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We're happy to share the September 30, 2022 edition of Carlsbad Unified Connections, a weekly newsletter with highlights from our schools and district. This week’s edition highlights our new Bilingual Community Liaisons. Check it out at the link below!

https://www.smore.com/xg51s 

Posted 9/30/22

State and local agencies have issued recent warnings about a new version of the synthetic drug fentanyl that is being distributed in bright colors tailored towards school-aged children. Rainbow fentanyl comes in a variety of colors and resembles candy or sidewalk chalk, making it appealing to school-age children.

Fentanyl is an extremely potent and dangerous synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times more potent than morphine and 40-50 times more potent than heroin. As a result, it’s a major cause of overdose for unsuspecting individuals.

Officials warn that any pill (regardless of its color, shape, or size) that does not come from a health care provider or pharmacist can contain fentanyl and can be deadly. Oftentimes, people purchasing these pills are unaware that they contain fentanyl. 

According to the DEA, this version appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people.

Families should be aware of this recent trend and speak with their children about the new forms of the drug and its potential harm. 

Carlsbad Unified has informed all principals and other key staff of this issue and remains diligent in protecting students on campus. CUSD has also trained each site principal in the use of Naloxone, which is a life-saving medication used to reverse an opioid overdose; and we’ve worked with local agencies to have a supply of Naloxone on each campus. 

For more information, please refer to the following:

San Diego County Office of Education Press Release on Fentanyl - September 23, 2022

CDPH Public Health Announcement on Fentanyl - September 22, 2022

CDPH Alert on Rainbow Fentanyl - September 21, 2022

 

Posted 9/29/22

We're happy to share the September 23, 2022 edition of Carlsbad Unified Connections, a weekly newsletter with highlights from our schools and district. This week’s edition highlights a new staff member at Carlsbad High School, and a hard-working student at Carlsbad Seaside Academy. Check it out at the link below!

https://www.smore.com/n0163 

Posted 9/23/22

We're happy to share the September 16, 2022 edition of Carlsbad Unified Connections, a weekly newsletter with highlights from our schools and district. This week’s edition includes information about High School Voter Education Weeks (September 19-30, 2022) and a book signing at Carlsbad’s Dove Library. Check it out at the link below!

https://www.smore.com/5vuq6 

Posted 9/16/22

Here is a wrap up of the September 14, 2022 meeting of the CUSD Board of Trustees, including links to a webpage with slide decks, copies of approved resolutions, and prior meeting agendas and minutes.

Posted 9/15/22

We're happy to share the September 9, 2022 edition of Carlsbad Unified Connections, a weekly newsletter with highlights from our schools and district. This week’s edition features a Staff Spotlight and highlights new administrative appointments for the school year. We’ve also included a few of our favorite images and posts from social media. Check it out at the link below!

 

https://www.smore.com/u1b63m

Posted 9/9/22

We're happy to share the September 2, 2022 edition of Carlsbad Unified Connections, a weekly newsletter with highlights from our schools and district. Check it out at the link below!

 

https://www.smore.com/xy6w3

Posted 9/2/22

Campus safety and security is front of mind in Carlsbad Unified. Here is a summary of current measures in place to keep kids and adults safe on campus. We’re thankful for the outstanding support of the Carlsbad Police and Fire Departments, and will continue to partner with Carlsbad safety agencies, the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center, and the US Department of Homeland Security to keep students and staff safe on campus.

Posted 8/18/22

Carlsbad Unified School District is committed to ensuring all students receive the academic and social-emotional supports they need to learn, grow and thrive.

Carlsbad Unified follows the infectious disease guidance published by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The Carlsbad Unified Board of Trustees took action on August 17, 2022 to direct staff to not be more restrictive than what is required when implementing county and state rules. For example, masks are not required in Carlsbad Unified as masks are not required in schools by the San Diego County public health officer. 

Here is additional information about health and wellness in CUSD schools. The CDPH website is the best resource for updated information about public health measures.

 

Posted 8/18/22

The following personnel changes were approved by the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees in advance of the start of the 2022-23 school year. We’re pleased to welcome the following administrators to their new roles:

Megan Arias was appointed to the position of Director of Certificated Personnel Services, a one-year assignment in preparation for appointment to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services in 2023. Ms. Arias has served in a variety of capacities in CUSD for the past twelve years, serving as the Director of Secondary Education since 2014, and as the Principal and Assistant Principal of Aviara Oaks Middle School. She also served as an Assistant Principal in the Hawthorne School District and as a teacher in both Hawthorne and LA Unified. Ms. Arias has a Master’s Degree of Education in Educational Administration. In 2019, Ms. Arias was recognized by the Classroom of the Future Foundation as the College & Career Pathways Educator of the Year.

