US Department of Agriculture visits Anza School in El Cajon

Anza Elementary has partnered with the US Dept. of Agriculture to expand the garden.   The Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at USDA has been working diligently to introduce gardening to children all over the country,  particularly in inner cities.  They have donated $15,000 to Anza for garden expansion and to support a girls after school soccer program.

The USDA is supporting a robust agriculture program  to enhance student understanding of environmental science.  On Thursday, September 29 volunteers built additional garden beds, work tables, and creating an outdoor classroom space.    Four members of the USDA flew out from Washington DC to assist in the expansion project.

After the final phase, Anza will have a Natural Habitat Garden supported by Earth Discovery Institute, a Nutrition Lab/Kitchen supported by Sage Garden Project, a “Kinder” vegetable garden, a Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden, and a Vegetable Garden with handicap accessibility supported by USDA.   Students will learn through exploration and experimentation to enhance their knowledge of environmental science. 

Cindy Knight, Principal

Anza Elementary School

Hurray for W.D. Hall!

We are having a great time at Hall!  Our Character Education program has been expanded and we had our first Character Recognition assembly on Sept. 23.  We brought back the W.D. Hall song written by former teacher and principal, Larry Marinesi.  Our school counselor, Krissy Staley, and our Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) committee have provided leadership in developing our new program and school-wide practices at Hall.  We recognized Stand Up to Bullying Week as part of our character development.  Theme days were spirited, especially classroom theme day in which students wore coordinated t-shirts and outfits.  You could feel the comradery and positive energy all around.  During the week, fifth grade students also participated in BizTown interviews with our community volunteers:  CVUSD Trustee Justin Slagle, and some wonderful ladies from the Bostonia Women’s Club. Additionally, we started our Computer Science program with students in grades TK-3 learning chess and coding.  Students in grades 4-5 are developing more advanced coding skills as well as robotics and modding. Yes, we’re busy and we’re having a blast learning and developing great relationships.  Hurray for Hall!

Thank you,

Colleen Newman, Principal

W.D. Hall Elementary School

Bostonia Language Academy “Vivir Mi Vida LOBA”

As we start the 2016-2017 school year, it is important to celebrate that the Bostonia Language Academy family has grown by over 100 students and nine new staff members!  We are excited to extend our services to so many new families and expand our team with new staff that brings new perspectives, talents, and experiences to our community. The end of our first month of school is fast approaching and already there are wonderful memories to be shared with the rest of the community.

Back in August, we welcomed our new and returning students and families with a KONA Ice ice breaker. During this event, staff and families re-connected and had an opportunity to talk about some of their wonderful adventures over the Summer.  Our Grandparents and Grand-friends’ Day was a success, we had over 100 guest visit our school to read, share stories, and have lunch with students.  Our Chromebook rollout was very smooth, over 250 students are taking advantage of the opportunity to bring their chrome-book home to continue their skill development and practice after school hours.  The beginning of a wonderful partnership with the Grossmont Adult School Program and our District, brings to our school an English as a Second Language class for adults, and very soon, a Spanish as a Second Language, as well.  As we get ready for an informative Curriculum Night on September 22, we are projecting a wonderful turnout and parents walking away with detailed information on our rich multilingual program.  

The Bostonia Language Academy truly values the contributions that our families, community, service providers, and others make to our students.  If you haven’t had a chance to come visit, stop by!  Let us share with you our rich learning environment in which multilingualism, multiliteracy and multiculturalism are celebrated daily.  Our school would like to take this opportunity to share our response to the fun challenge that Dr. Miyashiro, District Superintendent, posed to our schools at the beginning of the school year to create a fun video that represented the persona of our school community.  Magnolia Elementary, our sister school,  also challenged us to create our very own school video … and, here it is for your enjoyment!  Madison and Lexington we are calling you out next! Enjoy!

Izela R. Jacobo, Principal

Bostonia Language Academy

PTA Council and School Principals Join Forces for First Meeting of the Year

This video sharing highlights from PTA organizations across the Cajon Valley Union School Districts was put together by 2016-17 PTA Council President, Heather Zimken.  This Wednesday school principals joined their PTA presidents for their first meeting of the year.  PTA plays such an important role in the success of our schools and our children.  This year we are excited to partner with our school PTAs on TEDxKids@ElCajon and The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering.

