Dear Davis Community,
My name is Ginelyn Kudsi and I am the new Principal of Caroline Davis Intermediate School. I am proud to say that I graduated from Davis School many years ago so I'm happy to be back in the community that taught me as a young 7th and 8th grader.
I graduated from Oak Grove High School and went to UC Irvine and earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. I then attended graduate school at San Jose State University and earned my Masters Degree in Social Work. I have my Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work, Child Welfare and Attendance, and School Counseling. I also have my Clear Administrative Services Credential.
Prior to becoming Principal, I was the Assistant Principal for 3 years, and prior to that I was the school counselor for 15 years. I am married to a high school Math teacher (who was also a Davis Intermediate graduate) and have 2 children. I love spending time with my family and visiting the many lovely places in and around the Bay Area. I enjoy World of Dance U-Jam Fitness classes (cardio dance fitness) and you can find me taking many of these classes at gyms in and around San Jose.
I believe in creating a positive and safe school environment. I collaborate closely with our teachers and all staff in order to provide a safe environment for our students to learn. I hope to inspire, engage, and encourage students to be the best they can be in and outside the classroom. I enjoy working and talking with families and would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our school.
Davis School embraces the 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, often referred to as the “four Cs,” are an integral part of the Common Core standards. To that end, our students receive challenging curriculum daily. They are expected to participate in creative, project based learning opportunities that require them to think deeply and critically about subject matter but also capitalize on opportunities to collaborate and communicate with their peers in order to succeed. Davis Students have many 21st Century tools at their disposal such as Ipads, Chromebooks, Apple TVs, Document Cameras as well as access to a brand new desktop lab.
We adhere to the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) philosophy of using positive incentives for students who display Excellence, Respect and Safety in all interactions. Our students earn Davis Dollars that are used in the on campus student store, receive public praise with the Triple E awards announced over the intercom weekly, and attend school spirit rallies that enhance their daily campus life. Our staff and students are spirited and our school culture is supportive, safe and fun.
We welcome you to Davis Intermediate School and happily serve over 600 students in a small school within a big school atmosphere. Our core academic teachers share rosters in order to know all of their students well and plan challenging, integrated lessons. They spend many hours collaborating with each other over lessons, participating in campus spirit activities, coaching sports and more. When our students leave us for high school they are prepared academically, socially and emotionally to take on the many demands of teenage, high school life and beyond. We are proud of our success rate! Although their time with us is short, our students return year after year and fondly remember their time spent as a Davis Raider. We invite you and your student to join us at Davis and look forward to getting to know you in the coming year!
Ginelyn Kudsi, M.S.W.