Voyager Family News

Summer 2020/August 10

Strand Spotlights and Info:

Dear Voyager Families,

We hope you are enjoying your summer and staying safe and healthy! We miss you and are working diligently to plan a robust distance learning "BRIDGE" program to connect all of us when school starts on August 27!

We recognize that you are making decisions about your child's learning options when school reopens. CUSD, based on state and county health and education department guidelines, will open the school year with distance learning in place for all enrolled students. For our best attempts to answer questions you have, please see FAQ section below. For a sample of what Strand students' daily schedules may look like, please see the Sample Distance Learning Schedules section below. We appreciate the patient, gracious, and understanding correspondence we are having with families as you seek more information and we attempt to provide answers that are timely and accurate! We feel tremendous gratitude for our school community, and respect that you are planning with your students' and family's best interests and circumstances in mind.

Our new childcare contractor, Champions, may offer childcare full and/or part-time during school closure to support children of working parents. Please see the Champions Childcare section below for more information.

  • Our offices close for the month of July and will reopen to the public on August 17.
  • Find our district's latest newsletter at this link.
  • Yearbooks you ordered but were not retrieved on Friday July 24 will be available in our office when we reopen August 17. We have extra books for sale! Books cost $25. Families who moved will be shipped their books in August.
  • Our district is still providing meals for pickup on Mondays through the summer from 11 to 1 PM.
  • Please register ASAP for School Year 2020-21 unless you are SURE your child will not be returning. We want to count you in, and plan for an amazing year of learning! Registration information is here.
  • If your student will need a device for learning this fall, please respond to the survey here.

Online registration is required for all returning and new CUSD students. Parents of returning and new students need to complete online registration by June 15th. New this Year - Parents are now able to upload required documents while registering online. Parents of returning students are strongly encouraged to upload documents and by doing so will no longer be required to attend a registration completion day in August. Parents of new students are also encouraged to upload required documents but will still be required to attend a registration complete day in August by appointment only:

  • Tues 8/17 and Wed 8/18: New Student Registration Document Completion, August 17-18, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - Click here to schedule an appointment
  • Returning Student Registration Document Completion, Thurs 8/19, 8:00-11:30am & 12:30-3:00pm - Last Name: A-K
  • Returning Student Registration Document Completion, 8/20, 8:00-11:30am & 12:30-3:00pm - Last Name: L-Z

Ms. Moore will continue to stay in touch with families throughout the summer via our website, intermittent family newsletters, and Facebook.

2020-21 School Year FAQs: Responses subject to updates!

1. Will school reopen in August?

CUSD, based on state and county health and education department guidelines, will open the school year on August 27 with distance learning in place for all enrolled students.

2. Does CUSD have a plan for inviting students physically back to campus?

CUSD will follow state and county health guidelines with respect to inviting students and staff physically back to campus together in any capacity. San Diego County must meet certain criteria for schools to reopen. We are developing schedules for hybrid on-campus/distance learning and full return to school scenarios, in an effort to be as best prepared as possible for campus reopening in any capacity.

3. Is our district applying for the state waiver to open elementary schools?

Our district is committed to reopening schools as soon as it is safe to do so for students, staff, and families. Our district has not committed to applying for the waiver, but is researching the application process. Even if Silver Strand Elementary is approved for the waiver, we will not know until a future date. Please plan on beginning the year in an virtual environment as specified in previous CUSD newsletters. Guidelines and more information about the waiver can be found here.

4. How do I commit to distance learning for the entire semester or school year? What if we change our minds if schools reopen safely?

Our district plans to accommodate students and families who request distance learning even if school reopens physically to students and will communicate specifics on options for communicating desires soon.

5. When will we find out our child's teacher?

Typically, students learn their class assignment on the day before school starts. We expect to communicate class assignments a day or two before August 27th and will provide virtual "open house" opportunities for you, your child, and your child's teacher to get acquainted. Class assignments will be available in ParentVue. PowerSchool and Parent Vue System Log In Instructions

6. What will a typical distance learning school day look like?

Please see the Sample Schedule section below.

7. What if my child is not able to access live Zooms or instruction at the scheduled times? How will attendance be taken?

