It was my great pleasure to take part in grand opening ceremonies for Springs’ Magnolia Student Center, 4020 Jefferson Street, Riverside on January 22. The Center is located at the site of a former YMCA facility which has been completely remodeled for our use. It now has 28 state-of-the-art classrooms with 21st-century design elements, offices, conference rooms for parent and student meetings, a gymnasium and a pool complex which can serve as many as 750 students. It will greatly enhance the two programs Magnolia offers, Magnolia Academy for TK-8 and Renaissance Real World Academy for grades 9-12.
The nearly $10 million facility was a four-year labor of love. My heartfelt thanks to all who made this Center a reality, including Philip Hermsmeyer, our Assistant Superintendent of Facilities & IT, and Dave Black, Director of Facilities. Securing high-quality school facilities is one of the most difficult hurdles for charter schools to overcome. We’re delighted to be able to provide this fantastic learning center to our students.
As we continue to Dream Big and Dive Deep this year, we recognize the growth and enthusiasm of our Corona Student Center, lead by Principal Liz Zinda. Corona is home to our Mosaic Academy, serving 203 students grades TK-8, with another 75 Homeschool students coming for learning center classes on Fridays. The Academy now has two middle school classes, which means we were able to add another terrific teacher, Jessica Van Schaik. The Center is now filled to capacity, which is a problem we always love to have.
And finally, we held our Springs’ spelling bee on January 12. Forty-eight Homeschool and academy students participated in the event at our Springs’ event center in Temecula. Our top winner—who also took home the top prize last year—was Hannah Dela Cruz, an 8th-grade Homeschool student. Hannah will be moving forward represent Springs at the Riverside County Spelling Bee on February 28. Congratulations to Hannah, and thanks to all who participated.
Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer