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South Bay Union School District Community Newsletter August 2016

Aug 24, 2016 04:38PM, Published by Paul Spear, Categories: Today



 

In This Issue
Superintendent's Message
Attendance Matters
Mental Health Resources
Water Conservation
Stuff the Bus
School Bus Safety
Special Education News
Hour of Code
CyberSmarts Week
District English Learner Advisory Committee
Article Headline

12 Great Schools Serving Students in South San Diego and Imperial Beach

 

VIP Village Preschool

 

Bayside STEAM Academy 

(K-6)

Berry (K-6)

Central (TK-6)

Emory (K-6)

Mendoza (K-6)

Nicoloff (TK-6)

Oneonta (TK-6)

Pence (K-6)

Sunnyslope (K-6)

 

Imperial Beach

Charter School (K-8)

 

Nestor Language Academy Charter School (K-8)

Enrollment:
 
Pre-K - 8 Enrollment - 7,338
 
Important Dates:
 
September 5
Labor Day Holiday

September 8
School Board Meeting

September 9
Parent/Teacher Conferences

September 19-30
Fall Break

October 3
School Resumes

October 28
Report Cards

November 10
School Board Meeting

November 11
Veteran's Day Holiday

November 21-25
Thanksgiving Break

December 8
School Board Meeting

December 19-January 6
Winter Break

Board of Trustees:

Barbara Elliott-Sanders, President

Elvia Aguilar, Vice President

Tom Schaaf, Clerk

Melanie Ellsworth, Member

Chris Brown, Member 

 

Important Documents
Follow us on Twitter
Links
In This Issue
Superintendent's Message
Attendance Matters
Mental Health Resources
Water Conservation
Stuff the Bus
School Bus Safety
Special Education News
Hour of Code
CyberSmarts Week
District English Learner Advisory Committee
Article Headline

12 Great Schools Serving Students in South San Diego and Imperial Beach

 

VIP Village Preschool

 

Bayside STEAM Academy 

(K-6)

Berry (K-6)

Central (TK-6)

Emory (K-6)

Mendoza (K-6)

Nicoloff (TK-6)

Oneonta (TK-6)

Pence (K-6)

Sunnyslope (K-6)

 

Imperial Beach

Charter School (K-8)

 

Nestor Language Academy Charter School (K-8)

Enrollment:
 
Pre-K - 8 Enrollment - 7,338
 
Important Dates:
 
September 5
Labor Day Holiday

September 8
School Board Meeting

September 9
Parent/Teacher Conferences

September 19-30
Fall Break

October 3
School Resumes

October 28
Report Cards

November 10
School Board Meeting

November 11
Veteran's Day Holiday

November 21-25
Thanksgiving Break

December 8
School Board Meeting

December 19-January 6
Winter Break

Board of Trustees:

Barbara Elliott-Sanders, President

Elvia Aguilar, Vice President

Tom Schaaf, Clerk

Melanie Ellsworth, Member

Chris Brown, Member 

 

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Superintendent's Message 
 
Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! As school resumes, I want to thank you for your support in ensuring that your child attends school every day. One important factor in student achievement is attendance and even a few days of absence in an academic year may impact future success. We thank you for your commitment and our teachers and staff are excited to assist your child in attaining their achievement goals.
 
This year our school district is rallying around the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) goal for all students to be at grade level in reading by the third grade. We are determined to be the first school district in California to achieve this goal. This is an important goal because strong reading ability in third grade is highly correlated to future success in middle school, high school, and beyond. We hope that you will join us as partners in this goal by asking your child's teacher about reading progress and by encouraging reading at home for enjoyment.
 
As you know, much of the last school year included our ongoing negotiations with our teacher's union. I am pleased to announce that South Bay Union reached a three year agreement with the Southwest Teachers Association, which was approved unanimously by our Board of Trustees on July 12. We also reached an agreement with our classified employee union (CSEA). We are grateful to our negotiations teams for their commitment to this work and appreciate your support during this process. The following is a summary of the agreement with our teachers union:
  • Wages. The agreement provides a 5% salary increase for all certificated staff, retroactive to July 1, 2015, plus a restructuring of the salary schedule equivalent to a total increase of 3.19% (2016-2017) plus 3.09% (2017-2018).
  • Health and Welfare Benefits. The District will increase their portion of health benefits coverage (per eligible employee) to $12,000 in 2016, $12,300 in 2017, and $12,700 in 2018. 
  • Class Size.  The agreement specifies a class size (site average) of 24 students to one teacher (24:1) for grades TK-3 until 2021. The agreement also enacts a class size (site average) of 31:1 in grades 4-6 and a cap of 32:1 for grades 7 and 8. 

