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We were happy to welcome Superintendent Dr. Miyashiro, Board Member Tamara Otero and Assistant Principal Daniela Ruiz-Jo to Chase Avenue last week. Above all, students and staff at Chase are excited to get back to work after the break! This year at Chase all students are working on an “Innovation Project” each trimester using a problem-based learning approach. Projects included a range of explorations from impacts to Monarch butterfly habitats to water treatment solutions for our world. Students and teachers are just getting started with a second project launch in January.
Students have also been enthusiastically exploring our enrichment wheel this year. All students experience the Worlds of Work, CODE, Robotics and Design through bi-weekly enrichment classes. Along with the New Year, Chase also welcomed 25 new EAK students upon returning from break. Our young learners and their teacher, Ms. Guppy have made a smooth transition and are excited about learning!
On January 11, the Bostonia Language Academy’s Multilingual Program opened its doors to educators from all over the state as a Dual Language and English Learner Conference Red Carpet School. SDSU and SDCOE, organizers of this conference, highlighted the Bostonia Language Academy as an exemplary school that promotes rigorous instruction through an ambitious trilingual program – English, Spanish, and Computer Science- and as one that promotes Equity, Innovation and Leadership. Our guests commended the Bostonia Language Academy for a positive school culture, an innovative approach to integrating coding and immersion, a supportive school leadership, and exemplary instruction. The Bostonia Language Academy has been recognized as a high-quality, dual language immersion model and our staff is extremely proud of the work that takes place every day.
During this Red Carpet School visit, students shared their experiences with guests during individual presentations and by participating in a teacher and student panel. During these two experiences, students utilized the Presentation Literacy Skills they have been developing to share in English and Spanish. The students showcased their Trimester 1 Computer Science project (SCRATCH based), and the LEGO Robotics projects they are currently working on. During classroom visits, TK-4th grade students welcomed guests by introducing themselves and sharing the learning that was taking place in their classes. Some of the learning tasks that guests observed included: blended learning, implementation of the Columbia Teacher College writing program, GoMath, across-content area instruction with embedded digital literacy skills, and computer science instruction.
The Bostonia Language Academy currently serves students in Preschool-4th grade and will be adding 5th grade for the 2017-18 school year. Preschool students experience a daily Spanish enrichment strand, and TK-4th grade students are immersed in an instructional environment that teaches Computer Science, and English and Spanish literacy. For more information on this program, please call 588-3121 or visit our website at http://www.cajonvalley.net/bostonia. Give your student the gift of multilingualism! The Bostonia Language Academy is currently accepting TK-5th grade applications for the 2017-2018 school year (2nd-5th grade students must be bilingual and biliterate to enroll in our program) come in to our Program Parent Information Meeting and a school tour, please see our website for more information on these bimonthly events.
Izela Jacobo, Principal
Bostonia Language Academy
Some short videos captured from our presentation… enjoy!
After a restful winter break Rios students returned to school eager as ever to begin creating and designing projects in all academic areas. Our students begin using computer-programming skills as early as Transitional Kindergarten. Our teachers design innovative projects that are cross-curricular, integrating computer science skills at every opportunity.
In trimester one, students created projects that allow them to apply the logic of Computer Science such as loops and sequences using physical blocks. They made the blocks in the real world – and then programmed them in Scratch.
As we entered trimester 2, our focus shifted from Scratch, onto Legos and Lego Robotics. Lego provides opportunities for listening, speaking, reading and writing. We apply our understanding of the logic of computer science to robotics – learning how to build and program models, and learning how to make different robots interact with one another. Plus we get to play with Legos! We are focusing on the idea of the joy of work and habits of mind – “we’re here to get some work done and have fun doing it”.
We will have Epic Builds in hands-on programming, robotics, and analog activities later this school year.
Cajon Valley’s Hour of Code 2016 was a HUGE success thanks to the enthusiasm and involvement of our teachers, principals, and even parents! Whether it was a school-wide event or teachers creating activities for their students, the week created a positive buzz around the district. Thank you to all of you who shared your photos and experiences with us. Please enjoy the video we have created for you (and your students) to enjoy. Hopefully, your interest in Hour of Code and exposure to Code.org will inspire you to add Computer Science to your classroom curriculum. If you have not yet attended a Code.org workshop, please look for upcoming opportunities and join us! After attending a workshop, you will return to your classroom with a complete curriculum as well as the tools to get started. **Please note that you need no prior experience or education in Computer Science to implement this program right into your everyday teaching!
