Principal's Message

  • Principal



    Dear Watkins Family,

    I would like to welcome you back for another great year!  For families, new to our school, we wholeheartedly welcome you to our school family.  We are all excited to have the boys and girls back in our classrooms to continue this exciting academic journey. 

    Our school times have changed, the instructional day will begin at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m.  Please adjust your schedules accordingly.

    As we open school you will notice some very significant changes district wide, particularly to Safety and Security. The changes as well as important school procedures are outlined in this newsletter.  Most importantly is that the gates to our campus will be opened at 7:30 a.m. for arrival and locked at approximately 8:15 a.m.  They will reopen at 3:05 p.m. for dismissal and locked again at 3:30 p.m. 

    In the event that you need to visit the campus, you will have to call the Front Office for entry to the campus.  Your driver’s license is required when you enter, as all visitors must be scanned through the front office to ensure our students’ safety at all times.  I thank you for adhering to the established procedures to safeguard our students, faculty and staff.

    I also encourage you to keep the line of communication open, if you have any questions related to school policy and procedures, please feel free to contact the main office at 754 323 7800 or visit our website at

    Once again, welcome back.  Let’s make it another successful year here at Watkins Elementary!

    Educationally Your’s

    Lori A. Mendez,

    Proud Panther Principal