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Carlsbad families, support robotics for all second graders! Purchase $30 Celebrate Carlsbad Day tickets for March 3 at LEGOLAND California. New extended hours 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. -https://www.carlsbaded.org/events/celebrate-carlsbad-day-2/

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 1/17/18




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STUDENTS: You’re invited to apply!


What Is SEMI High Tech U (HTU)?

This internationally acclaimed career exploration program offers high school students like YOU a life-changing experience. Hosted at high-tech sites and taught by industry instructors, activities are engaging, exciting and enlightening.

 

  • Participate in interesting and fun, hands-on, math and science-based activities and work in teams to solve real-world problems. You’ll even prepare for an interview with an industry professional.
  • Meet new friends with similar interests from other high schools. Over 7,000students like you have successfully participated in this program.
  • Find out what careers fit your personality and what you can do NOW to prepare for the future.

See attached flyers for more information

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 1/16/18




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We are pleased to announce that Carlsbad Unified has been named as one of 447 School Districts across the U.S. and Canada to be placed on the 8th Annual AP Honor Roll.  This is the third time that CUSD has received the distinction.  Please read the full press release for more information.  Congratulations to our amazing teachers, principals, students, and parents who make this happen!

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Posted by: Rob Nye, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 1/12/18




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Published: 1/9/18




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Published: 1/8/18




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Published: 1/8/18




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Just a reminder that the District will be closed from:

 

December 22, 2017 through January 5, 2018 

 

Classes will resume on January 8, 2018

 

CUSD wishes you a happy and safe winter break and holiday season. 

 

 

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 12/21/17




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We hope that all members of the CUSD family are holding up well given the situation with the wildfires. The San Diego County Office of Education has shared the following resources:

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Posted by: Rob Nye, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 12/8/17




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Sergio works as a Nutrition Services Assistant at Magnolia Elementary School and was nominated by:

 
Aaron Nelson, Principal, Magnolia Elementary
Leslie Larson, Health Technician, Magnolia Elementary
Kathleen Russell, Instructional Asst-Special Education, Magnolia Elementary
 

Sergio is an excellent, hard working member of the Magnolia team.  He is consistently attentive to every aspect of his job, and truly provides a great example for staff and students of hard work and positivity.  He goes out of his way to connect with staff and students, and always has a warm welcome for everyone he meets. 

 

Sergio also helps to provide a regular, ongoing example of the Magnolia Way (Act responsibly, Be honest, Care for others, Show respect) for all of our students.  Magnolia wouldn’t be what it is today without Sergio!

 

We are lucky to have him as part of our Magnolia family.

 
Congratulations Sergio! Thank you for all you do.
 
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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 11/30/17




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The Carlsbad Unified School District is proud to announce its most recent initiative to benefit students and community members. Under the leadership of the School Board, the District chose to take advantage of historically low interest rates to refinance some of its old Proposition P General Obligation Bonds without extending the term of those Bonds. The District selected the right time to refinance the Bonds and was able to reduce the average interest rate on the prior Bonds from 5.8% down to 2.3%, reducing the community’s tax bill by $10,219,308 over the period between 2019 and 2034.  This brings the repayment ratio down to 1.31 to 1 for these bonds.

 

The District has consistently sought to benefit local taxpayers by seizing opportunities to refinance old General Obligation Bonds that have higher interest rates, including capital appreciation bonds, and replace them with new current interest bonds that have lower interest rates.  Since 2014, the District’s actions will have saved local taxpayers about $19.2 million through 2034.

 

While the District itself will not receive any part of the savings, the Board, the Superintendent and District staff pursued this opportunity strictly as good fiscal stewards, and on behalf of local taxpayers as part of their continued support for the education of the children of our community.

 

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Published: 11/21/17




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Check out the new message here: 

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 11/9/17




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Joel works as a Custodian at Calavera Hills Elementary and Middle School and was nominated by Michael Ecker, Principal, Calavera Hills Middle School and Kimberly Fuentes, Principal, Calavera Hills Elementary School.
 

Mr. Valdez is asked to do a great deal, while managing two sites, and he does so without complaint. Joel is able to accomplish this large job because he is an engine that never stops. Mr. Valdez is like a blur moving from area to area with urgency and a can do attitude. Mr.Valdez, taking on two schools during the day, allows the rest of the custodial team to focus on cleaning the school after the students depart and helping to orchestrate night events. 
 
We all are better because of Mr. Valdez's attitude and work ethic. 
 

Congratulations Joel! Thank you for all you do.

 

A great video will be coming soon.  Thank you CMSTV!

 

We look forward to celebrating more of our classified staff this school year, so please continue to send in your nominations.

 
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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 11/2/17




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Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members,

Carlsbad Unified School District will be taking part in a week long, district wide program called Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week was designed to create an awareness concerning the problems related to the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs and connecting young people to their schools and community.  The theme this year is “I Make Healthy Choices” and “Unity in the Community.” Please be sure to visit the local businesses that will be supporting Red Ribbon Week by offering discounts during the week to anyone wearing this Red Ribbon Wristband.

 

On Tuesday October 24, 2017 we will join the Carlsbad Mayor, City Council, City Manager, Superintendent, School Board Member and principals at City Hall at 5:30 PM to take pictures at (5:45 sharp) before the meeting. We will then join them in the council chambers at the start of the meeting to have the proclamation read and for each school representative to accept. Each school in the CUSD school district will send two representatives to accept the proclamation to bring back to their school for the week celebrating Red Ribbon Week. We will then depart the meeting.

 

Red Ribbon Week started in 1985 as a means of honoring D.E.A. agent Enrique Camarena who lost his life in the line of duty. Today Red Ribbon Week has grown and is recognized nationally as a time for schools, communities and local businesses across the nation to come together to support our young people in making healthy choices.

 

In Carlsbad Unified we will focus on the many aspects of health and safety. You can take advantage of this time to open dialogue at home and in school to discuss issues like peer pressure, character and making the right choices for a healthy future as well as supporting the special activities that each school will offer.

 

Sincerely,

Rosemary Eshelman

Student Services Specialist

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Published: 10/23/17




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Students can bring the application by the SCHS campus by Thursday or Friday so that we can make sure C2SD Kids has their order ready.

OR 

 

In hopes that more students will have the opportunity to register for this awesome opportunity, I am including a link to the Google Forms Registration Document for the computer distribution. 

 

 

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 10/18/17




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We are just starting registration for Fall Holiday Care at Kids’ Care. We are open on November 10 for Veteran’s Day and on November 20-22 for Thanksgiving Break.

 

School's out. But Holiday Kids' Care is in!
Join us on: 
November 10
, 20-22.

Click here to register today for Holiday Kids' Care!

 


 

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 10/11/17




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Through environmental education and sustainability solutions, the Rob Machado Foundation works to keep single-use plastic out of watersheds while giving children access to clean water. 

 


The Rob Machado Foundation provides water filling stations to schools and public spaces. These stations provide a clean, healthful drink option for children and community members while eliminating the need for single-use plastic water bottles. 

RMF also provides innovative trash and recycling solutions at beaches, schools and surf events to protect waterways from waste and to save recyclables from entering the landfill.

 


The RMF along with the Ecology Center furnished CUSD with filling stations at all three of our high schools. They are working closely with CUSD and CHS green team to work towards lowering the amount of waste and water bottles in the landfill.

 


 

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 10/10/17




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The Carlsbad Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, announces it has received an $87,790 grant from Nordson Corporation. These funds will support the creation of a “classroom of the future” for Aviara Oaks Middle School and Magnolia Elementary School of the Carlsbad Unified School District. The funding represents the largest grant the Carlsbad Educational Foundation has received in its 33-year history.

 

Magnolia Elementary School has identified adjacent classrooms to convert into a collaborative learning lab. The new space will be outfitted with mobile, flexible furniture, extensive whiteboard space, plug-and-play technology, and manipulative learning tools. The grant also allows Aviara Oaks Middle School to complete the second phase of its plan to renovate an outdated library space in a similar way.

 

Once completed, students will have access to state-of-the-art interactive workstations to collaborate and use the newest technology. Teachers can use the lab for expanded learning opportunities with students or for staff professional development. Outside presenters will be able to interact with students in more impactful ways.

 

Michelle Ginn, Carlsbad Educational Foundation CEO says “The Carlsbad Educational Foundation is proud to partner with Nordson Corporation and the Carlsbad Unified School District to improve the classroom experience for all our students. As technology in schools improves, we will continue to explore innovative programs that prepare children to thrive in an ever-changing world.”

 

Nordson Corporation Foundation has funded hands-on STEM programs provided by the Carlsbad Educational Foundation since 2010. In those seven years, Nordson has supported our Middle School Science Lab SuperCharge Project and robotics programs. The Carlsbad Educational Foundation is extremely grateful for continued support from Nordson Corporation.

