Thank You Camarena

We arrive Friday to our final day of the 2014-15 school year.  It has been an eventful journey for our 1050 students and dedicated staff.  Thank you Camarena community for choosing to make our school your home.  Below is the video we produced to present to the Chula Vista Elementary School Board last week to tell the story of our school thus far.  Enjoy your summer break.  We’ll see you all in July for the 2015-16 school year.

Reboot Camarena 2015


I hope one and all are enjoying Spring Break and ready to return to action on Monday, April 6.  As we conclude our school year this final quarter, we are also looking forward to the coming school year and hoping to hear from our entire Camarena community to make our school better.  Here is a brief introductory video about Reboot Camarena and links to the three steps where everyone can participate:

The question that is guiding our process is, “How do we tap the brain power of our school community to Reboot Camarena to fulfill the promise of our mission, vision and values?” and the steps you can take to contribute are below.

Step One: Reflect on two questions What are we doing well?, What can we do better? In light of the CVESD  LCAP goals, and our mission, vision, and values analyze our current performance. You can put your thoughts online here and here or on butcher paper in the Library Media Center. (April 6-17)

Step Two: Make a Proposal for Improvement, New Initiative, or Discussion Topic by April 17.

Step Three: RSVP to join us on Saturday, May 2 to further discuss these proposals and plan next steps.

Thanks in advance for taking some time to think about the strengths and weaknesses of our school and helping us develop a plan for improvement in the coming weeks.

Questions about this process are welcome and can be left int the comments so that all can follow the thread.

Graphic Artist Needed

Greetings Camarena Families,

We are planning on adding some simple graphics to the upper walls in our main office.  If you have any experience with graphic design (especially calligraphy) and would be willing to donate your time and expertise, please contact me directly at  Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Robotics Take Home The Hardware

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Our Camarena Robotics team competed in the Southern California Lego League Championship Saturday at Legoland and took first place in the Research Project.  Their project was devoted to coming up with new and unique ways to learn about the brain – a very ambitious idea – that was rewarded as the best project from 56 teams from throughout Southern California.  Go Robos!

Excellent Article on Growth Mindset

It was great to see so many families out at Curriculum Night. Thanks for making that investment in your child’s education by coming to get the expectations for the school year. In my talk with parents, I mentioned the work of Carol Dweck of Stanford on the Growth Mindset. Here is an excellent article that you will enjoy and find beneficial that summarizes this research and the steps you can take to foster a growth mindset in your children.


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