TEDxKids@ElCajon (6/3/2017) Save the date!

www.tedxkids@elcajon to learn more and buy tickets

TEDxKids@ElCajon will showcase the passion and potential of our youth! Organized by the Cajon Valley Union School District, this annual event offers our students a unique platform to share their ideas. Our theme this year is POWER UP – we seek to invigorate the community with fresh ideas to make our future more powerful.

TEDxKids@ElCajon will include:

  • TED Talks on Stage
  • Power Park
  • Live Streaming Lounge
  • Kids Activities

Check out the TEDxKids@ElCajon promo video translated into Spanish and Arabic by our own Miguel & Souad in Ed Services

About TED:

TED is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to spreading ideas.  It began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.  It is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. It is built on the belief in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

TEDx, x = independently organized event in the spirit of ideas worth spreading, is a program of local, self‐organized events that bring people together to share a TED‐like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

TEDxKids@ElCajon is a TED event that will showcase the passion and potential of our children! Organized by the Cajon Valley Union School District, this annual event offers students a unique platform to share their ideas. Connect with our future leaders, and leave inspired. We are Powering Up our community.

“The Home Visit Program gives teachers the opportunity to understand their students on a whole.” 

The Story of Home Visits is a new video of Cajon Valley teachers sharing their experiences with home visits. It’s really been quite moving to hear how students and teachers have been impacted by this program. 

Plus, we are happy to announce that funding is available to allow teachers and counselors from across the district to participate in the program this year! Visit our website (cajonvalley.net/FACE) to learn more, and to sign up for upcoming training opportunities on April 4th and 5th.

For those who are new to the program, it’s helpful to know our five core principles that make FACE Office Home Visits a little different than traditional visits: 

     1) Visits are always voluntary for school staff and families

     2) Staff is always trained and compensated

     3) Visits are done in teams of two

     4) Staff visit a cross-section of their student population to avoid targeting

     5) Discussions with families always include hopes, dreams and expectations

Any and all Cajon Valley staff are more than welcome to reach out with questions. 

Eyal Bergman, Family & Community Engagement Officer


El Cajon Police Department vs. Cajon Valley Middle School (kids) in Hoops Dreams… Thank you ECPD!

Cajon Valley Middle School’s certificated and classified staff members have been participating in annual “Staff vs. Student” basketball, flag football, and soccer games for many years.  These events provide the staff an opportunity to strengthen relationships with students in a friendly, but competitive environment, outside the classroom walls.  The staff and students always look forward to these competitions and they have paid dividends serving to facilitate a positive school climate. 

 Recently CVMS reached out to City of El Cajon Chief of Police, Jeff Davis, to invite his officers to participate in a similar event.  The premise of the event was to promote positive interactions between teens and officers, assisting to build and strengthen relationships between the officers and the community they serve.  Chief Davis was enthusiastic about the idea and was confident his officers would be as well.  He put the site in touch with Officer Jeannine Johns who helped to coordinate the event on behalf of ECPD. 

On Tuesday, March 28th officers from the El Cajon Police Department competed against the students of Cajon Valley Middle School in the first installment of “ECPD vs. CVMS” sports.  This memorable basketball game was filled with quality conversations and smiles.  Students had an opportunity to interact with officers in friendly competition and positive relationships were produced.  The event was equally powerful for students and officers, all of whom left feeling fulfilled by the experience.  The students on campus are still talking about how much they enjoyed the competition against the police.

We thank ECPD for taking the time to visit our site and for their participation in this marvelous event.  We look forward to future competition!!!

Justin Goodrich, Principal

Cajon Valley Middle School

Greenfield Middle School “College Knowledge”

As part of Greenfield Middle School’s “College Knowledge” program, 135 8th grade students participated in a field trip to UCLA as part of the school’s “I’m Going to College” program.  Through this program, our counselor, Candia Sierra, provides students with a College and Career Readiness curriculum via several assemblies.  Students are able to participate in several college tours to universities in Southern California.  A special thanks goes out to CVUSD Transportation for their professional services and supportive teamwork.  Enjoy this awesome film GMS UCLA FIELD TRIP 2017 from Director Brenden Wappler, 7th grade student in Susan Triestram’s film class and the GMS Broadcast program.

Gregory Calvert, Principal

Greenfield Middle School

Lexington Readers, Writers, and Mathematicians

What is better than walking our beautiful campus with friends to see the wonderful things happening in the classrooms at Lexington?   We were honored to have Tamara Otero, David Miyashiro and Deborah Long visit our campus.  At Lexington we are becoming Readers, Writers and Mathematicians. ELD is the noisiest time of the day when our English Learners get to learn songs, chants and participate in lots and lots of conversations. Students learn best when they set their own goals and take risks. We are very proud of all the hard work at our school this year.  Come by and visit.

Karen Sapper, Principal

Fuerte Elementary School

Fuerte Elementary School… It’s great to be a Falcon!

2016-17 has been an amazing year of growth for Fuerte! We have successfully implemented the Columbia Teachers College reading and writing program, bolstered up our science program to include robotics, makey makey coding, and STEM projects in grades K-5. We continue to teach our scholars to approach each day with a growth mindset and strive to be better today than they were yesterday. We look forward to the future as we begin to look at big ideas such as the “World of Work” and presentation literacy. Our committed staff of amazing educators work tirelessly to provide unique learning experiences for all of our Falcons that help to shape them into productive learners.

It’s great to be a Falcon!

Bryan Schultz, Principal

Fuerte Elementary School

Cajon Valley Governing Board Celebrates District Honorees


Congratulations to the following for being selected Cajon Valley’s “STARS” IN EDUCATION!

Rebecca Chui-Valle, Classroom Teacher (Lexington)

Cathryn Cloyd, Classified (Anza)

Amanda Silva, Administrator (Magnolia)

Anne Fishburne, Certificated Support Staff (Chase)

Malcolm “Mr. Hoagie” Carmichael, Volunteer (Lexington)

Feeding San Diego, Sam Duke & Beth Trimble, Business Partner (Naranca)



Award of Excellence

Film:   Mackenzie Nabors, Los Coches Middle   (Moving on to the state competition)

Award of Merit

Film:   Jake Dunnam, Hillsdale and Kai Treltas, Hillsdale

Photography:   Samuel Carney, Hillsdale

Visual Arts:    Maribell Fregoso, Hillsdale

Honorable Mention

Film:   Becky Berry, Hillsdale

Visual Art:   Saraeli Olea Zambrano, Madison, Lexi Fernandez, Madison and Sama Al Atar, Hillsdale

Literature:  Kate Pamintuan, Chase


East County SELPA’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Service Award Winners

Nowell Parks, Behavior Intervention Specialist

Andrea Newall, Speech and Language Pathologist


2017 California School Nurses Organization “Excellence in School Nursing Administration” Winner

Nurse Jackie Ahearn 



Greenfield Family Thanks Staff for Student’s Success

Rachel Robinson thanked the following staff for her son, Derek’s success in the Special Education full inclusion process:  Jennifer Knopov, Alex Dwyer, Mansour Abdur-Rahim, Cindy Knight, Susan Berger, Sally Ritter and Paige Greenfield.