CTA Good Teaching Conference (South)

The CTA Good Teaching Conferences are designed to support excellent teaching and learning practices for classroom teachers. Offering a variety of diverse workshops in curriculum content areas for K-12 teachers, the conferences provide opportunities for professional development (especially Common Core and technology) and offer time to network and share ideas with colleagues and experts in the field. Held March 20-22 at Sheraton Hotel & Marina, San Diego.

If that wasn’t enough. CVEA will have a hosted reception in our hospitality suite either Friday or Saturday night for all CVUSD attendees. How can you pass this up!

Chris Prokop, President

Good Teaching South 2015

Rich Redmond visits Greenfield Middle School

Grammy nominated drummer, Rich Redmond graced Greenfield Middle School this past week while in town on his tour with Jason Aldean. Mr. Redmond taught GMS percussionists keys to lifelong success through CRASH (Commitment, Relationships, Attitude, Skill, and Hunger). Thank you to STAUMP Music School and Joan Knoernschild for providing such a unique opportunity for our students. We look forward to future events like this.

Karen Minshew, Principal
Greenfield Middle School

Common Core Resources and Assessment Update

Posted by Linda Roach, Educational Services

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Update

Yes, Interim Assessments and the CCSS Digital Resource Library Are Coming Soon!
Last spring, Cajon Valley staff and students participated in the first of three components of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System: the Summative Assessment for our 3rd through 8th grade students. This year, we will see the rollout of the remaining two components of the SBAC system: Interim Assessments, designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year and the Digital Library, a clearinghouse of a wide variety of classroom-based formative assessment strategies, resources and practices.

There will be two types of Interim Assessments. These assessments are expected to be available to California teachers this winter.

• Interim Assess Blocks (or IAB’s) are groups of test items that align with specific sets of Common Core Language Arts and Math standards. Teachers will be able to select IAB’s and design additional formative assessments that align with their current instruction.
• Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICA’s) are designed to mirror the content and nature of the summative assessments administered at the end of the year. Teachers will receive overall scale scores and overall performance level designations.

The Digital Library, which will be available to educators this fall, is an online collection of resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards. It contains Assessment Literacy Modules, professional learning modules focusing on formative assessment tools, practices and processes; the Exemplar Instructional Modules, targeting specific content and practices from the Common Core Standards in Language Arts and Mathematics; and Education Resources with subject- and grade-specific resources that are designed to help K-12 educators apply the formative assessment process during daily instruction.

This is an exceedingly exciting time in education! And Cajon Valley teachers, staff and students are primed and ready to take full advantage of these soon-to-be-released tools as we all work together to prepare students to be college and career ready in this 21st century global society!

Meridian Elementary School Takes a Stand on Bullying

Recently, the METV News Crew in conjunction with Student Council applied their movie making skills to the problem of bullying as part of our Take a Stand on Bully Week here at Meridian They storyboarded their movie by themselves, came up with a theme and broke it into 3 segments. They organized and delegated tasks by themselves. They then met with Mr. Coleman and Mrs. Bartley to present their project for approval. Very little help was needed or given. They then shot and edited their movie as well as uploaded it to youtube by themselves while I stood by for guidance of which little was needed. I am very proud and not surprised what these kids can do when given time and motivation.

Mr. Coleman and Mrs. Bartley
Meridian Elementary School

TEDx America’s Finest City

Published by TEDx on Sep 22, 2014
We’ll hear from Superintendent, David Miyashiro from Cajon Valley Union School District On October 11th talking about our systems of public education and how they have changed (or not). Come listen to discussion of reform in education and the what, how, and why we can’t wait any longer for this transformation in America’s Finest City.

Learn more at http://www.tedxamericasfinestcity.com

Sevick Suns Shining Brightly

Amber Pierce, a Sevick parent and artist, spearheaded this project, with support from the PTA, using the Sevick Suns’ logo as a theme for creating panels of suns from different regions around the globe. These spectacular panels not only create a welcoming feel to our school, they also celebrate our multicultural and diverse school community. We had a dedication at our Back to School Night and a representative from Senator Joel Anderson’s office presented a certificate of recognition to Amber for her efforts in this project. Several PTA Board members (well, we only have 3) and Amber’s family volunteered to paint the walls and install the panels. James Beard was also a great support throughout.

Donations from staff, Sevick families, District staff and the El Cajon community , as well as Amber’s creative and artistic talents, made this project a reality. Amber made each mosaic panel by hand using a special tile and glass donated by parents and Dal Tile. Additional community support included donations from Home Depot, Toyota of El Cajon, Home Depot, Ducky’s Barbershop and Thunderbird Products.

All donations were honored on a plaque mounted on the wall next to the murals. Each donor and level of donation were included on the plaque, and any amount was recognized.
· $10- $20 = Sunshine level
· $50 = Sunbeam level
· $100 = Starshine level
· $500 = Super Star level

We are in debt to Amber, our school and community for moving this project from concept to completion.
May need to send the pictures in more than one email.

Ginny Pinkerton, Principal

More on the Core

We’re excited to present More on the Core, a special series on The Common Core State Standards, which will share information and tips throughout the year. The video series was developed for parents by Cajon Valley students and teachers. Cajon Valley MIddle School students applied what they learned in their technology class to produce the videos. The intent of More on the Core is to inform parents on the new standards and ways to support children in everyday life. ​Stay connected by following More on the Core. Consider how you can encourage parents to continue learning at home.

Thanks so much,


Kristen Goodrich
Coordinator, Educational Services
Cajon Valley Union School District
Twitter: @KGoodrich313
(619) 588-3014