CARLSBAD UNIFIED CONNECTIONS
NEWSLETTER - September 2021
Dr. Ben Churchill, Superintendent
Back to School 2021
At Carlsbad Unified, the 2021-22 school year has launched successfully. Our students are back on campus full time. Sports teams and VAPA (visual and performing arts) groups are practicing and competing. And everybody is relishing their time back in the classrooms, at the lunch tables, and on the playgrounds.
At last week’s Board meeting, our Instructional Services team presented the results of our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2020-21 school year. This report showed how we did on the goals we had set for ourselves last year; and it helps us determine our goals for this new year. Despite the upheavals of last year, there were many outstanding accomplishments of which to be proud.
Spotlight on Schools:
Magnolia School Modernization: A Future of New Possibilities
Magnolia Elementary students came back to school last month to experience a beautifully re-envisioned and inviting school. They were able to climb on colorful new play structures and run around on a new playground at recess. The beautifully redesigned Multi-Purpose Room has an added “Annex,” or community classroom, which provides much-needed overflow space. A modern new kitchen and lunch tables have been relocated to an area conveniently near the playgrounds.
Students can connect with their creativity in a new Innovation (STEAM) Lab, refreshed and refurbished, to design and build with a multitude of materials and tools.
Magnolia School was built for a very different time. When it opened in the 1950s, its students sat in straight rows of desks and teachers wrote with chalk on blackboards. From the 1950s to the 2020s, it grew to become a treasured neighborhood school, valued for its historic significance and its ties to the community. Some currently attending students are second and even third generation Magnolia students. This renovation project demonstrates that a school can be modernized into a remarkably new, functional campus, while using the same space and maintaining the history and nostalgia.
Last year was a time of adaptation for the Magnolia community. As with all of our schools, the instructional program changed from virtual classes, to a hybrid format, and then to a return to a regular five days per week schedule --with masks, social distancing, small cohorts, and other mitigation measures. At Magnolia, teachers and students were also learning to live with the noise, dust, temporary fencing, and the inconvenience of construction.
“Now those days are behind us,” said principal Aaron Nelson. “We have come out the other side. Our teachers and students arrived on campus with a palpable new enthusiasm, and checked out the new spaces with a sense of new possibilities.”
Magnolia’s 500 students are now learning in spaces that have been redesigned for collaboration and current technologies. Parents are thrilled to know that their children attend an updated, safe, and healthy environment.
“We know that we are at the beginning of something new here at Magnolia,” said Nelson. “This amazing facility will affect our mindset about teaching and learning as we go forward. It is still the same historic school, but now it is built for the future evolving world.”
Free Vaccination Clinic at Carlsbad High on Tuesday, September 28th
Everyone younger than 18 years must have parental or guardian consent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, unless the patient is an emancipated minor. Learn more here. If the parent/guardian cannot accompany the minor to the vaccine clinic, a signed written consent is acceptable. Here is the Minor Consent Form for use at the Carlsbad High School vaccination clinic. If the parent/guardian is present at the time of vaccination, this form is not needed.
Appointments are not required. You can walk in, or make an appointment in advance using MyTurn at https://myturn.ca.gov/.
Board Meeting Wrap Up - September 15, 2021
- 2020-21 Unaudited Actuals Financial Report - Approved
- LCAP Updated Results - Information/Discussion
- Three Year Technology Plan, 2021-2024 - Approved
- Establishment of new position, Student Health Services Coordinator - Approved
- Week of the School Administrator Resolution - Approved
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Carlsbad Unified in the News
San Diego County Office Of Education, September 13, 2021
(Recognizing Dr. Rob Nye, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, with the Innovative Educator Award from the Classroom of the Future Foundation)
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