Principal's Message
TownGate Elementary School
Welcome to TownGate Elementary School!

It is a privilege to serve as principal of TownGate Elementary School. I have worked in MVUSD for over 30 years as a teacher and administrator. This spring TownGate was honored with the Gold Ribbon and Title Academic Achievement awards for innovation and excellence. We were recognized for our model programs and practices based on math, language arts and science standards. TownGate is a certified school wide AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) school with a dedicated and knowledgeable staff with a growth mindset of excellence on purpose for our students. We are in our second year of PBIS ( Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) which is a system of supports for all students in the school. These supports clearly define behavioral expectations and teaching these expectations to students, acknowledging appropriate behavior and correcting inappropriate behavior. This year, Mrs. Veronica Zarate,has joined us as our full-time assistant principal.


We offer a variety of after school activities through our Friday Night Live program for 4th and 5th graders such as band, choir, cheer, dance, Ballet Folkloric and sports. TownGate provides parent workshops and family math and language arts nights throughout the year. We invite parents to get involved through our parent groups: ELAC, AAPAC, Bilingual Literacy Club, TPAT, and PTO. Thank you to our business partners who support our students: Bud’s tires, Shakey’s, Brunswick Bowling, Horace Mann Insurance, Flower Box, and Starbucks. (Day St.)


Towngate has an amazing group of very dedicated and talented teachers and school staff. We believe in building and developing relationships while bringing together our diverse population of learners throughout our community. Our goal is for each of us to become the best we can be. All can and should have the opportunity to achieve academic success in a safe school. We welcome you to become a TownGate Navigator. 

Our school hours are as follows:
1st – 5th Grade  8:30 a.m. – 3:01 p.m.

M Kindergarten  8:20-12:00 p.m. with lunch from  11:40-12:00

AM & TK Kindergarten 
11:41-3:01 p.m. with lunch from 11:21-11:41

Early Bird/Late Bird Kindergarten
Early Bird - 8:20-12:00
Late Bird - 10:25-2:05
Lunch is 11:40-12:00 

We welcome you to become a TownGate Navigator.

Paula Rynders,

This year we have the opportunity to add a full time vice-principal.  

It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I introduce myself as the new Assistant Principal at TownGate Elementary School. I am truly honored to work alongside Ms. Rynders, as well as the rest of our staff, in our efforts to do whatever it takes to advance the achievement through the use of our California Common Core Standards for all of our students on our campus.  Working together, I am confident that we will continue to provide our students with a truly challenging and engaging school experience.  My goal as an Assistant Principal is to support TownGate’s mission and vision; while providing a safe and respectful environment by the use of our Multiple Tiers of Support System (PBIS/MTSS). Feel free to stop by and introduce yourself. If there is anything I am able to assist you with, please let me know.

Mrs. Zarate