Lexington wins Jimmie Johnson Champions Grant

Hot off the presses-Lexington Elementary was selected to receive the “Jimmie Johnson Champions Grant” this year. The $64,480 will be used to purchase simultaneous translation devices for parent meetings and events so parents will receive information in their home language.

A portion of the grant will be spent on dual language books in English/Spanish, English/Arabic and other represented languages on our campus. These books will be used to fortify our Home School Reading program. Parents will be able to read with their child in either language each evening.

We are very excited about this opportunity to bring our community inside our school gates and bring learning inside their front doors. Thanks to the generosity of Jimmie Johnson and his foundation, this will become a reality.

Karen Sapper, Principal
Lexington Elementary School

Code Girl resonates @ Meridian

Check out this movie promo shared by Robin Leo from Meridian Elementary School. Also check out Robin’s weebly that she uses to communicate with her students and parents as well=)

After a powerful week of learning at Flying Hills over the summer, I was greatly motivated and inspired to learn more about coding. I now incorporate coding into my weekly classroom schedule. As you can imagine, I was very excited to receive the news this morning that an elementary school teacher friend in Los Angeles recently took part in creating a movie on the subject of young girls and coding.

The link below will take you to the teaser for Code Girl. It appears to be an inspiring and awesome movie about young ladies learning how to code and making apps to improve the lives in their communities. Code Girl premiers at the ArcLight in Culver City on Sunday, November 1st. It is available to view on youtube from November 1st to November 5th.

I feel like this may be just the kind of production that embraces and encourages dialogue between like-minded forces in education. I am thrilled to share it with you and I hope that the film is as relevant as the teaser seems to indicate!

Happy Halloween!

With gratitude,

Robin Leo, ​Teacher​
Meridian Elementary School

Digital Promise Welcomes CVUSD to The League of Innovative Schools


Cajon Valley Union School District joins Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, will partner with other leading educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers from across the U.S.

10/19/2015 | – Cajon Valley Union School District is one of 22 school districts accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, an independent, bipartisan nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education.

Cajon Valley Union School District was selected from a competitive and national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.

Learn more about The League here: http://www.digitalpromise.org/initiatives/league-of-innovative-schools

Hillsdale Supports TEAM KYLER

Hillsdale Teachers Mrs. Scarbrough and Ms. Samuels participated in Triathlon for our 8th grader Kyler Moore on Sunday, Oct. 18th. Kyler had his leg amputated in June after life-long complications with a birth mark on his foot. We are proud of his courage and perseverance. Here is a message from Kyler’s family about the event.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation Triathlon was amazing. ​ We had two teams race, bike and run for Kyler and several show​ed​ up to walk the 5k with him personally! It was so humbling and made our hearts to full. Our Hillsdale team raised $2937 which was amazing, our other team was only able to raise $1000 so Hillsdale blew us away! Between all the teams and our 5k in total yesterday we raised $4914 which much of the 5k donations came from Hillsdale students as well. WE are so humbled and appreciative that to date the Heartland Fire Octoberstache has almost reached $16,000 coming into their final event which is this Friday night​, Oct. 23rd.​

Yesterday​, Challenged Athletes Foundation also announced on their big stage that Kyler was a recipient of a grant this year to build him a specialized soccer/running Occur leg. Kyler was so happy and excited. He cannot wait to have part of his life back with sports! Thanks again​ to Hillsdale​ for helping us along the way. It truly takes a village, and Hillsdale has been side by side with us throughout this entire journey. We could have never gotten through 6-7th grade without your staff and teacher’s support. Mrs. Scarbrough is truly one of kind she gave him so much encouragement that inspired him during some very low times. Ms. Samuels said​ as soon as she met us ​” I would love to help you and I know how to swim and raise money​​”! Two fine humans who show such an incredible desire to help their students beyond just the classroom. We are eternally grateful to you all! ​ Enjoy the​ pictures​. There is also a ​flyer for our Friday Octoberstache event.

​The Moore Family

P.S. We will be on​ KUSI ​Wednesday​ morning and Friday morning with Fox.

Marietta Minjares, Principal
Hillsdale Middle School

Sevick Suns Shining Bright! Congratulations Janet!