 

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3), proudly funding science, music and innovation programs in the Carlsbad Unified School District.

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Published: 10/9/17




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Published: 10/3/17




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Published: 9/29/17




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Carlsbad Unified School District announces the recognition of Pacific Rim Elementary School as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School (NBRS). Only 16 elementary schools in California received this honor in 2017, and Pac Rim is the only school in San Diego County to be named in 2017.

 

The U.S. Department of Education today recognized a total of 342 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

 

"National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the honorees. "You are visionaries, innovators and leaders. You have much to teach us: some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff."

 

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

 

This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

 

Now in its 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,500 schools. On Nov. 6-7, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with these honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

 

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school's subgroups and all students over the past five years.

 

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

 

More information, including a list of all 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools, can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html.

 

For more information on the program contact Aba S. Kumi, Director, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Office of Communications and Outreach at (202) 401-1767 or Frances Hopkins, Program Manager, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Office of Communications and Outreach at (202) 205-6268.

 

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Published: 9/28/17




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See the kickoff message from the Superintendent here: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3vWnKc_dq8_R3JLbUsxb2ROM0U/view?usp=sharing

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 9/22/17




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CHSTV has been nominated for the prestigious national Pacemaker Award for excellence in journalism.

 

The winners will be announced in November at the JEA Convention in Texas.

 

See the press release for more details: http://studentpress.org/nspa/awards/bcf17/

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 9/14/17




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Learn how to increase your chances of being accepted into college and all about financial aid at Accepted 101!—a free information night hosted by CEF, Carlsbad Ed Foundation, on September 21 at 6 p.m. in the library at Sage Creek High School!

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Published: 9/13/17




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http://carlsbadunified.blogspot.com/2017/09/september-2017-message-from.html

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Published: 9/8/17




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Join the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) for their College Apps Academy to learn more about looming UC, Cal State and Common App deadlines and how to get into the school of your dreams! Visit www.carlsbaded.org/college-apps-academy to register today, or for more info.

 

Program starts Thursday, September 14!

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 9/5/17




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DEADLINE EXTENDED! Join the CEF Student Leadership Council today! Build lifelong leadership skills, learn about nonprofits in your community and meet professionals from some of the largest and most successful businesses in Carlsbad! Learn more today by contacting Devon Manuel or visit CarlsbadEd.org for an application. Deadline to apply is September 22!


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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 8/29/17




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CHMS is excited to be hosting a screening of Most Likely to Succeed! Please join us for food trucks from 5pm-6pm with the Most Likely to Succeed screening from 6pm-7:15pm. This will be followed by a discussion panel featuring some of San Diego's most innovative and respected Educational Leaders. Looking forward to seeing YOU as we discuss the future of education.

 

Film Description:

For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful, and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career. That world no longer exists. The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in todayʼs innovative world. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been named “among the best edu-documentaries ever produced” by Education Week, and called a “smart and engaging look at education in the 21st century” by The Hollywood Reporter. Film Threat stated that “this film should be a required course for all parents and educators.” Most Likely To Succeed is an official selection of many of the nation’s top film festivals, including the prestigious 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.

 

Click here to watch the trailer

 

DATE AND TIME

Thu, September 28, 2017

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

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Calavera Hills Middle School

4104 Tamarack Avenue

Carlsbad, CA 92010

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 8/24/17




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Now you can Apply online for Free or Reduced Priced Meal Benefits with SchoolCafé.

 

You can also Prepay for your child's meals with SchoolCafé, using Visa or MasterCard, 24/7.  You will be able to view account balances, purchase history, set up automatic payments, and be notified by email when the balance is low. Please have your child's student ID# to set up the account.  A $1.75 convenience fee per transaction will be charged. Any questions, please call Nutrition Services at 760-331-5000.

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Published: 8/23/17




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Published: 8/17/17




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On Aug 16th, The Board of Trustees of the Carlsbad Unified School District appointed Dr. Bryan Brockett as the Principal of Carlsbad High School, effective at the beginning of the second semester (January 25, 2018). For additional details, please see the attached Press Release.

 

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Published: 8/17/17




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The San Diego County Office of Education will be holding a Public Hearing regarding the Proposed Change of Election System and Establishment of Trustee Areas for the Governing Board of the Carlsbad Unified School District.

 

The Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m., Monday, August 21, 2017, at the CUSD Board Room/Resource Training Room. 

 

Please see the attached Notice for more information, or go to the Trustee Area Elections page. 

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 8/15/17




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Trustee Area Elections FAQs

 

The Carlsbad Unified School District has moved from an at-large to a by-district voting system of electing members of the Board of Trustees (also kown as Trustee Area Elections). We hope the following Q&A will help you understand why we made the change and how it affects you.

 

How does the change affect voters?

 

Under the new by-district system, voters in each district will elect one trustee, who must live in that district. Voters in Districts 1, 4 and 5 will participate in the 2018 election and voters in Districts 2 and 3 will participate in the 2020 election.

 

What made CUSD consider moving from at-large to by-district elections?

 

In April 2017, the District received a letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes claiming the school district is violating the California Voting Rights Act (Elec. Code §§ 14025-14032) because Trustees are elected at-large rather than by districts. Dozens of local government agencies in California have faced similar challenges in recent years, including the cities of Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and San Marcos and the school districts of Oceanside Unified, Vista Unified, and San Marcos Unified. In response to a lawsuit threat, on May 17, 2017 the CUSD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move to by-district elections, taking advantage of a legal protection that enables school districts to have a say in district boundaries and avoid costly litigation if they voluntarily agree to move to by-district elections.

 

What is the basis for the threatened lawsuit against the city?

 

The law firm contends CUSD’s at-large voting system “dilutes the ability of Latinos, (‘a protected class’), to elect candidates of their choice or otherwise influence the outcome of CUSD’s board elections.” The letter cites one instance where a Latino candidate ran unsuccessfully for the School Board despite receiving “significant support” from Latino voters.  

 

What were the District’s options?

 

We were required to respond to the letter by May 22. According to legal counsel, our options for possible responses were:

 

1. Initiate the process to voluntarily switch to district elections to avoid potentially costly litigation. We had 90 days to hire a demographer to draft election district maps and election sequencing proposals, hold five public hearings, and get final Board approval on one of the maps.

 

2. Conduct a study to determine if the allegation had merit. If this option had been selected, we would still need to hire a demographer to do the study by looking at the results of previous elections. If the demographer found that the allegation had merit, then it would make sense to voluntarily switch to district elections (and follow the process outlined in point #1 above); if the allegation appeared to have no merit, then we could consider fighting the claim in court.

 

3. Do nothing and fight the claim in court.

 

To avoid costly litigation, on May 17, 2017 the CUSD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move to by-district elections (Option 1), taking advantage of a legal protection that enables school districts to have a say in district boundaries.

 

What have other school districts and cities done?

 

Almost without exception, other school districts and cities have either voluntarily, or been forced to adopt changes to their method of electing Trustees and/or City Council members. Many have settled claims out of court by essentially agreeing to voluntarily shift to district elections. Others have defended challenges through the courts. Those agencies that attempted to defend their existing “at large” system of elections in court have been forced to move to by-district elections and have incurred significant legal costs because the California Voting Rights Act gives plaintiffs the right to recover attorney fees.

 

A few examples include:

  • Palmdale: $4.5 million

  • Modesto: $3 million

  • Anaheim: $1.1 million

  • Whittier: $1 million

  • Santa Barbara: $600,000

  • Tulare Hospital: plaintiff attorneys paid $500,000

  • Madera Unified: plaintiff attorneys asked for $1.8 million, but received about $170,000

  • Hanford Joint Union Schools: $118,000

  • Merced City: $42,000

 

Why didn’t CUSD wait until the school year resumed before taking action?

 

Time was of the essence. We only had 90 days to complete the process or a lawsuit could be filed. The Board of Trustees adopted the resolution that included the map on July 19, which gave the County Board of Education almost a full month to hold their hearing and approve the resolution before the 90-day mark on August 15.

 

What special parameters did the Board give the demographer?

 

The Board instructed the demographer to draw the lines so each school would be represented by at least two trustees to prevent “balkanization,” encouraging current and future trustees to continue our practice of focusing on the needs of all students.

 

What if two current trustees live in the same Trustee Area?​

 

The election year assignments are set by an odd combination of Election Code provisions that, under the interpretation of the San Diego County Board of Education, boil down to: any trustee area with a Board member whose term runs through 2020 in it is assigned to a 2020 election, even if there is a 2018 Board member also in the trustee area.