Dr. Bryan Brockett was appointed to the position of Director of Secondary Education, filling the vacancy created by the appointment of Megan Arias to the Personnel Services Department. Dr. Brockett served as Principal at Carlsbad High School beginning in January 2018; before that, he was the Principal at Aviara Oaks Middle School and an Assistant Principal at Valley Middle School. Dr. Brockett earned a Doctor of Education degree in a joint program at the University of California San Diego and California State University San Marcos. In 2021, Dr. Brockett was recognized by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce as the Administrator of the Year, and in 2014 he was recognized by the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education as the General Education Administrator of the Year. 

Robert Allen was appointed to the position of Director of Assessment and Technology. Mr. Allen served as the district’s Technology TOSA for five years, before returning to the classroom as a teacher at Carlsbad Seaside Academy. Previously, Robert also taught at Calavera Hills Middle School where he was named the 2016 Carlsbad Unified Teacher of the Year.  In 2017, Robert received the Inspire Award for Innovative Classrooms from the Classroom of the Future Foundation. 

Julie Redfield was appointed to the position of Principal at Carlsbad High School, filling the vacancy created by the appointment of Brian Brockett to the Instructional Services Department. Ms. Redfield has been the Assistant Principal at CHS since 2012; she also served as the Interim Principal at CHS in the fall of 2017. Before CHS, Ms. Redfield served as an Assistant Principal at Valley Middle School, and served as a School Counselor at Carlsbad Village Academy, Carlsbad Seaside Academy, and Valley Middle School. She has two Masters degrees, one in School Counseling and one in School Administration. In 2019, Ms. Redfield was recognized as the Co-Administrator of the year by the Association of California School Administrators for San Diego and Imperial Counties. 

Ethan Williams was appointed to the position of Assistant Principal at Carlsbad High School. Mr. Williams comes to CUSD after five years of distinguished service at Claremont High School in the San Diego Unified School District where he is currently in his third year as Principal, and previously served for two years as Assistant Principal. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Music and Master’s Degree in Special Education from Point Loma Nazarene University, and holds Administrative, Multiple Subject and Education Specialist credentials.

Marisa Leong was appointed to the position of Assistant Principal at Calavera Hills Middle School where she has been serving as a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) for the past three years. Previously, she served as an Education Specialist at CHMS, adjunct faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s, and Inclusion Specialist in Los Angeles Unified. Ms. Leong earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside and Master’s degree in Special Education from Mount Saint Mary’s.

Melissa Barry was appointed to the position of Assistant Principal at Aviara Oaks Middle School. Ms. Barry most recently taught 10th grade English at Sage Creek High School where she also served as the Link Crew Coordinator and Yearbook Advisor.  She served as the Summer School Principal for Elementary and Middle Schools for the past two years. Prior to joining CUSD, she taught in the San Dieguito Union High School District and served as a Middle School Administrator at Guajome Park Academy.

Superintendent Ben Churchill stated, "I am excited to promote six excellent leaders from within our organization, and to welcome another experienced leader to our district. Our students, staff, and community are in good hands as we strive to provide every student an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment.”

Posted 8/18/22

This summer, our Extended School Year program for elementary students with moderate to severe disabilities was held at Magnolia Elementary School. Our students and staff were thrilled to have eleven student volunteers from Kindness Clubs at Hope Elementary, Kelly Elementary, and Calavera Hills Middle School. The Kindness Club student volunteers helped out in classrooms and during activities outside. Thanks to students MaKenzie, Owen, Luca, Kai, Maddie, Neeya, Sierra, Sadie, Brianna, Anderson, and Georgia for volunteering their time to enrich the experiences of our students with exceptional needs. It was a great experience for everyone!

 

Posted 7/27/22

Carlsbad Unified School District is pleased to share the attached list of accomplishments, accolades and awards from the 2021-22 school year. Throughout the past year our students excelled in the classroom, on the field, and on stage; our staff demonstrated professional excellence; and our schools were recognized as exemplars at the local, state, and national levels. 

On behalf of our Board of Trustees, our superintendent, and our district leadership team, we could not be more proud of our students, staff, families, and community. See the full list of accomplishments here: https://bit.ly/3xkBK1k.   

