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Butterfield Elementary School was a publicly funded grade school in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, in California. It was named after the old Butterfield Overland Stage route which runs in front of the school. It provided many innovative programs to its students. Butterfield was home of the first Elementary Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Magnet School Program in Riverside County. It received many grants and awards, especially in the performing arts field. Students from Butterfield performed with well-known groups and celebrities, such as The Young Americans and Mark Walberg.This school closed permanently on June 3, 2010 after 28 years of service to the community. The entire student and teacher population (along with the same attendance boundaries) will move 3 miles south to the campus of Lakeland Village Middle School which will be renamed Lakeland Village School as it becomes a K-8 school. This is basically a relocation of the Butterfield Community into a new location, which is an underused four-year-old middle school building. The school will keep the same students and teachers, although the classified staff and the principal will change. Two-thirds of the existing middle school population of students and teachers will move to different schools. The Butterfield name and history will be carried forward in the renaming of the Lakeland Village auditorium as the Butterfield Performing Arts Center, although the Butterfield Community will continue on under the new name.
On October 7, 1858, the first westbound Butterfield Overland Stage arrived at the new outpost at the Machado Rancho La Laguna ranch house located near "Laguna Grande", the future Lake Elsinore. This year (2009) is the 151st anniversary of that arrival. The Butterfield Overland Trail route through the Elsinore valley (now known as Grand Ave.) was used as a mail route until 1862. Butterfield Elementary School, named in commemoration of this famous trail, opened with a K-6 population of 482 students in the fall of 1982 with Frank Evans as principal. It is located slightly over a mile southeast of the original Butterfield Stage outpost. The Butterfield Overland Trail route runs directly in front of the school. This is Butterfield’s 28th year of existence (2009/10).
Butterfield Elementary is also located one mile southeast of the site of Grand School, one of Elsinore's two original schools which were both built in 1884. Grand School was located near the corner of Macy Street and Grand Avenue.
Butterfield Elementary School was built as the fourth currently used elementary school in Lake Elsinore, California. Existing elementary schools in Lake Elsinore at the time of Butterfield’s construction were Elsinore Elementary(1), Wildomar Elementary(2), and Machado Elementary(3) schools. There are now 15 elementary schools in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District (one school, Jean Hayman Elementary will be closed for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years due to budget cuts, and may not reopen due to seismic findings). Being a magnet school Butterfield has students who live throughout the district, but most of the school’s students continue their education at Lakeland Village Middle School and Lakeside High School.
Due to enrollment impaction within the district Butterfield was on double sessions for primary grades, with two teachers and classes sharing the same rooms, during the years 1985/86 -1987/88. During these three years Colleen Andersen was the school's principal. With the opening of Jean Hayman Elementary(5) in 1985/86 and Railroad Canyon Elementary(6) in 1988/89, classes returned to a traditional setting. Cheryl Eining was principal of the school for four years, starting with the 1988/89 school year.
The Lake Elsinore Unified School District implemented an elementary Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) magnet program, starting in the 1989/90 school year. This is the VAPA program's 21st year (2009/10) of existence. The initial six years of the elementary level magnet program were at Elsinore Elementary School under the direction and guidance of Principal Craig Richter and magnet program coordinator Fran Robinson. In the 1995/96 school year the magnet program moved to Butterfield Elementary School where it has now been located for 15 (2009/10) additional years under the guidance of Principal Dorri Neal, who had become principal of Butterfield starting with the 1992/93 school year. Also in 1995/96 all Grade 6 classes were moved from district elementary schools to create Grades 6 through 8 middle schools.
In 1996/97 Butterfield implemented California's Class Size Reduction (CSR) program by placing only 20 students in Grade 1, then added Grade 2 to the program in 1997/98, and Kindergarten and Grade 3 in 1998/99.
For 11 years, 1991/92 through 2001/02, Butterfield was on a single-track, Year-round school schedule with classes held year round except for August, December and April. Some district schools had multiple-track, year-round schedules. In 2002/03 the district moved back to a traditional school calendar schedule with all schools starting in August and finishing in June.
Butterfield underwent a modernization program in the summer of 2005 which replaced hardware, replaced air conditioning/heating units and ductwork, upgraded electrical and computer services, and replaced carpeting. All buildings and classrooms were repainted and all new furnishings were purchased for the school at that time. During the summer of 2007 the front of the school received a new look with the removal of a grassy area and the installation of a large new planter.
