Frank Vessels Elementary School

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Principal's Message

Principal Mark HolmanHello, Bulldogs!

Vessels is a great place for kids to learn and grow, and 2023/24 promises to be an action-packed school year full of learning and growth! This year’s theme is “Team Vessels.” We will work together as a team to continue providing top-notch instruction and social-emotional support to ensure that each child is equipped with the confidence and a growth mindset to tackle any challenge that may come their way. We also look forward to continuing our strong partnerships with the community. Together, we will continue to make Vessels the best school ever!

We have a lot to be proud of here at Vessels. We congratulate our students and staff for being named a 2022/23 California Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Platinum Medal winner for promoting positivity and inclusivity throughout the campus. Our focus on social-emotional learning and the whole-child approach to education creates a healthy and balanced student body primed to exceed all expectations.

Our excellent staff provides focused and targeted reading, writing, and math instruction, encouraging students to collaborate and actively participate in their learning. We use the prompts of depth and complexity in all grade levels to deepen student understanding and promote critical dialogue around concepts and text. We also have a robust STEM program with a robotics component for upper-grade students. Most of all, we have fun! Fun is essential to the elementary school experience and something we deeply value!

Our parent community is one of a kind. We work hand-in-hand as partners in the education of our scholars. The Vessels PTA provides vital support and the “extras” that create a dynamic experience for all. They are instrumental in raising funds for technology, field trips, assemblies, and other enrichment activities to support our school program.

Vessels is a one-of-a-kind place! Go Bulldogs!

Mark Holman, Principal


Frank Vessels Elementary School is committed to providing rich and meaningful academic and social-emotional competencies that empower all students to reach their full potential through practice, determination, and a growth mindset. We champion a collaborative spirit among students, staff, and the larger community, driving us forward to achieve success. The ultimate aim is to propel students onward, instilling self-determination, empowerment, and agency as the guiding principles to ultimate success!

At Frank Vessels Elementary School, we recognize that America's future hinges on our students’ ability to communicate, reason, and succeed! We strive to infuse knowledge, skills, discipline, values, and the virtues that will assist our students in achieving a productive, fulfilled life. We are committed to providing children with infinite opportunities to build character, self-esteem, and academic success all in the pursuit of excellence!
  • We value our students, encourage their academic and social-emotional development, and reward positive performance in and out of the classroom.
  • We develop the strengths and talents of our students so that they will grow to be passionate about learning and life.
  • We take risks and see mistakes as opportunities to grow! We find joy in our work and help others do the same.
  • We develop positive, meaningful relationships with our students, parents, and colleagues to best support the learning community’s needs.
  • We work together across grade levels and continuously adapt instruction to meet the needs of all learners in the classroom.
  • We value diversity and inclusivity in all that we do!