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Welcome to the Home of the Vikings at Sierra Vista Elementary!  My name is Jennifer Thao, and I am excited and blessed to be the principal of Sierra Vista.  I have been in Clovis Unified School District (CUSD) for a very long time where I started my K-12 educational journey as a student and then graduated in our district.   I started teaching Preschool to 6th grade, as well as ELA intervention in 7-8th grade in CUSD. In the last 14 years, I've had the opportunity to serve in the role of school leadership and administration, including working as a Learning Director at Clovis High School.  Like many of you, I am also a proud parent of CUSD.  It has been a great journey for me to get to work alongside great educators who believe in our students of this district, especially at Sierra Vista Elementary and the Clovis Area.  

Our mission is to provide learning opportunities that will prepare each student for academic and personal success.  The staff at Sierra Vista aims toward commitments that will provide a safe, supportive, challenging, and meaningful learning environment for our students.  It is important to our school that we, at Sierra Vista, provide many opportunities for our parents and the community to become active, involved, and to be informed partners in the education of our students. 

At Sierra Vista, we believe that “Vikings Are STRONGER TOGETHER”!  Vikings are a group of warriors who believe in important core values including family, teamwork, courage, truth, loyalty, discipline, hospitality, independence, and diligence.  Sierra Vista Vikings believe in achievements and will commit to lead and be successful together. Our Viking's motto is, "Wherever you go, whatever you do... we BELIEVE in you!" 

Sierra Vista Elementary believes in these core values: 

  • A fair break for every kid
  • It’s people, not programs that make the difference 
  • Education revolves around teamwork and trust
  • High expectations for staff and students
  • To develop winners, surround our kids with winners

Some of Sierra Vista’s achievements throughout its history to present are: 

  • CSU Fresno Bonner Center for Character Education Award
  • ERP Honor Roll (CBEE Honor Roll) 
  • Digital Citizenship recognized school
  • Golden Bell Award Winning School
  • CLASSI Award in Clovis Unified

We look forward to an exciting and memorable school year as we strive and challenge ourselves to be excellent and be our very best in mind, body, and spirit.  We hope you will find that our website and our school will provide you and your students with resources and information that will support and connect you to Sierra Vista Elementary.  If there are any questions or needs, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teacher or the school’s office at any time.  I look forward to meeting you, your students, and your family.  



Jennifer Thao

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