Our School

Meet Our Principal

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Mrs. Kelley Rush-Becker

“Often described as the ‘hidden gem’ of Downey, Unsworth is an exceptional place where all children have the opportunity to grow socially, emotionally, and academically in a safe and positive learning environment. Our small school setting and generous parent involvement create a tight-knit community.

The Unsworth staff is dedicated, and genuinely cares about our students. In addition to providing a rigorous academic setting, our teachers also concentrate their efforts to ensure that our students are good communicators, great thinkers, and children of character. We concentrate all efforts towards ensuring each and every child’s 21st century skills are strengthened through rigorous, relevant, California Core-aligned instruction, use of data to inform instruction, and consistent implementation of the District’s instructional initiatives to increase student achievement.”

Fun Facts:

  • Mrs. Rush-Becker is part of a family of teachers! She was a classroom teacher for more than 20 years, and her husband, daughter, and son are also teachers. Her other son is a firefighter.
  • She is a BIG sports fan! Her favorite teams are the Dodgers, Chargers, and UCLA Bruins.
  • Every summer, her family spends special time together in Lake Tahoe.

Our Mission

At Unsworth Elementary School we prepare all students academically for lifelong success. As partners, our staff and families work together to nurture a positive and engaging school community.

Nuestra Misión

En Unsworth Elementary School preparamos a todos los estudiantes académicamente para el éxito de por vida. Nuestro personal y las familias trabajan juntos como socios, para fomentar una comunidad escolar positiva y atractiva.

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Our Vision

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Students will receive standards-based instruction
  • All students will reach Proficient or Advanced on the California Standards Test
  • Students will be provided differentiated instruction
  • Student needs will be met through frequent monitoring of progress and use of flexible groupings
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC) will be established and maintained at each grade level
  • Response to Intervention Model (RtI) will be implemented as needed
  • Instructional time is valued and protected
  • Research-based strategies/materials will be utilized

Character Education

  • All staff will promote and maintain a supportive and nurturing environment
  • The district-adopted CHARACTER COUNTS! program will be implemented
  • Parent involvement will be welcomed and encouraged
  • Diversity is accepted and appreciated

Tools to reach highest potential

  • All staff will ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students
  • All staff will be highly qualified
  • Incentive programs will be in place to recognize students’ strengths and achievements
  • Schoolwide behavior management plans will be established and maintained
  • Allocation of school funds will be aligned to mission and vision statements
  • Parent education will be provided to support ongoing classroom instruction
  • Stakeholders’ (SSC, ELAC, PTA, staff, community) input will be encouraged and valued

Nuestra visión

Currículo e Instrucciones

  • Los Estudiantes recibirán instruciones básicas
  • Todos los estudiantes alcanzarán los niveles Competentes o Avanzados en los exámenes estatales de California
  • Se les proveerá a los Estudiantes diferentes instrucciones
  • Las necesidades de los Estudiantes serán monitoriadas frecuentemente a travéz del progreso y uso de grupos flexibles
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC) será establecido y mantenido al nivel de cada grado
  • Response to Intervention Model (RTI) será implementado cuando sea necesario
  • El tiempo de Instrucción es estimado y protegido
  • Estratégias básica de Investigación/ se utilizarán materiales

Carácter Educativo 

  • Todo el personal promovera y mantendra un ambiente comprensivo y positivo para el estudiante
  • El distrito adopto el programa CHARACTER COUNTS! Que sera implementado
  • La participación de padres sera bienvenida y fomentada
  • Diversidad es aceptada y apreciada

Herramientas para alcanzar un potencial mas alto

  • Todo el personal asegurará la seguridad fisica y emocional del estudiante
  • El Personal sera altamente calificado
  • Programas de incentivo seran utilizados para reconocer las fortalezas y logros del estudiante
  • Planes de manejo de comportamiento seran establecidos y mantenidos en todo e plantel escolar
  • Distribución de fondos de la escuela seran administrados para el uso de la misión y visión de  la escuela
  • Sera proveido Educación de Padres para dar apoyo a las instrucciones proporcionadas en el salon de clases
  • Grupos interesados (SSC, ELAC, PTA, personal, comunidad) su contribucióin sera fomentada y valorada