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Principal's Message

Springhill School

Lafayette School District

3301 Springhill Road, Lafayette, CA  94549

Telephone: (925) 927-3580 Fax: (925) 283-3675


Dear Springhill Families,

Greetings and welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.  Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey with us? We understand that every family is facing different circumstances in regard to the how they are dealing with the Covid 19 pandemic. We are not sure what school will look like this year, but there is a group of educators working hard to figure out all the details. We are looking to make sense of all the guidelines and recommendations to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. This will be a “DIFFERENT” school year than we have ever faced but we are committed to providing our students with new and engaging learning opportunities. Now more than ever, is a time to teach our students about resilience, flexible thinking and kindness.

In preparation for possible on-campus learning models, our custodians Manuel and David are busy deep cleaning and preparing the classrooms by configuring desks and furniture to allow students and staff to maintain a safe social distance of 6ft. from others. The district is busy purchasing cleaning supplies and protective gear for staff and creating cleaning protocols for all to follow. I am working on communications, schedules and creating cohort groups. If we are fortunate enough to have our student on campus, rest assured, we will be ready for them in any capacity.

We are excited to welcome Maggi Butler (Kurimai) as our new 5th grade teacher and Val Paschall will be returning as our fulltime library specialist. The Springhill teachers and staff continue to impress me with their commitment to their own professional growth and keeping up with the rigor of our educational programs and curriculum. Given any situation or instructional model, our teachers and staff will work hard to support each other and ensure that our students are receiving a quality education.

During the school closure and during Summer break, we had crews working on campus to complete jobs as part of the Bond measure. We will have a new AC unit in the multipurpose room which will make that space more accessible and comfortable during days when the temperature spikes. Our lower yard was sealed and newly painted so our track and courts are now colorful and bright. In addition, we had a new ball wall installed. The PFC also purchased some new benches and tables that will be strategically placed on the lower playground and around quad area to offer more seating for our 4th and 5th graders during recess and lunch.

Our Parent Faculty Club (PFC) works for the benefit of all Springhill students, staff and parents. Typically, they host our back to school Scorpion Day. Scorpion Day is designed to address back-to-school needs (turn in district paperwork, get your child’s teacher assignment, sign-up for volunteer activities, purchase spirit wear, etc.) and also provide an opportunity for parents to make connections and stay involved in our Springhill School community. As we are working to coordinate our events to accommodate everyone’s health and safety, more information will be shared out about changes to the format of this day and other upcoming events. Please stay tuned!

In collaboration with the Lafayette School District,  Springhill PFC  and Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE), I am eager to get this year underway.


Mette Thallaug




Meet the Principal

Hi, My name is Mette Thallaug. I have been the principal at Springhill since 2015. However, Springhill is near and dear to me. I taught K and 1st grade at Springhill for 14 years before I moved on to become the reading specialist at Burton Valley for 7 years. I was also a district literacy coach for a year and the vice principal for a year before coming back to Springhill. 

I was born and raised in Southern California and moved to the Bay Area in 1992 with my husband, Haakon. We currently live in Walnut Creek and have raised 2 boys, Andreas (25) and Steffen (21).

The favorite part of my job is visiting classrooms and reading books to the students. I am inspired by the conversations we have together. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors.