Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Camarena Elementary

Greetings and Happy Summer!

Last Week the CVESD approved our LCAP plan for the coming  school year and that plan includes a litany of benefits to our Camarena community.  Here are the new materials and resources that your children will enjoy during the next school year:

Curriculum and Instruction

1.  Library Materials.  Every school will get $5K for books and DI schools will get an additional $5K for Spanish books.

2.  Library Technology Technician (LTT) The district will fund more time for our LTT so that we have our librarian full-time, five days a week.

2.  ELA Gap Materials – We will get money in English ($15K) and Spanish ($3K) to support Language Arts while we await adoption of new ELA materials in 17-18.

3.  Go Math Textbook Purchase.  This will be used to supplement our Eureka Math instructional materials.

4.  Achieve 3000 – This will be purchased for every student in Grades 3-6.  It is a tool to increase students’ access to non-fiction text.

5.  SIPPS Training and materials for all teaches in Grades K-2.  This is a reading intervention to support students not yet reading at grade level.

6.   Resource Teacher – The Resource Teacher position will continue to be funded to provide support and coaching for instructional improvement.

7.  GATE certification for teachers – The district is offering GATE certification for all teachers.  Teachers who are currently in Grades 4-6 will have the priority since they provide direct services to GATE students.

8.  Extended Day Tutoring will continue for students who are below grade level in reading.

The Arts

9.  Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Teachers for collaboration.  We will hire 6 full-time VAPA positions that we will share with Hedenkamp Elementary , which means every student will get 1/2 day of arts instruction every other week for the entire school year.  Here are the positions we posted:

Digital Media Arts (2)

Visual Arts

Dance

Theater

Music

We will use site budget or PTA money to purchase class sets of recorders, xylophones, and boomwhackers. What are boomwhackers you ask?

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Technology

10.  Lenovo Tablets – We are getting 150 Lenovo Yoga machines each of the next 4 years.

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Social and Emotional Wellness

1.  Social Worker on campus 2 hours/week (She also will have an intern for 8 hours/week).  These folks will work with target students needing counseling services that can be provided both in class and via pull out.

2.  Attendance Health – We received this 3 hour clerical support last year and it will continue to help us support the attendance and health needs of our 1050 students.

So enjoy those lovely days of summer in San Diego and rest assured that the CVESD is busily getting ready for a spectacular 2015-16 school year.

Hanover Survey for Parents

Sorry for that little mixup.  Here is the link of the Hanover Survey for parents.  And, here is an explanation of the purpose and nature of this yearly survey.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We want to inform you that we will be conducting an online parent survey starting on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 through Friday, March 20th, 2015.

With this survey, we hope to learn more about your experiences and your child(ren’s) experiences at school during this school year with teachers, administrators, students, and other District staff. All responses are anonymous and will never be connected to you – your answers will be kept strictly confidential. Reporting will rely on grouped percentages only.

If both parents/guardians in a household would like to take the survey, that is fine. However, we ask that each adult only take the survey once, and do so by March 20th, 2015. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the survey, please contact the District’s Operations Department at (619) 425-9600, ext. 1325.

Click on a link below or cut and paste into your browser to complete the parent survey:

 Parent survey link: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/3b0d75adc92b

 Thank you in advance for your input.

Math Textbook Adoption Input

For the 2015-16 school year, the Chula Vista Elementary School District will be choosing a new textbook adoption for mathematics.  Teachers and administrators are currently reviewing the options and parents are encouraged to review and comment on this choice.  Here is the criteria that we are using to determine which textbook option will provide the best support for our students. CVESD Math Textbook Selection Criteria-1

Here are links to the various textbook companies for you to review.  We welcome your input and encourage you to share your top choices in the survey at the bottom of this post.

Bridges

HM Go Math

HM Math Expressions

McGraw Hill My Math

Pearson’s Envision

We have samples of 4 of these 5 offerings available to preview in our Library Media Center. All parents are welcome to take a look and provide input and suggestions.

Office 365 for All Students

Some of you may have seen a flyer about an offer for Office 365 for every student.  You can get the details on our CVESD website to obtain the following offer:

  • 5 installations of the full versions of Microsoft Office:

Office 2013 ProPlus for PC running Win7 and above

Office 2011 for Mac

  • 5 activations of Office Mobile:

Office for iPad with full editing rights (iTunes download)

Office for iPhone (iTunes download)

Office for Android (Google Play download)

  • 1 Terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage as their ‘Digital Locker’
  • 50 gigabyte mailbox
  • Office Online, the browser-based version of Office for co-authoring and collaboration
  • Various collaboration and communication tools between teachers and students

Once again, go to this link to learn more.  Enjoy

Dogs on Campus

Earlier in the year we addressed the issue of dogs on campus and I’d like to thank our dog owners who have been compliant with this rule.  However, I have noticed that some families still bring their dogs to the parking lot within the school grounds.  The provision against dogs includes the entire school property, which begins and ends at the sidewalk.  Thanks in advance for adhering to these guidelines if you are bringing a dog with you to pick up your children.  If they could wait like these dogs, it would be even better!

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School Accountability Report Card

Since November 1988, state law has required all public schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute a School Accountability Report Card (SARC).  A similar requirement is also contained in the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each public school.  A SARC can be an effective way for a school to report on its progress in achieving goals. The public may also use a SARC to evaluate and compare schools on a variety of indicators.

Camarena SARC