  • Hours of Employment. The agreement provides for ten minimum days (one per month) additional planning time for teachers, 50% of which will be team-directed. Teachers will also receive release time for the completion and analysis of student assessments. Teachers have the option to forgo the use of the four release days and instead receive an annual stipend.

  • Preschool. The salary schedule for our Preschool teachers was revised to offer more competitive starting salaries for new teachers and to assist long-term teachers in reaching higher salaries sooner in their careers. Preschool teachers will also receive the same salary increases as other certificated staff and will receive 2.5 hours (one time per month) of release time for planning and preparation.
  • Student Support. The District will add one School Nurse to assist with student health needs and to ensure that no nurse will be assigned to more than two sites, unless there is a student emergency or a need for substitute coverage. The agreement also increases the amount of time that School Psychologists dedicate to small group and individual counseling support. Every school will have a School Psychologist available for counseling support eight hours each week.
On behalf of the South Bay team, we look forward to making this school year a great one for our students, families, and staff. Thank you for your support and partnership as we strive to provide your children an outstanding educational experience. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached by email at or by phone at (619) 628-1605.
   
Sincerely, 
   
Katie McNamara 
Katie McNamara, Ed.D.
District Superintendent
 
Attendance Matters  
  
In South Bay Union School District we strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where all students feel comfortable at school. When students feel safe and comfortable at school they learn and develop as young people. In addition, consistent, regular attendance at school is imperative in the success of our students. Schools are partners with parents in making this happen, and ensuring that students come to school every day, on time, and stay all day. Every day counts!

All schools in SBUSD have created their own system of supports and interventions related to improving attendance.  Tier 1 supports may include:
  • Staff greeting students as they arrive to school, thus creating a welcoming environment.
  • Recognizing students with outstanding and/or improved attendance at assemblies, or principal weekly recognitions.
  • Kindergarten orientation to familiarize incoming students with structures and routines, and to share the importance of attendance with parents.
  • Engaging curriculum and improved classroom environment (workshop, class meetings, new classroom libraries, etc.).
  • Free breakfast for all.
  • Calls home to express concern when students are not at school.
These supports help lay the foundation for a safe and welcoming environment at school. Parents can serve as partners in this work through daily communication with their children to ensure they are accessing the services needed at school. If there are any concerns, parents are encouraged to share these with school staff so they can find solutions together. In addition, parents can support their children by ensuring they have a consistent bedtime, eat nutritious meals, and limit their screen time on such devices as iPads, computers, and cell phones.
 
Tier 2 supports are also in place for students and families who are having difficulty attending school, or maintaining good attendance. These supports or interventions are individualized to the family's situation and needs. In most cases, Student Attendance Review Team (SART) meetings are scheduled with families of students who have missed six or more days of school. Student needs and interventions are discussed at the SART meeting and a plan is put into place to ensure regular attendance. It becomes a team effort to make sure the student comes to school every day, on time, and stays until dismissal.
 
When Tier 2 interventions are unsuccessful in supporting a student in accessing the school environment and necessary daily learning, a family will be referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) to discuss possible interventions and legal ramifications of school attendance. The SARB panel is comprised of representatives from the school, the District, and other public and private agencies. Examples of such agencies include the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, the San Diego District Attorney, and public health care providers. SARB meetings are legal proceedings that occur once a student is considered to be chronically truant, defined by ten absences or more. However, these are extreme cases, and for a majority of students, the Tier 1 supports in place at the school site level create a safe and welcoming environment where all students feel comfortable at school.   
Mental Health Resources
   
South Bay Union School District is aware of the social, emotional, and mental health needs of some of our students. To address these needs, we offer a variety of supports for students and families.
 
School Psychologists
There are currently 12 School Psychologists who serve South Bay schools. These Psychologists provide social, emotional, and mental health support, for individuals and small groups of students, and oversee the Special Education evaluation process at each site. These supports range from administering a suicide risk assessment, to regular 1:1 counseling via Education Related Mental Health Services (ERMS), and small group social skills lessons that typically run 4-6 weeks. On a daily basis, our Psychologists can be found providing 1:1 student check-ins, responding to behavioral concerns, and providing consultation with site staff regarding student supports.
 
ALLY Services
ALLY Services are currently located on the Bayside STEAM Academy campus (490 Emory Street in Imperial Beach). Any child with MediCal can be referred and the application is simple, requiring minimal information to determine qualification. If a family qualifies, a representative will call to arrange an "intake" appointment. This appointment is done at Bayside with the family, takes approximately three hours, and enables staff to determine which services for which the child/family qualifies. In some cases, it may be 1:1 counseling at a school site. There are usually an approved number of sessions, averaging 8-10. After the sessions are completed, a determination is made regarding whether additional sessions are needed. Site leadership teams that oversee the Student Study Team or Individualized Education Plan process, including the principal, receive monthly emails providing updates on student referrals, and where they are in the process. These updates are helpful in identifying which family members have followed through after a referral was made or recommended, and in which cases counseling was recommended.
 
