Student Handbook

A Message from the Principal

Dear Matthew Paterson Elementary School Families,

It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year! Our teachers and staff are committed to implementing an exciting, engaging and rigorous instructional program as well as social and emotional learning.

At Matthew Paterson we strive to establish partnerships so that together we can educate the whole student to become lifelong learners in an ever-changing world. Research has proven that successful parent involvement improves not only student behavior and attendance but also positively affects student achievement. Therefore, I strongly encourage our MPES families to get involved with our PTO, attend school events and connect with your child’s teacher.

The Family Handbook has been developed to help you and your child understand the behavioral and instructional expectations at MPES. As mandated by the Dignity for All Students Act, please review this handbook and the school district Code of Conduct. A link to the Code of Conduct and electronic sign off can be found on the website, under the Parents & Community tab entitled Returning Student Registration/Update. It is important that you complete the electronic sign off. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Jennifer Darling
Principal, Matthew Paterson Elementary