The View From Here


Bella Vista

What a beautiful view it is

here at the top of the world

where our history began, where our future is waiting


Take a moment and take it all in,

from the outside

these vast rolling hills,

this magnificent view changed in the moment, right before our eyes

It’s so hard to imagine what once was when we roll back the years

Can you picture it? These hills that we call ours, belonged to someone else, long ago

The land calls out a litany of names Bernal, Norris, Fallon, Fremont, Vallejo, Harlan, Amador, Dougherty,

Trailblazers all




They claimed this valley floor that we call home,

a settlement at the crossroads of time and history built in this wild open space where we now stand, ready to call it our own

Our San Ramon Valley, Our Beautiful View


Take a moment and take it all in

from the inside

walk through the hallways

take in the power of unleashed potential that resides here

in the hearts and the minds of the students and teachers

who will call this site their home away from home

surrounded by care-givers, lovers of learning

sharing words that matter and deeds that encourage


Today is a day to celebrate and commemorate

and dedicate this place in the hills,

this magnificent future built on our dreams for our children so they can learn and play and laugh and grow strong and know that everything old is new once again

here in San Ramon Valley,

Our Bella Vista, Our Beautiful View

About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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1 Response to The View From Here

  1. bobmoore33 says:

    another wonderful poem from the Poet Laureate!!!

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