Principals’ Letter: A Message From Troy Hunt

Dear Mako Families,

It is a pleasure and honor to be one of the newest members of the Mako Family. I am truly blessed to be a part of Vista del Mar Elementary School and the San Clemente community. Vista del Mar’s reputation goes beyond San Clemente and Capistrano Unified School District as a highly respected school. During the 2012-2013 school year, Vista del Mar Elementary School continued to excel as a highly respected school with one of the largest enrollments and highest test scores in the district and county.

Over the last month, I told my colleagues about the transition opportunities I have experienced in my new home at Vista del Mar Elementary School. I was proud to tell them about the students’ academic performance along with their outstanding behavior and manners; the staff’s incredible dedication, work ethic and pride in their school; along with the positive parent support who embrace family values, academic performance, and the San Clemente community. I also told them how truly honored my wife and I were to join the Principals and MAKO Educational Foundation Board at the end of the year dinner. We were overwhelmed by how genuine and personal everyone was to make us a part of the Family.

As I continue to learn about Vista del Mar Elementary School, I am amazed by the tremendous parent support. It is because of your generosity that we are able to provide educational materials and programs, additional staffing, and technology hardware and software to improve student learning opportunities. Here are just a few ways in which the MAKO Educational Foundation has provided support to our staff and students:

  • Educational field trips that allow students to have hands-on experiences to explore new learning opportunities
  • Educational materials and software like Handwriting Without Tears, Time Life and Scholastic News, Starfall software, along with Science and Art supplies
  • Teachers were able to submit and were awarded grants for special projects
  • Instructional aides reduce adult to student ratios for better instructional opportunities in each grade level
  • Document cameras project images from books and three dimensional objects on a screen for improved visual learning
  • And, two new additional MAKO Educational Foundation purchases that I know parents, students, and staff are excited to have for the 2013-2014 school year: – Playground Equipment -Laptop computers for all teachers

On behalf of the students and staff, I want to thank you for all of your support. All of this could not happen without Family and Community support through financial donations, the Mako Monster Mash, Spirit of Giving, Gala Event, and with the PTA the MAKO Challenge.


Troy Hunt, Ed.D.