Our district leaders and teachers are working to determine how daily attendance and assessing student engagement, as directed by the state, will be accounted for during online learning. Silver Strand will provide more information closer to the start of the school year. We understand that accessing district-provided instruction at home is subject to many variables and are planning to ensure that students can access missed instruction later if necessary; more information will be provided to families as we get closer to the opening of school.

8. If I disenroll my student from SSES to homeschool him/her, may I return this school year?

If your student is a resident within SSES boundaries, you may re-enroll your student at any time.

9. How will my child be graded during distance learning?

During distance learning, and all school year, teachers will be assessing students on grade-level standards. Student progress on the standards will be based on students' responses to prompts, projects, and assessments, and all students will receive fall progress reports and semester report cards.

10. My child has an IEP or 504 Plan. Will my child receive support?

Students who have an IEP will receive services and accommodations based on their Individualized Education Plan and supports from their assigned Education Specialist/Case Manager. Students with 504 Plans will receive accommodations per their Plan. Case Managers will orient individual students and families to their services and supports at the beginning of school. Speech services will resume at the start of school.

11. Will the school be distributing materials and supplies? Will students be turning in paper assignments?

We expect to distribute materials to students during the first two weeks of school (homework folders, math manipulatives, student whiteboards for problem-solving, etc.). Dates and logistics will be communicated soon. Specific grade levels may distribute paper assignments and packets as well to supplement online learning Students will be submitting most assignments via online platforms.

12. I am limiting my child's access to devices. Is there an alternative to distance learning via technology?

We are not offering an option for distance learning that does not incorporate technology in some capacity. However, we are mindful of the need for balance between screen time and paper/pencil/constructive/creative activities and will do our best to provide a blend of direct/live instructional opportunities and offline activities.

13. Which curricula does SSES use for reading, language, math, science, and social studies?

Learn more about our district's elementary adopted curricula on our district website here.

14. Our family is participating in a "Learning Pod" with other families. May we request to be in the same class with other students in the learning pod?

We are not accepting classmate requests. We are committed to forming balanced and equitable classrooms. All teachers in the grade level will closely align assignments and structure so that instruction across the grade level is similar.

15. We are a family with full-time working parents. What childcare and/or learning support is available during the day?

Fee-based childcare is available through our new program Champions at SSES, and for limited military families at the Youth Center. Both programs will do their best to support students accessing their online learning. For more information about Champions, please see the Champions section below.

Sample Distance Learning Schedules

The schedules below offer a glimpse of what your student and family may expect in terms of times of day for live or pre-recorded lessons and assistance. Note that subjects may not be in this order/at these exact times. Students who receive services/therapies under special education or who qualify for English Language Development will have additional appointments. An asterisk* denotes live or prerecorded "active" learning times.

Sample Kindergarten (subjects may not be in this order/at these exact times):

8:00-8:30: Morning Meeting/SEL*

8:30-9:30: Reading Instruction/small groups* (20-30 minutes with small groups and teacher during this time)

9:30-10:00: ELA/Benchmark Lesson*

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-11:15 Math Lesson*

11:15-11:30: Independent Math Work

11:30-12:30: Lunch Break

Between 12:30 and 1:30: Weekly small-group support/meetings*, interventions*

Afternoons: Access to PE and Specials lessons, Science and Social Studies (some may be live, TBD)

Sample 4th Grade:

8:30-9:00: Morning Meeting/SEL*

9:00-9:30: ELA/Benchmark Lesson*

9:30-10:00: Break

10:00-10:45: Math Lesson*

10:45-11:30: Independent Math Work

11:30-12:30: Lunch Break

12:30-1:30: Reading Instruction/small groups* (20-30 minutes with small groups and teacher during this time)

Afternoons: Weekly small-group support/meetings*, interventions*, Access to PE and Specials lessons, Science and Social Studies (some may be live, TBD). Wednesday afternoons to be reserved for staff collaborations.

Note: We will be implementing Bridges curriculum for math and our new Benchmark curriculum for reading, writing, and language.

Champions Childcare: Potential Support During School Closure/Distance Learning!

Dear Families,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. Since California’s update last week, there have been many questions from our families about whether or not Champions can help.