CVUSD All Staff Welcome Back Highlights

On Wednesday, August 17th 2016, The Cajon Valley Union School District Governing Board welcomed back staff from our 26 schools.  With the support of Mission Federal Credit Union, East County Schools Credit Union, Barnes & Nobles, Grossmont Center, and El Cajon Subaru/Nissan, we were able to provide a hosted breakfast and short program to begin the school year     “as one”.  Below are highlights from the program.  Enjoy!

Governing Board President, Tamara Otero with Welcome and Opening Remarks

John Jarboe, Personnel Commission// Mark Reagles, CSEA President// Chris Prokop, CVEA President


Welcome Back Program and Keynote Speaker Brynjar Karl


Poised for an Incredible Year @ Jamacha

Jamacha Hawks enjoyed another opportunity to showcase our hard work during David’s visit.  It was evident in all classrooms that we’ve had a terrific start to the school year.  Scholars were enthusiastically learning and productively contributing.  Evidence was seen of our embracement of Hattie’s Research:  posted learning intentions and success criteria, visible learning charts and activities, and engaged students who can articulate what they’re learning.

Evidence was seen of our increasing collaboration around Writers’ Workshop – from student independent writing posted on the walls to common anchor charts to support scholars as they engage in rigorous writing opportunities, mini-lessons, and conferences.  We even saw some writing conferences in action!

Here’s David’s comments after our visit (please check out his dancing skills with our kindergartners:  “I’m still in a super happy mood after an uplifting visit with the Hawks!  Hard to believe we’re still in the first month of school.  What an amazing start!”  

We are poised for an incredible year!  Kudos, and keep up the excellent efforts!  K

Kathryn D. Skube, Ed.D.

Principal,  Jamacha Elementary School

2962 Jamul Dr.

El Cajon, CA 92019

Phone 619.441.6150

Fax 619.588.3682

Follow us on Twitter:  @jamachaCVUSD

EmSTEAM Magnet Middle School… Back at it again for the 2016/2017 school year!

At EmSTEAM’s core is our dedication to giving our neighborhood children the best education possible via cross-curricular STEAM integrated projects that address real world problems with innovative solutions, utilizing the principles of design thinking, creating blended learning environments and student demonstrations of learning. Our focus and commitment to realizing our school vision of being the model of educational excellence, global citizenship and innovation is paying off!

The EmSTEAM Team thanks 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!


Mr. Bailey | Principal, Emerald STEAM Magnet Middle School | Cajon Valley Union School District | 619.588.3097 

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“If we create a culture where every teacher believes they need to improve, not because they are not good enough but because they can be even better, there is no limit to what we can achieve.” Dylan Wiliam

Crest Elementary Starts the Year with Team Building

Good Morning America (GMA) started the concept of sharing “Your Week in Three Words” as part of their show. Prior to the first day of school, teachers at Crest elementary took the GMA idea and created “Our Three Words” for students. We produced a video to share our words with students. Our Three Words

We also wanted to extend the feeling of community among students when they returned, so we created a schoolwide activity and asked students “What is Your Hope? Our Assistant Superintendent, Kari Hull, shared this idea in a post, which came from Parkway School District in St. Louis. Here is our version of “What is Your Hope?”

Carmen Restrepo, Ed.D., Principal

Crest Elementary School & Design Learning Academy Home School

Classroom of the Future Foundation – 2016 Innovate Award: Montgomery Middle School

Classroom of the Future Foundation – 2016 Innovate Award: Montgomery Middle School, Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD), “Engineering Science – Makerspace Lab” program

This program transformed a 20th century wood shop class into a 21st century Makerspace lab where students use the design process in a variety of mediums. Students discover and learn about Adruinos, electronic circuits, mechanical engineering, and additive manufacturing (3D printers) to create products that solve a problem or satisfy a need.

Vista Grande… Rigor and Passion!

Vista Grande is ready to welcome our students and their families to our enhanced campus. This past summer our  Maintenance and Operations Department made numerous improvements to our school by installing new gates to secure our campus, adding parking spaces, creating a new play area for our students and re-landscaping our breezeways.

Inside of the classrooms our students will reap the benefits of the professional development trainings our staff attended this summer. Through clear student expectations and meaningful feedback our students will continue to thrive academically. Vista Grande continues to teach with rigor and passion to keep up with the needs of the changing world.