In the fall of 2009 it was proposed to close the Butterfield Elementary campus and combine its students with those at a nearby middle school, to form the Lakeland Village School. On February 11, 2010 the Lake Elsinore Unified School District Governing Board voted to close the campus and proceed with the conversion of the Lakeland Village Middle School into a K-8th grade facility. Butterfield will close its doors on the last day of school on June 3, 2010 after 28 years of service to the Lakeland Village community. The district believes it will save $500,000 in the closure. It is expected that most students from Butterfield will continue at the new campus. On Feb. 11, 2010 a new principal, Rita Post, was appointed to head the Lakeland Village Academy, with the current Butterfield principal, Dorri Neal, moving to serve as principal at William Collier Elementary. The district will spend approximately $1.5 million to renovate the 5 year old Lakeland Village Middle School to accommodate the K-5th grade students. The entire student and teacher population (along with the same attendance boundaries) will move 3 miles south to the campus of Lakeland Village Middle School which will be renamed Lakeland Village School as it becomes a K-8 school.
This is basically a relocation of the Butterfield Community into a new location, which is an underused four-year-old middle school building. The school will keep the same students and teachers, although the classified staff and the principal will change. Two-thirds of the existing middle school population of students and teachers will move to different schools. The Butterfield name and history will be carried forward in the renaming of the Lakeland Village auditorium as the Butterfield Performing Arts Center, although the Butterfield Community will continue on under the new name.
An event called "Celebrate Butterfield" was held for the community on May 8, 2010 with a review of the school's history, as well as a reunion of present and past parents, students and teachers. The doors closed forever as the children left for the last time on June 3, 2010. The school's final musical, a performance of Honk, Jr. was held on June 6, 2010.
Butterfield Elementary School's Mission was to provide a safe, positive, and challenging learning environment which maximizes opportunities for its diverse student population to develop academically, socially, emotionally, and physically into responsible citizens through a comprehensive, sequential curriculum provided by an NCLB Highly Qualified professional staff.
Butterfield Elementary School's Vision was to maintain an NCLB Highly Qualified staff which is guided by a shared commitment to educate all of its students to reach their fullest potential in academics, as measured by the California State Standards. Equally important are students' positive attitudes, participation in athletics and the arts, within a well-defined, cohesive, comprehensive, and standards-based instructional program. Butterfield is dedicated to the recognition of the unique contribution of each person in the school community and value opportunities for collaboration. The school community will inspire each student to give his/her personal best effort to achieve individual success at school.
The school had 45 classrooms with grades kindergarten through fifth grades, and 850 students. It also housed two classes of 'First 5 California' state preschool students (AM and PM), two state SDC preschool classes (AM and PM), and a no-cost on-site Think Together after-school program. There were also several local daycare programs available with before and after school child care, most of which offer transportation to and from school.
The Butterfield Library had over 15,000 volumes and a computer mini-lab with 10 Macintosh eMacs for research. The school’s Theatre/MPR was equipped with full sound / lighting capabilities for classroom performances, as well as schoolwide productions. BESTv was a complete green-screen Video Production Lab which was used for filming not only classroom plays but also schoolwide plays, Reader's Theatre, and other various educational activities.
Butterfield had a modern computer lab with 33 Thin-client PCs computers, and a portable laptop lab with 16 Apple Macintosh iBooks. The Title I class/lab had 6 PC computers for individualized student instruction under teacher supervision. Each classroom had a portable Video projector available and a PC laptop for teacher use, as well as at least one eMac Apple computer for teacher and student use. Most classes had document cameras (ELMO-type) for use in conjunction with the classroom video projector. Every classroom has Internet capability and a telephone for communications.
Butterfield has an accepting and inviting school climate. The recently adopted Lake Elsinore Unified School District Strategic Plan states that students are the top priority in all that the district does: a belief that is firmly held by the Butterfield community. Staff, parents, and students are encouraged to fully participate in the development of the school's programs and activities. Staff members take active leadership roles in defining the school's direction.