We are currently evaluating next steps if and when your school goes online-only. We would like to understand your childcare needs so that we can offer programming that supports your family wherever possible.

Will you need childcare during school closures and/or distance learning?

Please fill out this form to let us know by July 31st!

Distance Learning:

- Champions will be following strict safety precautions as prescribed by Public Health, the department of Social Services, and your school. Click here for a video tour of a program that is currently operating with COVID precautions in place. As we have more information about how our programs will evolve, we will update you!

- Children will be supported with their distance learning during the “typical” school day, and can expect fun and engaging (physically distant) activities outside of this time.

- If there is enough of a need, we will explore part time programming, such as half days, or just a few days per week (please fill out the survey above).

- At this time, we are not able to offer drop-in/weekly schedule changes for health and safety.

On-Campus Learning:

- When schools return to campus, we will offer programs that adjust to any new bell schedules

- If you think you will need before and after school care when we return to campus, please enroll on While your spot will be saved, billing will not resume until school returns to campus.

In two weeks, when the needs of the community have been evaluated, we will send an update on next steps with enrollment for Fall.

With warmth and gratitude,

Robyn Clark

Area Manager, Greater San Diego Area

Champions, KinderCare Education

(619) 746-9178


Grab-and-Go Meal Service at Village Elementary and Silver Strand

Every Monday

Location: Multi-Purpose Rooms at VES (H Street) and Silver Strand Elementary

Distribution Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM

All families with children 18 and under will be able to pick up free breakfast and lunch meals via curb-side pick-up. Each child will receive one hot lunch (a slice of Papa John’s cheese pizza) and a bag that contains 5 days’ worth of meals for breakfast and lunch. Meals may consist of packaged, refrigerated, and/or frozen items (heating instructions will be provided). Children are not required to be students of Coronado Unified School District.

Students who are receiving meals are encouraged to be physically present at the time of pick-up. Additionally, adults may pick up meals for students not present by printing and submitting this form at the time of pick-up. All meals will be distributed curb-side to decrease the risk of exposure. Only those in cars will be served meals during this pick-up window, no walk ups or bicycles allowed in order to maintain social distancing. If you are unable to pick-up meals by car, please email on or before Friday, April 3 at noon and we will schedule an alternative window to pick-up a meal.

Calendar Events

Office reopens August 17.

Monday Meal Pickups through August, 11-1 PM.

Thurs 8/13, 4 PM: School Board Meeting

Tues 8/17: SSES Office Reopens

Tues 8/17 and Wed 8/18: New Student Registration Document Completion, August 17-18, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - Click here to schedule an appointment

Returning Student Registration Document Completion, Thurs 8/19, 8:00-11:30am & 12:30-3:00pm - Last Name: A-K

Returning Student Registration Document Completion, 8/20, 8:00-11:30am & 12:30-3:00pm - Last Name: L-Z

Thurs 8/27: First Day of School

Mon 9/7: Labor Day Holiday

Fri 9/25: Teacher Workday/No Students

Mon 10/12: CUSD Fall Holiday

11/2-6: Parent/Teacher Conferences/Early Release

Wed 11/11: Veterans' Day Holiday

11/23-27: Thanksgiving Holiday

12/21-1/4: Winter Holiday

Mon 1/18/21: Dr. MLK Jr. Holiday

1/28: End of 1st Semester

Fri 1/29: Teacher Workday/No Students

Mon 2/8: President's Holiday

Mon 2/15: President's Holiday

3/29-4/5: Spring Break

4/14-16: Parent/Teacher Conferences/Early Release

5/31: Memorial Day Holiday

6/17: Last Day of School

Military Connections and Updates from SLO Mindy Hayes

Good evening NB Coronado Families –

My hope is you are all doing well and enjoying our long summer days!

Today is Purple Heart Day. A day the nation pauses to acknowledge and remember the sacrifices made by brave people in the military. Here are 8 interesting facts about the Purple Heart:

Please reach out, or pass along my contact information to others, if I can be of assistance with any education-related issues.

Enjoy a nice weekend! J


As each district looks to the future and prepares for the 2020/2021 school year, I encourage you to continue monitoring your district and school websites to stay up-to-date.

