I am honored and proud to serve as the Superintendent for Los Molinos Unified School District!
We are moving towards excellence! Our vision is to provide high quality instruction, increase post secondary success for all high school graduates, closing the achievement gap, developing literacy and academic language across all grades levels, developing and sustaining career techincal education pathways in a 21st century learning environment, and support for all students through Response to Intervention (RTI), and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Our Board of Trustees are highly committed to ensuring our district advances to new heights!
My administrative background as a champion for kids has provided me with many memorable experiences of increasing student achievement throughout the State of California. My core beliefs are:
All students can and must learn
Hope is not a strategy
We can't blame the kids
Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships is the foundation
John Calonico will be Serving as Los Molinos High School Principal. He resides in Willows, Ca with his family that is made up of his wife Amber. They have four children, three daughters (Gianna, Avery and Peyton and son (John). When Mr. Calonico is not leading the Bulldog Nation, you can find him coaching sports, working on their farm and spending time with his family.
Mr. Calonico has served as an Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, Social Studies and Special Education Teacher. Additionally, he has served as Special Education Department Chair. Calonico understands PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Systems) and MTSS (Multi-Tiered
Systems of Supports). Mr. Calonico holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Universityof Nevada, Reno and a Master of Arts in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. Mr. Calonico also played collegiate Football.
Los Molinos Elementary Principal: Josh Rowe
Hello, my name is Josh Rowe and it is my privilege and honor to be joining the Los Molinos Elementary School family. I have lived in the North State since moving to come to school at Chico State in 1998. My wife, Courtney, is a Chico native and together we have three children Lila (8), David (6) and Benjamin (3). Outside of family and work, I am an avid triathlete and love to be outside swimming, cycling or running.
Professionally I began my career as a teacher spending 10 years in the classroom as a secondary teacher. As a classroom teacher, I taught History and English in Williams at the Jr/Sr High School across all secondary grade levels, 7-12. Six years ago after earning my MA in Educational Leadership along with my administrative services credential, I left the classroom to be an administrator. In those six years, I have been able to work as an administrator with every grade level from TK through 12th Grade. As an administrator, I have experience with PBIS, discipline and technology. I am a Google Level One educator working on Level 2.
In my capacity as an administrator, I believe in developing positive relationships with students, staff and the community. These relationships help everyone reach their potential for success. I am looking forward to being here in Los Molinos and to creating long lasting partnerships with everyone so together we can provide our students with the best possible education and the best possible future. I look forward to meeting each of you and learning how I can partner with you to help support you this school year and beyond.
Kendi Merlo is the Principal and 7th and 8th Grade Teacher at Vina Elementary. Mrs. Merlo has been with the Los Molinos Unified School District since 2011 and began her career in education in 2000. As a 1996 Los Molinos High School and 1992 Vina Elementary School graduate, Mrs. Merlo is deeply invested in the success of all students in the Los Molinos Unified School District. Mrs. Merlo spends her spare time shuttling her two children to all of their activities!