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Aviara Oaks Elementary and Pacific Rim Elementary have been named 2018 California Distinguished Schools. According to the California Department of Education, 287 elementary schools across the state, and 33 elementary schools in San Diego County, are being honored under the Distinguished Schools Program this year. This program returns after a three-year break, and replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program.

 

The 2018 California Distinguished Schools Program recognizes California elementary schools that have made exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

 

“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” said California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”

 

For more information: State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2018 California Distinguished Schools

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 4/2/18




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Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) announces that the Board of Trustees made three administrative appointments on March 28, 2018. Each appointment is effective on July 1, 2018.

 

Kelly Elementary - Principal

The Board of Trustees appointed Emma Cobb as the Principal of Kelly Elementary School.

 

Ms. Cobb currently serves as the Assistant Principal of San Onofre Elementary School in the Fallbrook Elementary School District. Prior to her service in Fallbrook, Emma was a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) in Carlsbad. She began her career in education as a Special Education Teacher in Illinois in 2000, and joined the Carlsbad Unified School District in 2002, teaching across the elementary grades in both Special and General Education. She held teaching assignments at Hope Elementary, Aviara Oaks Elementary, and Buena Vista Elementary over the course of 14 years.

 

Superintendent Ben Churchill said “We’re thrilled to welcome back one of our own. Emma has a strong background in special education and school safety, and is a highly motivated and collaborative leader. She is a great fit for the community at Kelly School.”

 

Jefferson Elementary - Principal

The Board of Trustees appointed Carla Hicks Bos as the Principal of Jefferson Elementary School.

 

Ms. Hicks Bos currently serves in the Newhall School District in Los Angeles County, where she has been the Principal of McGrath Elementary School since 2015.  Previously, she was an Assistant Principal for seven years and a classroom teacher for nine years. She began her career in education as a Classified Title 1 Instructional Aide.

 

Ms. Hicks Bos was the recipient of the Region 15 Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Elementary Principal of the Year Award in 2017, and was the Santa Clarita Valley Teacher of the Year in 2008.

 

According to Superintendent Churchill, “Carla is an accomplished principal, and she brings experience and passion to Jefferson Elementary. She has high expectations for every member of the community - students, staff, and parents - and she’s excited to support the International Baccalaureate (IB) program as a way to meet the needs of all students.”

 

Sage Creek High School - Assistant Principal

The Board of Trustees appointed Chris Robertson as the Assistant Principal of Sage Creek High School.

 

Mr. Robertson has been serving as Interim Assistant Principal at Carlsbad High School and Valley Middle School this year. Chris joined the Carlsbad Unified School District in 2003, and previously was the Carlsbad High School Social Science Department Chairperson. In 2013 he was recognized as Carlsbad Unified’s Teacher of the Year.  

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 3/30/18




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Two of the best and brightest robotics teams are ready to face some stiff competition.

 

The Sage Creek High School robotics team, along with the Valley Middle School team, is heading to Houston from April 17 to April 21 to compete in the First Tech Challenge, while Valley is competing in the First Lego League. However, the Sage Creek students are scrambling to raise $20,000 needed for travel expenses to the competition.

 

Complete story here

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 3/23/18




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Congratulations SHERRI JAMES, Library Media Technician at Kelly Elementary School, as the CUSD Classified Employee of the Year!


 

I am pleased to share with you the following eligible finalists that were considered for this honor.

 

Lindy Hetrick, School Administrative Assistant Elementary, Magnolia Elementary

Emilia Smith, Accountant, Instructional Services

Marichu Chua, Instructional Assistant-Special Education, Poinsettia Elementary

Joel Valdez, Custodian, Calavera Hills Elementary and Middle School

Kathryn Machanis, Nutrition Services Assistant, Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle School

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 3/22/18




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Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) announces that the Board of Trustees has appointed Mrs. Rose Flowers as the Principal of Aviara Oaks Middle School (AOMS), effective July 1, 2018. Mrs. Flowers is currently the Principal of Valley Center Middle School in the Valley Center Pauma Unified School District. Prior to her current position, she also served for four years as the principal of Lilac Elementary School in the same district.

 

Mrs. Flowers began her 19-year career in education as a special education teacher, first as a middle school teacher in San Marcos and then as high school teacher in Escondido. She went on to serve as a middle school assistant principal in the Escondido Union School District for six years. In her current district, she served as a mentor to new principals and has directed professional development for administrators. She prioritizes shared leadership and the development of a positive school culture. During her five years as principal, she led a one-to-one technology program for students, implemented positive behavior systems for students, and reshaped special education services to ensure a range of supports for all learners.

 

Mrs. Flowers received a Bachelor or Arts degree in Liberal Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration at California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM). Also at CSUSM, she earned a Special Education Credential, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and an Educational Administration Credential.

