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Edith Urzua-Soto Principal

Our Turkey with the principal or "ParentsGiving" event  was held on November 22, 2019 




Message From The Principal

It is with great pleasure and excitement to introduce myself as the newly selected principal of Van Deene Elementary. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve and help lead this excellent school under the direction of Local District South that is dedicated to the excellence of instruction, but most importantly, to the students.

  I have over 20 years of experience working with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). I have served in many roles in this District which include teacher assistant, Early Education Teacher, Elementary Teacher, out of the classroom Coordinator; supporting Title I, English Learner, and Special Education Programs. Also, I have served at the Local District Level as an administrator supporting the teacher evaluations, and most recently, I served very proudly and happily as an Assistant Principal for the past four years. However, my most important job has been an advocate for student success. I am a true believer in providing all students with the tools and resources to succeed. I have very high expectations for students, instructional practice, and overall school performance. As principal, my main goals this year will be to continue the success of excellent attendance, student achievement, and collaborate with all stakeholders to make this a successful 2019-2020 school year at Van Deene Avenue Elementary! 

Attendance Message

As school principal, I am committed to improving and maintaining excellent attendance at our school. I have started a Class Dojo Class for all students that have attendance in the chronic band to maintain ongoing monitoring of attendance, promote excellent attendance and communicate directly with the parents. 

In addition, we will have an ATTENDANCE HERO visit our students with excellent attendance every 25th day of school! Please see below for the dates of the visit! 





Super Hero Visit

Aug.20- Sept. 25


Sept. 26th

Sept. 26 – Nov.1


Nov. 4th

Nov. 4- Dec. 16


Dec. 17th

Dec.17- Feb.11


Feb. 12th

Feb.12- Mar.18


Mar. 19th



May 1st

May.1- Jun.5


June 8th

                                                                      September Super Hero