Posted 6/15/22

We're happy to share our June 2022 edition of Carlsbad Unified Connections, a monthly newsletter with highlights from our schools and district.


Read more here: https://www.smore.com/xe8st

Posted 6/10/22

Carlsbad Unified School District is proud to have four educators recognized by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at their annual CBAD Awards:

 

  • Rae Merritt, third grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, was named the 2022 Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.
  • Edric Uy, math teacher at Calavera Hills Middle School, was named the 2022 Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.
  • Kimberly Wakefield, Spanish teacher at Carlsbad High School, was named the 2022 High School Teacher of the Year by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.
  • Jesse Schuveiller, principal at Sage Creek High School, was named the 2022 Principal of the Year by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

 

We're also proud to have three educators and a parent recognized by the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE) at their annual Awards of Excellence:

  • Kathy Nichols, program specialist, was named the 2022 Special Education Administrator of the Year by the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education.
  • Lonnie Nash, special education teacher at Sage Creek High School, was named the 2022 Special Education Teacher of the Year by the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education.
  • Ashley Hartman, fifth grade teacher at Pacific Rim Elementary School, was named the 2022 General Education Teacher of the Year by the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education.
  • Kasey Howell, parent at Carlsbad High School, was named the 2022 Supportive Parent of the Year by the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education.

 

Additionally, we're proud that the Classroom of the Future Foundation named Nicole Moersch, K12 Pathways Coordinator, as the College and Career Pathways Educator of the Year at their annual Innovation Awards.

Posted 6/3/22

The Greater San Dieguito ACSA Charter is proud to celebrate the recipients of the 2022 Student Standout Awards. 

Every year, each of the elementary, middle, and high schools in the Greater San Dieguito ACSA Charter select a Student Standout Award recipient based on the following categories: 

  • The arts: an award for a student with exceptional imagination and skill in painting, drawing, music, dance, drama, or writing.

  • Community service: an award for a student who stands out in their willingness and ability to help others.

  • Humanities: an award for a student with a special appreciation of, and sensitivity to, literature, history, current events or other cultures.

  • Courage: an award for a student who has faced a great challenge with extraordinary bravery, endurance, and/or effort.

  • Fellowship: an award for a student who inspires cooperation and group effort among their peers or people of other ages.

  • Science: an award for a student whose curiosity has led to outstanding achievement in the exploration and discovery of his/her environment

The Student Standout Award winners are recognized at an annual event each year in the spring. For the past two years the Student Standout Award ceremony was held virtually. A video highlighting the winners from each of our schools can be found here: https://youtu.be/6QMnb6gxyaA 

A list of the 2022 Student Standout Award recipients can be found here: https://bit.ly/3xhm1Bv  

The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) is the largest umbrella association for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 17,000 California educators. ACSA is divided into regions; Region 18 encompasses all of San Diego County and Imperial County. 

The Greater San Dieguito ACSA Charter is made up of seven school districts in north coastal San Diego County: Cardiff, Carlsbad Unified, Del Mar, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, and San Dieguito Union High School District.

The 2022 Student Standout Awards were sponsored by Mission Federal Credit Union.

Congratulations to our Student Standouts!

Posted 6/3/22

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OF THE CARLSBAD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT REGARDING THE USE OF 2022-23 ANNUAL BUDGET

 

 

Posted 6/3/22
Posted 5/26/22

B & T Productions, Inc, has dropped their latest video which is now viewable here. It was presented to Kathy Nichols by our CUSD SpEd Team today in recognition of being selected as the NCCSE Special Education Administrator of Year.

 

Kathy will be formally recognized tomorrow night at 6:30 pm at the North County Regional Education Center (NCREC) in San Marcos.

Posted 5/25/22

We're happy to share our May 2022 edition of Carlsbad Unified Connections, a monthly newsletter with highlights from our schools and district.


https://www.smore.com/zkxn9

Posted 5/20/22

Carlsbad Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ben Churchill was recognized as the 2022 Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) for Region 18, encompassing sixty school districts in San Diego County and Imperial County.

Dr. Churchill was presented the award at the 20th Annual "Honoring Our Own" Awards Dinner, co-sponsored by ACSA Region 18 and the San Diego County School Boards Association (SDCSBA) on May 7, 2022.

Dr. Churchill is completing his sixth year as superintendent in Carlsbad Unified. Some highlights of his tenure include the 2018 passage of Measure HH, the district’s community-supported $265M facilities bond to modernize schools across the district; recognition of Carlsbad in 2020 as a “Best Community for Music Education” by the NAMM Foundation; and recognition of the district in 2022 as a California Pivotal Practice Award Program winner for innovative practices.