 

This means if Trustee Rallings (whose terms expires in 2018) and Trustee Williamson (whose term expires in 2020) were in the same district, Trustee Rallings would not be permitted to run for election until 2020 even though her term is up in 2018. Likewise, if Trustee Jones (2018) and Trustee Pearson (2020) were in the same district, Trustee Jones wouldn’t be able to run until 2020 and if Trustee Williams (2018) and either Trustee Williamson or Trustee Pearson were in the same district, Trustee Williams wouldn’t be able to run until 2020.

 

Why did the Board of Trustees choose the “green” map?

 

The green map (see attachment) met all the legal requirements, it honors the will of the voters by placing the trustees in different districts and each school is “represented” by at least two trustees.

 

Will the map change over time?

 

The map will be revisited after the 2020 Federal Census. It will probably be 2021 before the census results are published, so adjustments to boundaries might be made in time for the 2022 election.

 

Does moving to by-district elections mean that the Board of Trustees agree with the attorney’s allegation that our at-large election process was violating the California Voting Rights Act?

 

Absolutely not. Upon analyzing population data and voting trends, the demographer was unable to construct a Trustee Area map in which any district has a majority of Latino voters. Additionally, it is important to note that two of the five current Board members are Hispanic, ensuring representation of the Latino voting class in Carlsbad.

 

Despite the fact that the Board contends that our at-large election process does NOT violate the California Voting Rights Act, our legal counsel advised that school districts with at-large election systems are extremely vulnerable to liability under the CVRA. Given the potential for adverse findings and significant monetary liability for attorneys’ fees, the Board of Trustees initiated the process to convert to a by-trustee area election system.




 

 


 

 

 

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Published: 8/11/17




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Dr. Joshua Porter, Carlsbad High School Principal, tendered his resignation from the Carlsbad Unified School District, effective July 31, as he was appointed to a position by the Capistrano Unified School District last night. Julie Redfield Named Interim Principal, Carlsbad High School.

 

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 7/27/17




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Today, the Carlsbad Unified School District’s Carlsbad High School Film Academy achieved Linked Learning Silver recognition through Linked Learning Certification. Recognition as Linked Learning Silver demonstrates the pathway integrates rigorous academics with sequenced career themed/technical courses, aligns work-based learning with students’ curriculum, and makes intervention and support services available to students. It also shows the pathway is tracking their progress through data and is striving for the highest levels of quality to prepare students for success in college and career. See the attached file for complete story.

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Published: 7/26/17




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The 10-week leadership development program​ will be held once a week Sept. 11 through Nov. 13​.

 

The 10-week leadership development program will be held once a week, Sept 11-Nov 13. More info here.

 

Applications are due by Aug. 16. Students selected for the spring session will be notified by Aug. 25.

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 7/24/17




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CUSD Trustees took action at the July 19, 2017 Board meeting to approve the "Green Map" and Resolution No. 05-1718 to adopt the Trustee Area Elections Map and Establish Trustee Areas from which CUSD Board Members will be elected in a By-Trustee Area Election process.


Click here to see the agenda item in BoardDocs, and click here for more information about the change to By-District Elections.

 

Here is an at-a-glance overview of the Trustee Areas and the election sequence:

 

Trustee Area

Election Year

Current Trustee

Schools Represented by Trustee Area

1

2018

Williams

BV, Jefferson, Magnolia, Valley, CHS, SCHS

2

2020

Williamson

BV, CHE, Hope, Kelly, Magnolia, CHM, Valley, CHS, SCHS

3

2020

Pearson

Jefferson, Kelly, Magnolia, Pac Rim, AOM, Valley, CHS, SCHS

4

2018

Jones

AOE, Kelly, Pac Rim, Poinsettia, AOM, Valley, CHS, SCHS

5

2018

Rallings

AOE, CHE, Hope, Poinsettia, AOM, CHM, Valley, CHS, SCHS

 

 

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Published: 7/21/17




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I am pleased to share that Kathy Nichols was appointed Special Education Program Specialist by the Board of Trustees this evening, a position created to ensure compliance and foster efficiency in the IEP process.

 

Kathy has been employed with CUSD as a School Psychologist since August 31, 2000, most recently serving on the District's Assessment Team.  Ms. Nichols graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1996 with her BA in Psychology, later earning a Master of Science and PPS credential in School Psychology from National University and completion of an Administrative credential from Point Loma Nazarene. 

 

Superintendent Churchill added:

 

"Kathy is a welcome addition to the district office team, in support of students and staff members, as we work to create the best possible educational outcomes for every student. Kathy is a strong advocate for students, and we are pleased that she is able to bring her knowledge and experience to this new role."

 

Rick Grove

Assistant Superintendent, Personnel Services

Carlsbad Unified School District

(760) 331-5025

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Published: 7/20/17




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Carlsbad Unified School District has completed water quality testing, and has determined that that all water at its facilities meets federal Safe Drinking Water standards.

 

California State Assembly Bill 746, which would require all school districts to test for lead contamination in their water, has passed the Assembly and is being considered in the Senate. This bill was initiated in response to multiple cases of water testing positive for lead in San Diego county and city schools.

 

Carlsbad Unified School District believes that it is critically important to ensure that the water used by students, staff, and community is safe. CUSD did not wait for this legislation to pass, but voluntarily elected to test the water in all CUSD schools built prior to 1986. (The federal Safe Drinking Water Act prohibited the use of lead in pipe and plumbing materials after 1986.) In collaboration with City of Carlsbad/Carlsbad Municipal Water District, water sampling was recently conducted at Buena Vista Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Kelly Elementary, Magnolia Elementary, Valley Middle School, and Carlsbad High School. Five water samples were collected and tested at each site.

 

Carlsbad Unified is pleased to announce that none of the schools tested had lead levels exceeding the safe drinking water level of 15 parts per billion (0.015 mg/L.) One part per billion is equivalent to about one drop in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

 

At Carlsbad Unified, the safety of our students is our highest priority.

 

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Published: 6/20/17




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Carlsbad Unified announces Aiko Lozar and Pajaka Lakshmin were selected as Finalists in 2017 ProjectCSGIRLS National Competition.

 

Carlsbad Unified School District announces that Aiko Lozar and Pajaka Lakshmin were selected as one of thirty Finalist teams in the 2017 ProjectCSGIRLS National Competition. 

 

These two Aviara Oaks Middle School eighth graders received all-expense paid trips to the National ProjectCSGirls Gala in Washington, D.C. on June 3-4. (The CS stands for Computer Science.) The Gala featured national leaders in STEM who made presentations and conducted hands-on workshops and tech talks for the students.

 

The students were challenged to design a solution to a real global challenge. Aiko and Pajaka’s project solution idea is an artificial photosynthesis device, which chemically converts sunlight into an alternative fuel source, potentially reducing the environment's carbon footprint. The link to the project video summary is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pUb6x1rK8U. They were awarded Honorable Mention for their work.

 

Aiko and Pajaka also participated in the ProjectCSGirls competition last year, and were also selected as finalists.

 

 

“I learned that there will always be critics, people who say you can’t do it,” said Pajaka. ”But you have to ignore them—it’s just noise in the background. You need to follow your dreams. Failure is just a warning that you should try again.”

 

“If you find something that you enjoy it is important to take advantage of every opportunity, said Aiko. “Just do it. Challenge yourself. Remember that there will always be people who will catch you, guide you, and help you pioneer your path.”

 

ProjectCSGIRLS is a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the tech gender gap by running a national science competition for middle school girls.

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 6/20/17




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Draft Maps Now Available for Review and Public Comment

As Carlsbad Unified School District prepares to shift to a system of Trustee Area Elections (beginning in 2018), we are interested in public input on draft versions of possible Trustee Area Maps. National Demographics Corporation has generated three draft Trustee Area maps. These can be accessed in two ways:

  1. In an interactive online format, available by clicking here

  2. As downloadable PDFs: Green Map

At the June 21, 2017 Regular meeting of the Board, CUSD Trustees decided to seek public comment on one Trustee Area Map, rather than multiple maps. The "Green" draft map was chosen for consideration.

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Community feedback is encouraged. Comments can be submitted in writing via email at votingarea@carlsbadusd.net or in person at upcoming public hearings (see below for times and dates).

 

For more information on the shift to Trustee Area Elections, please visit our webpage dedicated to this issue.

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 6/15/17




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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 6/2/17




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Ashley Rossiter was appointed to fill the Aviara Oaks Middle School Assistant Principal vacancy by the Board of Trustees, Wednesday May 17. 

 

Ashley has been with the CUSD since 2005, serving  as a fifth grade teacher at Pacific Rim Elementary School.  Additionally, Ashley is a 5th Grade Facilitator, member of the district Science Leadership Committee, and Principal Designee.  She earned her Masters degree in Educational Administration from Cal State San Marcos, and her Bachelors degree from UCSD.  