- Coronado Unified School District:

o Read the latest update from Superintendent Mueller sent August 4,, featuring:

§ School start date of Thursday, August 27 via an online, virtual environment

§ Fall distance learning schedules and structures will be released early next week

§ Site-specific information (textbook/materials distribution/class scheduling) will come via your school’s principal newsletter

§ Technology-use request link

§ Town Hall recording link, overview and acknowledgement of forum intruder and follow-up actions taken

§ Champions childcare survey link to assess need during school closure and/or distance learning

o Online registration for new and continuing CUSD students is on the district website:

o Student-2-Student (S2S) Club – S2S is designed to ease the transition of students into Coronado High School by welcoming new students through connection and fostering a sense of belonging. This summer, S2S is planning to host virtual get-togethers with the hope of in-person gatherings at the start of the school year. To keep up to date with the latest plans, follow S2S on Instagram @CoronadoS2S.

§ NEXT UP: S2S Ice Cream Social, Saturday, August 22, 1 pm - ALL CHS students are invited to join the fun as Carly and Claire teach us how to make ice cream!

o Grab-And-Go Meal Service EXTENDED! – Great news! Meal service will be available every Monday thru August 24, 11 am-1 pm, at Silver Strand and Village Elementary Schools. All families with children 18 and under are able to pick up 7 days’ worth of meals for breakfast and lunch via curb-side pick-up. Visit for full Grab-And-Go Meal Service details.

o Silver Strand State Preschool is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. This part-day, FREE preschool is open to all families with children 3 or 4 years old by August 2020. For more information or visit

o Coronado SAFE Aloha Club Welcome Baskets - To welcome new military families to Coronado, the NBC School Liaison Program partners with an amazing local organization called Coronado SAFE. Through their Aloha Club, they connect new families with existing ones in the community to serve as a resource and help build connections throughout the year. They also offer a "Welcome Basket" delivered to your door. To sign up visit


The start of the 2020-21 school year may feel anticlimactic or even stressful, but it can also be a chance to start new traditions and celebrate how far your child and your family have come (especially during these months that have been anything but normal). This Parents article has a few small things that could help families with students prepare for a new year.


As of April 2020, all DoD service members, civilian personnel, and all dependent family members (kindergarten-college/adult) are eligible to use at no cost. If you've heard of but aren't sure how to create an account, or exactly how it works, here is a video to get you started: Have additional questions? Email at

Last week, I listened to a great webinar packed with tips to help prepare kids, focusing on middle and high school students, for starting school. What I loved most, is that the presenter referenced realistic and attainable goals and strategies in light of our new way of schooling. The webinar is 30 minutes long and well worth the listen: Plus, this link will also allow you to view’s other Student Success Series webinars from this summer. `


Sesame Street for Military Families is proud to offer resources for tips, strategies, videos, games and worksheets helpful to both you and your little one as you navigate our new-for-now-normal. Visit


Now through August 31

The NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is offering FREE 60-minute webinars designed specifically for parents, teachers and caregivers. Plus, earn 1-hour of professional development credit by attending. Register today:


Tuesday, August 11, 11 am-Noon and Thursday, August 27, 4-5 pm

FOCUS is hosting a FREE virtual workshop for military students ages 1-14 and their parents. Create a plan to strengthen your vision for academic success, enhance goal setting skills, review potential impact of stress, engage strategic emotion regulation tools, and learn more about FOCUS. RSVP to


Considering the idea of homeschooling your student(s) but have questions? The California Department of Education is a great place to start: You can also find answers with the Homeschooling Legal Defense Association. HSLDA is a non-profit advocacy organization available to help you make sense of the laws and understand your legal homeschooling rights:


Tuesday, August 18, 6:30 pm

A FREE introduction to homeschooling presented by the Homeschool Association of California and hosted by Jamie Heston, Homeschool Association of California Board Member. She will walk you through California's legal requirements, provide resources and information to get you started.



Thursday, August 20, 7-8:15 pm

Join the conversation with leading scholars and #1 Best Sellers, Robin DiAngelo (White Fragility) and Ibram X. Kendi (How to Be An Anti-Racist), facilitated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery, as we address the question: How do we talk about race in a way that unites and strengthens us as a community?



