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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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Posted by: Sharan Merchant
Published: 4/25/17

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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
Published: 4/25/17

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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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Posted by: Sharan Merchant
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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Posted by: Sharan Merchant
Published: 4/20/17

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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
Published: 4/20/17

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

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant
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
Published: 4/11/17

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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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Posted by: Sharan Merchant
Published: 3/14/17