Youth Enhancement Services
Youth Enhancement Services through the San Ysidro Health Center (4004 Beyer Boulevard in San Ysidro) provides outpatient mental health services to children and youth. Services include individual, family, and group counseling; crisis intervention; play therapy; psychiatric evaluations; and medication prescriptions and monitoring. There are usually an approved number of sessions, averaging 8-10. After the sessions are completed, a determination is made regarding whether additional sessions are needed. Site leadership teams that oversee the Student Study Team or Individualized Education Plan process, including the principal, receive monthly emails providing updates on student referrals, and where they are in the process. These updates are helpful in identifying which family members have followed through after a referral was made or recommended, and in which cases counseling was recommended.
 
Military Services
Through a partnership with the U.S. Navy, South Bay has one full-time counselor, typically referred to as a Life Coach. The current Life Coach works at Mendoza (2050 Coronado Avenue in San Diego) and Oneonta (1311 Tenth Street in Imperial Beach). These sites were selected based on the high number of active duty and military connected (employed) parents at these schools. Although the Life Coach is housed at two campuses, they are available to see students at other schools. The current Life Coach spends three days at Mendoza and two days at Oneonta. The Life Coach is focused on push-in support, socialization skills, and small-group adjustment circles, but does not include traditional 1:1 counseling services.
 
If you have any questions about these or other services, please contact our Student Support & Accountability team at(619)628-1602.
Water Conservation      
 
We are proud of the District focus on innovation and strategic uses of technology! California's statewide mandated water restrictions have many public agencies, including school districts, researching ways to decrease water usage to meet the required 15%-25% reduction. South Bay Union previously analyzed our indoor water usage and upgraded our bathrooms with more systems. However, we know that up to 70% of water usage in school districts is used outdoors, primarily on landscaping. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, as much as 50% of water used for landscaping is wasted due to inefficient watering methods.
 
In order to address this problem, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in conjunction with SoCal Water$mart, created the Public Agency Landscape (PAL) Program. This program encourages agencies, including schools that have not already installed water- efficient landscape equipment, to do so. The program offers enhanced incentives paid in advance to enable public agencies to install water efficient landscape devices at their facilities and on their grounds at virtually no cost.
 
South Bay has selected Weathermatic, a worldwide company and a leader in water sustainability, to supply and install their Smart Link Wireless Landscape Network at all district sites. This new system will allow us to access any one of our 47 controllers throughout the district to adjust watering times or turn off the controllers from a computer or cell phone instead of going to the sites to make adjustments. The new automated weather stations, installed at all sites, can sense if it is raining and will automatically turn off the sprinkler system. The stations can also measure the amount of moisture in the soil and will automatically delay the watering cycle if appropriate.
 
The installation of these new water-efficient systems will better enable us to meet the landscaping needs of the District, while leading water conservation efforts in our community. 

Thank you to our Facilities team for their work on this project. 
Stuff the Bus

On Saturday, July 23, the Imperial Beach/South Bay Kiwanis Club hosted Stuff the Bus, a fundraiser at the Walmart located on Saturn Boulevard.
 
The event began at 9:00 AM with volunteers handing out flyers to shoppers asking them to add school supplies to their carts. At 3:00 PM, when the event concluded, the school bus was stuffed with nearly 2,500 school supplies, including notebooks, erasers, composition books, highlighters, pencil cases, lined paper, scissors, rulers, and more!
 
Superintendent Katie McNamara voiced her gratitude, "We thank the Kiwanis Club, Walmart, the tireless team of volunteers, and the community for their overwhelming generosity and support of our students. The donated supplies enabled us to ensure that all of our students were prepared for school.  We are thrilled with the response of the community and look forward to continuing this tradition in future years."
 
The supplies will be used to assist homeless, foster youth, and other deserving students with the materials needed for school success.


School Bus Safety
 
Approximately one in eight California, public K-12 students is transported to and from school by school buses.  In South Bay, over 300 students use our buses each day.  Student safety is a high priority for our Transportation Department.  To support the well-being and security of students, South Bay drivers instruct and practice evacuation drills and emergency procedures with riders at every school.
 
Per California Education Code, each school year all Preschool-eighth grade students who receive home-to-school transportation shall receive safety instruction that includes, but is not limited to, proper loading and unloading procedures and how to safely cross the street.  South Bay drivers instruct students on the importance of staying out of the 12-foot danger zone around the bus. Riders also receive instruction on the use of seatbelts, proper passenger conduct, bus evacuation, and the location of emergency equipment.  Part of the training includes students evacuating the bus through emergency exits.  Thank you to our bus drivers for their commitment to safety and support for students.

