Kari Hull, Joan Knoernschild, Steve Spence, and a team of directors and student musicians received permission from global recording artist Matisyahu, to make some age appropriate modifications to and record our own version of his hit song “One Day” for our annual TEDxKids@ElCajon event. The idea came from Avocado Principal Keith Himaka… Deputy Superintendent, Kari Hull, took it from there. The result was a beautiful collaboration with the city of El Cajon and an opportunity to provide yet another stage for Cajon Valley Students to shine. We are grateful to the City of El Cajon and the El Cajon Police Department for closing down Main Street for the shooting of this music video.
On Thursday, Governing Board President Jo Allegria and I had the pleasure of joining the Johnson Volunteer Tea, watch the 5th graders rehearse their songs for promotion, and visit students and teachers showing of their best work at the end of the school year. The Volunteer Tea was beautiful. It was so evident that the parent volunteers felt so valued and appreciated. The detail and thoughtfulness put into the celebration by Johnson teachers and staff made my heart smile. The progress made at Johnson this year in terms of academic focus, blended learning, and progress monitoring was impressive. I was also very impressed by the routines and procedures in place to set high expectations for student behavior and proper engagement. You have much to be proud of Johnson Team! Congratulations on an outstanding school year!
David Miyashiro Ed.D., Superintendent
Snippet of Kids Singing at the Volunteer Tea
Snippet of 5th Graders Practicing a Song for Promotion
A quick look at the Montgomery staff and students enjoying The Annual Renaissance Faire
Montgomery Students Practicing The Traditional Dance
Each year MMS 7th graders, under the direction of Ms. Willhite and Mr. Degering, attend and perform in a Renaissance Faire. We have guests come and show us some activities (The Archers of Ravenswood), the Maker lab re-created Renaissance objects and buildings, the Drama dept taught them all the Commoner’s Dance, the PE dept. teaches them jousting with swimming pool noodles and the shields/family crests that they research and create. And finally, in the math dept. they study the Golden Ratio. It is quite an event that incorporates almost every subject the 7th graders study. On the disk I have included some still pictures for the yearbook next year as well as a video version of the Dance. Enjoy! Come see us next June!
Yesterday June 7, 2017 as part of DELAC Awards Night that was held at Lexington Elementary school, we recognized our English Learner students for their outstanding achievement/progress, and the classified/certificated/ administrator staff as well for their contributions and outstanding support for our EL Program. Eyal Bergman, FACE Officer started the meeting and welcomed all the attendees, and introduced the Instructional Program Director, Denise Parnell and the DELAC Officers. Then students/staff were called to the stage to receive their achievement and recognition award. During the break, The Lexington Ballet Folklórico performed a dance from a Spanish culture. The event continued and more students/staff received their awards. Selected reclassified English Learners spoke and share their EL experience. It was a heartwarming event for everyone.
At the end, Dr. Denise Parnell, the Director of Instructional Services, thanked all the students, parents and the staff for their hard work and perseverance throughout the year, and encouraged the parents to get more involved in their children’s education and participate in the DELAC meetings to have a voice in their English Learners education.
As a part of Cajon Valley Union School District and in partnership with Code to the Future™, Los Coches Creek is the new premier Computer Science and Media Arts Magnet Middle School of the East County. Starting in the 2017-18 school year, in addition to our traditional honors English and accelerated math curriculum, students at Los Coches Creek will experience Computer Science and Media Arts through out their academic day in this public, tuition free 6-8 grade middle school. We invite you to schedule a guided tour of our campus and see our curriculum in action as we bring endless opportunities to each and every student. We look forward to being a part of your child’s future.
Los Coches Creek Staff and PTA
Los Coches Creek Middle School
9669 Dunbar Lane
El Cajon, CA 92021
Cajon Valley Union School District Water Lead Testing Results
As part of the new State program in 2017, school districts could work with their local water agencies to provide free testing of drinking water at all school sites. The District worked with our three water agencies: Helix Water District, Otay Water District and Padre Dam Municipal Water District during March – May to take several samples at each school to test and provide results.
Following the strict sampling instructions set forth by the State Water Resources Control Board, testing has been completed and we are pleased to report that all of CVUSD’s school campuses passed with good results. All schools were below the minimum recordable levels.
Governing Board President Jo Allegria and I had the opportunity to visit Naranca Elementary School on June 1st. Jo had interviewed with Channel 10 News @ Flying Hills promoting our TEDxKids event earlier in the morning so she came decked out in her cape and Wonder Woman apparel. Was a fun break in the day for the Naranca Mustangs to interact with a real life Super Hero=). We had some community members join us on the classroom visits. They were blown away by the visible, blended, flipped, and personalized learning taking place. Actually, we were all quite blown away by the levels of engagement and also focus our students demonstrated. Teaching and learning is intentional and dynamic here at Naranca. The evidence of student growth and progress in every classroom we visited is tribute to the hard work and dedication of the Naranca team.
Last week I had the privilege of joining Lesley Ezop, Assistant Principal at Johnson Elementary School, on a school tour of Rancho San Diego Elementary School. What we observed was nothing short of awesome! At almost every grade level kids were engaged in the engineering and design process. The RSD team demonstrated a clear commitment to making education and learning relevant for students in regards to the current and ever changing World of Work. The 5th grade team had already introduced their students to the RIASEC and SuperStrong Assessment. WoW… Literally! The first grade team completed the Defined STEM lesson on classroom redesign and gave a compelling pitch for flexible seating and classroom environment. Great work Cherie and team. The progress made by teachers and staff at RSD was visible and inspiring.
Several months ago, we posted on this blog “a call for stories” about immigrant and refugee students. We have been blown away by all the responses! We have since taken all those stories and compiled them into a little booklet. Physical copies are also available through the print shop. Thank you to all the teachers that wrote in. I don’t believe there is another profession in America that has more daily interaction or long-term impact on immigrants than teachers. Teachers make the difference in our communities!
We’ve been distributing these booklets to lawmakers in Sacramento. On April 25th, Governing Board member Tamara Otero was invited to testify in the Education Finance Subcommittee in the California Assembly on a funding package that would distribute $5 million across the state to districts that receive large amounts of refugees. Her testimony made quite an impact on lawmakers. On May 23rd, the Subcommittee voted UNANIMOUSLY (across party lines) to approve the package, and actually increased it to $10 million! There’s still a long way to go before the funding is approved, but we’re hopeful these efforts will lead to additional funding to support our newest students.
Tamara’s Opening Testimony is Here….
To See the Full Budget Subcommittee Hearing See Below…
Thank you to everyone who wrote in a story, and to all of you who do your part to improve the lives of our immigrant students every day.
Even though students had just finished a week of State Testing, they had a level of energy and engagement that was off the charts. Brian Handley, Chase Principal, shared how proud he was of the collaboration and teamwork from the teachers that made it all possible. As Naomie Rodrigues, my partner in the Supt. Office would say… “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”. She is so right. When grade level teams truly combine the best of all ideas, strategies, and resources… all students win! We also love it when the students run to hug their school administrators as they walk into classrooms. Very proud of Asst. Principal Stephanie Dodds and Principal Brian Handley. Your team and students shine! Chase is an exemplar school for blended and personalized learning.