Innovative programs include an artist-in-residency program, art and music labs, a green-screen video production studio, SRA intervention programs, the Fast Track Reading Intervention program, an Accelerated Reader incentive program, Barton Dyslexia tutors, Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) groups, Sea Stars, STAR (Stop, Think and Read) Literacy groups for second grade, STAR assessments, Transitional/Developmental-First grade classrooms as needed, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) and Intervention after-school programs and specialized combination classes. The school has two Resource Specialist Program (RSP) classrooms and a Special Education classroom. Butterfield uses the Hampton-Brown Avenues program (adopted 2007) for English Language Learners, the Houghton-Mifflin Reading series, and Scott Foresman Addison Wesley enVision Math ( adopted 2008-09) for all grades. Butterfield's administrators truly believe in shared leadership and support the staff in making professional choices regarding curriculum, within the State and District guidelines.
Butterfield became a Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) magnet school in 1995 when the program was moved from Elsinore Elementary to Butterfield. It completed its 15th year (2009/10) as a VAPA magnet. One of the unique features of the Butterfield Visual and Performing Arts Program was that instruction was offered to all students regardless of grade level. Until 2007 it was the only existing elementary arts magnet school in all of Riverside County, and was still the only program to offer Kindergarten through 5th grade VAPA content until its closing in June 2010.
Butterfield had a music and drama artist-in-residence (Ilene Moore, former Young American) as well as a part-time art teacher and a shared band teacher. Butterfield produced 12 major theater productions over the years including the full-length shows of Peter Pan, Oliver!, and The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Jr., as well as Willy Wonka, Jr. which was produced in the Spring of 2009. Honk, Jr. was Butterfield's final performance in June, 2010. Butterfield's theatre productions were produced by Barbara Egbert and/ or Kim Rosales and have been directed by Ilene Moore. Students from across the district's boundaries, as well as those from neighboring school districts, attended Butterfield to participate in the magnet program. Many families chose to enroll their children in Kindergarten and continue throughout their elementary years at BES. There was always an active waiting list for families desiring enrollment.
Butterfield students performed with the world famous group, The Young Americans in several stage, recording, and television productions. Butterfield hosted several Young American Outreach Tours and workshops. Several Butterfield Alumni became members of The Young Americans including Auriol Steel and Cynthia Pulley. Butterfield Alumni are still consistently considered to be among the top performers in local high school and community theatre ensembles.
There were numerous honors and grants for the school over the years, including, most recently, the prestigious "Golden Bell" award for distinctive arts programs awarded by the California School Boards Association. Butterfield was a Los Angeles Music Center "BRAVO" Award school finalist, and "BRAVO" teacher finalist honors have gone to second grade teacher Monique Poldberg and fifth grade teacher Barbara Egbert. A Toyota Tapestry Grant was awarded to the school's second grade team, and had provided numerous extensions into the arts, science and literacy. A federal art grant, ArtsLINC, was recently funded which provided the Butterfield K-2 staff the opportunity to participate in staff development focused on literacy and the arts. SEISMIC, a math grant in association with California State University, San Marcos, had its focus for fifth grade teachers on math content standards and lesson delivery. Butterfield received a five-year Healthy Start Grant, a California state Technology Grant to create its BESTv Video Lab, a CTAAP Grant, a Teaching American History Grant, has received recognition from a California State legislator, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Butterfield was honored to be the "treatment" school for the "RAISE (Reading and Arts Integrated for Student Excellence)" federal art grant, of nearly one million dollars. Butterfield staff had numerous opportunities for staff development in the "VIEW: Visual Integration to Enhance Writing" process, as well as Reader's Theatre to enhance reading comprehension. Over the 15 years (2009/2010) as a magnet school Butterfield participated in close to three million dollars in grant funded activities, largely through the efforts of our teachers and district grant writers.
Butterfield's ethnicity, and comparisons to the District and State Averages, is as follows:
The historical record is as follows:
- Butterfield Elementary
- Canyon Lake Middle
- Luiseno Elementary
- Lakeside High
- Keith McCarthy Academy
- Jean Hayman Elementary
- Gordon Kiefer Independent Study
- Elsinore Middle
- Elsinore High
- Donald Graham Elementary
- Cottonwood Canyon Elementary
- Withrow Elementary
- William Collier Elementary
- Wildomar Elementary
- Tuscany Hills Elementary
- Tri-Valley Community Day
- Terra Cotta Middle
- Temescal Canyon High
- Ronald Reagan Elementary
- Rice Canyon Elementary
- Ortega High
- Machado Elementary
- Lakeland Village Middle
- Elsinore Elementary