Principal’s Message

Welcome to the Home of the
Minnequa Lil' Cats


It is my pleasure to serve our Minnequa Community as the Principal of this wonderful school!  I am truly passionate about serving our youth.  I believe that we must create a school culture that fosters high expectations in both behavior and academics.  I believe that we must teach scholars to be risk takers, compassionate, kind, hard working, and well balanced individuals. The old African Proverb, 'it takes a village to raise a child" is one that resonates with me.  As parents, community members, and educators, I believe that we must work together to support our scholars.  Here at Minnequa, we approach all concerns with a problem solving mindset.  Because we, as educators, parents and community members, are here to support children, we must always be looking for ways to improve the work that we do so that we ensure that we are doing the right work with kids!  

Being a school of Innovation allows us to engage in opportunities that may not otherwise be available.  Our innovation status allows us to choose high quality, standards based curriculum such as the Engage New York Math and ELA, and Expeditionary Learning ELA curriculum for 3rd-5th grades, and Project Lead the Way's Launch program.  It allows us to flex our schedule so that we can leverage Professional Learning Communities and professional development for teachers to ensure that they are implementing the most up to date, research based instructional practices.  The Innovation plan also allows us to implement Blended Learning and Extended Learning Opportunities for scholars.  Additionally, we are working on becoming an AVID school, a school where scholars see themselves as scholars, a school that encourages and prepares scholars to go to college and or be work force ready, a school where scholars organize their thinking and their space, and plan for, set, and reach their goals.  These are just a few of the exciting opportunities that we are providing for scholars.  We don't want to leave out our Community Garden Project, and that we are a recipient of a Food Pantry grant from Care and Share for the 2018-2019 school year.

Our school handbook has detailed information about our school, systems, and curriculum.  I encourage you to dive into the handbook to truly understand who we are and what we are about at Minnequa.  You can find the handbook on a link to the left under parent resources.  Additionally, you can view our calendar on this page on a top link.  The calendar is updated with the Innovation Zone Calendar as well as events that happen throughout the year.  

Our Vision: 

We will create a culture of learning that develops all scholars into tomorrow’s extraordinary citizens.

Our Mission:

We will engage scholars in authentic learning that empowers them to reach their highest potential in a changing global community.

We look forward to partnering with you in the 2018-2019 school year! Feel free to contact us at 549-7580 should you have any questions, would like to visit our school or want to learn more about attending Minnequa, volunteering at Minnequa, or working at Minnequa.


Mrs. Patterson