Jennifer Warren, the principal of Ormondale School in Portola Valley since 2007, will be leaving her post at the end of the school year to become head of the lower school at San Francisco's Town School for Boys.
"During her tenure at Ormondale, she initiated many important ongoing programs and initiatives," Portola Valley School District Superintendent Carol Piraino said this afternoon in a written announcement. "For example, she created a thorough and thoughtful K-3 literacy articulation plan for Ormondale, and has been instrumental in the development of a district-wide writing assessment based on the Common Core Standards.
"She also created a complementary writing instruction training program to support the development of Ormondale teachers in this area."
Ms. Warren has also been "the guiding force" in the development of the Investigative Learning program at the school, "noteworthy not only due to the fact that it was visionary and forward-thinking when initially proposed, but also because it has withstood the test of time and become endemic to the instructional program," Ms. Piraino said.
In 2011, Ms. Warren faced an unusual challenge: Boys enrolled in third-grade classes far outnumbered girls. With 70 boys and 36 girls, Ms. Warren and her staff developed a program that included boys-only classes -- a first for the district. Before the beginning of the school year, affected teachers and other staff members spent time with staff at the Town School for Boys, picking up ideas and information that might help smooth the way for Ormondale teachers and administrators involved in the new program.
Ms. Piraino said she will present a process for choosing Ormondale's new principal to the school board on Feb. 13. "I welcome community input and participation in this process and invite you to attend next week's meeting as well as future community meetings," she wrote in her message to the school community.