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ALPINE UNION THE DESTINATION SCHOOL DISTRICT OF EAST COUNTY!

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2017-18 STUDENT CALENDAR SURVEY PLEASE TAKE THE SHORT SURVEY


In an effort to broaden our outreach and receive feedback from our stakeholders, the Alpine Union School District is conducting a Parent and Community Survey in regard to planning the 2017-2018 AUSD Student Calendar. Survey opinions from staff, parents and community members will inform discussions between the District and the Alpine Teachers Association as they negotiate the school calendar. It will also inform the Alpine Union Board of Trustees when members vote to approve the calendar.


Keeping in mind that many of our students’ siblings feed into the Grossmont Union High School District, we are seeking your input on the following question: How closely should AUSD align its student calendar with the Grossmont Union student calendar?


Please click here to take the survey.

2017-18 PROSPECTIVE AND INCOMING 1ST GRADE STUDENT AND PARENT ORIENTATION

We are excited to announce that on February 2 @ 5:30 PM each AUSD elementary school will be holding an orientation for parents of students who will be entering first grade next year. Principals from each elementary school have sent invitations to our current kindergarten families inviting them to the first grade orientation of their home school. We hope this early orientation will provide a unique and early opportunity to learn more about your home school's first grade program and the unique learning opportunities they have to offer.

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2017-18 PROSPECTIVE AND INCOMING 6TH GRADE STUDENT AND PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT @ JMMS

It is that time of the year when we begin focusing our energies on planning for next year. JMMS will be hosting an orientation meeting for incoming sixth grade students on February 7 from 6:00-7:00 PM in the JMMS Gym. If you have questions please feel free to call JMMS.

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STUDENT KEYBOARDING SKILLS - FREE ONLINE RESOURCES

Learning to keyboard is a critical skill our students need to master. As we all know, it is NOT an easy skill to attain. It takes lots of self discipline and patience. We want to encourage you to have your student practice 15-20 minutes three times a week. As you know, all 3rd-8th graders now take the state standardized test online. To be successful our students will need keyboarding fluency, stamina and persistence. Click here for a list of free online typing resources you can use at home.

DIGITAL LANGUAGE ARTS AND MATH FOR ALL STUDENTS - HOW IS YOUR CHILD DOING?

Now that all students have access to our online digital curriculum, IXL ELA and Math, we want to make sure that your child is accessing the curriculum. We are tracking our students progress and hope you are working closely with your child at home. Our goal is to ensure that your child is mastering skills on IXL and not only focused on completing a certain amount of time in the program. We want to make sure that each and every child takes advantage of IXL anytime, anywhere and anyplace.

LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP)

In 2013, California adopted a new formula for deciding how much money each school district gets, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Under the new system Districts must get input from their local communities and create a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). To date, we have held two LCAP parent community forums and received feedback via a LCAP community and parent survey. The state is currently making changes to the LCAP/LCFF process and will produce a dashboard to track school and district progress. As these changes become available we will share them with you.


At present, we are evaluating our goals from last year and using the feedback we have gathered to begin developing new goals. We will soon be reaching out to gain more of your input. We look forward to hearing your input, as it is vital in determining how the District’s budget is best used for student success. This is especially important as the state revenues are showing a decline and the District must effectively plan for the future and address the state budget challenges.

UPDATE ON TECHNOLOGY IN AUSD

The District is putting the final touches on a plan to modernize elements of our technology infrastructure, provide new technology and learning tools for our students and staff, identify new curriculum and and develop key strategic plans for the future.


We hope to roll out new Chromebooks at a ratio of one Chromebook for every three students in grades three through eight in April. Students in grades EAK-2 will continue to use the computer labs.

LUNCH MENUS ONLINE

Have you checked out the resources we have on our AUSD website? Did you know one of the most frequented sites on our website is our lunch menus. Please take a moment to check out the various resources we have online. We are continually added resources to ensure our site meets your needs.
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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING FOR TEACHERS CONTINUES

We believe deeply that our staff need to be provided opportunities to continue to grow, learn and develop new skills. To that end, we have developed a two year professional learning plan for our teachers. The focus is on using Learning Targets and Success Criteria to drive student success. In addition, our staff continue to get trained in the use of Google Apps for Education. As we roll out new student technology you will see more of our students accessing digital resources and having opportunities to learn anywhere, anytime and anyplace. Stay tuned for more information on how we are focused on helping our staff grow their craft and skills.

CURRICULUM COMMITTEES MAKING PROGRESS TO IMPROVE AUSD

Our staff is hard at work creating improvements across our system and working on plans for the future. In short we have the following staff committees hard at work:


  • English Language Arts - staff are working on identifying the curriculum of the future and what key components are necessary to ensure student success
  • Science - staff are focusing on building curriculum using the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Teacher Evaluation - our teachers and administrators are engaged in a two year process to develop a new teacher evaluation process
  • Future Focus - classified, certificated and management staff are focused on developing proposals for the future in two key areas: High Quality Curriculum For All School Sites and Multiple Pathways and Programs to Foster Student Choice and Success
  • Special Education - our SPED team is working to bring consistency to processes and identify best practices to ensure each child's success

THE SUPERINTENDENT'S STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS CREATED POSITIVE CHANGE!

