Please join us for the Science Fair during Open House in the Cafeteria.

Runor Pinnock

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 Home of the Trailblazers.

Established: 1990

Mascot: Mountain Lion

K-5 Elementary School

Enrollment: 575 students

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John Muir Elementary



Parents and Students, do not miss out on our Open House Event.

The library will also be open for our annual book fair.


Come join us Thursday, May 12th 6:30-7:45 pm.


Spelling Bee

Congratulations to fifth grader,  Runor Pinnock who is John Muir’s Spelling Bee Champ!  She will be competing with students in the Contra Costa County Spelling Bee this week. Runor loves to read and hopes to be her school’s valedictorian when she graduates from high school.  Join us in wishing Runor the best of luck in the upcoming county spelling bee.  She is a STAR Trailblazer!





Welcome School Counselor Ashlee O'Neal

Hello John Muir Elementary

My name is Mrs. Ashlee O’Neal, and I am your School Counselor. This is my first year as a counselor with Antioch. However, I was a high school counselor in Arizona for the past 3.5 years and a K-8 counselor three years prior. I’m really looking forward to getting to know you this year.  I hope you’ll feel comfortable sharing with me different things that are going on in your life – challenges, successes, future goals, adventures and anything else! Please feel free to stop by the office if you would like a brochure to know more about what services I offer, and what a school counselor does


Click here for our Muir Counselor's webpage:


Have a great month!

Mrs. Ashlee O’Neal


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Important News

Psssst.....look on our school counselor's web page above for fun things to do with your student over spring break!


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PBIS and PAWS Praise

John Muir Elementary School is excited to be implementing the district-wide program called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). This is a comprehensive program which provides varying levels of support based on specific behavior needs of our students. School wide, all of our students are taught our school expectations, or "Trailblazer Traits". These traits are: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. Examples of how these apply in each area of the school are taught, modeled, practiced, and reinforced.

In addition to a system of behavior supports, we provide opportunities to recognize those students who are making positive choices and demonstrating positive leadership. These opportunities occur through our PAWS Praise. PAWS Praise are tickets presented to students by staff who observe positive behavior. These tickets are entered into a weekly drawing. All tickets will be sent home weekly. If your child brings home a PAWS Praise, please discuss their positive choices with them to encourage continued safety, respect and responsibility among all members of John Muir School.

There is a PBIS Committee that meets monthly to analyze behavior and to address areas of need. As the program progresses, additional components will be implemented. Thank you for supporting this positive program.




Attendance Matters!

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•     Too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
•     Missing 10 percent can make it harder to learn to read.
•     Students can fall behind with just a few absences. 
•     Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
•     Absences can affect the whole classroom.



Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
•     Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
•     Find out what day school starts.

•     Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates.
•     Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick.

•     If your child seems anxious, talk to your child's teacher.

•     Develop back-up plans for getting to school.
•     Avoid medical appointments and extended trips during school time.

A Caution About Absences

The laws regarding truancy have strengthened significantly.  In addition to the EC penalties for parents in Section 48293, Penal Code Section 270.1 provides penalties.  Please note:

Section 48293, Penal Code Section 270.1 

A parent or guardian of a pupil of 6 years of age or more who is in kindergarten or any of grades 1-8, inclusive, and who is subject to compulsory full-time education or compulsory continuation education, whose child is a chronic truant as defined in Section 48263.6 of the EC, who has failed to reasonably supervise and encourage the pupil's school attendance is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.  




Emergency Preparedness

For more information on how to prepare your family in case of an emergency,

click the link below:

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John Muir Elementary

615 Greystone Drive

Antioch, CA 94509

  925.779.7450  Phone    

 925.779.7451    Fax


Contact Information

Zhenus Wahidi, Principal

David Porcel-Medina, Vice Principal

Ashlee O'Neal, School Counselor

Debbie Hagerty, Admin. Assistant

Debbie Cross, Office Assistant

Maria Rodarte, Bilingual Office Aide


What is coming up?


Limited yearbooks for sale!

First come, first serve basis.

Order forms in the office.

Price $30.00

Online sales no longer available.



May 20

Science Fair Awards Assembly

8:45-9:15 am


May 30

Memorial Day Holiday





May 31

Awards Assembly

5th Grade 8:30 am

Early dismissal Grades 1-5

11:45 am


June 1

Awards Assembly

4th Grade 8:30 am

Early dismissal Grades 1-5

11:45 am


June 2

Last day of school

Early dismissal Grades 1-5

11:45 am


August 17

First day of school

Wednesday Dismissal

1:20 pm (Grades 1-3)

1:15 pm (Grades 4-5)






















Today: 7/25/16

Uniform Policy

School uniform colors:


Navy Blue, White, or John Muir Spiritwear.


Navy Blue or Khaki pants. NO Jeans.