Message From The Principal


Dear Collins Families, 

Thank you for being an important part of the Collins community. Our mission is to create connected, capable, contributing learners who achieve their highest potential every day. We want our students to feel connected to the teachers, staff, their classmates, and our school as well as have the skills they need to succeed and contribute to their own and others’ learning as well as the community. 

Collins is a richly diverse school with almost 500 unique and valued students and around 57 talented and hard-working staff members. Twenty or more languages are spoken by families at our school. We celebrate and build on the strengths each student and staff member bring to our school.   

We are committed to using equitable, restorative and trauma-informed practices. Our School-Wide management program is called Safe and Civil Schools (a PBIS program) that is built on research-based practices to set students up for success. It is a positive, proactive program that uses data-based decision-making to create a safe and positive learning environment. In academics and behavior, we treat mistakes as an opportunity to learn and embrace a growth mindset.  

Our instruction and curriculum are designed to help all students meet the Common Core Standards and Next Gen Science Standards. Our goal is to actively engage students in meaningful and rigorous instruction. Some content, like math, may be different from what parents learned, but we are here to help!  it’s exciting to see how students are developing conceptual understanding and learning at a deeper level. In addition to our core instruction, students enjoy Art, YMCA fitness, Music and Library/Media lessons as well. 

We have a variety of programs to meet students’ needs. Our wonderful ELL team supports multilingual English learners acquire English and access academics with their peers. We use multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to ensure students don’t fall through the cracks. Our skilled Learning Specialists, along with our Behavior Support Team, provide additional support for more than 100 students in our LAP program. We offer Special Education Services (academic, social/emotional, behavioral, speech, occupational therapy and physical therapy) to students who qualify. If you think your student needs more help, please contact us at 253-298-3400 or by email at   

This is our first fill school year in our beautiful new school. Words cannot express how joyful it is to have our classrooms, halls and playground filled with students. We are excited to welcome back volunteers. We know students do best when the school and family work together. Your input is important to us. Thanks to the almost 200 families who filled out family surveys this year and to those who attended our student-led conferences. You don’t have to wait for special events to give us input—we are always just a call or an email away. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance or if you have any questions. In the meantime, stay safe and take good care!  

Dr. Barbara Mondloch
Dr. Barb Mondloch
Principal, Collins Elementary
(253) 298-3400