The more than 900 students, their teachers and furry mascot, the Bautista Bear, rocked out Sept. 20 with dancing, clapping and singing during Bautista Creek Elementary School’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Bautista Creek, one of Hemet Unified School District’s oldest schools, was almost closed once, but it is wonderfully alive today with a dedicated cadre of teachers, new principal Greg Giroux and plenty of students, becoming one of the best schools in the district. Enthusiasm for the future is shown by everyone who attended the anniversary celebration with the “happiest kids in the world.” Each child also received a cookie made by the teachers.
Attending were HUSD Superintendent Christi Barrett, Director of Assessment and Accountability David Howland, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Sally Cawthon, other school administrators and former principals.
Former Bautista Creek Elementary School Principal Kristi Watson speaks to the students during the school’s 25th anniversary celebration. Many of the children fondly remembered her as their principal and gave her a big round of applause. She was one of other principals that worked at the school during its 25 years. Watson is now principal of Hemet Elementary School. Tony Ault photo
Bautista Creek Elementary School Principal Greg Giroux receives an enthusiastic hands up when he asked students “who is having fun?” The school has more than 900 students who celebrated the school’s 25th anniversary, Sept. 20. Tony Ault photo
Former Bautista Creek Elementary School Principal Kristi Watson praises the students at the school for their reading and writing achievements at the school’s 25th anniversary celebration, Sept. 20. Watching the festivities are Principal Greg Giroux and guest speaker Dr. David Howland, the Hemet Unified School District director of assessment and accountability. Tony Ault photo
The “Bautista Bear” was on hand for Bautista Creek Elementary School’s 25th anniversary celebration, Sept. 20. The students enjoyed giving hugs to their school mascot. Tony Ault photo
Bautista Creek Elementary school students sing and clap to a song and cheer written for the school by Hemet Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Sally Cawthon. The tune was based on the popular song “Y.M.C.A.,” but the children raised their arms to the tune while singing “B.C.E.S” instead for Bautista Creek Elementary School. Tony Ault photo