Dr. Churchill serves as an advisory member of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as a member and current vice-chair of the Classroom of the Future Foundation Board of Directors, as a member of the California Interscholastic Federation San Diego Section (CIF-SDS) Board of Managers, and as a member and past chair of the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE) Board of Governors. He is currently the president of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 18 Greater San Dieguito Charter and serves as ACSA Region 18’s Vice President for Legislative Action.

Posted 5/13/22

The mission of the Carlsbad Unified School District Champions is to serve as role models for the youth of Carlsbad schools and community. These exceptional Senior Champions are committed to academic achievement, modeling healthy habits, demonstrating inclusiveness, and promoting strong moral character to the younger students of CUSD. CUSD Champions consistently model this by living with integrity and making positive choices. Application attached see below. 

Posted 5/9/22

Carlsbad community leaders, school districts, public safety associations, and organizations raise awareness and host weeklong self-care activities for mental health awareness month.

May is mental health awareness month, and to raise awareness and encourage self-care, Treat Yo’ Self Carlsbad is a week of mindfulness group or self-related activities to remind folks that mental health is essential. Treat Yo’ Self Carlsbad will be held on Monday, May 9, 2022 to Sunday, May 15, 2022. Each day will focus on a different self-care aspect: Mindfulness Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday, Terrestrial Thursday, Funky Friday, Strollin’ Saturday, and Service Sunday. Along with activities, there will be special guests joining during the week either online or in person. Stay tuned! 

“As we navigate out of especially dynamic times, an extra emphasis on mental health and self-care is important,” said Carlsbad High School Senior Kenneth Pilco. “This is why we have partnered with great local organizations and businesses to work within our Carlsbad community for folks to treat themselves to things they enjoy.”

Carlsbad Council Member Dr. Priya Bhat-Patel, Carlsbad High School Senior Kenneth Pilco, Carlsbad High School Wellness Club, Carlsbad Unified School District, San Marcos Unified School District, Encinitas Union School District, San Dieguito Union High School District, Carlsbad Firefighters Association, and Carlsbad Police Officers Association will be hosting Treat Yo’ Self Carlsbad - a mental health awareness campaign. 

Community organizations that are co-hosting a day of events include: 

  • Kids for Peace
  • Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and participating restaurants 
  • Carlsbad High School’s Cloud Club
  • Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation
  • Carlsbad Music Club
  • Carlsbad Cleanup Crew (C3)


The form to sign up for activities is: https://bit.ly/treatyoselfcarlsbad


Follow @_treatyoselfcarlsbad_ and #treatyoselfcarlsbad for more information. 

Posted 5/2/22

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today announced the winners of the newly created 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award Program. Carlsbad Unified School District was recognized as a district award winner, and Jefferson Elementary School and Pacific Rim Elementary School were recognized as school winners. 

The award program is being utilized by California in 2022 in place of the California Distinguished Schools (DS) Program. It celebrates schools and districts that implemented an innovative practice during the 2020–21 school year, when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m incredibly proud of these schools and districts for their creativity, dedication, and innovation in the face of adversity,” Thurmond said. “These schools led incredible efforts to engage students, distribute technology, provide meals, and support the social and emotional well-being of students during an incredibly difficult time for schools and families.”

In a period when pandemic disruptions made it hard to collect data for statewide assessments, the CDE worked with education association partners to create the CAPP Award to honor the efforts of schools and districts who designed and implemented unique opportunities and strategies to support students in this most challenging time.

727 schools and 121 school districts are being honored for their demonstrated efforts to support students in four target areas:

  • Student Engagement

  • Distribution of Technology

  • Nutrition Services

  • Social Emotional Well-Being of Students

See the complete list of 2022 CAPP School Awardees and  2022 CAPP District Awardees on the CDE website. More information about the CAAP Award, including the four target areas for innovation, is available on the CDE CAPP Program web page.

Questions about the program may be directed to the Awards Unit at awards@cde.ca.gov.

Posted 4/26/22

We're happy to share our March/April 2022 edition of Carlsbad Unified Connections, a monthly newsletter with highlights from our schools and district. Please click on the link below to access the newsletter.

 

https://www.smore.com/antvq

Posted 4/15/22

Congratulations to our 2022 Carlsbad Unified School District Classified Employee of the Year, Mr. Dan DeLeon, a campus safety assistant at Sage Creek High School. 
 

