Principal's Corner

Principal's Message

Welcome to Joan K. Mendel Elementary School (MDES)! Our faculty members 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 MDES is dedicated to utilizing solid and effective 21st century educational best practices. These practices are highlighted in the MDES 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/MDES Mission - Educate, Engage, and Empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world.

DoDEA/MDES Vision - Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere

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

MDES 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!

With Panda Pride,
Christopher J. Racek, Ph.D.
Joan K. Mendel Elementary School Principal