The 2017-18 school year is well underway and I am amazed by how quickly the first six weeks have flown by. I have been touring the district visiting classrooms, attending athletic events, interacting with students and staff and observing high quality teaching and learning at all grade levels. I am proud to be part of the many opportunities that abound for CJUSD students and families.
Within the last three years we’ve implemented new math and English/Language Arts curriculum and I am excited to see the growth students have made. Site tours have enabled me to observe learning at all grade levels and all subject areas. Here are just a few of the interactions that inspired me.
Students in the special education classes at Center High are thriving. In Mr. Zeissler's class students were working together in small groups and learning about weather and temperature. In Ms. Gevete’s room, the class was involved in an enthralling discussion about the launch of the Cassini Space Shuttle to Saturn.
Debate lit up the room in Ms. Wilson’s English 10 class as students discussed the Animal Farm.
At McClellan High School, a student in Mr. Graves math class taught me the precise steps to solve an algebraic equation. Mr. Collin’s science students engaged in a fascinating discussion about radicals and their relation to chemical formulas.
Part of the secondary educational experience includes opportunities to compete in athletics. Fall sports are underway at Center High School, McClellan High School and Wilson Riles Middle School. CHS student athletes are competing in football, girl's volleyball, boy's soccer, girl's golf and cross country. MHS student athletes are competing in flag football with volleyball to follow. Student athletes at WCR are competing in volleyball and flag football. Athletic schedules are posted on school websites. I encourage you to come out and cheer on our local athletes.
With school in motion there are various systems in place to keep students and families informed. I encourage you to get a pass code for Parent Portal where you can monitor your child's academic progress and the grades your child is earning.
Have you seen our new look? CJUSD and all the school sites have new websites that make it easier for you to find the information you are looking for. These site and district websites provide a wealth of resources from contact information to upcoming events and ongoing programs. Additionally, we continue to expand our reach through social media. I invite you to "Like" our Center Joint Unified School District Facebook page or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.
Cheers to the fall season and all that awaits. I look forward to seeing the children, families and Antelope community members at our district and school events.
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North Country Elementary is a school rich in tradition. From 1990 when the site first opened first opened, customs were established that still exist today.
North Country is a FranklinCovey Leader In Me School. Leadership is about taking responsibility and not making excuses. It is about setting goals and working toward achieving them. "Our goal is to promote college and career, moving students closer to their written goals. Most importantly, we are teaching skills of self discipline and laying a foundation that will help our students make good decisions now and in the future."
Sometimes it is about the FUN & GAMES
Spinelli Celebrate Science
Students and their families joined together with teachers and staff at Spinelli Elementary School on October 12, 2017 to celebrate science. Sierra Nevada Journeys, a wonderful science education company, came and set up several interactive STEM experiments for the students to explore. Families were investigating sound waves, digging into forensics through fingerprints, examining the power of magnets, and so much more. Students got to experience over 15 different science concepts in the course of one night! To finish the night, families joined in an engineering competition to see who could build the most effective lunar launcher, dropping it from high up and making sure all of their astronauts (marshmallows) stayed in the launcher. A very lively and educational night was had by all. Spinelli families definitely won’t forget the amazing night they had!
North Country KIDS CAN!
The KCRA 3 Kids Can Food Drive has been helping to feed hungry families in our community for more than 25 years.
North Country Elementary has participated in the KCRA KIDS CAN food drive for several years. Students help to make Thanksgiving a special occasion in many households with their donations of nonperishable food items. Canned tuna, peanut butter, baby food, cereal and pasta are especially needed, but all contributions are appreciated. Our Student Lighthouse Team is in charge of this community effort. They count flyers, display posters around the school, build boxes to collect food items and deliver them to each class. They promote the competition for each class with the winner being the top collector of cans with the grand prize of being the lucky recipients of a pizza party. This community service project is a worthwhile event to help others in need.
Over 1,500 cans were collected last year with the goal of 2,000 cans this year!