Albert Michelson Elementary

Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges grades TK-5.
WASC Accredidation


Friday, December 4 Minimum Day 12:00 noon dismissal

Dear Michelson Community,
I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  Mine was different this year sharing a meal only with my son, with virtual check-ins  with family.  It was different, a little sad, but in a way, special to spend just 1:1 time with him after being separated for so long during this pandemic.  There is always, something to be grateful for as we talked in depth about his new  career as a special ed teacher.  I marvel that at some point we went from being mother/son to colleagues in a short  period of time, but it has indeed been a year to remember in so many respects!  
We look forward to welcoming most students back to school on Monday.  As you know, we made the decision, given the shortened holiday week, to take a pause in face-to-face contact after being notified of one positive case.  This move was made in an abundance of caution, but given the shortened week seemed a prudent move.  All classrooms were sanitized, and Nurse Brown, in conjunction Public Health, directed the contact response.  Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation.  Please make sure you turn in the required parent form and student work to receive attendance credit.
I spent my week last week up at Avery as substitute Principal, and I marveled at the growth and maturity of our former graduates.  It was a great experience to participate in their progression and see our middle school team in action.
Our Michelson Parents Club did a great job uploading the Square Art drawings and you should be able to view your child's artwork and see the order opportunities for items for the first MPC fundraiser of the year.  We appreciate the work of the board to jump into action!
Upcoming dates this week:
Friday, December 4 Minimum Day 12 noon dismissal
Thank you for your support and flexibility during these unprecedented times.  We are grateful to you.

Sincerely yours,

Louise Simson
Principal/Assistant Superintendent


At Albert Michelson Elementary, we believe strongly in the home/school connection as a driver for our students' success.  Communication plays a huge role in creating a transformative learning environment.  Each week, the school emails a "News and Update" message in English and Spanish. If you are not currently receiving this regular email and would like to be added to the list, please contact and ask Mrs. Bergantz to add you to the list.  Michelson staff and teachers are just a phone call or email away.  Reach out to us and let us know how we can support your child in the best way possible!
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
—William Butler Yeats
Albert Michelson Elementary
196 Pennsylvania Gulch Road
Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone:  (209) 728-3441
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 329 Avery, CA 95247
Louise Simson
Principal/Assistant Superintendent
Judy Bergantz
Administrative Assistant
Call in Absence Line:
Free adult English classes every Wednesday and Friday
at 8:00 a.m. 
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