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Principal's Message

Principal's Message Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!



Dear Manhattan Place School Community,


It is an honor to begin this work with you as your partner at Manhattan Place Elementary. I am grateful to have been chosen as your principal to lead this work and to be entrusted with the education of your children.  My goal is to provide every child with a high quality education in a safe and nurturing environment.


 I have been part of the LAUSD community for 18 years as a teacher, mentor, parent, and an administrator. I grew up in South Los Angeles and in this community during my high school years, and I have seen and lived firsthand how the power of a positive and connected school experience can lead to college and career readiness.  I previously worked with Manhattan Place as a Program Specialist, assisting special education teachers and students, and I am excited to be back in the community to serve the staff, students, and families of Manhattan Place!


In each of my experiences in LAUSD, I have learned that the school community must work together to make sure we achieve the goal of All Youth Achieving.  I am excited to work along-side you to build partnerships and a student centered focus that will result in improved student achievement for our children. As a parent, you play an important role in this process, and I will ensure that you are informed equals and your voice is heard.  I want all parents and community members to be active, engaged, and informed participants in our work to provide equitable access and a high quality education. I am committed to working with the school community to establish and implement systems that ensure our school has rigorous academic and social emotional instruction, positive behavior systems, academic and behavioral intervention programs, and innovative science and technology programs that will produce students that are on the positive path to being college and career ready in a safe learning environment.


There will be multiple opportunities for us to learn and work together collaboratively throughout the school year during activities such as Monthly Coffee with the Principal, School-Site Council meetings, ELA/ Math Night, Back to School Night, and many more.  I want parents to be familiar with our Common Core Standards, social emotional learning, culturally responsive teaching, and curriculum in order to provide home support for your children towards progress and proficiency.  I look forward to seeing you as we work together to ensure our students are college and career ready.  Go Jets!





Evelyn Samos


Vision Statement

As professional educators, the staff of Manhattan Place Elementary believe a high quality educational experience is the foundation of our commitment to social justice, and that an excellent education is a civil right. Students will embark on a pathway toward college eligibility by formulating a career trajectory based on proficiency in core academic areas, understanding and articulating the interconnected historical, social, cultural, economic, and political factors that have shaped local, national, and global communities, and cultural sensitivity and tolerance of diversity.The Manhattan Place Elementary stakeholders will build a community where students will be able to:

  • Problem solve in inquiry-based groups, collaboratively answer meaningful questions, and respond to challenging situations and scenarios.
  • Think and write critically by channeling innate curiosities into deeper level investigations and explanations. 
  • Communicate clearly by citing academic evidence in order to persuade and defend their reasoning, assertions, and ideas.
  • Be resilient, independent thinkers who own their learning and take responsibility for their success.
  • Analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and create to reflect on their own learning by understanding alternative ideas, and know when and how to revise and refine beliefs and knowledge based upon new evidence. 

Parents are Equal Partners at Manhattan Place Elementary


We welcome and encourage parent engagement as equal partners at Manhattan Place Elementary.  Parents are their child’s first teacher and we want to make sure you have the latest information on the curriculum and tools to help your child. We have great parent training and leadership opportunities available such as:


  •  Decision Making Councils like the School Site Council (SSC), Local School Leadership Committee  (LSLC), and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).
  •  Workshops on various topics related to how you can help your child succeed in school and in life.
  •  Volunteer Programs such as  Classroom, Cafeteria, Safety Valet Club, and many more.
  •  Monthly Coffee with the Principal

Please refer to the school wide events calendar on the website and monthly calendar to see exact dates and times of meetings.  I look forward to meeting with you.  

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Mission Statement

The Manhattan Place Elementary administrators, teachers, parents, staff members, and community members are a team dedicated to setting positive examples and providing a safe nurturing environment to prepare the students of Manhattan Place Elementary School to be critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and productive members of a diverse global society. Through the implementation of a well developed and cohesive instructional program, where all students meet or exceed grade level standards while building character, pride, and a sense of ownership.