The San Onofre School staff believes that it is our responsibility to teach a rigorous and relevant curriculum to all students in a close partnership between home, school and the community. The effective implementation of this philosophy will instill in our students an appreciation and desire to learn and work hard, the ability to think creatively and critically, and the belief that they will be successful in their future years of schooling and chosen careers.
SAN ONOFRE SCHOOL'S VISION
San Onofre School, located within the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, will have a school environment that insures high academic achievement and self-worth for all kindergarten through eighth grade students. Every student will have an equal opportunity to maximize their learning potential through the core curriculum, support programs and enrichment activities.
Students will be able to develop creativity and higher level thinking skills through an integrated curriculum that is differentiated for all students. Individual and group productivity and responsibility will be recognized and rewarded.
San Onofre School staff will embody a sense of passion and focus of ensuring all students achieve high levels of learning aligned to the Common Core State Standards. They will work collaboratively and receive on-going training to develop the skills necessary to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Effective instructional strategies and approaches such as; Direct Instruction infused with analytical and critical thinking skills, grade level teaming, regrouping, flexible skill groups, and technology, will be utilized by all teachers to insure student success.
The home, school, and community will be a strong and positive partnership that will work collaboratively to improve academic success and personal well-being for all students. To fulfill this goal, all individuals in the partnership will utilize open, constructive communication and will exercise a mutual sense of respect and support for each other.
For the third year in a row,
San Onofre School has been selected a California Business for Education
Excellence Honor Roll School for 2014! We are very honored to have our
students, families, and staff recognized for their "outstanding success in
raising student academic achievement."
"Oh the Places You'll Go, Begin with the End in Mind"
On Friday, February 27, 2015, San Onofre School celebrated their first school wide College and Career Day. Their School Counseling Department organized the speakers and events to motivate students to be college bound and career ready.
There were a variety of presentations and speakers to appeal to different interest levels of a K-8 school population. The kindergarten through second graders attended an assembly on the importance of reading by Mrs. Crandall, a Scholastic Representative. She shared why reading is essential in each career as she read the book LMNOPeas. The third graders requested hearing from an engineer, as a follow up to a recent field trip about the math and science of hockey. The fourth through eighth graders had the opportunity to hear from many career presenters, such as a veterinarian, a florist, a physician assistant, a photographer, engineers, a real estate agent, a district attorney, an electrician, a submarine lieutenant, an insurance agent, a band director, an Associate Creative Director in Advertising, a writer, etc.
In addition to the speakers, students also had the opportunity to check out a police car, fire truck, ambulance, and a military truck! They loved crawling through each of the cars, testing out the siren, and talking to the service men and women.
By the end of the day, students were beginning with the end in mind: creating goals for future careers and the steps needed to get there. Students were proactive in thanking many of their presenters as they left the classrooms.
This event-packed day created a solid college and career foundation for the students. They were excited by the possibilities and choices for their future. The School Counseling Department is already beginning to plan for next year’s event. The school counselor is also providing classroom lessons on college and career readiness. San Onofre School staff is looking forward to seeing “the places they’ll go!”
The annual reading contest for third grade has concluded and the winners are: 1 Sara Mohr with 2330 minutes 2 David Ybarra with 2235 minutes 3 Gracie Nelson with 2085 minutes 4 Anna Suess with 2064 minutes 5 Elsie Williams with 1996 minutes 6 Korbyn Colman with 1861 minutes
Mrs McConnell's class read the most minutes and went to the moon twice with 765,380 miles! They will enjoy a pizza party!
San Onofre held its first Parent Night for The Leader in Me. This popular, influential program has been embraced by our entire staff. Leadership and 7 Habit activities and language are found throughout the school. The highlight of the evening was our student leaders sharing how the 7 Habits have affected them.
