Photo of Chris Murphy, Principal

Kelley Stone, Principal


Matilija Families,

As I write this, I’m watching the opening ceremonies for the Olympics in Tokyo and reflecting on the impact the past year has had both on the world, and also on our school community at Matilija. As the world’s athletes prepare to amaze and inspire us, we are diligently preparing campus to welcome back students, families, and staff for a year of inspired learning.  It is with the Olympic spirit of hope and inclusion that we welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year!

Getting off to a strong start is imperative on any adventure, and with that clearly in mind, we would like to invite you to join us at Eagle’s Flight on Thursday, August 12th.  At Eagle’s Flight, students and parents will be scheduled by grade level to have school photos taken, attend an informational presentation with Matilija Administration, pick-up their class schedules, collect class materials, purchase spirit wear, and meet our fantastic PTO. We are currently planning to welcome our 6th graders in the morning, followed by time slots for our 7th and 8th graders later in the day.  Finally, in the evening we will host a special program for our Spanish speaking families. Detailed information will be sent out through Parent Square at the beginning of August. 

The school year can be a rigorous journey, like an Olympic marathon, one requiring patience and planning.  Students, take time to consider how you would like to grow and challenge yourselves this year while still maintaining a healthy balance between your academics, extracurricular activities, friends, and family.  Families, be patient and aware that middle school is a unique developmental and academic stage for your students.  The changes your students will experience on their path through middle school will need your loving support, encouragement, and engagement. Their education is much more than what happens between the bells, which makes building a network between administrators, teachers, and parents imperative. The strength of the network is based upon trust and open communication.  To that end, please reach out to us as much and as frequently as needed. We welcome your feedback and involvement, and invite you to share your expectations and concerns with us so we can be responsive to your needs.

The opening ceremony closed with the lighting of the Olympic Flame, a symbol of both the fire stolen by Prometheus from Zeus to bring light to humanity and also of the link between the ancient and modern games.  This year at Matilija will be like the flame, one of building upon traditions and finding new ways to meet the challenges of the future. We hope the 2021-2022 school year will be one filled with light and learning for you and your family.


Kelley Stone, Principal

James Anderson, Assistant Principal