Congratulations also to our 2022 Carlsbad Unified School District Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Amanda Tsoi, a science teacher at Valley Middle School. 
 

Mr. DeLeon and Mrs. Tsoi are outstanding examples of the dedicated, passionate, innovative, professional educators and staff here in Carlsbad Unified. We are so very proud of you, just as we’re so proud of all of our amazing teachers and staff, and we’re thankful for your commitment to our kids and community.
 

Posted 4/14/22

On April 13, the Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Melissa Barry to the position of Assistant Principal, Aviara Oaks Middle School.  Melissa currently teaches 10th grade English at Sage Creek High School where she also serves as the Link Crew Coordinator and Yearbook Advisor.  Last summer, she served as our Summer School Principal for Elementary and Middle Schools. Prior to joining CUSD, she taught in the San Dieguito Union High School District and served as a Middle School Administrator at Guajome Park Academy.

Superintendent Ben Churchill stated, "I am so pleased to promote one of our very talented team members to this position. Melissa’s breadth of experience will serve the Aviara Oaks community well. She is a creative and engaging educator, and her strengths as an instructional leader with a passion for serving all students make her a great fit for the role.”

Posted 4/14/22

On Saturday, March 12, Carlsbad Unified School District will implement the California Department of Public Health's updated rules on face coverings in school. At that point, it will no longer be required for students and staff to wear a mask indoors (though, per CDPH, masks are still recommended).

Students and their families will make individual decisions about whether or not to mask. So, too, will staff members and their families. We want every student and employee to feel fully supported in their decision – whether they follow the recommendation or not.

The health and safety of our students, staff, and community remains a top priority in Carlsbad Unified. While masks will be optional beginning on March 12, additional layers of mitigation remain in place, including:

  1. Contact tracing as required by public health, with modified quarantine requirements. 

  2. Positive case notification based on the CDPH group tracing protocol.

  3. Daily updates of the Carlsbad Unified case counts dashboard.

  4. COVID-19 testing locations at select school sites, with no out of pocket cost to students or families.

  5. Staying home when sick. Daily symptom and temperature self-screening of students and staff, at home.

  6. Distribution of surgical masks and/or N95 respirators, upon request, for anyone on campus.

  7. Additional hand sanitizing stations and signage throughout each campus.

  8. Universal hand washing and hand sanitizing protocols at all levels and on all campuses.

  9. Reduced class size as possible to minimize transmission at school.

  10. Regular cleaning and sanitizing of classrooms and common spaces.

  11. Regular disinfection using electrostatic sprayers.

  12. Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff members, as required by job classification.

  13. Plexiglass barriers upon a staff member's request.

  14. Upgraded MERV 13 filter replacement on a predetermined schedule, per manufacturer instructions.

  15. HEPA air filtration systems in all classrooms and high-traffic areas. Filter replacement on a predetermined schedule, per manufacturer instructions.

  16. Increased ventilation in classrooms by keeping doors and windows open while running HVAC and HEPA systems.

  17. Vaccination (or weekly testing) for all school employees.

  18. The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be widely available for all students ages 5 and above.

We must all work together to create a school environment that is positive, welcoming, and safe for everyone, whether or not they wear a mask. We have high expectations for behavior on campus, and expect every member of our school community to treat one another respectfully, whether or not our views align on this or on other issues. We will continue to foster a climate of empathy and understanding in our schools.

Posted 3/10/22

Student safety is a top priority for Carlsbad Unified School District. We've created a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding water quality at Hope Elementary. 

Posted 2/28/22

Today, Governor Newsom announced that the requirement for students to wear a mask in school will expire at the end of the day on Friday, March 11, 2022. This was a joint announcement by the governors of California, Oregon and Washington. Beginning Monday, March 14, all students will still be permitted to wear a mask if they so choose, but will not be required to do so.

It is unclear what the impact of this announcement will be for staff; we’re looking forward to an upcoming update from CalOSHA with more detail.

As we shared in previous communications, we do not anticipate that the County of San Diego will be more restrictive than this; our district will be no more restrictive than required.

Our schools will continue to provide surgical masks and/or N95 masks to students and staff upon request.  

As we learn more about other possible changes to state COVID-19 response requirements, we’ll let families and staff know.

