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Special send-off for an elementary principal of 21 years: Surprise flash mob and steel beam signing


Alia Wilson

Communications Coordinator

Sunnyvale School District

(408) 522-8200 x 1084 (office)

(925) 858-9540 (cell)




SUNNYVALE, CA — June 3, 2022 — After 21 years with the Sunnyvale School District, Ellis Elementary School Principal Eric Panosian will be getting a send-off like no other.


On June 3, at 8:30 a.m., during a special assembly, the school will perform a surprise flash mob dance and Principal Panosian will be invited to sign a steel beam that will be incorporated into the construction of new two-story classroom building at Ellis Elementary.


Ellis is the second school in the district to have a two-story classroom, and is currently undergoing an entire campus modernization. School staff members and students will also be able to sign the beam before it is added to the new classroom building.


Mr. Panosian has successfully served as Ellis Principal since 2012. Prior to coming to Ellis, he served as the Bishop Elementary Principal for seven years. Prior to that assignment, he served as Assistant Principal at Bishop and Interim Principal at Fairwood Elementary School. He has been with Sunnyvale School District since 2001.


Colleagues say it is his balanced perspective, his sense of humor, and his commitment to doing what’s right for students that make him an outstanding educator and leader and that he will be deeply missed.


Come join us for a fun morning honoring an amazing principal, but remember it’s a surprise!


Ellis Elementary is located at 550 E. Olive Ave., Sunnyvale.



About the Sunnyvale School District


The Sunnyvale School District provides every student with a strong foundation of academic, behavioral, and social-emotional skills to prepare them for success in a diverse, challenging, and changing environment. The district is guided by its comprehensive plan based on its core belief in students, outstanding teachers, staff, and administrators, collaborative planning, fiscal responsibility, and dedication to providing personalized and differentiated instruction that meets individual students’ needs. The Sunnyvale School District operates a preschool program, eight elementary schools, and two middle schools in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley.