The purpose of CVUSD Connect is to open channels of communication, create transparency within our school district, and CONNECT us all once a week with a common message filled with updates, celebrations, school highlights, events, and more. Please send pictures, videos, and highlights from your school or department to me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share with the entire family.
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.
On Monday, May 22nd Governing Board President, Jo Allegria and Cajon Valley Middle School Assistant Principal, Sergio Navarro, joined me on a visit to Emerald EmSTEAM Magnet Middle School. Jo Allegria reminisced about her days as a student at Emerald. As we entered Mr. Bailey’s Office Jo mentioned the last time she was in the Emerald Principal’s Office… We won’t disclose here, but we all shared a laugh then discussed how much Emerald has grown over the last few years. We were really impressed by the progress of many of our newcomer students! Congratulations Mr. Bailey, Mrs. Ruiz, and the Emerald EmSTEM Team on your progress and achievements this year.
Preview of TEDxKids@ElCajon 2017… Saturday June 3rd
Dear Cajon Valley Families… It’s time to Power Up!
Channel your favorite superhero on June 3rd when Cajon Valley Union School District presents TEDxKids@ElCajon in the Greenfield Middle School Theater. This is a family and community event open to the public. TEDxKids@ElCajon will have four theater sessions starting at 10:00am showcasing TED talks and performances from Cajon Valley Students. Outside on the Greenfield track area, we will have exhibitors from our community partners and schools. We are excited to add an activity area with an enormous inflatable giant slide, inflatable obstacle course and climbing wall to the event. Additional parking with shuttles are available at Bostonia Language Academy and Kaiser Permanente off of Main Street. The parking, theater sessions, outside activities are all part of your admission to the event.
Cajon Valley students are free and by attending the TEDx event can make up one missed absence for the 2016-2017 school year. Students simply sign up for a free student ticket on tedxkidselcajon.eventbrite.com. For attendance credit we ask that students stay for 4 hours, complete a scavenger hunt activity and enjoy the event.
This is a family event celebrating the Cajon Valley community! General admission is $6.00 per person and again…Cajon Valley students are FREE! Register online @ tedxkidselcajon.eventbrite.com. See you on June 3rd at Greenfield Middle School Don’t forget your Superhero Cape!
Greenfield Middle School welcomed the community to it’s spring Greenfield Arts Pathway (GAP) Gala this week. Students presented a variety of GAP projects: theme-based, cross-curricular projects where students demonstrated their learning to authentic audiences in science, math, engineering, history, and English. Many of the students presented community improvement projects that provided creative, solution-based ideas in response to challenges in our community, including homeless veterans, stray animals, and bullying. Students in our performing arts classes performed, as well: dance, drama, and guitar. Students also displayed visual art and screened films from the video production class. The evening culminated with a performance of “Aladdin, Jr.” by students in the musical theater class. Thank you to all the members of the community and district colleagues who joined the event!
Our TEDx team has been using the Educational Services department to coach our students for the upcoming event. We have been using a few round bright red carpets for these students. Our big red dots have been scattered around the department. This Friday, May 26th, Sean Wallace from IT, saw the red dot and he said, “This looks like a crime scene. all it needs is a body.” R.I.P Sean Wallace. LOL
Shared by Souad Naoum (Educational Services Team)
I.T. Dept. Retirement Plan.
“Thank you, but we will no longer require your services.”