Posted 2/28/22

We're excited to share our February 2022 edition of Carlsbad Unified Connections, a monthly newsletter with highlights from our schools and district.

https://www.smore.com/g8bmw  

Posted 2/25/22



We're excited to share our January 2022 edition of Carlsbad Unified Connections, a monthly newsletter with highlights from our schools and district.
 

https://www.smore.com/cm6bs

Posted 1/27/22

In 2017, Carlsbad Unified’s Board of Trustees converted from an at-large election system (where board members are selected by voters from across CUSD) to a by-district system (where board members are selected by voters only in the area they represent). Each of the five elected members of the Carlsbad Unified Board of Trustees represents a specific geographic area.

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to rebalance each area and reflect how local populations have changed. This does NOT affect school attendance boundaries.

Learn more about Trustee Areas here.

After a demographic review and analysis conducted by a third party, the Board received three map options to consider for rebalanced voting districts. After discussing those maps at the January 19, 2022 meeting, the Board asked that two revised draft maps be posted on the website and would like your feedback. You may provide feedback in the following ways:

  • Submit feedback via this webform.

  • Provide comment during the Public Hearing portion of the Board meeting on February 16 (prior to the final map being approved). Learn more about Board meetings here.

  • Submit written comments to anne.garcia@carlsbadusd.net

Posted 1/26/22

Beginning on January 11, Inspire Diagnostics will provide COVID-19 tests at three Carlsbad Unified sites. Please see the hours of operation and addresses below, and on the attached flyer. 

Carlsbad High School
3557 Monroe Street, Carlsbad
Ticket Booth near football field
7:30 am-4:00 pm
Monday through Friday

Sage Creek High School
3900 Cannon Road, Carlsbad
Tent on the left side of the Performing Arts Center (PAC)
7:30 am-4:00 pm
Monday through Friday

NEW TIMES AND LOCATION:
Poinsettia Elementary School
2445 Mica Road, Carlsbad
Parking Lot
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday

Posted 1/10/22

In 2017, Carlsbad Unified’s Board of Trustees converted from an at-large election system (where board members are selected by voters from across CUSD) to a by-district system (where board members are selected by voters only in the area they represent). Each of the five elected members of the Carlsbad Unified Board of Trustees represents a specific geographic area.

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to rebalance each area and reflect how local populations have changed. This does NOT affect school attendance boundaries.

Learn more about Trustee Areas here.

After a demographic review and analysis conducted by a third party, the Board received three map options to consider for rebalanced voting districts, and would like your feedback. You may provide feedback in the following ways:

  • Submit feedback via this webform.

  • Provide comment during the Public Hearing portion of upcoming Board meetings on January 19 (when the draft maps are reviewed) and February 16 (when the final map is approved). Learn more about Board meetings here.

  • Submit written comments to anne.garcia@carlsbadusd.net

 

Posted 1/9/22

For the week of January 10, Inspire Diagnostics will provide COVID-19 tests at two sites, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Please see the attached flyer for more info. 


Carlsbad High School

3557 Monroe Street, Carlsbad

Ticket Booth near football field

7:30 am-4:00 pm

Monday through Friday

 

Sage Creek High School

3900 Cannon Rd, Carlsbad

Tent on the left side of the Performing Arts Center (PAC)

7:30 am-4:00 pm

Monday through Friday

Posted 1/7/22

In 2021 our students, staff, families and community accomplished much and achieved at high levels. Below, you'll find our annual State of the District video for 2021, titled "Pathways for Success." You'll also find a compilation of the Top 10 highlights from the past calendar year. Here's to continued success in 2022!

Annual Video: Pathways for Success https://youtu.be/DDgLf0Rxnfg 

Top 10 Highlights from 2021: https://bit.ly/3eW4yUY 

View the annual video and top 10 list on the web in your browser.

Posted 1/5/22

Happy new year! We’ve been asked about next week: our schools will open as planned on Monday, January 3, 2022. We look forward to welcoming our students back on Monday with all of our virus transmission mitigation strategies in place, like upgraded air filtration and ventilation, universal facial coverings, contact tracing and quarantine of close contacts, daily COVID-19 testing locations on four campuses, required vaccination or weekly testing of all employees, and the availability of vaccinations for students.

You may have heard that, this holiday season, California is encouraging families to access COVID-19 testing for their children before they return to school after the winter break. Unfortunately, there are no tests available for the district to distribute to families. Earlier this week, we were told that the state would ship rapid at-home tests for every student to our district, for distribution over the weekend. Today, we were informed by the state of California that the shipment will not arrive, and they don’t know when we can expect to receive them.

