• Dear Ponderosa Families,


    Welcome to Ponderosa Elementary!   Our school of dedicated teachers and staff is committed to providing a robust educational experience for students, which includes helping to prepare them to be inquisitive learners and global citizens who interact with, care for, and contribute in positive ways to the world around them. We strive to help students to development their higher order thinking skills, and in their ability to apply these skills effectively as they work to solve issues and problems of both local and global significance.

    Our Mission:  To foster globally competent students who investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action by:

    • Thinking critically and creatively
    • Using technology intuitively
    • Caring for self and others
    • Exhibiting leadership through collaboration
    • Having a social sense of responsibility

    I hope you will take a few minutes to explore our school website to gain a better understanding of what it means to be a Global Citizen.  Teaching and learning at Ponderosa focuses on the Four Global Competencies that globally competent citizens embrace and exhibit on a daily basis.  

    I want to send out a special thank you to all of our families, our PTA and SAC, and to our school community members for the overwhelming support you have given our school over the years.  We look forward to another successful school year and welcome your ongoing support, in whatever form that may take.  We truly couldn’t do what we do, each and every day, without you!


    Most Sincerely,

    Kandi Smith


    Ponderosa Elementary

    School of Global Learning