• Hello Skyhawk Families!


    It is with great honor and excitement that I introduce myself as the proud Principal of Sunnydale Elementary School.  Sunnydale has a reputation for being a place where children, families, and teachers fall in love with school every day.  Sunnydale staff is dedicated, and Sunnydale families are involved and supportive.  I know this, not only from my time as Principal of Sunnydale, but also because I taught hundreds of Skyhawks in my past, as an Amargosa Creek teacher.  Maybe I’ve had the privilege of teaching someone in your family, maybe even you!  After graduating from AV High School (Go Lopes), I went to college and came back to the AV to dedicate my entire career to serving the families of the Lancaster School District, and today, I am beyond excited to serve you. It is an honor and pleasure to SOAR with Team Sunnydale!  My story and thousands more prove that a kid from our community can do great things!


    Here at Sunnydale, safety, social emotional learning, and physical well-being are at the forefront. Two counselors and a psychologist are on site building positive relationships with and between students.  A recreation leader provides structured play.  A family ambassador will serve and support you with resources for just about anything you need to be healthy.  A team of para educators will help teachers serve students in classrooms.  A bilingual para educator will work in small groups and support learners of English.  A giant supervision team is ready to make Sunnydale a safe environment with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS).  And we are excited to bring on staff a Reading Interventionist to catch kids before they fall behind in reading.  It’s a dream come true in an inclusive environment!  Our schools have more resources than ever before!  


    We believe in the whole child.  The California State Standards guide academic instruction, while the Second Step curriculum helps shape character development and social skills. We love extracurricular activities!  Our students enjoy intramural basketball, Dance Force, Knowledge Bowls, Newspaper Club, Pep Squad, Yearbook, and more.  We strive to inspire every Skyhawk to reach their fullest potential in multiple facets of life and learning.  Sunnydale is where Skyhawks take flight!  



    Dr. Melissa Wood

    Proud Principal of Sunnydale Elementary School