While there is no statewide testing mandate for students returning to school, we encourage you to contact your healthcare provider or visit one of the free COVID-19 testing locations across the county this weekend. Due to staffing challenges, Inspire Diagnostics is not able to offer testing at our school sites until Monday morning (January 3); our four testing locations and hours can be found here.

If your student has COVID-like symptoms, or has been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please keep them home and get a test to see if they have COVID-19. If they have tested positive for COVID-19, please keep them home and contact your school. 

You may have also seen that the CDC has recommended shortening the quarantine time in some situations. We look forward to a future update of the County of San Diego’s Decision Tree, which we are required to follow. As soon as the document is updated, we’ll implement the new timelines.

Our students, employees, and families have been working tirelessly to keep schools both safe and open for in-person learning. We look forward to seeing our students on Monday!

Posted 12/31/21

On Friday, December 17, 2021, Scott Steele, Director of the California Schools to Watch program, announced that Valley Middle School has been designated a 2022 California School to Watch. This is both a state and national recognition, and is awarded to high performing schools with proven academic excellence while being developmentally responsive and socially equitable.

The program is sponsored by the California Department of Education, California League of Schools, and the California Middle Grades Alliance, in association with the National Forum. To earn the designation, schools must complete an extensive application and host a site visit by middle-grades experts. To retain the designation, each school is re-evaluated every three years. For more information about the program, please visit the California Schools to Watch web page.

In March of 2022, a site team and district leaders will attend the California Schools to Watch Conference hosted by the nonprofit California League of Schools to celebrate their recognition as a model school serving middle-grades students. The school joins 137 existing California Schools to Watch and 15 other newly-named schools for 2022.

In June of 2022, a school team will also attend the Schools to Watch National Conference in Washington, D.C. There, they will celebrate their recognition as a National School to Watch, joining over 600 middle-grades schools nationwide to share the honor.

The California Schools to Watch program was established to recognize schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, and socially equitable so they may serve as model schools that other educators can visit to see programs in action.

Congratulations to the staff and students at Valley Middle School for this important recognition.

Posted 12/20/21

Our schools and district office will be closed for Winter Break beginning on December 20. We’ll be back on January 3, 2022. Happy holidays, and stay safe out there!

Posted 12/17/21

We're excited to share our November/December 2021 edition of Carlsbad Unified Connections, a monthly newsletter with highlights from our schools and district.

 

Read the newsletter here: https://www.smore.com/g9we4m

Posted 12/17/21

Dr. Ben Churchill has been selected as a 2021 Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). Dr. Churchill joins just 18 other superintendents nationwide who were selected for the honor in recognition of their innovative and effective use of technology to engage and inform the school community, and to expand two-way communication and outreach efforts.
 

Dr. Churchill has championed the intentional use of communications tools to share positive stories with families, staff and the community. He believes that educators and leaders have an obligation to widely share the wonderful things happening in schools, and that social media is an indispensable tool for sharing the good news about public education. He supports the Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees’ vision that communication be an integral part of all strategic planning initiatives. Under his leadership, in collaboration with the district’s senior leadership team and other key leaders, the school district has recently implemented updated technology tools for two-way communication between parents and school, including the district-wide use of Parent Square.
 

“Strong communication at the district level continues to be more important than ever in keeping school families, employees, students and community stakeholders well-informed and engaged,” said NSPRA Executive Director Barbara M. Hunter, APR. “We’re proud to recognize this year’s recipients, who are committed to championing innovative communication efforts as an integral part of their district’s success.”
 

Since the 2015-16 school year, NSPRA has recognized 102 school district leaders as Superintendents to Watch. Honorees must have fewer than five years of experience as a superintendent (at the time of nomination) and must demonstrate dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core.
 

Visit www.nspra.org/superintendents-watch to learn more about this award.

Posted 12/17/21

Honoring the nation’s best, the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) has named Carlsbad High School’s broadcasting program, CHSTV, to a list of five scholastic broadcast news programs as prestigious Pacemaker winners.

In October, twelve news broadcasts were named Pacemaker finalists. “The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” Executive Director Laura Widmer said. “NSPA is honored to recognize the best of the best.”

The NSPA Pacemaker award has a rich tradition and started just a few years after the organization was founded in 1921. The Pacemaker was added for broadcasting in 1996 to reflect its growing importance at the high school level.

Each school entered three programs from the 2020-21 school year. A team of three judges, all award-winning collegiate broadcast professors and media advisers, viewed each entry discussing and analyzing its strengths and weaknesses.

