La Paloma Elementary and San Onofre School have been selected by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as two of 1,714 public schools in California to receive the title of 2015 Honor Roll school. This award recognizes high achievement in student success in schools with with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students. (Click on the title for details.)
FUESD's early use of openly-licensed educational resources (OER) is highlighted on the Department of Education's website. (Click on title for details.)
National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 1-5, 2016, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of school counselors’ work. (Click on the title for more information.)
Message from San Diego County Office of Education: Under a new law known as SB 277, beginning January 1, 2016, exemptions based on personal beliefs will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California. Most families will not be affected by the new law because their children have received all required vaccinations. Personal beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade. (Click on the title for more details.)
Fallbrook A Leer/Reading Family Literacy, Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning announced their 2016 Student Essay and Art/Poetry winners this week. They will be recognized on Saturday April 16, at the 12th annual Fallbrook A Leer/Reading event at Maie Ellis Auditorium beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m. and program at 10:00 a.m. Each winner will receive a certificate, a gift card, two books, a t-shirt as well as other items donated to the event for this purpose.
Third , fourth and fifth grade students were encouraged to create a piece of art or poetry depicting an aspect of the legacy of Cesar E. Chavez that could range from service to others to respect for the environment. Third grade winner is Cianya Mejia from Maie Ellis Elementary, student of Ms. Laura DuPre. Fourth grade winner is Antonio Mateo and fifth grade winner is Pedro Montes, both of Live Oak Elementary, students of Mr. Carlos Magos.
Sixth, seventh, and eight grade students were asked to write an essay on Chavez’s legacy on community service and non-violence. Sixth grade winner is Bianca Romano of La Paloma Elementary, student of Ms. Elsa Grijalva. Seventh grade winner is Luis Tomas and eighth grade winner is Mauro Martinez, both of Potter Junior High School.
The Rondalla Amerindia de Aztlán of Chula Vista will be providing a free concert to participants of the event. The Rondalla is an ensemble of guitar playing and singing troubadours, all university students from San Diego State University’s Mexican American Studies Department under the guidance of its founder, professor Dr. Jose, ‘Pepe’ Villarino.
The Ballet Folklorico Tierra Caliente Academy in Vista will also be performing traditional dances. BF Tierra Caliente was founded in 2005 by Jose Jaimes to create cultural awareness through comprehensive artistic education that fosters excellence in all forms of the visual and performing arts. One of their goals is to reach out to communities to develop creativity, discipline and leadership, especially for under-privileged families.
Fallbrook A Leer/Reading Family Literacy program includes workshops for parents and story reading for students pre-school through 5th grade and the entertainment will begin at 11:15 at the Flagpole patio of Maie Ellis, where there will be crafts and games. Books will be given to every participant and cinch backpacks for every child. The event is free to registered Fallbrook families and interested parents can register their families through their respective public schools. Space is limited so parents are encouraged to register early and call their local school for more information.
For more information, please contact Leticia Maldonado/Stamos at (760) 468-0362 or Maria Gomez at (760) 689-5841
On Friday, November 6th, La Paloma students invited veterans in the community, and their parents who have served or are currently serving in the military, to join in the school’s monthly flag ceremony. This month’s theme was “Honor our Veterans”.
The fourth grade classes of Mrs. Rowley and Ms. Scott hosted this month’s flag ceremony. La Paloma students dressed in red, white, and blue to show their support of veterans on this day.
The fourth grader led the audience of parents, family members, students, community members, and staff through the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.
The student-led Presentation Team announced student leaders; one student from each class chosen by the teacher for exemplary performance of Habit #2, “Begin With the End in Mind”, from their Leader In Me program.
The student leaders shook Principal Schlueter’s hand, and received their certificate from the assistant principal, Mrs. Ellefsen. The students lined up on stage to be recognized and cheered on by their classmates.
The ceremony continued with a song for each of the following services: Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard. The fourth graders had been rehearsing these songs for weeks, making sure that each student knew the songs and didn’t need the lyrics page during the performance.
According to sixth grader Alexa Cladwell, reporting for La Paloma’s student news team, “They did an excellent job! The audience was cheering and clapping excitedly. I think it’s safe to say that they enjoyed the performance.”
To conclude the flag ceremony, the students invited all the veterans in the audience up to the front of the stage to thank them for their service to their country, and awarded each of them with a medallion the students had made in class.
San Onofre School's robotics club competed in the First Lego League (FLL). FLL is an exciting alliance between FIRST and the LEGO® Group. It’s a robotics program for students, 9 to 14 years old, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology. Additionally, it aims to teach them valuable employment and life skills. Teams of up to 10 kids program an autonomous robot (using a LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their Project, all while guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements - the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values - make up what is called the yearly Challenge. This program begins each year with a new challenge, released in August. This year’s theme is “Trash Trek”. San Onofre School fielded three teams that competed in the FLL tournament on November 14. Meeting twice a week, after school, these teams came up with innovative solutions for the Robot Game and for handling problems involving trash and recycling. The team was recognized and honored this year, earning a First Place in the “Core Values” category.