Principal's Message

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Dear Parents, 

On behalf of the 138th Street School staff, welcome to the 2020 – 2021 school year. We hope every member of our community is healthy and safe during this worldwide pandemic. I want to thank all those parents and community members that have welcomed me to the Wiseburn community my first year and can’t wait to kick off year two. I hope your family was able to find some time to rest and create some memorable moments this summer. All members of the 138th Street School staff are committed to the success of every student and will continue the tradition of excellence at 138th Street during this period of distance learning.

138th Street Elementary will continue to focus on educating the whole child and finding innovative ways to make learning relevant and meaningful for our students during distance learning. We are committed to our rich tradition of excellence and student success. We will be diligent in creating optimal learning conditions for all students. We will continue to let learning grow, while also building excellence as we work towards continuous improvement. We will continue to emphasis developing critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that students need to succeed in both school and career. Our teachers will inspire passion for learning in our students and provide them with a tool to pursue their interests beyond the school day in the areas of their choice. Attendance is critical during this period of distance learning. We have set an ambitious goal to reach 98% daily attendance during distance learning. Please help us reach our goal by instilling the importance of creating a daily schedule with your student and logging on daily. 

A special thank you to our custodial staff, office staff, district office, PTA board, and classroom teachers for the work they have put in this summer. Their work and dedication is infectious and makes me so proud to work alongside dedicated professionals. I can’t wait to meet the rest of our community and kick off our school year on Tuesday, September 1st.  

I look forward to zooming with your student on the First Day of School, Tuesday, September 1st.For any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 310-725-2151 or via email at


Hugo Rios

Principal, 138th Street School