Janet is announced as Finalist…

Janet is announced San Diego County Teacher of the Year

Janet’s Speech

Our very own Janet Feilen was was named San Diego County Teacher of the Year during the 25thannual “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers”​. The annual event honored San Diego County’s public school teachers and was televised live on Channel 4 San Diego from the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego.

The 2015-16 San Diego County Teachers of the Year are:

Doug Green, Carlsbad High School (Carlsbad Unified School District)
Armando Leon, Mar Vista Academy (Sweetwater Union High School District)
Paul Messerle, Rancho Bernardo High (Poway Unified School District)
Shirley Parrish Miranda, Morse High School (San Diego Unified School District)
Janet Ratkovic Feilen, Sevick School (Cajon Valley Union School District)

There were a total of 44 teachers nominated for 2015-16 County Teacher of the Year honors out of approximately 26,000 current teachers in the region. Finalists were selected based on student achievement, teaching philosophy, familiarity with current issues in education, and community involvement.

The five teachers of the year will represent San Diego County in the California Teacher of the Year program. The state winner will be announced later this year.

“Janet Ratkovic Feilen serves students with special needs from birth through 3 years of age at Sevick School in the Cajon Valley Union School District. She discovered a passion for serving students with disabilities in college and has spent the last 35 years bringing out the best in her young students by providing them with the tools they need to interact with one another, engage in appropriate play, and demonstrate their emerging language skills.”

October 20th is National Writing Day!

Hey Cajon Valley!

October 20 is National Writing Day! Celebrate all the wonderful writing we’re doing by tweeting:
pictures of student writing (in any form)
pictures of students getting excited about writing
quotes from students, teachers, and parents about why they love writing or what they are learning
videos of students writing, talking about why they love writing, or what writing means to them
Be sure to use @cajonvalley, #cvcalkins and #cvnwd. We will be tracking #cvnwd…our goal is to get 500 tweets that day!

Kristen Goodrich
Coordinator, Educational Services | Cajon Valley Union School District
goodrichk@cajonvalley.net | @KGoodrich313 | p: 619.588.3014

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
-Maya Angelou

At the Language Academy we collectively endeavor to foster a culture of learning!

The Bostonia Language Academy opened its doors for the first time on August 17, 2015, to a community of learners with an interest in becoming multilingual, multi-literate and multicultural. With 375 students enrolled and 15 teachers, our school is small and impactful, with invaluable opportunities for students and their families throughout the day.

A day in the school life of our students begins with breakfast in the classroom during Advisory time. Advisory time is dedicated to teaching about Character Education traits that are key to current student success, lifelong learning, and effective participation in society. Shortly thereafter, a fun and engaging part of their day known as International Languages begins. During International Languages, students experience English and Spanish language development through a number of adaptive curriculums. Receiving rich language instruction and using language to engage in interaction are two of the primary goals of this period of time.

Specialized teachers at every grade level plan for instruction that is informed by assessment data. Throughout the day, the Literacy, Mathematics, World Studies, and Computer Science teachers rotate from classroom to classroom to enhance and implement California Common Core Standards-based lessons. It is through these carefully crafted learning experiences that the six C’s (Communication, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, Culture, and Connectivity) become an integral part of the Language Academy’s curriculum. At our school, we provide a Blended Learning environment as a platform in which adaptive programs and small group teaching opportunities individualize the instructional plan for our scholars. Multicultural Education at the Language Academy is an instructional component that supports the creation of a safe, accepting and successful learning environment for all students. Increased awareness of global issues, strengthening cultural consciousness, and teaching students that there are multiple historical perspectives are three core strands of this component.

At the Language Academy we collectively endeavor to foster a culture of learning!”

Act of Kindness that Inspires @ Montgomery Middle School

I wanted to pass on this great story. I was on a delivery dispersing school supplies at Montgomery Middle School with Jeff the day custodian at Montgomery. In a storage area I noticed several bicycles along with spare parts, So I had to ask “Hey Jeff, whats with all the bike parts? Opening up a store?” He replied; “During my spare time I build bikes for kids that simply don’t have the resources to buy one or their bike was stolen and never recovered. This guy is amazing! An act of kindness that inspires. I felt compelled to share this with you. What a great guy!

Ernie Ruiz, District Office
Warehouse Operations