Dr. Ben Churchill, Superintendent

Students Serving the Community

Maybe you have seen Kelly Elementary School fifth graders walking their neighborhood streets and trails, looking for trash (with masks and physically distanced, of course). Or a student-designed poster (“Don’t Be Mean. Keep It Green”) at a park, bus stop, or other places where trash tends to build up. These eco-aware students are working to protect our ocean, waterways, and lagoons from polluted storm run-off from litter in our community.

Mrs. Biggie and Mrs. Layman’s fifth grade classes are taking part in the Trash Amendment Action Plan (TrAAP) to increase awareness of the impact of trash and litter in their school and community. Each Wednesday--an Independent Study day on Kelly School’s current hybrid schedule--its students attend an online TrAAP session before completing that week’s assignment. Over the course of six weeks, they make a map of their neighborhood; they walk it to record where and what kind of trash has been disposed of inappropriately; next, after compiling all students’ data, they put together a public awareness campaign, complete with slogans and posters; and then they assess the results of their outreach effort and make a public presentation about their project. The program aligns with State curriculum standards and Next Generation Science standards. Offered through BCK Programs LLC, in collaboration with the city of Carlsbad and local water agencies, TrAAP students develop skills in mapping, data collection, marketing, community engagement, and public presentation.

“When students went out into their neighborhoods and saw where trash had piled up, they could see it was a problem,” explains Mrs. Biggie. “They are learning how they can be part of a positive change, succeed in influencing others, and make a meaningful impact in their community.”

Carlsbad Seaside Academy’s (CSA) teacher Sarah Rines is currently launching a TrAAP program for her 6th grade class. That will soon be followed by a program for all CSA seventh graders.

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Student-designed poster


We are happy to share a list of our Top 10 Highlights from 2020. Despite the many challenges of last year, it is important to celebrate the many positives of our students, staff, and schools.


The need for kindness and connection have never been as necessary and important as they are now. Let's all come together and create a culture of kindness during the 10th annual Great Kindness Challenge on January 25 to 29, 2021.

What started at three CUSD schools (Hope, Jefferson and Kelly) has now grown into a worldwide kindness movement with over 15 million students in 30,000 schools in 115 countries participating. We are the first Kindness Certified School District and we are proud to be the pioneers of The Great Kindness Challenge!

Learn more at the link below.


“We are Bobcat Strong,” say the teachers of Sage Creek High School (SCHS) in their video message to students. “Be you. Be your best. Every Bobcat. Everyday.”

Sage Creek Principal Jesse Schuveiller describes how his school is navigating these days of challenge and uncertainty in the unchartered waters of the 2020-21 school year. “We look to our 3 R’s -- Relationships, Routines, and Resilience,” he explains.

Relationships: It is critical that our students feel connected to school and know that there is always a trusted adult who is a champion for them. Academic content is vitally important, but relationships are always at the core of what we do, now even more than ever.

Routine: We all thrive on the consistent structure and rhythm of the school day. It feels normal, and perhaps comforting, to “go to school,” even if you are sitting on your sofa. SCHS is on a trimester calendar, and, in “normal” times, all 5 classes would meet for 70 minutes each day. We are currently engaged in remote learning, which requires more flexibility, so we altered our schedule, with 3 periods meeting 90 minutes each day. We're also preparing for the transition to an in-person hybrid schedule in the coming weeks.

Resilience: Educator George Couros said, “Change will come our way. We can go through it, or we can grow through it.” We are all learning how to deal with life when times get tough, to summon perseverance, and to strive to see obstacles as opportunities. We are working through those challenges by saying, “I can do this.”

Here's what the 3 R’s look like in practice. The SCHS Link Crew is a leadership program that trains juniors and seniors as mentors to help our incoming freshmen feel welcome and supported at school. But, with campus closed, it was not possible to hold the regular in-person fun and engaging Link Crew orientation activities. Not to be deterred, Link Crew teachers Melissa Barry and Agatha Brown work diligently to build a positive school climate by rebooting the program in an online environment. Student leaders meet virtually each week, and with 9th graders twice each month. building meaningful connections. They held a “virtual” orientation, providing online campus tours and Q&A sessions with incoming Bobcat families. The SCHS Link Crew was recognized by the Boomerang Project for their efforts despite the 20-21 challenges.

Yes, sometimes the technology will crash. And we all miss being with and learning from our colleagues, teachers, and friends. But we will maintain an optimistic attitude and be patient with ourselves and others. Although this is a time like no other, the Sage Creek High School Bobcats know that we have the skills to meet this moment.

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Sage Creek High School Link Crew

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Sage Creek Faculty and Staff, BEFORE Coronavirus


Carlsbad Unified updates and useful information related to COVID-19 can be found below. The CUSD School Reopening Handbook was updated on January 8, 2021.


Add your phone to California’s exposure notification system to get COVID-19 exposure alerts and to protect those around you.


As part of our $265 million school bond to modernize our campuses, our Construction Management team has been busy with major renovations at Carlsbad High School and Magnolia, Hope, and Kelly Elementary Schools. The Science Building was renovated to facilitate 21st century teaching and learning at Carlsbad High School; three classroom buildings will go up at Hope in addition to an upgraded Multipurpose Room (MPR); Kelly saw classroom renovations and will see a new MPR; Magnolia will see a renovated office and upgraded MPR; and STEAM labs, updated plumbing, electrical, HVAC, roofing, and technology infrastructure are being installed all around. The new STEAM labs should be student-ready later this month. The rest of the projects are scheduled for completion in Fall 2021.

Below, you'll see a few examples of the progress being made on each of our campuses.

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Magnolia Elementary - Multipurpose Room Flooring Installation

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Magnolia Elementary - Front Lobby Ceiling Installation

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Kelly Elementary - New Casework in Teacher Prep Area

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Kelly Elementary - Classroom Casework, Flooring, Tack Panel and Paint

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Hope Elementary - Window Installation

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Hope Elementary - New Classroom Interior Ready for Drywall

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Carlsbad High School Science Building - Renovated Classroom

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Carlsbad High School Science Building - Interior Classroom Graphics


In addition to the projects above, Measure HH bond dollars were used for the first phase of our solar energy projects at six campuses. We're proud to share our ribbon cutting video below.

CUSD Solar - Virtual Ribbon Cutting


From the County of San Diego:

The outbreak of infectious diseases such as the recent Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) can be a stressful time for individuals and communities. It is not uncommon to feel anxious or worried while listening, reading or watching the news. While it’s necessary to keep up-to-date and make changes to daily life in order to help control the spread of COVID-19, the constant news cycle coupled with social distancing measures can have a real impact on mental health.

It’s important during times like these to monitor your physical and mental health, as well as safely stay connected to your community. Know the signs of stress and when and how to seek help for yourself, as well as loved ones. Refer to the Tips to Maintain Mental Health and Wellness guide for self-care and mental health recommendations that can be used for yourself, your families, friends, and co-workers.

Below you can find a variety of resources, credible sources of information, and self-care tools for your mental health and wellbeing.


The Alliance to Accelerate Excellence in Education, hosted by California State University San Marcos, is offering FREE eight week sessions for parents (in English and Spanish) in a virtual setting.

Learn eight essential Habits of Mind to develop cognitive, social, and emotional skills to be productive and happy members in your family and in your community.

Habits of Mind: Curiosity, creativity, responsibility, persistence, openness, integrity, engagement, and flexibility.

To register:



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