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Johnston Roadrunners are Manifesting their Greatness!                 1st Day of 2021-22 School Year is August 12, 2021
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Principal's Message

Welcome to D.D. Johnston Elementary School’s Website


On behalf of the entire D.D. Johnston staff, I would like to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year at D.D. Johnston Elementary School. We are all looking forward to the start of this school year and are confident that it will be the MOST OUTSTANDING school year for all of our students. Here at Johnston, we believe that we are putting our Roadrunners on their Journey to Greatness.


By Building Great Character One Pillar At A Time, we enrich our students with education in the Six Pillar of Character, which include Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Fairness, and Citizenship. We believe in providing all our students the building blocks that will assist them in becoming well-rounded citizens.  Our dedicated staff is committed to creating an environment where every child feels safe and enjoys coming to school every day. Each month, we focus on a pillar and discuss it in assemblies, classrooms, and select a Student of the Month. In addition, we are implementing Playworks Strategies at our school. Our Recess Coaches receiving ongoing training about the Power of Play and implement helpful strategies that create an inclusive environment for play and physical activity to build empathy, increase learning and improve behavior.  Children are taught to play well together, share, resolve conflicts and develop leadership skills.


About the Principal

My name is Mrs. Togia and I feel extremely honored to continue my 5th year as the Principal at D.D. Johnston Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year. I am proud to say that I am a product of Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. The NLMUSD Motto is EVERY STUDENT, FUTURE READY, OUR PROMISE. I truly believe that supporting teachers with curriculum is essential in building capacity that will strengthen core instruction and improve academic achievement. It is my goal to serve as an educational leader that will create and maintain a positive school culture with an emphasis on the academic achievement and the emotional growth of all students.


Unique Programs

We are the Roadrunners running the road to high academic achievement.  Our SBAC Statewide Test Scores have increased 25% in the last three years in Reading and over 30% in Mathematics (updated scores will be released in the fall).  We are dedicated to serving our students by providing them the best education possible. D.D. Johnston is laying the foundation for intelligent, independent, socially responsible, artistic young people. 


At Johnston, we are proud to offer a variety of programs that meet our students’ academic, social, and behavioral needs.  Our academic programs are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and our teachers are continuously receiving training and collaborating together to fulfill the needs of our students. Johnston students are assessed on a regular basis to make sure they have attained proficiency of the standards and making adequate progress.  


This school year, we our proud of continuing our 3rd year of AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination at Johnston. AVID's Mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing ALL students for college readiness and success in a global society.  


Our ExCEL program, which stands for Excellence: A Commitment to Every Learner, provides all students with enrichment and intervention in the area of English Language Arts and Mathematics.  This is an additional block in reading and math to support students who are not quite at grade level yet and enrichment for those who are ready to move forward. 


Our Visual and Performing Arts Programs include a variety of amazing experiences for all of students Kindergarten through 5th grade. As young as Kindergarten and 1st grade, students are singing choir and learn Elementary Percussion. D.D. Johnston’s 2nd graders will continue their musical experience by learning how to play the Handbells. Our 3rd and 4th graders will learn to play Recorders, and our 5th graders students will be learning World Percussion as well as choir. They will be learning a variety of different percussion styles and rhythms. Each year, students’ musical experiences will grow as they learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, intonation as well as read music and dive into what it means to appreciate and study music. 


We are proud to have two Academic Support Classes to address the needs of students with special needs.  Our Tk to 2nd grade and 3rd to 5th grade class teach Common Core Standards utilizing the Steps to Advance which provides explicit scaffolded instruction of grade-level skills with meaningful practice.  Our program:  

  • Aligns to literary and informational reading standards
  • Scaffolds learning to reach grade-level expectations
  • Builds content vocabulary, language, and comprehension
The program integrates reading, writing, speaking, and listening instruction with a balanced approach, workshop model, and enables all students to have rigorous learning goals with the support of strong differentiated instruction and responsive teaching based upon ongoing assessments.

At D.D. Johnston Elementary we are proud to call ourselves a School Family and we want to make our community a part of that family.  Please be a part of our family by joining PTA – Parent Teacher Association, ELAC – English Language Advisory Committee, and SSC – School Site Council.  Our Johnston Family participates in fun events such as 5th Grade Science Camp, Monster Mash, Movie Night, American Heart Association - Jump for Heart, Valentine's Dance and other wonderful activities.  


By working together, we can help our students achieve Greatness.


Mrs. Togia,