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Principal's Message

Principal Mrs. ParedesWelcome to the 2024-2025 school year!


I am Mrs. Jennifer Paredes, proud principal at Van Wig Elementary, home of the Wildcats. I am in my third year as principal at Van Wig and I am excited for the new school year! 

Van Wig Elementary staff are dedicated to cultivating the love of learning in our students and create balanced academic and social emotional opportunities to aide them in reaching their full potential and help them become life-long learners. We support the academic and social emotional needs of our scholars by providing interventions during the school day to ensure all students meet their goals. We focus on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment, working with families to increase daily attendance, and providing engaging and rigorous learning in each and every classroom that will prepare our students for middle school and beyond.

We are a No Excuses University school. At Van Wig, we believe in educating the whole child and focus on Social Emotional Learning  and promoting a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS). 

We also provide many enriching opportunities for our students, like music class, film club, puppetry, GATE afterschool enrichment and various community events to support our students.


I look forward to working alongside you, the families, to create an exciting learning experience for all of our students. Please know that my door is open to you if you have comments or concerns. You can also reach me by email at [email protected] or call 626-931-8000.

It is my privilege to serve our Van Wig students.  First day of school is August 12th. 


Let’s have a great year!



Mrs. Jennifer Paredes


Go Wildcats!