The Crusader Times
Be Present - Be Positive - Be Persistent in your Learning
Volume 2, Issue 12 October 30, 2023
HALLOWEEN COSTUME GUIDELINES PLEASE READ
Good evening community! I wanted to take a moment to emphasize the importance of our ongoing efforts to reset our school culture during this second quarter of the school year. I am pleased to share that we have witnessed positive changes in student behavior, decision-making, and openness to receive critical or corrective feedback over the course of the past three weeks. However, as we enter the final six weeks of the semester, it is crucial that we remain focused on both our culture and academic goals.
I kindly request that you take some time this week to review your student’s academic progress (see your Infinite Campus Portal) and work together to formulate goals for their improvement during these last six weeks--if you haven't already. By setting clear objectives and providing support, we can ensure that our students finish the semester on a strong note. I’m happy to report that this past week, our school site leadership team (composed of our teachers) met to discuss and establish goals and action steps on what they will do to improve our overall D/F rate (please see more on this below). Together, with teachers and students focused on improvement, we can maximize the learning on our campus.
Additionally, I would like to remind both parents and students that our district’s promotion requirement, which mandates that all students pass all their middle school classes with a grade of D or better, will be strictly enforced this year and moving forward. We will be publishing more information on our credit recovery options as we get closer to our 2nd semester. It is important for us to maintain high academic standards and provide our students with the necessary tools for their success in middle school, high school, and beyond. Hence support and accountability are one and the same.
In closing, I want to offer words of encouragement and positivity. Let us continue to foster a supportive and nurturing environment where our students can thrive academically, personally, and professionally. Together, we can make a lasting impact on their educational journey.
Thank you for your continued support and dedication to Bonita Vista Middle School. Also, REMEMBER TO READ THE HALLOWEEN COSTUME GUIDELINES AS THEY WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED! Let's have an awesome week everyone!
Lastly, please remember to review the 4 Essential Rules at Bonita Vista Middle School that allow us to not only promote our safety on campus, but it allows us to ensure that our students are fully present and ready to learn:
1. No Cell Phones on Campus: We ask that all students place their cell phones in their backpacks once they are at school and on our campus. We not only enforce this rule during class time but especially during nutrition breaks and lunchtime. We want our students to interact with each other as much as possible as opposed to being on their screens/phones.
2. No IPAD Misuse: Every student is issued an IPAD for educational purposes only. We ask students to use their devices strictly as implements of learning.
3. No Earbuds: Similar to our cell phone rule, we ask that once students are at school and on our campus, they place their earbuds in their backpacks. We have noticed that students are less distracted in class and engage more with each other when they are not using earbuds.
4. No Hoodie (worn on head): Students can wear hooded sweatshirts but in order to be able to identify our students at all times, we ask students not to wear their hoods over their heads. This rule is in place for student safety. Should a non-student sneak onto our campus, we would want to identify them immediately. Also, we need to ensure during class and outside of class that students do not have their earbuds. We prioritize making sure that students are paying attention in class and our fully engaged with each other at all times.
If you ever need to report a disciplinary or safety concern, please make sure to report all concerns to our administrative team.
Our assistant principal, Mr. Robert Bonilla email@example.com oversees students with last names between A-L and Ms. Estephany Conlon Estephany.firstname.lastname@example.org oversees all students between M-Z. Please visit this link to contact any other staff you wish to communicate with: https://bvm.sweetwaterschools.org/staff-directory-2/.
Day of the Dead/Dia de Los Muertos DLI Student Presentations
Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 3:30pm
650 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA
We will see you there community!
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Week at a Glance: October 30 - November 3
Message from our DLI Coordinator Mr. Reyes-Cornejo about Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)
(For Students enrolled in Dual Language Immersion Classes):
Día de Muertos is most famous as a Mexican holiday, but it’s observed in different forms throughout Latin America. In most places, it’s a mix of local indigenous beliefs and Catholic traditions. (This is why it’s celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2, All Souls Day and All Saints Day.)
Although the Day of the Dead falls close to Halloween on the calendar, the two are not related. (It’s more similar to Memorial Day; a time to remember loved ones who have passed on.)
Most families celebrate the Day of the Dead by creating an “ofrenda” in their homes. This is a space that reflects their own spiritual traditions and honors the memories of their relatives. Some people also use this time to visit local cemeteries, to clean and decorate their family members’ graves with flowers. Others attend church services or local parades.
Some families who are less religious celebrate the Day of the Dead as more of a cultural tradition. For others, they believe that during this time the spirits of their loved ones come close to earth. Some of the decorations include things like sugar skulls and skeletons, which are meant to symbolize that death is a natural part of life.
Our goal is to learn what this holiday means to the people that celebrate it, and how different communities think about life, death, and the afterlife. To that end, we will be working on a Día de Muertos project as part of the Dual Language Immersion Program, and our World Languages Spanish classes here at Bonita Vista Middle School. This project will involve reading, researching, writing, and hands-on activities. I will provide some of the materials. However, if you are able to, I would appreciate any voluntary donations of arts and crafts materials and/or decoration items for our project. At the end of this message, you will find links to a few articles that further explain the rationale behind the Day of the Dead celebration, and what materials go into building an altar with “ofrendas’’ or offerings. However, below is a short list for your reference:
Candles (velas): Symbol of light and life, lights the way.
Papel picado (decorative papers): Represents the union between earth and the afterlife.
Pan de muerto (a sweet bread): Element of earth, hospitality.
Marigolds (Flores de cempasúchil): Orange is the color most easily seen, scent guides the spirits to the altar.
Plates of Food: Favorite foods to welcome hungry souls.
Sugar skulls (calaveras), and skeletons (calacas): Symbolizes death as part of life.
A Glass of Water: To welcome thirsty souls after a long journey.
A Photograph of the Family Member(s), Pets or Famous People: To remember relatives and loved ones who passed away.
Favorite objects: To make visiting souls feel happy and honor them.
Religious Symbols: A cross, rosary, pictures of saints, or others.
Incense: The smell wards off bad spirits and welcomes good ones.
Students will present their projects to our school community on November 2nd. We would like to invite parents and guardians to come to our Parent Center in Room 201 anytime from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in order to see students’ projects.
We always want to deepen our cultural understanding of different places where Spanish is spoken! I hope this is helpful, and please reach out to me with any questions.
David Reyes Cornejo
Bonita Vista Middle School
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Magkaisa Conference Filipino Student/Parent Conference is on October 28, 2023
This past weekend we celebrated the Magkaisa Conference Filipino Student/Parent Conference at Otay Ranch High School.
Kenneth Barlis, a renowned fashion designer for Project Runway, was this year's keynote speaker. Also, Assemblymember David Alvarez was in attendance and addressed our students and parents during the general session. Kenneth Barlis shared his personal journey to encourage students to exercise their agency. He spoke highly of his mother, his childhood in the Philippines, his educational journey in the United States, and the moment he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a Fashion Designer. Mr. Barlis stressed the importance of hard work. His message was well received by the hundreds of students who were in attendance. Let's go!!!