MWR’s Community Recreation team is planning a full calendar of kid-friendly events in August to include Super Hero Chats, Princess Chats, Cooking with Kiddos, DIY Weaving, Back to School Bonanza. Check them out (and register) at Be sure to mark your calendar for their Facebook Back to School Spirit Week August 17-21.

Info: 619-437-3028


Wednesdays thru August 26, 6 pm

SAY San Diego's FREE parent-child, evidence-based program has officially launched on Zoom! All parents are welcome to join. Dads Corps is a free weekly workshop series helping you succeed as parents, partners, and providers. Teaching and supporting families with activities and resources on: Co-Parenting, Communication, Positive Discipline, Social-Emotional Learning, and more! For more info or questions contact Adrian at or



Sometimes it’s nice to have an objective ear to listen and provide feedback. Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) are here to be that ear. Below are three MFLCs available to chat with this summer:

· Regina Fagout – 619-458-5515

· Doug Burton – 619-373-2127

· Kathryn Slipson – 619-592-0348

Plus, the MFLCs also host a weekly, free (no registration required) “Office Hours” open forum for support, tips, parenting strategies and coping skills. Join the group Thursdays at Noon on Zoom. Call an MFLC to receive the meeting ID and password.


Enter a world of entertainment through the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library, free with a Military OneSource account. Cure cabin fever with an array of resources for adults, teens and children, including:

E-books – Audiobooks -- Grade-level lesson plans – Movies -- Online tutoring -- Job interview simulations -- Car maintenance guides -- Legal forms -- Financial literacy tools


There are numerous organizations who provide valuable assistance and resources to military families. Each week, I will highlight one such organization. This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement by the United States Department of Defense or the United States Department of the Navy.

This week’s organization: Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS),, 619-545-4477

NMCRS is a non-profit, volunteer service organization offering financial assistance and education to members of the Naval Service of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need. Services include quick assist loans, visiting nurses, budgeting for baby classes, emergency travel, disaster relief, thrift shops and more. Plus, NMCRS announces their new COVID-19 Rapid Response Loan. This is a new streamlined program to meet your needs up to $1,200. For more information contact your local office.

NOTE: If links do not open directly, copy and paste the address into your browser. Be sure to remove the "" if it appears in the link.

See you next week!

Mindy Hayes

School Liaison Officer

Naval Base Coronado


Connect your child with a Youth Sponsor:

Leaving San Diego?

Let me connect you with your next installation's SLO so you can receive school option information prior to arriving! Simply respond this email and provide your PRD and next installation's name.

PTO News and Updates

We are SO FORTUNATE at Silver Strand to have the ongoing support of our PTO. Thank you for all you do with your time, energy, and fundraising!

The PTO Board is seeking and accepting nominations for the Executive Board positions. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the school community by giving your time and talent through serving on a board. It is also a great resume builder where many skills can be gained and enhanced such as leadership, communication and teamwork. All PTO members can run or be nominated by another member. If you are interested in running or nominating someone, please send an email to We will ask for these nominations again as the new school year resumes and look forward to holding elections then as we have canceled our June 4 meeting. The specific positions open for school year 2020-2021 are: President, Vice President and Secretary; however please note all positions are open for nominations per the bylaws.

See the position descriptions here:

a. President. The President shall prepare the meeting agenda and send it to the Secretary for disbursement, preside over the meetings of the organization and Executive

Board (Board), serve as the primary contact for the Principal, represent the organization

at meetings outside the organization, serve as an ex officio member of all committees,

and coordinate the work of all other officers and committees so that the purpose of the

organization is served.

b. Vice President. The Vice President shall assist the President and carry out the

President's duties in his or her absence or inability to serve.

c. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep all records of the organization, take and

record minutes, handle correspondence and send notices of meetings and their

corresponding agenda to the membership. The Secretary shall keep and send the minutes, a

membership list, a copy of the bylaws, a copy of the standing rules, a copy of the conflict

of interest policy and any other necessary supplies.

d. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall receive all funds of the organization, keep an

accurate record of receipts and expenditures, and pay out funds in accordance with the

approval of the Board. He or she will present a financial statement at every meeting and

at other times of the year when requested by the Board, and make a full report at the end

of the year. The Treasurer shall remain available beyond the end of his or her term, until

the taxes are complete, to answer questions and provide any information needed.

e. Parliamentarian. The Parliamentarian shall advise the President on questions

of parliamentary procedure, ensure meetings are carried out in an efficient manner, keep

the bylaws, conflict of interest policy and standing rules of the organization, and amend

the bylaws as needed in accordance with Article XI below.

