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Mendel ES

Principal's Corner

Welcome to Joan K. Mendel Elementary School (JKMES)! Our faculty members at JKMES proudly serve the children of our armed service members and civilian support families here at Yokota Air Base. We are committed to working collaboratively with our parents and the base command, in order to provide a safe and structured educational environment, which offers rich and meaningful learning opportunities; in alignment with the DoDEA College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards.

We encourage you to be active within the school community by: volunteering in your child's classroom, sharing your skills with students to connect learning to real world experiences, joining our dynamic and innovative PTO, participating in the school/district-wide Continuous School Improvement (CSI) process, serving and/or contributing to the School Advisory Council (SAC) meetings, and attending school-wide activities and events.

The staff and administration at JKMES is dedicated to utilizing solid and effective 21st century educational best practices. These practices are highlighted in the JKMES Mission, Vision, Purpose and Values; and include (but are not limited to) activities such as:

  • Student Ownership/Engagement/Fun -- 21st Century Educational practices should be meaningful, practical, and enjoyable.
  • Citizenship/Leadership/Personal Responsibility
  • Project-Based Learning Opportunities - Students can demonstrate knowledge in many ways
  • Use of Technology/Development of 21st Century Skills
  • Mastery of Curriculum/Development of Higher Order Thinking Skills
  • Collaborative Teaching/Cooperative Learning Opportunities
  • Community Partnerships -With on-base and Host Nation supporters
  • Reporting-Out/Celebration of Student Learning/Discoveries
  • Using unexpected events/results as teachable moments

DoDEA/JKMES Mission - To educate, engage, and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world

DoDEA/JKMES Vision - To be among the world's leaders in education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities in which they live

JKMES Purpose - Empowering students to succeed as life-long learners

JKMES Values:

  • M - Manners
  • E - Excellence in all we do
  • N - Never Give Up
  • D - Disciplined
  • E - Express Creativity
  • L - Life-Long Learners

Again, on behalf of the administration, faculty and staff of Joan K. Mendel Elementary School, welcome to Panda Pride Territory! Please know that you are always welcome. Once a Panda, always a Panda!


Dr Racek Sept 2016

Dr. Christopher Racek
Mendel Elementary School

DSN: 225-5503
Off Base in Japan: 042-552-2511 ext. 5-5503
From USA: 011-81-3117-55-5503

Assistant Principal
Dr. Hermann, Assistant Principal, JKMES

Dr. David Hermann
Mendel Elementary School