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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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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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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




Audience: Homepage, Aviara Oaks Elementary School, Carlsbad Village Academy, Poinsettia Elementary School, Magnolia Elementary School, Hope Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Calavera Hills Elementary School, Calavera Hills Middle School, Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad Seaside Academy, Pacific Rim Elementary School, Sage Creek High School, Buena Vista Elementary School, Homepage, Kelly Elementary School, Aviara Oaks Middle School and Valley Middle School

Pedal for a Purpose:

 

Time to spin for schools! Carlsbad Educational Foundations 4th annual Pedal for a Purpose event will be held on the Plaza at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa on March 24!

 

We will see you there!

 

Registration is open:

https://www.carlsbaded.org/events/4th-annual-pedal-purpose/

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 2/14/18




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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




Audience: Homepage, Aviara Oaks Elementary School, Carlsbad Village Academy, Poinsettia Elementary School, Magnolia Elementary School, Hope Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Calavera Hills Elementary School, Calavera Hills Middle School, Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad Seaside Academy, Pacific Rim Elementary School, Sage Creek High School, Buena Vista Elementary School, Homepage, Kelly Elementary School, Aviara Oaks Middle School and Valley Middle School

Hello Carlsbad Unified School District families,

 

I would like to invite you to participate in a number of community-related events in February and March.

 

First, please bring out your warrior spirit to help children battling life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders by participating in the 9th Annual Mitchell Thorp Foundation 5K on Saturday, February 3rd at 8:30 a.m. It will take place at Poinsettia Park in Carlsbad. There will be a family fun festival and great prizes for all ages at the event. We encourage you to show your school spirit by joining your school’s team. You can sign up with your friends and family by going to mitchellthorp.org.

 

Second, please join Kids for Peace and the Great Kindness Challenge for a Community Pep Rally on Tuesday, February 6th at 3:30 pm. The Rally will be held at the Stadium at Carlsbad High School. This will be the culminating activity in this year’s Great Kindness Challenge, which was started here in Carlsbad and has been featured on Good Morning America and many other media outlets. We hope you’ll come out to be part of the fun, and to help remind the world that Kindness Matters.

 

Finally, we hope you’ll participate in two events benefiting the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF). The 2018 Celebrate Carlsbad Day will take place on Saturday, March 3 at Legoland; discounted tickets can be purchased at carlsbaded.org, and all proceeds go to support our robotics programs for all 2nd grade students in Carlsbad Unified schools. Also, please sign up now for CEF’s 4th Annual Pedal for a Purpose, to be held on Saturday, March 24 at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. Come on out and “SPIN for our Schools” - the funds raised support music and STEM programs across the district. You can learn more at carlsbaded.org.

 

The highlights:

  • The Mitchell Thorp 5K on Saturday, February 3 at 8:30 am at Poinsettia Park;

  • The Great Kindness Challenge Community Rally on Tuesday, February 6th at 3:30 pm at Carlsbad High;  

  • The 2018 Celebrate Carlsbad Day at Legoland on March 3;

  • Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s Pedal for a Purpose at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa on Saturday, March 24.

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District
Published: 1/31/18




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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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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: Sharan Merchant, 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: 

https://carlsbadunified.blogspot.com/

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




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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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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