Superintendent Spotlight: Student Santino Lauro from Mill Valley Elementary School
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Superintendent Spotlight: Student Santino Lauro from Mill Valley Elementary School

Santino Lauro, our student in focus, attends Mill Valley Elementary and lives the Mill Valley Mindset every day. Santino’s determination to overcome challenges, both academic and social, is a testament to his resilience and spirit.

Principal Kristen Jones praises Santino’s perseverance: “Santino demonstrates the Mill Valley Mindset by overcoming daily obstacles. He works hard academically and socially, making him a role model for his peers.”

Santino shares some of his favorite aspects of school: “I love recess and lunch because I get to play with my friends.” Despite his fear of bees, which he occasionally encounters on the playground, Santino’s enthusiasm for school remains undiminished. He also expresses his love of math, finding joy in its clarity: “I love math because it’s easy for me.”

At home, Santino’s creativity flourishes through drawing. “I draw everything at home,” he says, showing off his artistic side. His interests range from aspirations to becoming a YouTuber, astronaut, or artist, reflecting his vivid imagination and ambitious goals.

Santino also enjoys spending time with his family, including his two dogs, Roxy and Ruby, and exploring nature. “I love riding my scooter, being outside, going to parks, the pool and the movies with my sister, mom and dad,” he says.

His simple yet profound joie de vivre – whether he is enjoying his favourite salami sandwiches or engaging in creative play – underlines Santino’s versatile and joyful approach to every day.