Making A Difference

Carmel Creek October 10, 2015

Best Wishes to Katie Z this weekend as she is honored for SBSD Teacher of the Year. Congratulations Katie!

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More Congratulations:-)

  • Congratulations to our new certificated staff who were honored at the Board Meeting: Sally O'Neil, Jennifer Robinson, Megan Laughlin, Linda Chu and Kim Tiffany.
  • Also, honored at our Board Meeting, were Catherine Lothspeich, Tracey Pauels and Teri O'Brien for their achievement as tenured teachers. Way to Go Teachers!!

Abilities Awareness Week Oct. 12 to Oct. 16th

Thanks to our special educators for planning this weeks event. Susan, Karras, Katie, Kara, Dawn, Lisa O., Teri, Hilda and Viyan you are greatly appreciated for your daily support, knowledge and caring ways.

A few inclusion points from Teri O...

What does research say about the extended benefits of inclusion?
  • The additional support that a child with an IEP receives spills over to all the children in the inclusive classroom. Having additionally trained staff members enables all children in an inclusive classroom to benefit.
  • Most data concludes that achievement test scores rose, students were more engaged in their learning, were more self-directed, and felt a greater responsibility for their studies. All children progress both academically and socially.
  • Students with IEPs feel like all other children in the class, having a true sense of belonging. They no longer feel stigmatized as being different. This allows students to have a greater sense of self or self esteem.

"Because everybody brings something to the classroom and that gets to come into the big exchange. And I think from that pool of abilities and differences, everybody gets to learn." ~Margo Pensavalle, USC Rossier School of Education.

Lots of Thanks!

  • Thanks Instructional Services, Monica, Melani, Julie and Sabrina for helping us get ready for Strategic Planning
  • Thanks Mashell and Margaret for helping with Site Council, PTA, Parent Portal, Cougar Clips, Foundation and much much much more...
  • Thanks Hugo and Roy for keeping us clean and safe and enduring the rainy day schedules.
  • Thanks Katie and Karras for being so dynamic with all your teaching. Wow! differentiation at its best, always.
  • Thanks Sal and Susan for helping us with our guidance assistant posting.
  • Thanks Pupil Services, Mary, Rebecca and Erin for being available and a resource to us always.
  • Thanks Carlos, Eric and Ruth and the business office for helping us process our supply orders.
  • Thanks Patti and Jackie, from Foundation. We appreciate your team and recent fundraising advisement.
  • Thanks to Mrs. Harriff for setting up the special site for staff to order spirit wear.
  • Thanks to PTA, for their involvement with reflections.
  • Thanks Katie S, Eve and Catherine for working with our Foundation to grow the garden.

Lots of Awesomeness!!!!!

Thanks to our specialists, Katie Z., Susan J, Teri, Susan E., Michelle B. and Viyan for taking the time to review our intervention programs RtI-tiers and for planning our Student Success Day. We'll talk more about the day and our RtI programs at our Wednesday staff meeting. PTA will be providing staff snacks for the day. Sooooo generous.


Our Halloween parade will be at 8:45 on Friday October 30th. Students will wear costumes to school and take them off before the first recess. The social committee will be sending details on our staff costume theme contest. Thanks Social!

This year Carmel Creek will participate with a local dentist, Dr. Chan in a candy drive for the troops. Containers will be placed in the lobby during the week of November 2nd for families to donate left over Halloween candy. The candy fills in gaps in care packages to our troops abroad. More details to follow...
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