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Principal Alexandra Guilamo

August 02, 2010 by Michael

Ms. Alexandra Guilamo just finished her first year as the principal of Von Humboldt Elementary School. Many positive changes have occured while she strives to keep the students focused on education. She mentioned how the community is affected by the school and vice-versa. In other words, what happens in the community, doesn’t stay in the community, but pours into the school causing students to be more worried about gossip and other unessential things than education.

Her first line of duty as principal is dealing with the security of the school. Many have noticed that the playground was a great area for people to interact; however, in the wrong way.

“The playground was historically a party place for young men and women” she stated with disappointment.

The playground is considered a neighborhood playground, but many have taken advantage of that. “I don’t know how it is fun for a 20-something-year-old to sit on the playground slides and do illegal things?!”

Ms. Guilamo took immediate action so the students would not be affected by the negative influences from their peers. There were “No Trespassing” signs and surveillance cameras that were thoughtfully positioned so that it is threatening to those who seek to do illegal things around the school. The negative activity around the school has decreased, but can still be a problem at times. 

The heat is always an issue in and out of the school. Ms.Guilamo was shocked to hear the information presented to her.

“Wow, I had no idea that the playground area was so hot. My poor babies!”

She never would have thought that the playground slides would reach up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and the ground would cause the mercury to hit the top of the thermometer reading at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

She feels that positive change will continue to happen, but will take time. As the surroundings of the school become easier to control, more students will be allowed recess. Principal Guilamo soon hopes to bike to school as the community and Von Humboldt changes for the better.