Mrs. Grossi
  • Dear Crestview Parents and Guardians,


    Welcome to the Crestview family and Vandenberg Air Force Base. The 2016-2017 school year is set to be very exciting with many new teachers and staff members, new curriculum, and a continuation of the integration of new ideas.

    In case we haven’t met, I have been an educator for 19 years.  I started my career in Lompoc as an elementary school instructional assistant, then a reading tutor, classroom teacher, Model Technology Teacher and Tech Mentor, and now your principal.  I was raised in Lompoc, graduated from Lompoc High School, and am extremely proud to continue my life and career in Lompoc. In addition to being the principal of this amazing school for my second year, I am also a wife and mother. My husband, Danny, and I have three incredible sons. Our oldest is Tanner (16) , our middle son is Walker (14), and our youngest is Garrett (11).


    I was lucky enough to be able to attend the MCEC National Training Seminar in Washington D.C. this summer. This opportunity allowed me to network and gain some knowledge and tools relevant to better serve our unique demographic of students, here at Crestview, who sometimes come to us with very different challenges and issues than other students in our nation. I will always do my best to understand, identify, and address the needs of our students and I will work with our families and our base resources to solve any problem we face, together. Our focus at Crestview continues to be to provide a safe, collaborative, positive, intellectually and emotionally stimulating learning environment that will empower students to become creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and inspired learners prepared for middle schooI, high school, college, career, and life in the twenty-first century.


    I will continue to model a shared leadership approach and will provide our parents, students, staff members, and community members with opportunities to participate in offering suggestions for changes, improvements, and in decision making, as they relate to Crestview. We value clear, open communication at Crestview and we encourage all of you to reach out to us if you have any concerns, questions, suggestions, or even to let us know what you really appreciate about Crestview and our programs, etc.

    Crestview continued our tradition of academic excellence last school year by earning several honors and awards including the First Place Overall School for the North County Math Superbowl, earning several awards at the county Battle of the Books competition, placing first and second in our local Elks Essay Contest, earning recognition at the Santa Barbara County Innovation Showcase, AND by recording impressive scores and continued growth in grades 3-6 on the Smarter Balanced test (SBAC), which students completed last spring. This data will guide us and our instruction as we work with you to continue to show growth in all academic areas. We will combine our work on instruction and academic achievement with our focus on character education and behavior management on our campus. Look for information about a few changes related to our awards and incentive programs and ask about how you can help support these efforts.


    One of my favorite aspects of Crestview Elementary are the extra curricular activities, clubs, and PTA events. These are perfect opportunities for families to connect with each other,stay involved in their children’s education, and for students to strengthen and highlight their interests and talents. Please consider volunteering for a few of these activities or events. We welcome and appreciate any and all involvement.


    I’m looking forward to a golden year!


    Candice Grossi