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Principal's Message

Good Afternoon Castro Families,


Thank you for your patience during this very difficult time and for following Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti’s Stay at Home order by staying inside and being safe.


As you know, Spring Break begins today on April 3, which is Cesar Chavez Day. This holiday celebrates the birthday of Cesar Chavez, an American farmworker, labor activist and civil rights leader. This holiday serves as a tribute to his commitment to social justice. Spring Break will end on Friday, April 10.  Beginning on Monday April 13, our school will follow a new online schedule. We will be posting this schedule on Schoology and on our website at Please make sure to review the schedule with your children to make sure that they understand the expectations regarding the work.


All schools are currently closed and all school employees are working from home. Castro personnel will be able to answer phones ONLY during the school closure but during school hours, from 8 am to 3 pm. Families may send questions and/or concerns by email to teachers and staff through Schoology and through our website at


Additionally, counselors, teachers and other staff members may be calling families and/or students to monitor their academic progress during the school closure. These numbers will appear as blocked numbers since staff will be making calls while maintaining their own personal numbers private. Please answer these calls so we can continue to communicate with you during this challenging time.


For those families who have informed the school that they are in need of internet access, we are working on getting internet hotspots delivered to the school to distribute to families the week of Monday April 13. We will provide more details as we have more information.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the principal at or any other staff member through Schoology or


Thank you. 

Kristine Puich 




Principal Mitchell

I came to Castro Middle School in September 2012 as a brand new principal. It was an exciting time, as well as, a trying time.  In order to see change, I knew it was going to take some time and I was up for the challenge. I eventually fell “in love” with this little school.  So as I move into retirement this coming June 2019, it has been my pleasure to have served as principal of Sal Castro Middle School for the past seven (7) years.  My retirement is bittersweet, in that I really love this place, but I know it is time to pass the baton.

I came to this school with a world of experience and knowledge to serve as principal and have seen a great  change in the climate and culture for the positive. It was hard work, but as I have always said, Castro Middle School is a “diamond in the rough,” with good students and a fantastic and hard working teaching staff. I have seen so much growth and change in the past seven years.  

During my tenure at Castro we were able to accomplish many things.

  • Became an AVID certified school utilizing AVID strategies in our instructional program.  A part of our school vision is to make sure our students are college and career ready. AVID is one of the instructional and organizational tools the schools utilizes in preparing our students for high school and beyond.    
  • We are also a Restorative Justice school, incorporating restoration principles as part of our school culture, primarily in our discipline policy. Our main goal is to help students understand their responsibility for themselves and others.  
  • We are Practitioner School, having been certified in digital technology.  We were able to increase our use of technology,(i.e chromebooks, iPads) in support of the instructional programs across the curriculum for all students.
  • We have worked the Quaglia Group around the topic of student and teacher voice, allowing for the student and staff to express ideas and opinions around the educational process at Castro MS.
  • We have seen our proficiency rates in ELA and Math increase because of our training and professional development with Orenda Education and overall understanding of the Common Core standards and SBAC state testing.

As  we move into the 2019-20 school year, partnerships with City Year and Gear Up will continue as we prepare our students for college and career in the 21st century.  The Belmont Wellness Center will continue to be a great resource for providing socio-emotional support for students. These organizations and others, provide our students with the support needed for academic success and social-emotional growth.

For a school that has been in existence for 10 years, we are doing very well, but as with any thing, there is room for improvement.  We will continue to strive to provide an excellent educational experience for our students. I wish the students and staff of Castro Middle School much success for the future.   

Sincerely, Mr. Mitchell