Barranca Mesa Elementary Principal Davine Jones Reflects On First Six Months On The Job


Principal Davine Jones has spent just over six months at the helm of Barranca Mesa  Elementary School and so far, it is “everything I thought it would be and more,” she  said. “I love Los Alamos!” 

Principal Jones moved to Los Alamos from California where she had many years of  experience as a teacher, principal, and district leader. When asked about her first  semester as a Barranca Bobcat, she replied, “No matter the obstacles in the way, Covid,  remote instruction, inclement weather, loss of power, etc., our Bobcats demonstrate  Barranca’s core values of kindness, support and integrity.” 

Some of the highlights include: 

• Student Council and Choir honoring our local Veterans at our Veteran’s Day Assembly

• Huge turn out for our PTO sponsored Trick or Trot 

• Four Spelling Bee Winners 

• Students going out of their way to show Kindness for the Great Kindness Challenge

• Barranca demonstrating integrity at the Middle School orientation 

• Bobcats preparing Valentines for local seniors 

• Implementing our Tier 1 Counseling Based program – Second Step 

• Launching our 100 Mile Club to demonstrate goal setting and achieving our personal best

• Making growth in our ELA and Math IMMSA scores 

• Launching our Reading Intervention program – Parallel Universe 

“This semester we plan to continue our 100 Mile Club to demonstrate goal setting and achieving our  personal best,” Principal Jones said. “We also won a grant for our Character Traits program, The Pyramid  of Success, so we will push that initiative forward as well.” In addition, the PTO will be hosting a Bobcat  Bonanza. 

Attracting and retaining staff has been challenging, but Principal Jones does appreciate the work of the  Barranca staff. 

What is her favorite thing about Barranca and Los Alamos Public Schools?

“The people,” she answered  immediately. “Everyone is so kind and supportive.”