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Ms. Holmes   sholmes@tusd.org

Message from the Principal

The start of school is just around the corner and we at Casimir are busy getting prepared for students to arrive. Registration was a great success, due in large part to the dedication of our fantastically organized PTSA. Under the leadership of Shanie Asato, we were able to process over 500 families in 3 brief hours. We appreciate your patience with the long lines!

We know that most families are going to enjoy the last weekend before school starts, but we do encourage you to check your student’s schedule which will be available on Student & Parent iQ (formerly known as Student & Parent Connect) on Wednesday, September 8.

Schedule change requests will not be processed until after the first 5 days of school due to enrollment counts (where we have to physically count every student in each classroom). After the first 5 days of school, we will post online instructions on how to request a schedule change. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

We look forward to seeing all returning students again as well as welcoming all new students to our Cougar family.

Make it a great year, Casimir!

Sincerely,

Susie Holmes, Principal

Biography

The principal of Casimir Middle School, Susie Holmes, is a die hard Bruin and Angels fan with a “Proud Parent of an Honor Student at StarfleetAcademy” bumper sticker in her office. Holmes began her career in education as a Social Studies and English Teacher, but eventually moved into administration because of her desire to contribute to the education of students and development of schools on a larger scale. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, her teaching credential at CSU, Long Beach and her Masters at the University of La Verne. The entirety of her career has been spent serving the families of Torrance; she came to Casimir first as an assistant principal and then became the principal after the retirement of Ken Di Noto ten years ago. Holmes has sought to create change and improvement in these challenging financial times. Doing so namely by incorporating innovative practices such as tutorial period where students have access to individualized academic support built into the school day which has been in place for roughly the last 5 years.

She is rightly proud that Casimir has become a destination place – or a place where parents seek to bring their children. She feels that educators have a sacred position – parents trust the school to take care of the most precious thing they will ever have, their children. With that in mind she takes her job very seriously,  however, she believes that it is not necessary to act seriously all of the time as evidenced by the different events she creates at the school such as celebrating International Talk like a Pirate Day and playing “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader” with the students at lunch. Ultimately, Holmes works to develop a creative and welcoming school culture at Casimir.