San Onofre School’s media center became a hub of excitement and science inquiry during the annual Exploratorium on January 22. Now in its 16th year, the event featured eighth grade students teaching, demonstrating and engaging third through sixth graders and parent visitors. With an emphasis on interactive science workstations, the hands-on experience showcased physical science concepts while incorporating both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
Each presenter was required to research a topic, conduct pre-test experiments with supporting data, document revisions and present findings in a project notebook along with an informative display. Technology support was evident in Rachel Jones amusement park physics lesson. Along with her model roller coaster, Rachel utilized a web site allowing participants to construct a virtual roller coaster to test their comprehension. Kevin Huffman demonstrated forces and motion with his RC car accompanied by an iPad application to reinforce key concepts. Students were flocking to Annika Rivera’s “Polymer Palace” to take advantage of the diaper dissection and make simple polymers. A chromatography lesson took on a practical application as Andrew Martin had students solve a mystery note problem by comparing ink brands. Students were also able to test their “power potential” at Sebastian Aguilar’s human powered hand battery station. Other interactive stations included pulleys, levers, magnetic fields, light reflection, and a Van de Graaff generator, to name a few.
A number of seventh grade students accepted an invitation to present as well, and presented lessons related to their life science curriculum; a cow heart dissection, bacteria growth, reaction time and microscopic protozoan examinations.
Funding for this program was supported though a grant from the Camp Pendleton Officer’s Spouses Club.
Congratulations to our excellent presenters and their amazing teacher, Mr. Bryan Gunner!
San Onofre School's Student Council members were school ambassadors for General and Mrs. Banta's recent visit. Our Preppy K and Kindergarteners welcomed them with songs. Then, Mrs. McConnell's third graders shared their Veterans Day writing. Next, they listened as Mrs. Rivera's fifth grader practiced for an upcoming flag ceremony. Finally, Miss Halpern's students shared their use of technology. Our school was honored to have these distinguished guests.
Thursday each month, San Onofre Elementary school assembles with the staff,
students and parents to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and to sing patriotic
songs like the National Anthem, Marines' Hymn, Anchors Away and You're a Grand
Old Flag. This month veterans were also invited to attend the ceremony in honor
of Veterans Day.
March 20th, San Onofre School hosted its very first Leadership Day, which is a step to becoming a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. The Leader in Me Lighthouse School title is awarded by Franklin Covey to honor the attainment of a well-rounded leadership model. Lighthouse Schools serve as models of leadership and mentors to other schools.
The student led Leadership Day consisted of 7 Habits songs, skits, student speeches, technology demonstrations and school tours. The technology demonstrations highlighted BeeBots, Lego WeDo Robotics, iPad presentation projects, Cubelets, and Lego EV3 Robotics. Students from all grades, Preppie K to 8th grade, were showcased. Student emcees Jack Joseph, a 5th grader, and Sophie Williams, an 8th grader, led the event from start to finish. Community guests included San Clemente City Council member, Mrs. Kathy Ward, former San Onofre principals: Barbara Barnes and Julie Hong, our FUESD Board Members: Mr. Darryl Buntin and Mrs. Siegrid Stillman, and Superintendent Candace Singh.
Guests were inspired to hear from students about how the 7 Habits have influenced their lives. One student spoke about how she was proactive when her mom was expecting her baby brother. To help her mom, she “jumped into action” without being asked. She washed the dishes, took care of the dog, and helped clean the house. Another student shared about Habit 3: Put First things first. She makes sure that she doesn’t forget to feed her dog. “My dog and I agree that Habit 3 is very important!” The students definitely demonstrated Habit 6: Synergize, Together is Better!
Miss Halpern's First Grade Class took on the enormous leadership job of making 700 Trick-Or-Treat For Unicef boxes for the school! They were able to do this in just one day!
Their efforts helped San Onofre School to raise $598.80 for UNICEF, enough for a water pump for a village. The first grade team contributed the most with $234.10. This earned them an extra Rock 'N Roll recess. This was an outstanding opportunity for our students to make a difference in the lives of other children.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
I listen to other people's ideas and sense their feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoint. I listen to others without interrupting. I listen with my ears, my eyes, and my heart. I look people in the eyes when talking. I am confident in voicing my ideas.