The District Digest

A Monthly Newsletter About All Things YCJUSD - Nov '21

American Education Week Nov. 15-19

American Education Week occurs every year during the week before Thanksgiving and gives us the opportunity to celebrate our entire public school community. Each day has its own theme bringing important recognition to every group of individuals who impact the education of our children in the community.

American Education Week was first celebrated in 1921 following educational concerns of draftees in World War I. The National Education Association and American Legion worked together, eventually including the Parent Teacher Association and U.S. Office of Education, to raise awareness of the need for access to quality education for children nationwide.

National School Psychology Week Nov. 8-12

This month we celebrated our school psychologists along with districts across the country to recognize the important work they and other educators do to help our students thrive. The theme this year established by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is "Let's Get in G.E.A.R."

"My favorite part of my job is working with kids and seeing them when they come to the preschool program and helping parents understand their child's disability and see a path forward," Early Childhood Education Center psychologist Beth Hoeker-Martinez shared. "The best part is their first day. They get to go have these amazing teachers and support staff. I really really love it!"

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Ridgeview Teachers Organize Winter Book Fair

Ridgeview teachers, Heather Douglas and Breanna Geusen host a winter book fair for their students each year. This year they were supported by Board Clerk Patty Ingram and retired YCJUSD teacher Laurie Geusen.

Clerk Ingram shared, "it was great to see the kids. They were all so excited to get a new book to read!"

Chapman Heights Charger Robotics Persevere

By Bill Zanone

All three of our Charger Robotics Teams competed in the Riverside Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, November 20th! We are so proud of how hard they have worked preparing for this, and what they have already accomplished in this FIRST LEGO League season! Many thanks go out to our families, awesome staff, and admin here at CHES for their incredible support! These competitions have always been high-energy events, and this year is different only in the fact that no spectators are allowed in the judging rooms. But it is the same in that it is all about the kids and their accomplishments!! They have truly persevered!

Dunlap Dolphins Launch A Newsletter

A group of Dunlap Elementary 5th graders worked with teachers Mrs. Scott and Ms. Hensel to publish the first edition of the Dunlap Newspaper. The design is incredible and the topics are so fun! Click here to check it out!

Valley Elementary Teacher Wins County Teacher of the Year

Our District Teacher of the Year, Chris Rekstad, was recognized by San Bernardino County as one of the four County Teachers of the Year! Valley recognized him last Friday at their weekly flag ceremony. Board Member Sharon Bannister, Superintendent Binks and her Cabinet were all in attendance to help honor Mr. Rekstad's achievement with the Valley Vikings.

Park View Cross Country Team Runs in Hemet

By Brittany Bay

The Park View Middle School 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade coed Cross Country team participated in the 20th annual Diamond Valley Lake Invitational in Hemet. Runners competed against 25 other schools in the following divisions: 6th-grade boys, 6th-grade girls, 7th-grade boys, 7th-grade girls, 8th-grade boys, and 8th-grade girls. We are so proud of all our athletes that represented Park View Middle School.

Middle Schools Host "Days of Awesomeness"

Mesa View and Park View Middle Schools hosted their "Days of Awesomeness" this month following a fundraiser organized by the schools and their PTSAs. Students who raised over a certain amount for their schools were rewarded with an assembly full of obstacle courses, prizes, and music! All the money raised goes right back into school events, awards, and clubs.

High School Students Attend Soft Skills Bootcamp

By Aries Jaramillo

On November 9 and 10, 2021, students from Green Valley HS, Oak View HS, and Yucaipa HS participated in a Soft Skills Bootcamp hosted by the San Bernardino County Superintendent

of Schools at the Dorothy Inghram Learning Center. The students learned about the importance of interpersonal communication skills, critical thinking, and teamwork. They were taught how to create an elevator speech, how to prepare for job interviews, and had the opportunity to practice their interview skills with their peers from neighboring school districts and with staff from SBCSS.

Yucaipa Adult School - 7 Earn Their Diploma

Seven students from the Yucaipa Adult School have already graduated with their high school diplomas this year. Yucaipa Adult School offers a wide variety of amazing cost-free programs to help those in our community achieve their goals and further their education. No matter your goals, Yucaipa Adult School can help you reach them. Click here to learn more.

YCJUSD Board of Education Meetings

November 9th, 2021

Public Employee Appointment - Special Education Coordinator

The Board of Education took action after a motion by Clerk Ingram and a second by Member Bannister to unanimously appoint Cassandra Steinbrunn to the position of Special Education Coordinator, Student Services.

Grand Canyon University PLLS Agreement - Highlight

The Board of Education recognized a new Participants in Learning, Leading and Serving agreement with Grand Canyon University (GCU) that encompasses an amazing amount of benefits for our students and employees. A signing ceremony was held with the Board, Cabinet, Superintendent Binks, and representatives from GCU. To see the full list of benefits and contributions GCU offers, click here.

YCJUSD also has five other college partners that offer great benefits to our students. For more information, check out our College Partners website! (Click here)

Educator Effectiveness Block Grant - CECA & YCJUSD

Dr. Jaime Anderson and Principal Joe Mead presented the YCJUSD and CECA plans to provide professional learning were presented to the Board and public. The Board will take action on each plan on December 14th. (Click here for CECA & YCJUSD)

CECA & YCJUSD Board of Education Meetings

Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 6pm

12797 3rd Street

Yucaipa, CA

The CECA meeting begins at 6:00 pm and the YCJUSD meeting begins at 6:30 pm. The agendas will be posted on our website no later than December 11th at 6:00 pm.

Photos From YCJUSD - November 2021

ParentSquare Tips and Tricks

Did you know there is a ParentSquare app for your Android or iOS device? Just search "ParentSquare" in the Apple or Google Play Store to download it! You will have full access to notification preferences, direct messaging with your child's teachers, and the ability to view all school or district messaging in a friendly social media style format.

Click the links below to view the top 10 tips and tricks!

(English | Spanish)

Pro tip: if you have more than one student in your household, set your notification preference to "Digest" and you will receive all notifications in one easy-to-read summary at the end of the day.

Follow our Schools on Social Media

Each of our schools have been telling their reopening stories through pictures and captions on social media. Be sure to follow our hashtags on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and please use them to join the YCJUSD 2021-2022 story.




Student Recognition

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The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District is committed to providing a rigorous education that extends the opportunity for all students to achieve success academically, vocationally, and personally. Through a safe and caring environment, students will be prepared to become productive citizens in a democratic society.

"Making a Difference in the Life of Each Child"