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The Elk Grove Unified School District last week opened an elementary school named in honor of the early residents of the Elk Grove region.

Miwok Village Elementary School, a $47 million construction project, has opened its doors on Lousada Drive in the developing Laguna Ridge area of ​​Elk Grove. The rest of the school district’s year-round elementary schools also started the 2022-23 school year that week.

Members of the local Wilton Rancheria, which is a federally recognized Miwok tribe, celebrated the opening of the Miwok Village Elementary campus on July 12 by performing traditional dances and blessing the event. Tribal members also contributed to the campus design, which includes a mural of a village in the school office.

“I want to say from the bottom of my heart that this is one of the best projects we’ve ever been a part of, (and) with a community that really cared about what we had to say,” Wilton Rancheria President Jesus Tarango. he told a large crowd of students, parents and teachers in the school’s multipurpose room.

Dr. Crystal Martinez-Alire, who is the Elk Grove Unified board president and also an enrolled member of the Miwok tribe, spoke at the ceremony about her pride in being a Miwok. She pointed to her mentors in the district’s American Indian program who guided her as a student.

“From my heart, I have to say it’s so meaningful to be a part of this, it’s been a long time coming,” Martinez-Alire said.

His school district planned to name the school “Miwok Village” in the mid-2000s when the Laguna Ridge development was slated for southeast Elk Grove.

More than 650 students are enrolled at Miwok Village Elementary, the school’s principal, Dr. Jodi Boyle, told the Citizen. Teachers began moving into their classrooms on July 11, a few days before classes began. Boyle said students and parents were invited to campus on July 12 to learn about their new school.

“Today, they just have a chance to walk around and see the site,” he said.

Boyle said there are plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 15 when students who are in the school’s A Track class schedule can attend the event.

The new school serves students in a large portion of the Laguna Ridge and Sterling Meadows neighborhoods. Miwok Village Elementary’s attendance boundary is Whitelock Parkway to the north, Highway 99 to the east, Kammerer Road to the south, and Bruceville Road to the west. District officials believe this campus will ease overcrowding at nearby Zehnder Ranch Elementary School, which was projected to have nearly 1,050 students in the new school year.

Miwok Village Elementary is the first school designed under the district’s new standards for learning environments. New features include outdoor learning areas where students can sit on stones set around a grassy area, outdoor sinks where students can wash up after an art project, and large corridor-like spaces in the middle of the buildings classrooms where students can learn.

Rob Pierce, Elk Grove Unified’s superintendent of facilities and business services, gave the Citizen a tour of the 10-acre campus. He explained that the district’s campus design standards were based on feedback from teachers, parents, administrators and other community members. The school board adopted the rules in 2019.

“It was an exercise of what we’ve always done in our schools versus what the teachers and educators felt like how we could best build a facility that meets the needs of tomorrow,” Pierce said.

During the tour, he pointed out the issue of the design of the oaks on the campus where several native oaks remain.

Some parts of the campus, such as the play area of ​​the kindergarten, remained under construction. Christine Boynton, whose grandson is a fifth-grader at the school, said the scene reminded her of the opening at Zehnder Ranch Elementary.

“When they opened, they still had a lot of stuff that they were accumulating,” he said.

Overall, Boynton found the new Miwok Village campus easy to “navigate.”

Justin and Anna Yu had their son, Lucas, meet his new teacher outside his classroom that afternoon. The family moved from the Bay Area city of San Bruno, or as Anna put it, “they came from a foggy city to an extremely hot city.”

They were impressed with what they saw at their son’s new school.

“So far, so good, obviously it’s still building,” Justin said of the school. “I think they put it together in the moment.”

That same day, the opening ceremony was cut short when a member of the audience suffered a medical emergency and had to be treated by paramedics. She was later transferred in a wheelchair from the cleared multipurpose room.

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