Silver Strand Luau: We are so very sad to report that our SSES PTO and Principal Moore have made the difficult decision to cancel our Silver Strand Luau scheduled for April 24. We are so grateful for our PTO volunteers, parents, and staff who were preparing for this amazing event, along with a slate of amazing vendors and services. We fully intend to reschedule and hold our 25th Luau, but are not in the position to designate a new date at this time. Thank you for your donations and volunteerism--we look forward to mobilizing our forces in support of family togetherness and our wonderful school community SOON! We will have SO MUCH to CELEBRATE!

Put your child's Name in Lights on the Silver Strand's Marquee Sign! We now have a convenient online form to easily schedule your Birthday, Welcome or Farewell message! The cost is $20 and your donation supports the SSES PTO! Schedule online now:

Silver Strand PTO Board

  • President: Lori Blauert
  • Vice President: Nellie Ritter
  • Treasurer: Leslie Broussard
  • Secretary: Leigh-Ann Williamson
  • Parliamentarian: Lisa Emme

Silver Strand PTO
Call or Text: 619-537-8782

Join Silver Strand PTO Today!

In addition to building community, supporting curriculum, and enriching students' school experience, the Silver Strand PTO is responsible for Family Fun Nights, Holiday Shoppe, Yearbook and Luau to name a few. Our fundraising efforts provide for school field trips and enrichments clubs. We are unable to do what we do without the support of Silver Strand families, teachers and staff.

Coronado SAFE Events and Activities

Coronado SAFE supports healthy families and children through workshops/"coffee talks," school programs, speakers, and counseling. See flyers below for upcoming events.

Coronado SAFE is here and available to support SSES families. Here are a few things we are doing, please let us know how else we can help during this time:

See the flyer below for resources on navigating physical distancing.

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Coronado Schools Foundation Events & Updates:

Coronado Schools Foundation’s mission is to raise and manage funds to provide exceptional learning experiences for all Coronado Unified School District students. We thank you for your partnership in this time of public uncertainty and applaud each one of you for continuing your commitment to the educational enrichment of our children.

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As our educators, parents, and community come together to connect, challenge and champion our students during our district closure, we are humbled by the outpouring of compliments during these trying times. What a positive testament to our CUSD family!

Click here to recognize a student, family member, employee, or volunteer who goes above and beyond to make a difference. Those who are "caught" will receive a copy of the positive words that were shared about them and a "Caught Being Awesome" decal. Please take a minute or two to brighten someone else's day!

2019-20 Parent and Student Handbook

Our Parent and Student Handbook includes more detailed information about our school programs and policies. Click here to access our handbook (also available on our website).

Community Agreements and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

We are in year 2 of a district-wide review and revamping of our supports and interventions for students, including academic and behavioral/social-emotional. The aim is for our community to have clear and consistent expectations and interventions with a restorative and supportive focus. Our Silver Strand MTSS committee has drafted a set of Community Agreements for students, staff, and families (see attachment below). We are also working on updated referral/intervention forms and a new look and focus for our "blue slip" incentive forms. We look forward to keeping you posted on our progress and inviting your feedback!

How Does Coronado Unified School District Communicate with Families?

Stay Connected with Silver Strand Elementary School!!

We want you to be "in the know"! Read our weekly email, and please check our website to stay up to date on school news, programs, and upcoming events. There is a "Search and Popular Pages" tab on the middle righthand side of our Home Page. This contains Voyager Family Emails, PTO link, Menu, Calendar and other important information. There is also an orange PeachJar tab on the bottom right of the Home Page. PeachJar contains flyers for Enrichment Clubs and other organizations hosting events at our school and in the community. The link to our homepage is:

Check out and "like" our Facebook page to see photos of student events and programs!