CENTER LINE

FEBRUARY 2016

Center Aim

-Scott Loehr


It’s an exciting time in education! District teachers are working closely with the Curriculum Department on the upcoming adoption of English/Language Arts curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12. This is not a task we take lightly. There is much work done behind the scenes to ensure we choose the program that will best meet the needs of all learners. District administrators have worked together to select teachers to serve on the English/Language Arts Adoption Committee. K-8 teachers participated in publisher presentations, narrowing down our curriculum selection to two. Committee members will soon begin to pilot one of the two selections in their classrooms. The committee will meet throughout the spring to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each program and ultimately select the program that will be purchased for classroom implementation in the fall. Parents may preview the curriculum that is being piloted. To schedule an appointment, contact Becky Lawson, Coordinator of Curriculum, rlawson@centerusd.org 916-338-6343.

In January we held our District Level English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) meeting. Many parents of English Learners attended along with district and site administrators, English Learner teachers and bilingual assistants. We discussed the district Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the changes we have made to our English Learner programs to better meet the needs of our English Learner population. Parents provided valuable feedback and posed excellent questions. I look forward to continued collaboration between English Learner families, school sites and the district. I invite parents of English Learners through the district to attend our next DELAC meeting: April 7th, 9:10am at North Country Elementary School located at 3901 Little Rock Drive.

Students in 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grade and all students attending McClellan High School will be asked to participate in the California Healthy Kids Survey, administered March 1st-March 18th. This survey is sponsored by the California Department of Education. The purpose of the survey is to gather information about the health and safety of our schools and students. During this survey window, we will also ask for parent participation in a separate survey designed for parents. More information regarding the parent survey will be forthcoming. If you are interested in the specific content of the survey please visit the test administrator's website: https://chks.wested.org/ . Beginning February 16th, you may also visit your child’s school site to preview the survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous. More information will be provided to parents through an informational letter. Parents and/or guardians who choose to withdraw their student from the survey must do so in writing by February 29, 2016 by completing the form that will be provided with the informational letter.

As we continue implementation of our CJUSD Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), I am happy to say that we are making some real progress in attaining the goals we have established. We continue to review our plan and collect data to measure our progress, ensuring academic success for all students in our district. To provide feedback on our plan, I invite you to participate in our online survey at www.centerusd.org. Click the LCFF/LCAP button then click the LCAP Online Survey 2015-16 button. We appreciate your time and input.

With spring on the horizon, kindergarten registration is right around the corner. To obtain specific dates for registering your future kindergartener, contact your home school site. Additional information and updates will be provided here and on our website centerusd.org and on our Center Joint Unified School District Facebook page.



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WCR Takes a Stand

~Cheryl Williams


Riles Middle School's Have a Heart, By Taking A Stand Against Bullying door decoration contest was a great success! Twenty one classes participated by decorating their classroom door with anti-bullying messages.

The judges scored the doors on three categories: the anti-bullying message, creativity, and the positive message that was displayed. All classes that participated will receive 25 spirit points for their class and a thank you for getting the word out that our school is a bully free zone.

It was wonderful to see all the creative doors! We hope the messages will stay up for awhile to remind us to be kind to each other.

Mrs. Lunsford's class was the winning class. The classroom door was not only decorated, but her entire class participated as part of the decoration. Ms. Lunsford and each student had tape across their mouths and a stop bullying message written on their hand. It was a powerful message for the judges to see. Congratulations To Mrs. Lunsford's class!

Mrs. Seele and Mr. Myers' classes came in second and third place. Their messages were extremely creative and definitely got the anti-bullying message out.

We want to thank all the participants, both teachers and students, for doing such a wonderful job of getting the message out that we do not tolerate bullying at our school.

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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

Prices are:

$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.

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Sing it for a Cause!

~Frank Cropper


The annual Club Live lip-sync contest was a hard-fought contest that was a ton of fun for everyone. James Johnson's rendition of "Shut up and Dance With Me" took home the top spot. James will be representing the school at the county level for a chance to win 100 dollars! Club Live meets regularly on Thursdays after school at Riles. We will send an update after the contest occurs at the county level. Great job to all the contestants and good luck James!

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