• Mr. Ernesto Ortiz, Jr.

    Mr. Ortiz

    Hello McDonald Families,

    Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I am very excited to begin my third year as principal at McDonald Elementary School. For our returning families, I hope you are as excited as I am for this coming school year. To all of our new families joining McDonald, welcome! I am so happy you choose to send your children to McDonald Elementary School.

    This year we welcome eleven new teachers to the McDonald teaching family.

    • Mrs. Pellicone, Mrs. Kapusta, and Mr. Ivers will be joining our kindergarten team
    • Miss Mikalic and Mrs. Pellegrino will be joining our kindergarten and first grade Dual Language Teams
    • Miss Flaherty, Miss Trodden, Miss Baldari, and Miss Gordon will be joining the Special Education Department
    • Mrs. O'Brien will be returning as our second school counselor for first, third and fifth grades
    • Ms. Cupo will be joining us as our new music teacher

    I am so excited to welcome so many new faces at our school. These new additions to McDonald will add to an already amazing staff.

    The Centennial School District will be entering year three of full-day kindergarten. We saw tremendous growth in all of our kindergarten and first grades students last year and we are eager to build upon that success. At McDonald, we are entering year two of our 50:50 Dual Language Program in kindergarten and first grade and are extremely excited to have 50 kindergarten and 45 first grade students learning both English and Spanish. We will continue to utilize the Responsive Classroom approach as we strive to create a safe, joyful, and engaging learning environment for all our students. Lastly, I hope you are as excited as we are to be entering year three of our Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support plan where we teach and model our positive behavioral expectations for all of our students.

    If you ever have any questions or concerns, I welcome you to please speak with me in person. If you cannot meet with me in person, please feel free to call the school at 215-441-6157 or send me an email at ortier@centennialsd.org. Again, I'm extremely excited, honored, and proud to serve the parents and students of the McDonald community. I look forward to an awesome and exciting 2019-2020 school year.

    Your proud principal,

    Mr. Ernesto Ortiz, Jr.





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