 

Superintendent Churchill added:


"Ashley is a dedicated and hardworking member of the Carlsbad Unified family, and we are excited to welcome her to the leadership team at AOMS. She is an inspiring educator, and over the past 12 years she has demonstrated an unflagging commitment to student learning and growth."

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 5/19/17




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Attached is a copy of the Draft 2017-20 Local Control Accountability Plan or LCAP for Carlsbad Unified (exhibit A).  As part of CUSD's adopted LCAP timeline we encourage stakeholders to provide additional feedback and input on the draft plan.  If you would like to provide feedback please submit an email to the following clcap@carlsbadusd.net.  

 

See also, below, the attached Draft of the Executive Summary of the 2017-20 LCAP (exhibit B).  This is a condensed version of the LCAP which includes relevant district-wide data and a spending plan on how the District is expected to use funds targeted for unduplicated students.

 

The Carlsbad School Board will also two additional Meetings where stakeholders can provide feedback on the plan.  Those meeting dates and time are:

 

  • Wednesday, June 7, at 6:00 pm (Public Hearing)
  • Wednesday, June 21, at 6:00 pm (Final Adoption)

All CUSD Board Meetings are located at the District Office which is located at 6225 El Camino Real, Carlsbad 92009.

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Posted by: Rob Nye, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 5/19/17




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Congratulations! After an extensive analysis of student data for every public school in California, the following schools in your school district or CMO were clear leaders in getting students to grade level and beyond: Buena Vista Elementary, Pacific Rim Elementary

 

These schools have been named an Honor Roll school for the 2016 California Honor Roll presented by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). Honor Roll schools will receive recognition in the press as a leader in student achievement and will be provided with a free banner to display on campus. They will also be featured on our website where educators and policy makers seek out high performing schools so that they can replicate success.

 

The 2016 Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle, and high schools that demonstrate consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. For high schools, Honor Roll recognition includes high college readiness in students. This year, the California Honor Roll recognized 1,866 higher performing, higher poverty schools that are distinguished for their academic achievement and for closing achievement gaps.

 

Through national research, we have identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools, school districts, and CMOs. These include clear, specific learning objectives aligned to college and career readiness, along with evidence-based instructional practices; establishing system-wide mission of college and career readiness for all students; investing in human capital; maintaining data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance; and deploying resources and guidance to support schools’ efforts to prepare all students for college and career.

 

Other schools in your school district or CMO can benefit from learning and replicating the best practices employed at these schools. We specialize in connecting higher performing schools, school districts, and CMOs to other education leaders for the purpose of improving student achievement. Please contact us at help@edresults.org to discuss how we can assist you in raising achievement across your school district or CMO.

 

We encourage you to promote these schools as recipients of the 2016 California Honor Roll. To assist you in a recognition effort, please visit http://edresults.org/HonorRoll/materials?State=CA to find links to sample press releases and announcements.

 

From all of us at ERP and CBEE, I would like to thank you and your educators for a job well done. We are proud to tell your story and promote your success!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

James S. Lanich, PhD

President & CEO

Educational Results Partnership

Campaign for Business and Education Excellence

EdResults.org

 

The California Honor Roll program is made possible with generous support from numerous businesses and organizations including Automobile Club of Southern California, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, and several private foundations. Chevron Corporation provides support for the STEM Honor Roll.

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 5/10/17




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Carlsbad High School’s  ASB (Associated Student Body) has a unique and powerful way to salute teachers or staff members who have made a difference in students’ lives.

 

An old man sees that thousands of starfish have washed up on a beach, and begins to throw them back into the ocean, one at a time. A young man remarks that there are so many starfish on the beach, there is no way that he can make a difference. But, as he threw a starfish back into the water, he said, “Well, I made a difference to that one.”

 


In a take-off from the starfish story, CHS’s ASB honors teachers and staff members with Senior Starfish Awards. Graduating seniors as asked to name the teacher/staff member who has been the most inspirational to them. Students can select any teacher or staff member from any school, any grade or subject. The chosen teachers and staff members receive a letter and an award for inspiring their students on Teacher Appreciation Day, and their names are recognized at graduation.

 

Brittany Szalkiewicz, a CHS senior, is the Student/Staff Appreciation Chair. With the assistance of the Starfish team—Ashley, Megan, and Emily—Brittany distributes the awards to hundreds of teachers here in CUSD and across the country.

 

“This is the second year that the ASB has given Starfish Awards,” reports Brittany. “When possible, students present certificates to teachers in their classrooms, even in elementary and middle schools. There are tears!”

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Published: 5/10/17




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Emily works as an Accountant at the District Office and was nominated by Lori Grundler, Administrative Assistant.

 

Emily has a "can do" attitude about everything.  She is kind and helpful to everyone. Her positive attitude is infectious and she always jumps in when there is a question or a problem that she can help with. She goes above and beyond to make sure her job is done accurately and efficiently. 

Emily keeps communication lines open between the people in her department. She is organized and runs her desk with efficiency.She keeps projects flowing smoothly from start to finish and maintains a calm, stress free attitude.

Emily is a true team player. She spreads positive vibes throughout the day. She is friendly and kind to everyone she works with. She is extremely knowledgeable and if she doesn't have an answer immediately she works to find an answer.

 

Emily has worked for the district for many years. Her knowledge from working at the high school helps her to understand other employees' points of view and how a school site works. I believe it strengthens a team to be familiar with how other departments and sights work.

 

Congratulations Emily! Thank you for all you do.

 

We look forward to celebrating more of our classified staff this school year, so please continue to send in your nominations.

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 5/5/17




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Check out the May 2017 Message from the Superintendent, Senior Recognitions 2017, here: http://carlsbadunified.blogspot.com/2017/05/may-2017-message-from-superintendent.html?spref=tw

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Published: 5/1/17




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The CHS Freshman Academic League won the North County Academic League Championships (for the first time ever!) placing first out of 28 schools. Congratulations to Coach Brynn Sanderlin and the Freshman Team! Varsity won the Coastal Division and was the second runner up for the NCALC (fifth time in school history we've made it that far). Both teams are undefeated for two years in a row for our Coastal Division. Our success in Academic League is a result of the excellent teaching and inspiring teachers at Carlsbad High School.  Thank you for your commitment and passion.

 


 

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 4/25/17




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Sherri works as a Library Media Technician at Kelly Elementary School and was nominated by Donna Bilek, School Office Assistant; Ann Pagely, Health Technician; Barbara Swearingen, School Administrative Assistant.

 

It is difficult to pick just one thing about Mrs. James that would exemplify the "one of a kind" employee that she is.  As a co-worker she is thoughtful, supportive, caring, funny, dedicated and enthusiastic.  There is truly no one better to work with than Sherri James. Sherri anticipates the teachers' every need and strives to make their teaching lives as easy as possible. 

 

However, it is time in the library with her students that nearly defies explanation. Her thoughtful planning for every class time in the library creates lifelong readers and library fans. She has created a research area and reading corners throughout the library so children will always find a chair to snuggle in and a child sized table to work on. Every Thursday is Terrific Thursday in Sherri's library. During recess and lunch, all children are welcome to come to the library for games, activities or a fun place to hang out with a good book. Her unique sense of humor is apparent when she reads aloud to the children using one of her wildly entertaining voices and a variety of props to bring each and every story alive.

 

Mrs. James is the ultimate team player.  Her fellow Library Media Technicians rely on her steady enthusiasm.  Her teachers rely on her knowledge and willingness to support. Her co-workers depend on her endless bucket of laughter and fun. She is often described as “cute as a button” and of course she is. Who else, but Mrs. James, would travel all around Carlsbad with a “Cat in the Hat” nose and whiskers painted on her face? Mrs. James does, because that’s just who she is and she is loved by one and all for it.

 

Congratulations Sherri! Thank you for all you do.

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Published: 4/25/17




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I am pleased to announce Lindy Hetrick as the Classified Employee of the Month for February 2017. It was only fitting that we recognized Lindy on Professional Administrative Day.

 

Lindy works as a School Administrative Assistant-Elementary at Magnolia Elementary School and was nominated by:

 

Gretchen Mays, Speech-Language Pathologist

 

Lindy is such a kind, genuine, and hard working person.  She is so organized with the numerous tasks she is responsible for during the course of her day/week.  Even though she has her own responsibilities, she is so giving of her time for our entire staff/students/parents and our entire Magnolia community.  She brings a real love to her job every day.  I truly can say that Lindy runs our school with great pride and commitment.

 

Lindy supports the district and her colleagues on a daily basis.  She assists staff members in her department and in the district when learning new programs and will take the time to teach/answer questions that arise.

 

Congratulations Lindy! Thank you for all you do.

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 4/23/17




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Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) announces that Kimberly Fuentes has been appointed as Principal of Calavera Hills Elementary School (CHE). Ms. Fuentes is currently the Assistant Principal at Aviara Oaks Middle School.

