Follow Emerald Middle School @EmSTEAMCVUSD

Our focus and commitment to giving our neighborhood children the best education possible via cross-curricular STEAM integrated projects that address real world problems with innovative solutions, blended learning environments and student demonstrations of learning are paying off here at EmSTEAM Magnet Middle School. Our focus on technology integration and blended learning environments as a means to personalize learning is the foundation for EmSTEAM students to persevere as critical thinkers who collaborate and contribute to their community.

The EmSTEAM Team thanks Mrs. Mullins, Mrs. Otero, the Board and Superintendent Miyashiro for their support and for their time visiting our campus and seeing our students and team in action. This is an exciting time to be part of the CVUSD and EmSTEAM!

You can keep up with all of the exciting things that are happening at Emerald by following us on Twitter @EmSTEAMCVUSD.

Steve Bailey, Principal
EmSTEAM Magnet Middle School

Montgomery Middle School Making Headlines

Montgomery Middle School made headlines this week as students presented their Park Build Collaboration Projects to parents, district staff, and several news channels.  Here are just a few.

Congratulations CVUSD Honor Band!

CVUSD Honor Band is earning its reputation of quality music with much dedication.   Students were hand picked by CVUSD district music teachers to perform with this ensemble.  Honor band rehearsals began in January of 2016.


Inaugural Year @ Bostonia Language Academy

As we wrapped up the second trimester of our inaugural year as the Bostonia 

Language Academy, and we jump into trimester three in excitement, there is so 

much to celebrate! Some of my favorite highlights from trimester two are the 

Computer Science LEGO unit, the implementation of Lucy Calkins common core 

standards-based informational writing unit, and the beginning of the Ambassador 

Guest Teacher Program.  

From January to mid-March our young scholars had an opportunity to work on 

LEGO build and LEGO robotic units, in both English and Spanish. These computer 

science units perfectly integrated language and literacy skills, as well as essential 

work skills like communication, collaboration, problem solving and project 

management.  Our students were motivated and engaged as teachers facilitated this 

wonderful experience.  

Our wonderful team delved deeper into the implementation of the Lucy Calkins 

writing program and they are currently finishing the informational unit. Mini-

lessons, small group and 1-1 conferencing, the use of rubrics, and focusing on 

student writing goals were daily occurrences in classrooms. As a result, our 

dedicated writers were able to develop informational books with a table of contents 

and a number of different chapters. The outcome of long hours of collaboration and 

planning, and a solid implementation of this unit are yielding outstanding student 


Through our partnership with San Diego State University, our students and teachers 

have an opportunity to welcome Ambassador Guest Teachers in their classrooms.  

This student teacher program enhances and extends the focus on multicultural 

experiences for our campus.  We have the privilege to work with three Ambassador 

Guest Teachers coming to us from Colombia, India, and Malaysia.  Developing a 

better understanding of the world around them is definitely a goal that we promote 

and nurture amongst our students.

For Trimester 3, we are ready to continue our focus on meaningful and enriching 

learning experiences! If you’d like to learn more about our school, please call me at 

588-3121, or send an email to  We are still taking student 

applications for the 2016-2017 school year!

Izela R. Jacobo, Principal

Bostonia Language Academy

Howdy From Vista Grande!

At Vista Grande, we are using technology to kick up the rigor in student learning. Our teachers collaborate to provide equity and access to meaningful learning opportunities for every student. We are committed to ensuring a responsive school climate so that every student develops the 21st century skills needed to succeed. To quote a 3rd grade student, “Everyday is Digital Learning Day at Vista Grande.” From our  Transitional Kindergarten to Fifth grade classes, our students synthesize new information to create presentations on Google slides, participate in classroom discussions using Padlet, or use QR codes to research innovations that changed our world.  
To show support for our Fourth Grade Square Dancers, our staff decided to dust off their cowboy boots, hats, and plaid shirts. Our goal is to provide rigorous instruction while still celebrating the uniques traditions that create an engaging learning environment.  


Tita Cordero Bautista, Principal

Vista Grande Elementary School

21st Century Experiences @ Anza Elementary School

The Anza staff gives students meaningful 21st century experiences during their learning.  Student explore the real world through cooking, gardening, robotics,and engineering.  The school culture embodies blended learning and small group instruction to give students fun, rigorous, and engaging individualized education. 

Cindy Knight, Principal

Anza Elementary School

Hillsdale Students and Former Huskies Receive Honors at National History Day

Hillsdale Students and Former Huskies Receive
Honors at National History Day

National History Day took place on February 27th and this year’s theme was Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Erik Baranski and Serena Andrade, 8th graders, represented Hillsdale Middle at the San Diego County Competition. Congratulations to both students who competed this year and last year and earned these awards for their exhibits.
Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in the Classical World, sponsored by the Friends of the Classics:
Erik Baranski – Junior Individual Exhibit – Archimedes – Man of the Millennium

Minority Group Accomplishments Through Diversity Award In Honor of Valerie Grayson, sponsored by Black American Political Association of California
Serena Andrade – Junior Individual Exhibit – Bessie Coleman

Congratulations also to our Hillsdale alumni, now attending Valhalla, who qualified for the State competition again this year. The Senior Group Performance winners.
Outstanding Historical Performance in Honor of Cassandra Davis, sponsored by Nicole Carnation Grolman:
Brooke Davalos, Dylan Buxbaum, Sehar Amini, Diego Cordova – Senior Group Performance – Exploring the Uncharted West: The Corps of Discovery

Want to know more about National History Day?
National History Day, is a year-long educational program that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, and create final projects that present their work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators.
In San Diego County …
Through participation in History Day programs, thousands of students across San Diego County are developing critical thinking skills and implementing common core standards.
Over the last twenty years, hundreds of San Diego students have represented California at the National History Day competition. In recent years, San Diego students have consistently placed in the top 10 at Nationals. Both the Junior and Senior Group Performances from San Diego County have won 1st place at the National Competition!