Principal's Message

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Principal’s Message        


Welcome to the Bell Gardens Elementary School Website!  Bell Gardens Elementary is part of the Montebello Unified School District.  We proudly serve the community of Bell Gardens and provide a high-quality standards-based education for students in Transitional Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

What matters most?  - Our students!  Our highest priority is the safety and education of this most valuable resource. In a continually changing and competitive world, our students must be able to adapt to solve problems and tackle the challenges of the future.

Our teaching staff is highly qualified and motivated to prepare our students for learning in the 21st Century.  We work diligently to prepare all BGE students with the foundation to be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.  We expect all students to demonstrate the 4 Cs- Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication.  These concepts are embedded in our daily instructional practices.  BGE commits to:

  • Daily Science Instruction
  • Thinking Maps
  • AVID Elementary
  • 1 to 1 laptops in Grades 3, 4, and 5
  • Teacher collaboration utilizing the Data Team process
  • A School-wide Science Fair
  • Full Day Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten
  • Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)


BGE students demonstrate S.W.A.G. on a daily basis, (Safety first, Work Responsibly, Act Respectfully, Guide Me) as part of our school-wide expectations and the foundation for our positive behavior program.

Many of our students participate in our after-school program where  they get help with homework, study art or music, or even learn a new sport! Other students are part of our Garden Club or Student Council.   

At BGE our parents are also a critical part of our success.  We highly encourage and support parent volunteers.  We understand that when parents are involved and supportive in school we all win!  Check in to BGE to find out how you can be a part of our team.

Together, staff, students and parents create the wonderful learning environment that is Bell Gardens Elementary.  We welcome you and hope you will join our team and help us take care of  “What matters most?” OUR STUDENTS!


Mr. James L. Sams