Dear Mustang Families,
Welcome to Edna Beaman Elementary School!! I am excited and privileged to be your Principal. We are looking forward to providing your student with an innovative and engaging educational opportunity. Edna Beaman Elementary has a rich history of successfully preparing our students for their futures and I am pleased to resume this legacy. We will continue to strive to help your children work to their maximum potential in a safe learning environment with an emphasis on building character.
I believe students learn best when parents and families participate in the learning process. I encourage your participation in our PTO, our family-friendly events, fund raising, and our School Site Council. We also feel it is essential for parent volunteers to help in our classes. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at the school office.
Communication is the key in establishing a positive community for you and your student(s). We will continue to build on the multiple pathways to inform you of activities, events, incidents, etc. Of course, if you have any questions or concern, please do not hesitate to contact me or stop by.
I am looking forward to a great year with your students!
Principal Edna Beaman Elementary School
Edna Beaman Elementary School is a preschool-5th grade school located in a rural, isolated, southeast corner of Mono County on Highway 6. This year the school has an enrollment of approximately 18 students and is one of four elementary school sites in the Eastern Sierra Unified School District. With such a small enrollment, Edna Beaman is able to offer a more "one-on-one" teacher-student environment than other surrounding schools. Each class is triple-graded , with one teacher: Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First and Second Grades with Mrs. Patterson; and Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades with Ms. Ice. The next closest elementary school in the district is located in Lee Vining, more than 45 miles away.
Edna Beaman serves the communities of Chalfant Valley, Hammil Valley, Benton and surrounding areas, and maintains strong economic and cultural ties to the Bishop community, 39 miles to the south. Since Bishop is the closest largely populated area, most of the parents whose children attend school at Edna Beaman are employed in, and do most of their shopping in, the Bishop area. The major occupations for parents of Edna Beaman students include, but are not limited to, farm and ranch workers, tourist oriented and county occupations, as well as state and federal service organizations and privately owned businesses.
Although severely isolated, students at Edna Beaman Elementary are still able to participate in school-organized ski trips as well as flag football and archery competitions against teams within our district and participate in other community organizations such as 4-H, summer cheerleading, pee-wee football, and local horse show events.