March 4, 2022
June 10, 2022
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES NEWSLETTER
As summer rolls around the time, students are curiously waiting for vacations to start. It is the happiest period in every student's life. At the same time, it's a worrisome question for the parents," how to keep students busy during the summer break?"
Happy last day of school! Thank you for all your hard work over the 2021-2022 school year. What a year it has been! While it has been one of the most difficult in education, we learned how much grit and determination we have and how to persevere and serve our students and families.
ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1ST, 2022, WE WERE ABLE TO VIRTUALLY HONOR 122 ENGLISH LEARNER STUDENTS WHO MET OUR DISTRICT'S RECLASSIFICATION CRITERIA ACROSS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT! ALL OR OUR HONOREES RECEIVED A CERTIFICATE OF RECLASSIFICATION AND A MEDAL IN HONOR OF THEIR RECLASSIFICATION.
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Human Resources Department
Everyone 2 and older should wear masks in public. Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially around people who don't live with you. If someone in your household is infected, people in the household should take precautions including wearing masks to avoid spread to others.
Frank Ledesma Elementary - Larry Newman Garden
Amanda Good with Save the Whales has been working closely with the 5th grade students, teachers along with Ms. Philips and Ms. Nichols throughout the year. Doing clean ups around the school, learning about Whales and connecting the land with the ocean culminating in working in the garden. We added soil to the garden so that on May 26th we could plant 50 plants, a butterfly art activity and along with the help of Salinas Valley Recycles who did a composting workshop!
San Vicente Elementary Garden
The San Vicente Garden Club, spearheaded by 8 site educators, aims to create a space where students and community members can come together in a hands-on, peaceful, and respectful environment around the activity of growing vegetables. In the process of tending the garden, an average of 115 elementary members learn about the value of fresh produce and the importance of strengthening our school and neighborhood communities.
Family Resource Center
Planning for the Family Resource center continues. On May 24, the first FRC advisory committee meeting was held. Over 20 staff and community members were present. The members reviewed the preliminary design for the FRC and provided input. The FRC will be located in the old Main Street MS library building. The next meeting will be held on June 14.
On May 31, the Soledad Interact Club held its year-end recognition event with the Soledad Rotary Club. The Soledad HS interact tutors were recognized. There were 27 Soledad HS student tutors who provided tutoring to 177 elementary school students at Rose Ferrero, Gabilan and Jack Franscioni Schools. Thanks to advisor Ivan Ibarra Mora and Soledad Rotary President Erica Padilla-Chavez for their support.
PROMOTIONS AND GRADUATIONS
This last week was a busy one for promotion ceremonies. All five elementary schools held 6th grade promotions. Our three preschools also help promotion ceremonies. On June 8, Main Street MS held its promotion ceremony. The Soledad High School / Pinnacles High School / SVA graduation is scheduled for June 11.
Teacher Retirees - We thank our teacher retirees for their service!
Soledad Youth Forum
On June 6 the Soledad Youth Council held a form on safety. SYC presenters and other community members reviewed data from a recent survey, participated in a gallery walk to discuss findings and heard from presenters on student safety topics.
SCHOOL SITE RECOGNITION ... TO OUR TEACHERS ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS (TOSAs)
Do you want to feel 10-15 lbs lighter in weight or stress? What if you had the option of having both? Imagine that! Do I have your attention yet? How much would you be willing to pay for such access? Shhhh…I will let you in on a SUSD secret. Book your TOSA appointments now for next year. Sprint! Don’t walk.
Ode to SUSD TOSAs
I have been incredibly fortunate throughout my career, but only at SUSD, I have had a group of colleagues give so generously unconditionally, every day. They want only the best for you and your students. Full stop. It is rare to have a group of professionals so finely tuned into your professional growth-needs-wants. Their outstanding professional skills aside, you know when a group of people is well, just cool. Meet SUSD TOSAs and Carrie.
I have been fortunate to have taught at Frank Ledesma School with Amy, Yvonne, and Ramon. In 2018, Mr. Mora prepared the classroom so the late hire teacher could focus on the students. I was the late hire. He was there for me even before I arrived! He coached me for my evaluations, and helped me with anything and everything. He still does. An email or phone call, and he was at my door. “You tell me,” he said then, and he still does, always creating the space that I need to open up freely. The other day, I said to a student, “You tell me,” while working with her. Mr. Mora, I don’t know how I would’ve gotten through returning to public education if it hadn’t been for you. I am envisioning a book titled, “You tell me,” read by Mr. Mora.
I will always remember the day when Amy came to have lunch with me to help me through one giant ouch moment. Thank you Amy, for listening, and for helping me with the new perspective taking. You’ve offered your open door many times since then. Your leadership is now making a difference at a new and wider level.
I remember Yvonne from when she came to my classroom to introduce herself. It was always such a secure feeling knowing that our 5th graders were moving up to 6th grade. It was always such a joy when I saw 6th grade students’ impressive SBAC Interim scores. I knew the students could achieve. It was always so wonderful to watch our students mature and transition to middle school with the 6th grade team’s support. Yvonne, I loved seeing glimpses of your teaching. Now, more people get to learn with and from you. That’s so cool!
I first met Melissa at her workshop in the October PD 2018. A year later, I saw her at the grocery store and we were both there for a bit. I remember thinking, the person I know as a colleague is the same in and out of the district. The character of a person is often the person you see out of the professional context. Melissa, that Sunday afternoon, my respect for you elevated to a new height.
Meet Thomas, SUSD Golden Girls enthusiast who is passionate about strengthening our elementary students’ foundational reading skills. I’ve learned from many teachers how he energizes early grade phonics and phonemic awareness instruction; all while teaching students to nurture their friendships and joining the students in singing The Golden Girls theme song Thank you for being a friend. How fun is that! Thomas, why am I suddenly itching to teach 5, 6, and 7year olds? Thank you for modeling what it means to build meaningful relationships.
Carrie has guided me through the unexpected journey in ed tech. If it had not been for Carrie and SUSD Tech, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Because of what I’ve learned from Carrie, I have a new network of colleagues all over California and opportunities continue to grow because of your contributions to the district and to every teacher. Thank you Carrie!
“Adam, Adam, Adam,” to the tune of “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia,” as my sons like to joke. Thank you for being my on-demand co-teacher, coach, tech support, confidant, and friend. Your coaching has lightened my load every single time to make it possible for me to grow, in ways unplanned, ways unimagined. Above all, Thank you for being the teacher my students needed through the years. See you at graduation where you will wear the funny hat.
SUSD TOSAs, Bravo!
Thank you for being a friend and more.
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