 


Ms. Fuentes has worked in Carlsbad Unified since 2005. She began her career in CUSD as a teacher at Magnolia Elementary School, teaching kindergarten, first, and fourth grades. She also served as an Elementary Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA). She has facilitated curriculum adoption teams, led professional development for teachers, acted as a lead teacher/trainer for Learning Headquarters and Achieve 3000, and served as a BTSA Mentor Teacher.

 

Ms. Fuentes earned a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential at California State University, San Marcos. She received a BA, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and MA in Education at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego.


Superintendent Ben Churchill stated "I am delighted to promote one of our very own to this position. We asked for feedback from staff and parents about the qualities they would prefer to see in the next principal at Calavera Hills Elementary, and Kimberly's background and skills make her the ideal person for this role. I am very excited about the future at CHE."

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 4/20/17




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The Board of Trustees of Carlsbad Unified School District announces the appointment of Christopher Wright as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. Mr. Wright is the current Associate Superintendent of Business Services of Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD). He oversees Fiscal Services, Maintenance and Operations, Facilities, Nutrition Services, and Transportation for OUSD’s 24 schools, which serve 18,500 students with an annual operating budget over $200 million.

 

Mr. Wright has been selected to fill a vacancy resulting from the retirement of Deputy Superintendent Suzanne O’Connell, effective July 1, 2017, after 40 years in education. Mrs. O’Connell has served in Carlsbad Unified for 12 years, serving as Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services, before being named Deputy Superintendent, Administrative Services, in 2013.

 

Prior to his three years in Oceanside, Mr. Wright was Vice President, School Finance, for ExED San Diego.  He oversaw the financial management and business operations for seven charter schools and a foundation. 

 

Before that, Mr. Wright worked for the Denver Public Schools as a Senior Program Manager.  He was responsible for a $13 million performance management initiative to create and implement a multiple-measure teacher evaluation system.

 

Mr. Wright graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, and then served as a Naval Flight Officer, leading combat flights in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

He earned an MBA at San Diego State University in 2005, and completed the Broad Residency in Urban Education in 2011.

 

“Mr. Wright is a talented administrator who will bring a wealth of unique experience to this position,” said Board President Elisa Williamson. “His vision and skills are an excellent fit for our District, and I look forward to working with him.”

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Published: 4/20/17




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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced this year’s California Gold Ribbon Schools Award recipients, and two Carlsbad Unified middle schools are among the honorees. Both Calavera Hills Middle School (CHMS) and Aviara Oaks Middle School have been chosen for this award.

 


Schools are selected for the award based on applications they submit describing their model programs supporting student success that can be replicated by other schools. Of over 2,600 public middle and high schools in California, and 477 that applied for the recognition, only 275 are being honored as Gold Ribbon Schools for 2017.

 

“At CHMS we believe in engaging the students in meaningful, relevant work,” said CHMS Principal Michael Ecker. “Project-based learning, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Design Thinking are a big part of what we do. But our true focus is on school culture. ‘Is there an adult on campus who cares about you?’ That’s the important question.”

        

“What makes our school special is teachers who aren’t afraid to jump in to try new things, students who love to learn, and families that provide tremendous support,” said AOMS Principal Bryan Brockett. “Our vision is to have a collaborative partnership among all of those stakeholders. We share the desire to see our students be successful academically, artistically, athletically, and socially.”

 

“I congratulate CHMS and AOMS for this accomplishment,”said Superintendent Benjamin Churchill. “These schools represent what is best in Carlsbad Unified—a challenging curriculum, a student-centered culture, and room for creative risk-taking and hands-on learning.”

 

Also, Calavera Hills Middle School, a federal Title I school, is recognized as an Academic Achieving School for its efforts to meet the educational needs of students living below the poverty line.

 

The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is temporarily suspended while California creates new assessment, accountability, and continuous improvement systems.

 

 “These terrific schools are leading the way in embracing our new rigorous academic standards and showing others how to help students succeed on their way to 21st century careers and college,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “I look forward to traveling the state to honor these schools and to help share the programs, methods, and techniques that are working.”         

 

The 2017 Gold Ribbon Schools will be honored in May during a regional ceremony to be held in Costa Mesa. 

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Published: 4/20/17




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Aviara Oaks Middle School and Calavera Hills Middle School have been named California Gold Ribbon Schools for 2017. Only 275 secondary schools from across California were awarded this honor in 2017.

 

The award reflects success in creating a positive learning atmosphere for AOMS and CHMS students. Such success is a direct result of our dedicated, creative, and talented staff, and our supportive school community.

 

The schools will be recognized at the California School Recognition Program Awards Ceremony on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles.

 

Click here for the press release from State Superintendent Tom Torlakson.

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Published: 4/19/17




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http://carlsbadunified.blogspot.com/2017/04/april-2017-message-from-superintendent.html

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 4/13/17




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On March 31st, 62 band students and 9 orchestra students traveled to Chicago, Illinois to compete in the Festival of Music Competition at Harper College.  After performing a dynamic program for the judges, the Carlsbad HS Band under the direction of Peter Manzi received a Superior rating and first place in Concert Band Division AA.  The Carlsbad String Ensemble under the direction of Jessica Allen received a Excellent rating and first place in Orchestra Division AA.  

 

After all the scores were tallied, the Carlsbad High School Symphonic Winds received the William Revelli Festival Champion Award for receiving the highest score at the days competition.  The Carlsbad Band received a 91.5 combined average score from the judges.   Additionally the band received the coveted Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser Esprit De Corps Award. The Esprit de Corps Award recognizes the participating organization that displays an exemplary attitude of positive support and outstanding personal behavior throughout the festival weekend. Personal integrity, quality character values, a desire for excellence, and a spirit of cooperation serve as the cornerstone qualities of the Esprit de Corps Award.

 

Other activities the band and orchestra participated in while touring Chicago were

*Participated in a clinic with professors at VanderCook College of Music

*Performed a showcase Concert at United Methodist Church of New Lenox

*Attended a Performance of Blue Man Group

*Toured the many buildings in Chicago as well as an architecture tour down the Chicago River

*Visited many of the world class museums (Science & Industry & Art Museum)

 


CHS Band on Stage at Harper College in the Festival of Music Competition

 


CHS Band at VanderCook College of Music Clinic with Stacey Dolan

 


CHS Band and Orchestra in front of Cloud Gate (the bean)
 


CHS Band and Orchestra in front of the Chicago Water Tower

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 4/11/17




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Carlsbad Broadcast Journalism students receive top national honors at the 2017 Student Television Network Convention in Anaheim, California

 

Carlsbad, California (March 31, 2017) – Student Television Network (STN) officials announced today that Carlsbad High School and Valley Middle School Broadcast Journalism students are the winners of The National Award of Excellence, the nation’s highest honor in both high school and middle school broadcast journalism at the 2017 STN Convention in Anaheim, CA.

 

This year the convention was held just outside of Anaheim’s famous theme park, Disneyland, but for the over 100 students who traveled from Carlsbad, CA, the broadcasting competition was the main attraction. Both programs are taught by Doug Green, the 2016 California Teacher of the Year award recipient.

 

The Carlsbad students were competing against thousands of students from around the world. Tough competition and tight deadlines left no time for amusement parks. Instead, these young journalist were able to attain the national title while telling their stories through film. Carlsbad High School, Valley Middle School and Aviara Oaks Middle School took home a combined total of seventeen national awards from the international competition.

 

3,000 student journalists from around the world were competing in several  categories which included Action Sports Editing, Short Film, Movie Trailer, Spot Feature, Breaking News, Music Video and PSA.

 

In addition to the Awards of Excellence honors, Carlsbad High School Television (CHSTV), Valley Middle School (VMSTV), and Aviara Oaks Middle School (Falcon News) received awards in the following categories:

 

Anchor Team (Valley Middle School 1st Honorable Mention)

Movie Trailer (Valley Middle School 1st Place)

Natural Sound Package (Valley Middle School 3rd Place)

Public Service Announcement (Valley Middle School 1st Place)

Spot Feaure (Valley Middle School 2nd Honorable Mention)

Music Video (Aviara Oaks Middle School 2nd Honorable Mention)

Silent Film (Aviara Oaks Middle School 1st Place)

Convention Recap (Aviara Oaks Middle School 1st Place)

Breaking News (Carlsbad High School 3rd Place)

Sports Highlight (Carlsbad High School 3rd Place)

Crazy 8 Broadcast (Carlsbad High School 2nd Honorable Mention)

Crazy 8 Film (Carlsbad High School 2nd Place)

 

For more information about the convention, visit the STN website at

http://www.studenttelevision.com

 

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Photos Courtesy:  Craig Glenn


CarlsbadHigh.jpg (Carlsbad High School’s “Breaking News” Team. Pictured left to right are Logan Welsh, Connor Young, Brooklynn Scott, Connor Hanan)

 


ValleyMiddle1.jpg  (Valley Middle School team competing in the Crazy 8 contest.  This contest challenges schools to produce a broadcast from scratch in 8 hours.  Student teams shoot their stories in Anaheim and surrounding cities.)

