Center Aim

-Scott Loehr

On September 28th, CHS held the much anticipated ribbon cutting celebration unveiling The Plaza, which will now serve as the new entrance to Center High School. It was a blue and gold affair with a musical routine by the CHS Cheer team. Caramel the Cougar performed the honor of cutting the ribbon and cheerleaders formed a gauntlet at the Plaza entrance to welcome students.

As educators, academic achievement tops our list of priorities. We strive to expand and enrich our rigorous academic programs while providing experiences that support and enhance opportunities for all students. In our efforts to support EL students and families, last year CJUSD launched a program pairing CHS students with elementary English learners to provide after school homework help focusing on math and English/Language Arts. It was a success! In October we relaunched the program for the 2018-19 school year at all four elementary schools. Eleventh and twelfth grade CHS students applied for tutoring positions and were selected based upon academic achievement and teacher recommendation. Tutors are earning a paycheck and gaining valuable job experience while our English Learners are getting the extra help they need to make academic strides. It’s a win-win that we are very proud of.

There are numerous upcoming opportunities throughout our district for your student and your family to get involved and explore new programs. I encourage you visit the district and school websites, the district Facebook page and contact your school site’s PTA or Booster Club for a calendar of events. Get involved for a worthwhile and rewarding experience for you and your family.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, please make note of the following dates. Schools will be closed November 19th through November 23rd for Thanksgiving break and December 22nd through January 4th for winter break.

Enjoy the fall season and the opportunities available to make memories with your family.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

CHS Plaza officially opened on September 28, 2018 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand entrance.
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The Safe School Ambassador Program has been implemented in CJUSD for the past three years. It is the nation’s most effective student-centered bystander empowerment program that prevents and stops bullying/cyberbullying, harassment and other mean-spirited behaviors. The SSA Program, which has been implemented in over 1,500 schools across the country, has been shown to improve school climate, reduce suspensions by 33%, increase attendance and promote academic achievement. Safe School Ambassadors are currently implemented at Oak Hill, Spinelli, North Country, Dudley, Riles Middle School , and Center High.

The program components include a Program Advisor at each site, Family Group Facilitators and Ambassadors. The Site Advisor schedules training, recruits staff and students and works with Family Group Facilitators and Community Matters Coordinators to increase positive school climate. Family Group Facilitators conduct Family Groups and provide ongoing support and supervision for Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are student leaders who are not always involved in the extracurricular world. They are curious, and willing to experiment and explore the work on behalf of themselves and their friends. Most Ambassadors draw on this “enlightened self-interest,” becoming motivated to learn ways they can keep friends and family members safe. Many find that the program teaches them skills they find helpful in all aspects of life. Student Ambassadors learn that change begins with themselves. As they become comfortable with the concepts and tools, they can then intervene with friends. As they become more skilled, they can then intervene with classmates and others in the school and beyond into the community.


EL Homework Help

October launched the 2nd year of after school Homework Help for English Learner students at all 4 elementary schools. This program was born out of a need expressed by the parents of English Learner students for assistance with homework completion. Elementary EL students elect to stay after school one or two days a week to receive help from Center High students who are paid tutors.

Homework Help tutors are 11th and 12th grade CHS students who maintain a 3.5 GPA, demonstrate high level math and English/Language Arts skills and have been recommended by three teachers. Tutors work 2-3 days each week providing guidance and support to individuals and small groups.

This program is a win-win for the elementary students as well as the high school tutors. The elementary students are completing their assignments, gaining confidence and benefiting from the one-on-one with a high school mentor. The high school students receive a paycheck, work experience in the field of education and a unique opportunity to highlight on college applications.

This is a federally funded program unique to the English Learner population throughout CJUSD. However, because of the widespread success, we are working on an expansion to provide a similar homework support to more students at the elementary sites.

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Preschool Expansion

-Erica Olmstead

The preschool program on the Spinelli campus now offers two sessions serving preschoolers with special needs. The morning session runs from 8:00am-11:00am and the afternoon session from noon until 3:00pm.

Students in this program work on pre-academic skills, fine and gross motor skills, and self-care. And of course, as in any preschool, we work with them on all skills needed to be a good student!


A New Look for CJUSD

Have you seen it? The district website has a fresh, new look and each of the school sites will follow suit. Look at us shine: Are you on social media? CJUSD is too. Use the links below to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Center Joint Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. School and district programs, activities and services shall be free from unlawful discrimination based on actual or perceived sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, ancestry, ethnic group identification, gender, physical or mental disability, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, or sexual harassment in any district service, program and/or activity that receives or benefits from state financial assistance. The district shall promote programs, which ensure that unlawful discriminatory practices are eliminated in all school and district activities.