As we have shared previously, the first order of business for the students in the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee (SSAC) was to discuss with Dr. Newman their desire to change the lunch schedule at Joan MacQueen Middle School. As a result of the work of our students, change has come to JMMS. Beginning this week and with the new trimester, an additional five minutes will be added to the lunch schedule. Go students!


WHAT IS THE SSAC?

We believe deeply that our students’ voices should be front and center as we make decisions. Consequently, Dr. Newman formed the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee (SSAC), which is comprised of 21 students at the middle school level who provide a student voice on matters of importance and assist in ensuring that student ideas, hopes and dreams are at the center of decisions. This team, like the Student School Board members, also share their views and concerns on issues of educational importance, as well as study issues that arise and make relevant recommendations to Dr. Newman.

SUPERINTENDENT'S PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL

One of our key goals is to make sure we build strong connections with our parents and community. To that end, we are


We are pleased to share that our Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council (SPAC) is off and running and filled with positive energy and lot of great ideas. This energetic group has focused on identifying its purpose and sharing ideas for improving AUSD. The SPAC serves as advisors to the Superintendent.


Next up for the Committee is to identify strengths across the District that we need to build upon and identify key messages to share with all stakeholders,

STATEWIDE STANDARDIZED TEST - STUDENT AND PARENT RESOURCES

Each year all students in grades three through eight and 11th grade take a statewide standardized test called CAASPP. We have developed a plan to ensure staff and students are prepared to take the test.


The state has provided many resources for parents and students, including practice tests for students to take. We highly encourage you and your students to take advantage of these resources. Click here to access the resources, including the student practice tests.

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FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS AT OUR SCHOOLS!

AES

Jan. 31- March 3rd - Elementary Winter Map Testing

1- Elementary Early Dismissal

1- Dress Up Twin Day

1- 5th gr Museum

1- PTSA Sponsored Movie

2- First Grade Parent Orientation 5:30 p.m Rm 2

14- Jog A Thon

15- AUSD Board Meeting Open Session at 6:15 p.m.

17- Positive Reinforcement 9:00 a.m.

20- President’s Day Observance- No School

21- PTSA Meeting 3:30 p.m.

23- Spring Pictures

24- CYT Field Trip- Valade, Kopotic, Mc Gullicuddy


25- Kiwanis Youth Olympics


BOES

Jan. 31- March 3rd - Elementary Winter Map Testing

1- Elementary Early Dismissal

1- ASB Crazy Hair Day

2- PTA Meeting 7:30 a.m.

2- 4th gr Field Trip to Wrignt’s Field

2- First Grade Parent Orientation 5:30 p.m. Rm 2

3- Family Flag Day 8:55 a.m.

10- Field Day

15- APEX Assembly

15- AUSD Board Meeting Open Session at 6:15 p.m.

20- President’s Day Observance- No School

22- 13 Colonies Play Rms 11 & 10 2:00 p.m.

23- Spring Pictures

24- APEX Fun Run

24- Family Flag Day


CELC

9- 100s Day

15- AUSD Board Meeting Open Session at 6:15 p.m.

16- Dual Language Parent Information Night

17- Spirit Awards

20- President’s Day Observance- No School

22- Picture Day


JMMS

1- Superintendent Student Advisory Council 7:35 a.m.

3- ASB Winter Dance all grades 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

6- ASB Valentine Grams for sale @ lunch

7- Coffee with the Principal

7- Prospective and Incoming 6th Gr Student and Parent Orientation Night 6:00 p.m.

8- Basketball Game at Cajon Valley Middle School

10- Workability Field Trip

15- Steele Canyon HS presentation-8th gr. only (periods 5/6)

15- AUSD Board Meeting Open Session at 6:15 p.m.

15- BASKETBALL- Emerald Middle School @ JMMS

17- 8th Gr Field Trip to Riley’s Civil War Farm

20- President’s Day Observance- No School

22- Dental Assembly & Screening-6th grade only

23- BASKETBALL- Greenfield Middle School @ JMMS

24- Deficiency Notices-3rd Qtr

25- BAND playing at Little League Opening Ceremony 10:00 a.m.


MVLA

15- AUSD Board Meeting Open Session at 6:15 p.m.

20- President’s Day Observance- No School


SHES

Jan. 31- March 3rd - Elementary Winter Map Testing

1- Elementary Early Dismissal

2- First Grade Parent Orientation 5:30 p.m. Spanish Immersion in the Gym, English in rm 26

3- PTA Meeting 8:00 a.m.

3- Father Daughter Masquerade 6:00 p.m.

7- through 9- ASB Election Campaign Posters

9- ASB Elections

10- ASB Election Results Announced

15- AUSD Board Meeting Open Session at 6:15 p.m.

16- 4th Gr Field Trip to Cabrillo National Monument

20- President’s Day Observance- No School

21- SHES School Site Council 3:15 p.m.

22- Spring Photos