 

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Published: 4/4/17




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Carlsbad Unified School District announces that Terri Leon has been named the Classified Employee of the Year for 2017.

 

Ms. Leon works as Production Assistant for CHSTV at Carlsbad High School. She was nominated by Doug Green, 2016 California Teacher of the Year, who teaches Broadcast Journalism at Carlsbad High School and Valley Middle School.

 

As the classroom assistant in the Broadcast Journalism program at Carlsbad High School,  Ms. Leon has been a vital part of CHSTV, the number one ranked high school program in the United States.  Her work has contributed to the success of both the daily live broadcast and the award-winning documentary films made for PBS, bringing positive attention to the school and the community.

 

Ms. Leon has a strong rapport with her students. She genuinely cares about their well-being, and treats every student with respect.  She encourages her young journalists to step out of their comfort zone and embrace challenge. 

 

“Ms. Leon exemplifies a true professional—honest, kind, knowledgeable, and willing to go above and beyond to ensure the success of the program.” said Superintendent Ben Churchill. “I am impressed with the dedication of Ms. Leon, and appreciate the contributions of all of the talented classified employees of Carlsbad Unified.”

 

"Terri's contribution to the broadcasting program at Carlsbad High School is profound,” said Doug Green. “She supports the program and the students on so many levels.  Her dedication and energy motivates us all.”

 

Terri Leon will now move forward as Carlsbad Unified’s candidate for San Diego County Office of Education’s Classified Employee of the Year.

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 3/22/17




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Carlsbad Unified School District is pleased to announce that Sage Creek High School’s James Fieberg has been named Teacher of the Year.

 

Mr. Fieberg came to Carlsbad High School in 2001, teaching Physics, Honors Physics, and Biology, and coaching Cross Country and Track. He now teaches at Sage Creek High School, where since 2012 he has taught Honors Physics, Honors Chemistry, Principles of Engineering, AP Physics 1, and Physics.  He also serves as the Science Department Chair and the Science Olympiad Coach.

 

“I really believe in students ‘doing' science,” said Mr. Fieberg. “At Sage Creek we really stress the many levels of inquiry in the science classroom, and get our students to learn science by giving them the freedom to explore.”

 

This year Mr. Fieberg piloted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in his Physics class and taught two challenging Advanced Placement (AP) Physics classes, in addition to teaching his innovative Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering courses. He attends numerous meetings and trainings on PLTW, NGSS, and project-based CTE (Career Technical Education). He enthusiastically assists the teachers in his department with innovative curriculum and teaching strategies.

 

“Mr. Fieberg knows how to get the best out of his students,” said Sage Creek High School Principal Cesar Morales. “He connects with them, and gets their buy-in into applying science in engineering and physics. He has a pioneering spirit. He teaches with conviction and enthusiasm, continually tinkering with his lessons to provide the students with the utmost learning experience.”

 

“I am continually impressed with the high caliber of teachers in Carlsbad Unified’s classrooms,” said Superintendent Ben Churchill.  “And Mr. Fieberg truly represents the best of the best. His intelligence, leadership qualities, and passion for teaching is commendable.”

 

Mr. Fieberg grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and graduated with a BS in Biological Science and a Masters in Secondary Education from DePaul University.  He is married and has two daughters. A marathon runner, Mr. Fieberg also enjoys surfing, golf, and fly fishing.


Mr. Fieberg will now move forward as Carlsbad Unified’s candidate for San Diego County’s Teacher of the Year.

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Published: 3/22/17




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Contact: Dr. Rob Nye, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, rnye@carlsbadusd.net, (760) 331-5000

 

Carlsbad Unified School District Dashboard Is Rolled Out

 

California’s new school accountability website, the California School Dashboard, goes live this week. The Dashboard is designed to help parents and community members access important information about K-12 districts and schools. It features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success including test scores, graduation rates, English Learner progress, and suspension rates.

 

This website is part of California’s new school accountability system based on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). It is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing, and placed the focus on equity for all students.

 

Carlsbad Unified is launching our own website complete with an infographic. The website includes helpful links and videos regarding the Dashboard, individual school dashboards, and district and State communications regarding the release.

 

“Carlsbad Unified is committed to transparency and continuous improvement,” said Carlsbad Unified’s Superintendent Ben Churchill. “Our new website will provide clear and useful information to teachers, parents and the community about what we’re doing well, and how we can do better.”

 

Dr. Rob Nye, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, said, “School accountability systems have typically relied solely on test scores. But one test taken on one particular day doesn’t provide a complete picture of all the ways schools are helping students succeed. The Dashboard provides information on different aspects of student performance, which will give a more complete picture of a school’s progress.”


 

To learn more about California’s accountability and continuous improvement efforts visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/dashboard or http://www.sdcoe.net/news/Pages/California-School-Dashboard.aspx.

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Published: 3/15/17




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In the spring of 2016, Carlsbad elementary schools received a $29,000 grant for the Recycling Education and Infrastructure for Carlsbad Schools project. The District has already seen great success in this project.

 

Last year, Kelly Elementary School was only diverting about 22% of its refuse from the local landfill. Today it is recycling much more, and is projected to divert 53% from the landfill. Kelly and all of the other eight Carlsbad Unified elementary schools are now recycling a significant amount more because of this grant from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation.

 

Here are some preliminary results from the grant:

 

  • Lunch Sorting Stations—black receptacles for landfill, green for food waste, and blue for recycle— were located at every elementary school. As a result, in the first three months of the grant, 645,000 lunch trays were “upcycled” into new products, which diverted 1,220 pounds of styrofoam from the landfill.

 

  • “Twinning”—one brown trash container and one blue for recycling— was set up in every classroom, office, and common area in every elementary school.

 

  • Over 6,500 CUSD students, teachers, and adult volunteers participated in educational activities and project implementation provided by the Solana Center at all nine elementary schools.

 

  • Each elementary school was awarded a $1,000 mini-grant to spend on implementation of the recycling program, whether it be for materials needed for their Green Team, vests, or other site-specific needs.

 

“We appreciate the support for the grant that we have received from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation as well as the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, schools, custodians, students, parents, our warehouse operations and Republic Services,” said Superintendent Ben Churchill. “The impact on the diversion of recyclables from the landfill has been impressive.”

 

Now that the elementary school recycling programs have been launched, the District is looking to build programs at the middle and high schools.  Green Teams on each campus will help place receptacles, and awareness assemblies from “I love a Clean San Diego” and Green Weeks at secondary schools will educate students on successful recycling habits.

 

The district will continue to build strong relationships with the City of Carlsbad, because the schools’ improved landfill diversion rates count toward the city’s diversion rate.

 

“An effective recycling program takes everyone working together,” says CUSD’s Student Services Specialist Rosemary Eshelman. “The momentum is here, and we want to continue going forward. Once we have educated students they will develop positive recycling habits for life.”


 

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Published: 3/14/17




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BV Special Needs Preschool Trikes

 

Dear Community of Carlsbad and potential donors,

 

My name is Stacie Scott and I am an Early Childhood Education Specialist for the Carlsbad Unified School District. Many people in the community are not aware that we have a Preschool Program housed at Buena Vista Elementary School that serves all of Carlsbad’s preschool students with special needs. We have students in our program who come from all of the district’s attendance areas. Additionally, we have students who are in our classrooms that are from the community who are typically developing and have no special needs. We call this an inclusive preschool model. All of the children benefit from our program and benefit from being taught together. It is a wonderful place for children to play and learn!

 

Unfortunately, the school district does not have any current funds to help us purchase sturdy age appropriate bicycles for our students. The children are using bicycles that teachers and other staff members have found at garage sales or on Craig’s list. One of our teachers found a bike on Craig’s list that is perfect for all of our students, a 12” Schwinn Roadster Tricycle. It is the bike that everyone wants to ride and that every child is successful and safe riding. We have had to create a waiting line so that the children take turns. While turn taking is a great learning experience, we would love to have at least 5 more of these wonderfully age appropriate and popular bicycles.

 

If you are able, please consider donating one or more to our preschool program! Your generous gift would be used by the wonderful preschool students at our school who are from all of Carlsbad.

 

Thank you for your consideration!

 

Sincerely, Stacie Scott, on behalf of all of the staff and students at Buena Vista Preschool

 

Eshelman Appraisals Inc. Donates Trikes to BV

 


 

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Published: 3/14/17




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CUSD will host a five week series of workshops beginning May 2, 2017 on "Parents and Prevention".  For details, see the attached flyer.