 

Superintendent Ben Churchill said “We are pleased to welcome an experienced principal to lead Aviara Oaks Middle School. Mrs. Flowers brings with her a track record of success, a passion for working with middle school students, and an understanding of the importance of home-school relationships. I am excited to introduce her to the parents, students, teachers, and staff at AOMS.”

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 3/15/18




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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 3/14/18




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Carlsbad Unified Parents and Community,

 

As we mentioned in our communication on March 3, 2018, school walkouts and student demonstrations are being planned by a number of national organizations to (among other things) bring awareness to school safety issues. The first known walkout is scheduled to occur on March 14.

 

We expect every day at school to be a day of learning. In the case of nationally organized student walkouts, our official position is to neither encourage nor discourage student participation. Our elementary students are not permitted to leave campus without a parent or guardian; middle school and high school students will not be prohibited from leaving class, but we will encourage them to remain on campus.

 

Safety is our first priority, and principals have been asked to develop a plan for monitoring and supervising students in the event that students choose to leave campus. Each principal in Carlsbad Unified will make site-specific decisions about student safety, and we’ve encouraged them to discuss the issue with staff and student leaders at each site. We’ve also met with Carlsbad Police and Carlsbad Fire this week, and they are ready to support and assist as needed.  

 

Members of our community will have a range of personal views on the issues being discussed nationally and locally. As educators, we view events like this as an opportunity for students to think critically, engage in civil discourse, and grow as learners as they wrestle with real world issues. As a citizen, I’m proud to see young people engage in debate about issues vital to our democracy; as a dad, I’m reassured that our children are developing the skills needed to make our world a better place.

 

We’ve received some additional questions related to student walkouts, and have put together answers to Frequently Asked Questions in this document. If you have more questions or need clarification, please reach out to your school’s principal directly.

 

Related to student safety, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) has created two "Teachable Moment" videos, included here for your reference:

We will continue to work with local first responders (Carlsbad Police Department, Carlsbad Fire Department, City of Carlsbad’s Department of Emergency Preparedness) and outside experts (Department of Homeland Security, Sandy Hook Promise, SDCOE, and others) to conduct tactical surveys and improve site security, to provide comprehensive and up-to-date training to staff, and to implement new procedures for safety drills with students.

 

As the saying goes, “it takes a village” to raise safe and healthy young people; thank you for all you do to support our kids and our community.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Ben Churchill

Superintendent

Carlsbad Unified School District

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 3/9/18




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This is the 11th year of Mini March Madness a 5th grade basketball tournament which 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. The winners this year for the girls was Poinsettia and the boys Pacific Rim.

 



 

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 3/7/18




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Check out the video here!

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Published: 3/6/18




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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 3/5/18




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As an update to the Superintendent's Message on February 20, 2018, please see the attached "March 3, 2018 Update on School Safety."

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Posted by: Rob Nye, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 3/3/18




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You’ll experience world class presentations by our passionate and FUN speakers - most of them being Google Certified Educators, Google Education Trainers and Google Innovators. Register now!

 

March 24-25, 2018

 

https://events.edtechteam.com/carlsbad2018/112665

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/389166438194957/

 


 

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 2/27/18




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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 2/23/18




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Check out the Superintendent's Message to the Community here: https://carlsbadunified.blogspot.com/2018/02/

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 2/20/18




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Guidance for Parents, Educators Following a Shooting

 

(This article has also been added to our Student Wellness page.)

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 2/20/18




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The February 2018 Message from the Superintendent, Moving School Facilities into the Future: CUSD’s Long Range Facility Master Plan, is now available here.

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 2/12/18




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Kathy works as a Nutrition Services Assistant at Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle Schools and was nominated by Janine Zambetti, Nutrition Services Lead II, Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle Schools and Michelle Johnson, Director, Nutrition and Purchasing Services.

 

Kathy has been employed with our district for 18 years.   She has been a parent, a volunteer, and a noon duty, along with a nutrition services assistant; all here at Aviara Oaks.  She is always striving to do the best job possible.  Kathy is the "go to" person for everyone in our kitchen.

 

Her work ethic is unprecedented. Kathy is the hardest worker with whom most of us have ever worked with. She always makes sure things are done properly and quickly, with the kids’ well-being at the heart of it. There is not a job or problem that Kathy will not tackle.  Kathy has been the "glue" in this kitchen throughout the years of change at this campus.

 

Kathy will be retiring in April 2018 and will be moving with her husband to Florida, to enjoy their retirement years.  She will be missed by all who have known her.  Thank you to Kathy is just not enough.

 

Congratulations Kathy! Thank you for all you do.

 

Please take a look at this short video of the district surprising Kathy with her award.  Thank you Paws on News!

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 2/7/18




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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 1/30/18




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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 1/25/18




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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: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 1/12/18




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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 1/9/18




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Published: 1/9/18




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Published: 1/8/18




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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
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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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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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 11/21/17