Thank you again for creating such an innovative, motivating experience for our students. We really appreciated all of you who filled out our forms with comments and suggestions that will help us as we plan next year’s Hour of Code! As a thank you, Print Shop has created a great banner for your site – if not already delivered, it will be delivered soon!
On behalf of the staff of Meridian Elementary School, I would like to thank Dr. Miyashiro, Tamara Otero, and Assistant Principal Long for visiting our campus on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017. During the visit, we observed students participating in the “Wheels of the World”, which is our elective wheel. Students are exposed to the World of Code, the World of Design, the World of Robotics, and the World of Work, while our teachers have time for grade level collaboration and instructional design.
Our focus for the second half of the school year is presentation literacy for all students. Meridian teachers are collaborating to integrate TED Ed presentation literacy lessons into ELA, Social Studies, and Science for our TK-5th grade students. Our goal is to connect students’ passions to rich, contextual learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Our students will use these experiences to develop their own ideas worth spreading. It has been an exciting year so far, and we look forward to all of the learning opportunities ahead of us!
Flying Hills Students Shine in the Classroom and on the Stage!
On Thursday, December 8th, Dr. Miyashiro, Jo Alegria, and Josh VanNormal came to visit Flying Hills Elementary School and toured classrooms where the students are engaged in learning in and through the arts. We are proud of our educational program where every single student at our school receives instruction in music, visual arts, and the performing arts as part of their regular instructional day. Learning is meaningful and memorable at Flying Hills and as you can see from the linked videos, our students are shining stars in so many ways!
Hillsdale Middle School wants to thank Dr. Miyashiro and Assistant Principal Dobbins for touring our campus today. Hillsdale is very proud to show our student centered approach to education. Hillsdale is a school that focuses on students working collaboratively with their peers to solve complex tasks. These collaborative efforts take place in students core classes as well a diverse range of engaging electives. In addition, Hillsdale is proud to show the many leadership opportunities we provide to students including: sports leadership, ASB, SAW, WEB and Mouse Squad. This year is off to a great start at Hillsdale Middle school due to the amazing work of our teachers. I am excited to show the continued growth and work of our students and staff.
The Bostonia Language Academy team recognizes that preparing students for a brighter future includes the ability to effectively deliver a message to a variety of audiences. In order to meet this goal, our team has integrated a new component to our robust academic program: Presentation Literacy. Presentation Literacy instruction strengthens the communication skills needed to inform, motivate, persuade, and/or inspire others on a number of topics. In addition to a focus on public speaking, Presentation Literacy promotes other critical skill sets that include critical thinking, problem solving, relationship building, creativity, design, research, and writing/editing. By adapting the TedEd Presentation Literacy resources, our team was able to access quality CCCS standards aligned lessons as they delivered instruction.
Our students had their first opportunity to showcase their Presentation Literacy skills during the Trimester 1 Demonstration of Learning. This Demonstration of Learning event brought together staff, students, parents, and community members to celebrate the skills that our students had developed or refined over the period of a trimester. As students presented their Computer Science projects to an authentic audience, they were encouraged and well prepared to apply a number of skills, including their Presentation Literacy skills. Students presented their projects in Spanish and English by using Google Apps to describe the process they had followed to develop their projects. As they informed and inspired their audience, it was hard not to notice the level of confidence and knowledge they had acquired. During Demonstration of Learning events, the audience is able to provide specific feedback to students on their presentation skills through the use of a rubric. This student-friendly rubric is intended to keep students focused and encouraged to continue to refine their skills as public speakers. As teachers use this rubric in class throughout the trimester, students understand that feedback is an integral component of improvement. The feedback from the rubric is designed to be clear and focused. With teacher guidance and support, students are able to understand how the information they are receiving helps them make progress toward their final goal.
Join us for our next Demonstration of Learning event in March! Our teachers and students truly appreciate the opportunity to showcase the skills they have developed through hard work and effort.