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On March 11, from 10am -1pm Carlsbad Education Foundation is hosting its 3rd annual Pedal for a Purpose stationary bike fundraiser

At the Omni La Costa Resort.

 

Carlsbad Ed Foundation supports the Carlsbad Public Schools by funding: Science Olympiad, Robotics, Elementary Music, Science Labs and much more! These programs would NOT be possible without your contributions. 

 

The event will have many fun activities along with an opportunity drawing for a trip for two to Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa.A two night two room stay and a $750 resort gift card. Opportunity tickets can be purchased here for $25 ea. You need not be present to win!

 

Thank you for your support of YOUR child’s education

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Published: 3/9/17




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AOMS eighth grade student Jack Jain was selected to play in the All-State Band, which performed at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Feb 26. He plays the Bass Clarinet, and was honored to be first chair in the group of four bass clarinets in his middle school group.

 

"I am very proud of Jack,” said Katie Browne, Director of Bands at AOMS. “He is a talented and hard-working musician, and he represented our school well at the All-State Band performance.”

Jack started in the AOMS Band in 6th grade, so this is his third year in band.

 

In order to be chosen to play in the All-State Band students must send in a recorded audition tape in December. Over 1,900 talented musicians in middle and high school auditioned for the honor. A total of 870 students were selected. All-State Band musicians attended rehearsals all day during the CASMEC (CA Music Educator's Conference) from February 16 to 19th in San Jose, CA.

 

Here’s some pics and clips of their performance:

 

CBDA 2017 All-State Jr High School Concert Band: https://youtu.be/phVhNxpHs1Y

 

2017 California All State Middle School Honor Band- The Marriage of Figaro Overture: https://youtu.be/PwSyr7iqnrg

 


 

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Published: 3/7/17




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California is scheduled to release a new accountability tool for districts and schools called the "California Dashboard."  We have attached a brief video explaining the components of the new dashboard and how it will be used to inform the public.  Once the Dashboard is released to the public (expected date is the week of March 12) we will send out more detailed information about Carlsbad's Dashboard. 

 

Video available here: https://youtu.be/wJ2SHzt6PPo  

 

 

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Published: 3/7/17




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Enjoy the pictures of the 2017 Mini March Madness Tournament winners. The Champions for Boys were Aviara Oaks Elementary, Girls Calavera Hills Elementary and semi finalists for both girls and boys was Magnolia Elementary.



 

The Champion Bobcats, Lancer Leaders, Dr. Churchill, Board President Elisa Williamson and principals Jimmy Hines AOE, Aaron Nelson Magnolia and Amy Bryant CHE were present and cheering on their teams. 

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Published: 3/7/17




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For its 14th season, Carlsbad's award-winning Coyote Cavern Productions presents the musical comedy Crazy for You, the story of Bobby Child, the rich son of a banking family, whose dream in life is to dance.  Despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be ex-fiancée, Bobby doesn’t give up on his dream!  Crazy for You features George and Ira Gershwin’s most celebrated hits and an important message of staying true to oneself.

Preview Crazy for You on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxdrOLr34J4
 
Performances at Calavera Hills Schools (4100 Tamarack Avenue) on:

  • Thursday March 9 (7pm)
  • Friday, March 10 (7pm)
  • Saturday, March 11 (7pm)
  • Sunday, March 12 (2pm)

Tickets ($8 - $10 per person; 2 and under free) can be purchased by calling TelNo 760.703.2379 or emailing kyms@me.com.  (Please make checks out to Carlsbad Educational Foundation.)

Coyote Cavern Productions is funded solely through private donations and ticket sales, and depends on the hard work and dedication of Calavera Hills Elementary and Calavera Hills Middle School parents.

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Published: 3/7/17




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“We believe in the shared vision that by providing hands on exposure through science related activities we will inspire students to consider opportunities and possibilities they may not have been aware of otherwise.”  - Magnolia PTA

 

Magnolia Elementary School’s PTA is proud to announce and sponsor our annual Science Day!  This school wide, single day event offers hands-on, science related workshops across all grade levels to our Magnolia students. Grade level appropriate topics range from farm animal interaction in Kindergarten to launching rockets and dissecting squid and frogs in the upper grades.  This year, there will be many community, teacher and parent presented workshops/assemblies in all. Teachers, school staff, a long list of parent volunteers, as well as student volunteers from Valley Middle School, help to make this event a success year after year. The community organizations participating this year include, Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, Snow’s Petting Zoo, Carlsbad Police Department, and The Lizard Wizard.

 

The Thursday, March 9th event will take place on Magnolia’s campus beginning at 8:15 am and concluding at 12:00 pm.

 

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All visitors are required to register at the school office prior to entering campus.

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Published: 3/6/17




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Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Please see the attached letters with information about the New California School Dashboard.  

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Published: 3/3/17




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Check out the March message available now here: http://carlsbadunified.blogspot.com/?spref=fb

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Published: 3/1/17




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Every year Carlsbad Unified invites our community to share their ideas and suggestions regarding their schools by taking our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Survey.

 

On behalf of Carlsbad Unified’s Board of Trustees, we would like to encourage all CUSD stakeholders to share their perspectives as we determine next year’s goals and priorities for our district.

 

These goals and priorities will become part of our LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan), a three-year plan that describes our overall vision for students, the results we expect to achieve, and key actions we will take to achieve these results. It also shows how our District's budget is aligned with our goals and priorities.

 

Click here to learn more about the LCAP process.

Click here to view CUSD's Mission, Vision, and Graduate Profile.

 

The survey window will be open from February 1 through 28. This survey will take about 5 minutes.

 

Click here to take the survey (English version)

Click here to take the survey (Spanish version)

 

The Board of Trustees will review the feedback from this survey at a public meeting on March 22, 2017. The feedback in this survey will be taken into consideration as the Board discusses goals and priorities for next year.

 

Again, thank you for your time and your support for the education of our students.

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Published: 2/28/17




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Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) in collaboration with the City of Carlsbad Recreation Department will be hosting its annual Mini March Madness” Basketball Tournament.

 

The Tournament will take place on Thursday, March 2,2017 starting at 2:00 pm at Poinsettia School, 2445 Mica Road in Carlsbad.

 

This is an opportunity for the community to support students and cheer for the players in the District in an active, positive environment. This event displays a great partnership between CUSD and the City of Carlsbad incorporating the T.R.U.S.T. (Teaching Respect, Unity, and Sportsmanship through Teamwork) code of ethics.

 

The teams are comprised of 5th grade boys and girls teams from all nine elementary schools in the Carlsbad Unified School District; Aviara Oaks, Buena Vista, Calavera Hills, Hope, Jefferson, Kelly, Magnolia, Pacific Rim, and  Poinsettia.

 

Come support the students representing their school! Tournament starts at 2pm with medals being distributed to each of the boys and girls winning team’s players. The perpetual plaque will be presented to the winning schools approximately at 4:40pm.

 

 

Contacts:

Carlsbad Unified School District – Rosemary Eshelman (reshelman@carlsbadusd.net)

City of Carlsbad Recreation Department – Steve Herrera (steve.herrera@carlsbadca.gov)

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Published: 2/28/17




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Subject: Imposter CHS Facebook Account

 

Dear Carlsbad Unified community members,

 

The purpose of this communication is to make you aware that there is an imposter Facebook account claiming to represent Carlsbad High School, and that inappropriate images and messages are being posted.  Administrators of both high schools are working with law enforcement and Facebook to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.  

 

Please know that the only authorized Facebook accounts for Carlsbad High School are https://www.facebook.com/thelancerlink/ and http://www.lancernation.org/.

 

Just like the hack of the Sage Creek ASB Instagram account earlier this week, we are working to sort through this matter immediately and we are not making assumptions about who is responsible until we conclude our investigation.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Porter and Mr. Morales

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Published: 2/24/17




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Parents, students and community members,

 

You may be aware of an incident on Friday night (February 17) at the basketball game between Sage Creek High School and Carlsbad High School. During the game, CHS students displayed handmade “K” signs. The students told school staff this was short for “OK,” as used in text messages, and did not represent a message other than “OK.” At one point in the game, three CHS students were sitting next to each other holding up the “K” signs. When placed side-by-side, the signs read “KKK.”

 

School staff removed the signs immediately.

 

Photos of the the three students holding up the signs were shared via social media throughout the weekend, and a local news channel aired a story about this on Sunday night.

 

CHS administration continues to investigate the incident. Be assured that this is being taken seriously; however, as in any matter of student discipline, we do not publicly comment on disciplinary action.

