
- Dedicated kindergarten play area
- Large outdoor play field
- Hard court activities including handball and tetherball equipment
“The innovation you see on the Eastwood campus, does not come from the building and its features alone but from the teachers and staff who put their hearts, souls and pride into this school,” said Board President Glasky. “Eastwood teachers have worked collaboratively and with excitement to create a strong culture focused on student-centered learning. You can feel the excitement the moment you set foot on this campus.”
Click here to watch the dedication ceremony video.
Visit facebook.com/irvineunifiedschooldistrict to see photos from the dedication ceremony.