 

Special Education News
 
South Bay welcomes two new members to our Special Education team.

Bruce Cochrane joined South Bay in April from the Alpine Union School District, where he served as Superintendent.  Prior to assuming the Superintendent position, he was the Director of Human Resources and Student Services in Alpine. Bruce, who graduated from Madison High and San Diego State, taught in the San Diego Unified School District for nearly ten years, seven of those at Mission Bay High School teaching Special Education and Social Sciences. He has also served as an Assistant Principal, Assistant Director of Special Education, and Director of Pupil Services at various districts. Bruce has a Master's Degree in Special Education from National University.
 
Tom Bevilacqua recently joined South Bay following six years of service as an Assistant Principal in San Diego County.   His teaching career began in New York, where he taught Physical Education for two years.  He relocated to San Diego, where he taught Adapted Physical Education for ten years.  Tom received a Bachelors Degree from SUNY Cortland in Kinesiology with a specialization in Adapted P.E.  He earned his Master's Degree in Educational Administration from National University in 2002.
 
Both Bruce and Tom believe that a collaborative school environment is the key to creating successful students and teachers.  They believe partnerships with parents and community partners are essential to enriching the experience within the District.  Welcome to South Bay!
Hour of Code
 
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever careers our students choose will require adept use of technology.  

That's why South Bay is joining the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have participated.

Participation in the Hour of Code shows that South Bay is ready to teach these 21st Century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event a big event. Anyone can participate at any time of the year, as long as you have Internet access.  The programming sites listed below can develop problem solving skills, provide creative opportunities for students, and connect directly to content standards:
  1. Hour of Code
  2. Code.org
  3. Tynker
  4. Scratch
This is a chance to change the future of education.  We encourage you to try coding with your child.  Visit Hour of Code for details, and help us spread the word.  
CyberSmarts Week
 
The 2012 Children's Internet Protection Act assures all school districts have Internet Safety Policies, which include protective web filters and proactive behavior education to teach and inform students about being safe on the Internet. South Bay has a yearly CyberSmarts Week to bring attention to our expectations about appropriate online behavior at school and at home. Even though the expectations are year-round, teachers spend a week providing activities focused on cybersafety, digital citizenship, and cyberbullying. You may access our resources here.  No matter your child's age or ability, parents are encouraged to pay close attention to what is happening on all of your home devices.  Let's work together to have a CyberSmart community!        
District English Learner Advisory Committee

South Bay's District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) is an important team comprised of parents, staff, and community members. The team advises school officials to improve English Learner program services.  DELAC is also responsible for advising the Board of Trustees on: 
  • Development or revision of a District master plan of education programs and services for English learners, taking into consideration the Single School Plan for Student Achievement.
  • Conduct of a District-wide needs assessment on a school-by-school basis.
  • Establishment of programs, goals, and objectives for programs and services for English learners (e.g., parental exception waivers and funding).
  • Development of a plan to ensure compliance with any applicable teacher and instructional aide requirements.
  • Administration of the annual language census (e.g., procedures and forms).
  • Review and comment on the District's reclassification procedures.
  • Review and comment on the written notifications required to be sent to parents and guardians.
Currently, DELAC includes over 50 committee members and we would like to continue to expand the group.   Our 2016-2017 DELAC Officers are President Juana Lopez, Vice President Jazmin Rodriguez, and Secretary Inez Alarcon Galvan. We are thankful for their willingness to lead and appreciate every member for their time, dedication, and service.
 
On August 8, we hosted the first Parent Resource Fair at Berry School along with the DELAC meeting.  Thank you to Berry Principal Gil Luna, Academic Coach Susy Chavez, Assistant Principal Veronica Reyes, Secretary/Translator Liliana Rodriguez, and Coordinator of Learning and Innovation Lisa Celaya for their leadership of this event.  Several agencies participated in the Fair, offering services and resources to our families.  The fair was a big success!  Many families took advantage of the services offered and were very grateful for the support. 
 
A second Parent Resource Fair is scheduled for January 23, 2017 at Central School. Please consider making it a priority to join us if you are able. We value you and hope to see you there!
 
PTA Council

The South Bay PTA Council oversees the PTAs at our schools and facilitates District-wide events, such as the 2016 Unity Games.  The PTA Council also sponsors the annual Bea Estrada Service Awards and provides emergency assistance for families in need.
 
If you are not already a member of your school PTA, please consider joining!  PTA connects families, schools and communities, and joining our local PTAs is a great way to support your child's education and the education of all of California's children.
South Bay Union School District, 601 Elm Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932


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