Cajon Valley Welcomes The Netherlands Ministry of Education to the United States

On Monday, September 25th, The Ministry of Education from the Netherlands visited Cajon Valley to learn about innovations in personalized learning and how to achieve systemic change in K-12 policy and practice.  Questions from our Dutch collaborators were very similar to the questions we are asking here at home… “How do we prepare our children for jobs that don’t yet exist?”  They were very interested in both Presentation Literacy and our World of Work solution.  Thank you Bostonia Language Academy and Naranca Elementary School for opening your schools to our visitors.  Our guests wanted to see whole-scale systemic innovation (every classroom/every day) and left with a strong impression of how they might achieve that in their own schools.  US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, sent her regards to this important meeting.

6th Graders @ Los Coches Creek Middle ask, “I Wonder if there’s anything we can do to help?”

Los Coches Creek 6th grade teacher, Deborah Turner, was recognized recently for her amazing efforts to help others.  Mrs. Turner spoke with her students one day about the terrible flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey.  What began with a student asking the question, “I wonder if there’s anything we can do to help?” has blossomed into a great example of the empathetic powers of our CVUSD students.  Mrs. Turner’s class “adopted” Mrs. Koontz’s class at Kipp 3D Academy in Houston.  Many of Mrs. Koontz’s students and their families lost everything in the aftermath of the storm.  Amazingly, Mrs. Turner’s students raised over $1,100 to send to those middle school flood victims!   Thanks to the generosity of  105.7 Max FM, the San Diego County Office of Education, Mission Federal Credit Union, and the San Diego Padres, LCC was able to hold an assembly for our 6th graders and Mission Fed donated an additional $1,000 to Mrs. Turner for her efforts!  Mrs. Turner is so proud of her students, and is a great example of a wonderful Cajon Valley teacher leading her students to find the joy in helping others.


Scott Goergens, Principal

Los Coches Creek Middle School