Rancho Minerva Families,

Let me begin by saying that it is an honor to have been selected as the new principal for Rancho Minerva Middle School. For those of you that don't know my story, I have been a lifelong Vista resident and proud of my community. My journey as an educator is not very long but I can say that it has been filled with many great experiences, most of which have been at Rancho Minerva. During my time at Rancho Minerva I have served as a physical education teacher and an assistant principal. It is my mission to continue building positive relationships with students and families and to empower students to become stewards of their learning.

We are excited to continue the path of personalized learning here at Rancho Minerva.

This year we will expand Summit Learning to 7th grade and will have two-thirds of the school participating. Summit Learning's Vision is that every individual, upon reaching adulthood, is equipped with the skills, knowledge, and habits to realize their unique and full human potential, thereby enabling them to be contributing members of society. Students have the chance to grow and learn with an emphasis on three pillars: Mentorship, Real World Projects, and Individual Pathways.

This year we will continue to develop our 4 school-wide goals:

  1. Every student is known. (Make sure every student feels connected)
  2. Meet students at their level. (Strengths-based culture)
  3. Strengthen our team. (Become more collaborative)
  4. Tell our Story (Share the great things that are happening at RMMS)

I would like to invite you to become involved here at Rancho Minerva. Throughout the year, we will have many opportunities for you to participate in your child's education. We are currently looking for support in our PTA, School Site Council, and ELAC committees. I would also like to invite you to Coffee with the Principals, where we will discuss some of the great things happening on campus.

I welcome you all to the RMMS Family!


Juan Ayala