For judging, shows were divided into live and pre-recorded categories. The frequency of the broadcast was also considered with daily shows competing in a separate category with weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or less-frequently in another.

“The pandemic posed a lot of challenges for student journalists especially at schools where many students were not on campus,” Lundgren said. “The high-quality journalism these news shows provided, against all odds, is remarkable.”

This marks the fourth time CHSTV has been recognized as a Pacemaker Award winner.

Posted 12/15/21

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Posted 12/2/21

Caden Barnes, 17, Carlsbad High School, received the award in the category of creativity: filmmaking. He is the executive producer for his school’s television network, which is the number one high school live broadcast in the nation, producer of its “Daily Show,” and commentator for the live streams of the school football and basketball games. One film he wrote, directed, and produced in a global film challenge won first place in San Diego, first place in the United States, and third place globally.

 

Complete Story here

Posted 11/18/21

Parenting In A Digital World - Get all the latest information from a law enforcement professional.

 

RSVP to Rosemary Eshelman reshelman@carlsbadusd.net and receive the streaming link and password to watch this very helpful pre-recorded video.

Posted 11/8/21
Attachments:

Please see the attached for the latest update on Student Quarantine Quick Reference Guide.

 

Please note: Testing is available to staff, students, and family members at no out of pocket cost

 

Posted 10/20/21

Red Ribbon Week October 25-October 29, 2021

The following Businesses support the Carlsbad Unified School District efforts of making Healthy Choices by supporting students and families with the following discounts. This is an opportunity to have a meal together and discuss the reasons why it is important to stay healthy, connected and focused on your future.

(The student needs to mention their school and Red Ribbon Week.)


 

Al's Cafe in the Village

795 Carlsbad Village Dr 
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Kids 10 and under eat free everyday with a paying adult

 

Anita's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

2250 S. El Camino Real 
Oceanside, CA 92054 

Monday’s Kids eat free with any paying adult after 3:00 PM

 

Denny's

1048 Carlsbad Village Dr 
Carlsbad, CA 92008 

Kids eat free Tuesdays 4 to 10 PM

Call ahead to confirm

 

Daphne's California Greek Carlsbad

6981 El Camino Real 
Carlsbad, CA 92009 

Kids 10 and under eat free from the children's menu at Daphne's on Sundays with the purchase of an adult entree

 

Gregorio’s Carlsbad                

300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Ste. 208                                                  Carlsbad, Ca. 92008 

760 720-1132

Free snack or desert with any paying meal

 

Handel’s Ice Cream

2825 State St,

Carlsbad, CA 92008

(760) 696-3519

(Scavenger Hunt in the Village during RRW on Instagram look for coins)

 

Hennessey's 

2777 Roosevelt St 
Carlsbad, CA 92008 

Kids eat Free Thursday’s

 

Jersey Mikes

2604 El Camino Real, Suite C-4

Carlsbad, CA 92008 

760-730-7300

Free regular Sub with the purchase of a giant size Sub 

 

Jersey Mikes   

2521 Palomar Airport Road

Carlsbad, CA 92011

760-431-7600

Free regular Sub with the purchase of a giant size Sub 

 

Jersey Mikes

5620 Paseo Del Norte
Suite C-127
Carlsbad, CA 92008-4466 

760-585-2281

Free Regular Sub with the purchase of a giant size sub

 

Knockout Pizza

2937 Carlsbad Blvd.

Carlsbad, CA  92008

(760) 434 – 4468

Bring a friend in for Lunch - BOGO - Buy 2 slices and a drink – get two slices and a drink for your friend.

 

Knockout Pizza

401 Mission Ave b120, 

Oceanside, CA 92054

(760) 722-8888

Bring a friend in for Lunch - BOGO - Buy 2 slices and a drink – get two slices and a drink for your friend.

 

Lola’s 7 up Market and Deli   

3292 Roosevelt Street 

Carlsbad, CA 92008

760-434-2191

$.50 off a Burrito all week

 

Luna Grill both Carlsbad Locations

2681 Gateway Road 
Carlsbad, CA 92009 

Kids eat free Tuesday 4pm to close

 

Ruby’s  Diner

5630 Paseo Del Norte #130D 
Carlsbad, CA 92008 

Kids eat free Tuesdays after 4PM

 

Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen

6985 El Camino Real 
Carlsbad, CA 92009 

Sunday’s 10 and under kids’ free chef meal with paying adult

4 pm till closing 

Posted 10/11/21