Dr. Miyashiro and Board Member Jo Alegria made a fall visit to Greenfield MS on Thursday, December 17th. Students, Teachers, and Staff were excited to share the great things happening at the G-House! Teachers engage students daily in hands-on projects such as building skyscrapers from straws and creating electric power from a bicycle to charge Chromebooks. We are in full swing preparing for our Trimester 2 Greenfield Arts Pathway Gala and student exhibition of learning on March 2nd at 5pm with a performance of “Mulan, Jr.” at 7pm in our theater. Teachers are innovative and collaborative in planning cross-curricular projects for our exhibition night. We have an absolutely fantastic core of teachers and support staff who work selflessly and tirelessly every day for students and their families. Looking forward to more great things in 2016. From the G-House to your house, enjoy the holidays with family and friends!
We are very excited that Cajon Valley has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation. The funding will be used to develop and pilot new family engagement initiatives at some of our schools, with the goal of improving student learning. Kellogg is a highly regarded foundation in the field of family engagement, and we are very excited to have this opportunity to partner with them.
Community Engagement Manager
Cajon Valley Union School District
Anza students are given multiple ways to explore and expand their learning. All students are receiving small group instruction for most subject areas in order to meet students’ individual learning needs. Through Lego engineering and robotics students learn through exploration, collaboration, and hands on activities. Whether students are learning about erosion, pollination, weather patterns, or plant life they can get in the dirt at the Native Habitat Garden. In the Vegetable Garden students are growing their own vegetables and then learning how to cook them in the Anza kitchen lab. Students measure, cut, and follow recipes to recreate at home with their families. Anza is bringing real world experiences to their students to enhance learning and prepare them for the 21st century.
Cindy Knight, Principal
Anza Elementary School
Broadcasting is a skill for 21st century teaching. Cajon Valley Digital Academy’s newest badge is Broadcasting today for tomorrow’s learning. Within the Broadcasting Badge teachers are provided resources and guidelines for creating videos to be used in their classrooms by students. These videos will allow teachers to enhance their lessons and small group instruction during the class day. To earn the Broadcasting Today for Tomorrow’s Learning Badge teachers will create a video and submit the link through Cajon Valley’s Digital Academy website. With our new badge we are offering teachers a workshop on January 5, 2016. Our new badge is live and teachers can start earning their badge today! Click here to learn more!
Elizabeth Loether, Coordinator
Education Technology/Ed Services
You may have seen an earlier blog post about Madison’s 4th and 5th graders participating in a contest to design sunglasses. Our students worked with Knockaround Sunglasses to design a theme and an image for a pair of sunglasses. The profits from the sale of the winning sunglasses would benefit ArtReach, an organization that brings professional artists into schools to teach art lessons. The winner, selected from over 500 students at three different schools, was Jayden Crenshaw from Madison! Look for a pair of “After the Storm” sunglasses and help kids learn about art!
Christine Sphar, Principal
Madison Elementary School
Art, ELD, and Journalism Teacher Sean Pentz, from Greenfield Middle School released Vol. 1, Issue 1 of the Greenfield Gazette to staff and students this week. Check out the great work, creativity, and detail Greenfield students collaborated on here…
As I visit classrooms across the Blossom Valley campus, what strikes me is the level of independence and ownership students at all grade levels have for their own learning. Teachers are embracing the role of learning facilitators, using technology tools and a variety of blended learning approaches, that give kids a lot of freedom to decide how and what they learn. It really exciting to see how far we’ve come in such a short time, and I attribute the change to the work ethic and professionalism of my staff. They work really hard, every day, to provide our kids with learning opportunities that are engaging, challenging, and fun. Blossom Valley is an amazing place for kids to experience 21st century learning.
Kirk Hoeben, Principal
Blossom Valley Elementary
Congratulations to the all the recipients. The Foundation has awarded $20,343.84 to Cajon Valley Union School District teachers.
The Cajon Valley Educational Foundation appreciates the commitment to the students of our District and continues to remain dedicated to providing extra support which creates a quality educational experience for both the staff and students of the Cajon Valley Union School District.
On Wednesday, December 9th, David Miyashiro toured along-side principal Jeremy Lyche, visiting each of the classrooms at Flying Hills Elementary School to witness first-hand the positive and creative community that exists there. Teachers are working hard to develop classroom cultures that foster care, concern, and empathy among students. Creating a safe environment has opened the door for them to push the rigor level higher than they ever have before as students are energized to take risks while being highly motivated by their learning community. The integration of technology only adds to that energy, and the result is a warm and inviting learning environment that is full of excitement, enthusiasm, and creativity. Kudos to the staff at Flying Hills for creating an environment where learning is meaningful and memorable!
Jeremy Lyche, Principal
Flying Hills Elementary School