Throughout time people have welcomed the new year with rituals to attract good fortune and celebrate the promise of opportunity. As we ring in 2016, I am proud of the great fortune we have in the Center Joint Unified School District. We have a wealth of teachers, instructional staff and support staff committed to the academic, social and emotional growth of all students. I am proud of the achievement of our students from the kindergartener learning to read to the high school senior planning the next chapter in his life. I am excited about the opportunities that are ahead for our students, staff and families in the Antelope community and I look forward to sharing those with you.
Elementary students will share their academic success in parent teacher conferences throughout January. This is an opportunity to meet one on one with your child’s teacher to celebrate your child’s progress on grade level standards and learn ways to support your child’s continued educational, social and emotional growth.
New K-12 English/Language Arts curriculum is on the horizon for all CJUSD students. Because we are beginning the process of carefully selecting new English/Language Arts curriculum, teachers and administrators are having purposeful, reflective conversations about our students and literacy. This collaborative effort among K-12 educators continues to strengthen our professional understanding of standards and the value we place on literacy.
There are several steps in the process of adopting new curriculum to ensure the most appropriate materials are selected, ones that will meet the needs of every student. This begins with the selection of committee members representing every school site and every grade level. The expertise of our teachers is a valuable resource that we utilize throughout the process. These teachers attend publisher presentations to educate themselves on the various English/Language Arts programs before selecting curriculum to pilot. Through the pilot process, committee members gain hands-on experience using these materials in their own classrooms with our students. The program that will ultimately be chosen will be implemented in classrooms in the fall of 2016.
I wish to thank the following site representatives who serve on my Parent Committee; Rossalva Villa (Spinelli), Linda Villarreal (Spinelli), Sangeeta Deo (Dudley), Sara Impson (North Country), Angel Hughes (Oak Hill), Susie Lacy (Riles), Kelly Utterback (CHS), Tracy Vanburg (MHS). I appreciate their time and perspective and look forward to continued work into the new year.
As students return to school following Winter Break I am excited about the opportunities that await in 2016. Happy New Year to all.
The Joy in Giving
Center High Student Government and Leadership Students Give Back
Over Thanksgiving break students collected money for Center's Annual Dear Santa project. Donations provided necessities for a local family of 7 living with another family while they get back on their feet. Over $550.00 was collected for the family. These funds were used to purchase blankets, pajamas, clothes and toys for a very happy, very grateful Antelope family.
On Wednesday and Thursday before break, Student Government and Leadership students spread cheer at Spinelli and Dudley Elementary Schools through their annual Operation Santa Claus visit. High school and elementary students were matched up for crafts, treats and one-on-one attention from one of the CHS students.
Jingle All the Way...
Spirit of Giving Fridays
The Dudley Community has once again opened their generous hearts and has been more than gracious with two "Spirit of Giving Fridays."
During the week of November 30th to December 4th, Dudley held a Toy Drive to support the Birth and Beyond program at WellSpace Health Center on Watt Avenue.
During the week of December 7th to 11th, Dudley held a canned food drive to support the Food Pantry at Wilson C Riles Middle School. They collected more than 700 cans and boxes.
The Taste of Tuscany Restaurant in conjunction with the Antelope North Highlands Lions Club held a gift drive that benefited Dudley Elementary. Thanks to their efforts 47 Dudley students received amazing presents that felt to them like they were hand-picked. Steve Jackson reflected on the event, "The wonder and excitement in the eyes of these young recipients was something to behold."
The Leadership and Student Government Classes at CHS stopped by Dudley for their annual Operation Santa Claus visit. 20 Cougars matched up with 20 Dragons for 60 minutes of crafts, treats, and the most valuable gift, the 100% attention of one of the CHS students. The Dragon students involved were some of our students who would benefit the most from some one on one attention. The Cougars involved filled the bill expertly. Mr. Jackson proudly expressed, "It was fantastic to see these wonderful young men and women so graciously give up one hour to absolutely thrill a younger child. The Dragons received some wonderful memories and the Cougars can rest proudly in the knowledge that each of them now has a young person who views them as a hero."
Center High School Performing Arts presents: Peter Pan
Thursday and Friday, March 3rd and 4th and the following Thursday and Friday, March 10th and 11th.
All show times are at 7:00 PM
$8.00 General Admission
$5.00 Students with an ASB Sticker, Adults 65 and over and Children 5 and under
This superb adaptation captures all the magic and charm of everyone’s favorite story. The Darling children love to hear of Peter Pan’s adventures during his visits through the open window of the nursery. Then one night after Nana has taken his shadow and Wendy has sewn it back on, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell whisk the children off to Neverland to be part of the adventures. Wendy, John and Michael become friends with the Lost Boys and Princess Tiger Lily and Wendy becomes everyone’s mother. When the evil Captain Hook captures Wendy and the Lost Boys, Peter Pan comes to their rescue. Together with the ticking crocodile, Peter Pan puts Captain Hook in his place and returns the Darling children to their home.