 

To be clear: holding up signs with the name of a hate group is offensive and unacceptable. Whatever the motive or intent, the action conveys a message of intolerance. The symbolic implication of these signs does not reflect the belief of the Carlsbad Unified School District or Carlsbad High School. We intend our schools to be safe places for all students.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Benjamin Churchill

Superintendent

Carlsbad Unified School District

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Published: 2/20/17




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New California School Dashboard
 

If you have a student, work with students, or are just an advocate of education, a new phase in the California school accountability system is expected to be rolled out this month.

 

Known as the California School Dashboard, the public will be able to view district and school reports that cover different indicators or topics that impact overall student achievement and success.

 

For more information, please visit the San Diego County Office of Education website: http://www.sdcoe.net/news/Pages/California-School-Dashboard.aspx 

  

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Published: 2/15/17




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Where: Sage Creek High School

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

Please see the attached flyer for more information

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Published: 2/10/17




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I am pleased to announce Randy Austin as the Classified Employee of the Month for January 2017.

 
Randy works as a Custodian at Carlsbad High School and was nominated by Amanda Waters, Athletic Director
 

Randy is always available for anything that is needed throughout the day. He is available anytime that someone calls on him, and gets things done immediately.

 

Not only does Randy go out of his way for our students and staff, he works extra hours for our community events, and recently helped with an event toraise money for cancer research.

 

He works extremely hard and does an amazing job for our students and our campus.  It is a pleasure to work with him, as he is very personable, and has an upbeat, positive, can-do attitude.  

 

Congratulations Randy! Thank you for all you do.

 

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Published: 2/8/17




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Zach has been a member of SSAC since freshman year at SCHS. He was just awarded "Youth of the Year" by the Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad. Congratulations Zach!

 

http://www.bgccarlsbad.org/youth-of-the-year-award

 

 

Zach's letter:

 

I started at the Boys and Girls Club as a volunteer for community service hours, I earned 75 there before I became a part of their kids program and was a fully fledged member. As a volunteer I would clean the club, and be a helping hand for staff whenever they needed. I also then enrolled in their LIT program for two full summers of 2014 and 2013. I was then a more trusted help to staff in taking responsibility of kids, helping plan activities and having an amazing time learning to be a true leader. In the summer of 2014 I was nominated to become a junior staff. Junior staff were the elite in terms of LIT's so we got the opportunity to test our leadership skills not just over the kids in the club, but be models for the LIT's themselves. The summer after that I applied for a job at the club, I interviewed, I sent in my resume, and even completed a shadow day, watching staff and gaining an understanding of what I was undertaking. Then I got the job, became an employee and an official staff of the Boys and Girls Club. I ran four clubs while working there during the school year and over the summer took rotations of thirty kids for about an hour.

 

About the Youth of the Year Award

The Youth of the Year Award is a citywide recognition program throughout the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad and, as a member of the Armory, students are eligible to participate. This award celebrates youth who have overcome the odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments. Youth of the Year candidates are recognized for participation and service in the Armory Program, school and community, as well as for academic performance, leadership ability and contributions to family. Armory members who express interest may be nominated and required to complete an application, interviews, and essays in order to compete for the award.

 

Carlsbad's Youth of the Year will have a chance to win a scholarship for college, as well as the prestige of the award on college applications, job resumes, and beyond. He or she will become a representative of Carlsbad and the Armory and continue to positively influence our community.

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Published: 2/8/17




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Kyle works in the position of Instructional Assistant, Special Education at the Pacific Rim Elementary and was nominated by Ashley Hartman, Teacher and Suzanne Stremel, Teacher.
 

Kyle Gelbart is an outstanding Special Education Aide at Pacific Rim Elementary who consistently goes above and beyond the requirements of her job. 

 

Ms. Gelbart has a positive attitude and excellent follow through.  Teachers have the utmost confidence that if they ask Ms. Gelbart to help with a student or project, it will get done.  

 

Most importantly, Ms. Gelbart connects with the children of our school. She is able to calm upset students and motivate reluctant learners, by understanding and adapting to their individual needs. She truly puts the students' and teachers' needs ahead of her own. 

 

We are truly lucky to have her at Pacific Rim Elementary!

 

Congratulations Kyle! Thank you for all you do.

 

We look forward to celebrating more of our classified staff this school year, so please continue to send in your nominations.

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Published: 1/31/17




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Carlsbad Unified School District announces the redesignation of Calavera Hills Middle School (CHMS) as one of California’s Schools to Watch—Taking Center Stage Model Middle Schools.

 

California’s Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program uses a competitive, rigorous review process to identify high performing, high impact middle schools so that all middle schools may have models of real-world success. CHMS was first designated as a School to Watch in 2011, and then reapplied and was re-designated in 2014.  The rigorous application process, involving the entire school staff, requires an in depth self-study in the areas of  Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness, Organizational Structures and Processes, and Social Equity.

 

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Principal Michael Ecker. “We are a school that prides itself on its positive culture and relevant approaches to learning. Our success is due to the tireless work of our staff members and the support of our incredible Coyote Community.”

 

Dr. Irvin Howard, California Schools to Watch Co-Director noted, “Calavera Hills Middle School is a model of what an outstanding middle school can be. School leaders from across the state turn to Calavera Hills Middle School for guidance on improving their programs to better serve their students.”

 

Here’s what CHMS students have to say about their school:

“This wonderful school is small, and there is a unique sense of family and ‘home.’ You feel a part of something bigger and the feeling is rewarding.”

“Calavera Hills Middle School is cool because students can choose from a variety of electives. Personally, I like how a lot of STEM classes are available.”

“We are a big family and community working together toward a common goal.”

“Calavera spends so much time and effort preparing students for real life situations.”

“I think the teachers really stand out. You can tell that they try their best at teaching the kids, and like their jobs, which makes the class more fun.”

“It’s full of guidance, encouragement, and inspiration.”

 

The program is implemented by the California League of Middle Schools; California Department of Education; the California Middle Grades Alliance, a partnership of other statewide educational organizations; the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform; and Schools to Watch—Taking Center Stage Model Schools.

 

Representatives from Calavera Hills Middle School will receive their recognition award from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at the California League of Middle Schools Conference in Sacramento on February 24, 2017, and will be honored at the National Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 23-24, 2017.

 

For more information on the program contact California Schools to Watch Director Carole Carlson (408-893-8512) or Co-Director Dr. Irvin Howard (951-318-7515).

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Published: 1/26/17




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All across Carlsbad Unified, students, staff and teachers have been participating in the Great Kindness Challenge (GKC) this week.

 

The week was launched Sunday at Tamarack Beach, where hundreds of intrepid students and staff braved the cold to form a “Kindness Matters” heart.
 

Every morning this week, ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) has been covering Great Kindness Challenge activities across the country. GMA acknowledged Carlsbad Unified as the founding district of the Great Kindness Challenge.

 

The Carlsbad City Council presented proclamations to all Carlsbad Unified schools in recognition of their Great Kindness Challenge /Kindness Matters celebrations.

 

Mayor Hall was present to deliver Jefferson Elementary’s proclamation. Students held a Kind Heart craft day in their pajamas.

 

Carlsbad High School was busy with final exams, but students found time to put stickies all over the campus with positive messages.

 

At Pacific Rim, all students were given the Great Kindness Challenge checklist, and participated in classroom discussions on the importance of this weeklong focus and effort.

 

Aviara Oaks Middle School students had ASB spirit days to support community connectedness, and 8th grade WEB leaders visited 6th grade advisory classes to teach students about the science of kindness, and lead them in a GKC activity- writing a thank you note to a teacher.

 

Valley Middle School decorated their campus with posters, signs, and happy faces, and made kind cards.

 

 

Hope Hawks have activities everyday at their Kindness Station during recess, which include writing notes to others on campus and students at other schools. They hosted a member of the Kidz Bop musical group to perform songs to promote and encourage students to have fun and be kind. They emphasize what it means to be a H.A.W.K.—Helping Another With Kindness everyday.

 

 

Buena Vista students are collecting coins for Pakistan each morning at drop off. Kindness quotes are announced every morning, students are doing the GKC checklist, and, at lunch, students may choose to participate in activities like making a banner or Kindness hearts.

 

At Calavera Hills Middle School, kindness is everywhere! Students have put positive messages around campus in the form of posters, mirror messages, post-its, and on the stairs. They have stations at lunch that provide the opportunity to complete acts of kindness. Each day in Advisory, students perform kind acts, and the week ends with a celebration during Coyote Community. 

 

Kelly students believe that Kindness Matters everyday. This week they are focusing on specific acts of kindness. Each day begins with a Kind assembly, a song of the day, and the Pledge of Allegiance. Students have made a Kindness banner to deliver to Rady’s Children’s Hospital, Kindness rocks to leave anonymously throughout the community, and they are completing the GKC checklist at every grade level.


 

Kindness Matters!

 

See CUSD Facebook page for more pics!

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Read the latest message here: http://carlsbadunified.blogspot.com/

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