Principal's Message

Welcome to another great year at Branch. We are so excited for another year of learning with you. I am so honored to return as the principal here at Branch. I am eager to continue to work with the incredible faculty and staff at Branch, and to connect with each and every one of you. Our staff is eager to work alongside you, to make your student’s learning experience the absolute best it can be.


We recognize the important role that parents play in their own child’s development, and the Branch faculty and staff are committed to supporting parents and promoting the very best for their children. With clear communication, high expectations, and both direct and student-centered instruction, we will engage, inspire, and challenge Branch students to be their very best. We will promote learning through inquiry, investigation, and imagination.


We are also committed to promote strong character along with excellent academics. We will continue our Bronco PRIDE program this year, allowing teachers and staff to teach students about key character traits (Perseverance, Respect, Innovation, Drive, and Enthusiasm), and recognizing students throughout the year for exhibiting those qualities. Additionally, we are excited to partner with Creative Mediation Solutions this year to teach students social problem solving skills, and to train select 5th/6th grade students in the art of peer mediation. This program will be a nice complement to the Bronco PRIDE program and the other excellent anti-bullying initiatives we have in place. Additionally, we are working hard to streamline consistent student behavioral expectations across the school. To that end, we’re working together as a staff to train students in these new expectations. The new expectations are included in this packet—we’ll discuss these in more depth at Back to School Night.


We have the privilege to work with your students for seven short years, and when our 6th graders leave us, we hope to have built a foundation for all Branch students to be successful academically, socially, and personally in middle school, high school, and in their adult life.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out with ideas, questions, or concerns. Open and regular communication with our families is an important goal for us—to that end, please take a moment to search the app store on your iPhone or Android device and download the new Lucia Mar app! This is a great new way to stay connected with our schools. You can subscribe to Branch and any other sites to follow announcements, download flyers, pay lunch accounts, check Homelink, and much more! Please also take opportunities to get involved with our incredible PTO. Every year the PTO works hard to support our school, and we couldn’t provide the high quality learning experiences that we do without their tireless efforts. There are lots of ways to get involved. We’d love to have you join us at the first PTO meeting of the year on August 31, at 9:00 am.


Looking forward to another wonderful year together!



Hillery E. Dixon



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