July 12th, 2023

Dear Cook Elementary Families,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year. I am extremely humbled and honored to get an opportunity to lead and serve such a unique and amazing world school and community like Cook Elementary. The Cook staff is committed to fostering students to become inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring participants in a diverse, multicultural, democratic society through quality education and high expectations.

This year our school will continue with the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and using Sandford Harmony to deliver lessons on character education. We believe that the education of a child develops their character as well as their physical strength and perseverance to overcome the unforeseeable challenges in the future. This is why we are invested in ensuring the social emotional learning of all our students as well as committed to building a strong academic foundation through our International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Year Program (PYP) units.

PYP students use their initiative to take responsibility and ownership of their learning. By learning through inquiry and reflecting on their own learning, PYP students develop knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills and the attributes of the IB Learner profile to make a difference in their own lives, their communities, and beyond. We want all our students to feel a passion for their learning and to feel excited about taking responsibility through an action based on what they have studied. Taking action teaches our students from a very early age that they are active participants in their community who can make a difference.

Our work this year, and every year, will be collaborative and we will all have roles to contribute to the overall academic success and achievement of all our students. We ask that you stay connected and communicate with us regularly through our various social media channels:

Cook Crusaders Blog

Cook Crusaders on Facebook

@CVESDCook on X (Twitter)

Class Dojo

As always, I'm available and can be reached at (619) 422-8381 or [email protected]. Follow up consistently with your student’s academic progress by contacting our teachers, volunteering, and supporting our school-wide events. I look forward to advancing our work together in ensuring that each student reaches their full academic and social potential!


Martha-Irene Garza


Our Mission

Hazel Goes Cook School's mission is to empower students to become responsible global citizens and lifelong learners. We are committed to fostering students to become inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring participants in a diverse, multicultural, democratic society through quality education and high expectations. Our students will be prepared with the knowledge and compassion to equip them with the expertise to be globally active leaders of the 21st century.

School Vision

Empowering dynamic global citizens to become leaders who reach their full potential as life long learners.

District Vision

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is committed to providing a successful, safe, challenging, and nurturing educational experience, while promoting the joy and importance of learning for all our children.

Our children are high-achieving innovative thinkers. They are multi-literate, self-reliant, and confident. They have a lifelong love of learning and are socially responsible citizens. The District takes pride in developing each child's full potential, while recognizing his or her uniqueness.

We value and find strength in our diversity. Learning is meaningful and relevant, connected with each child's individual needs, ethics, culture, and experiences, and is linked with the world outside the classroom.

Families, staff, and our entire community are full partners actively working in a collaborative manner for the benefit of each child's education. Together we have an investment in our District's Vision and believe a child's success equals our success. We ensure an environment in which everyone is valued and treated with dignity and respect. Everyone assumes responsibility for the success of the school community.

The entire educational community accepts the challenge of change and is motivated to acquire skills and values for a rapidly changing world. We create dynamic learning experiences by supporting and encouraging excellent teaching and the educational growth of family and staff.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District community is dedicated to instilling hope for the future so that today's children will share their vision with future generations.