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A Message from Dr. Newman

Dear AUSD Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

I’m so pleased to welcome you to the inaugural edition of the monthly #AUSD CONNECT. We hope #AUSD CONNECT keeps you connected to our schools, the District as a whole, and provides an opportunity for two way communication.

As the new Superintendent, I am in the process of meeting with all AUSD staff, students, parents and community members to hear everyone's ideas on developing a bold new vision for teaching and learning. On October 12, I will be holding the first of several community forums designed to listen closely to your ideas, thoughts, hopes and dreams for the future.

I feel so fortunate to join a winning team and am excited about the places we'll go in the years to come.

Sincerely and with Appreciation,

Rich Newman, Ed.D.

Proud Superintendent of Alpine Union



Creating a New Vision for Teaching and Learning in AUSD - Your INPUT is Needed

Our students will inherit a world that is exponentially different than the one in which we live today. To ensure that our students are prepared to compete in the global marketplace, they will need to develop a set of skills that include the ability to collaborate with others, think critically, communicate effectively and adapt to a changing world landscape. We will need to ensure that our students have access to a range of learning opportunities that provide opportunities to think anew. This includes ensuring that students can pursue their passions and interests while being provided personalized learning opportunities and multiple pathways for learning.

As a District we are committed to ensuring that the way teaching and learning occurs for our students evolves to ensure that each student reaches their potential. To craft a vision for the future we need to hear your ideas, thoughts and dreams for the future. On October 12 and 14, 2016 Dr. Newman will be holding a Future Focus Planning Community forum to capture the viewpoints and ideas of our parents and community. The meeting on October 12 will take place from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Boulder Oaks Elementary School Auditorium. The meeting on October 14 will take place at Alpine Elementary School from 10:30-11:30.

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We want to ensure that there are multiple pathways to capture your thinking. Please take a moment to complete the survey. The information we gather in this survey will be used to help build our vision and to develop our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP requires Districts to gather input from students, teachers, parents, and community members to determine the goals, actions, and budget priorities for the District. Please take a few moments to give your input to this important process.

New AUSD Website Coming Soon!

We are in the process of designing a new interactive and responsive website for AUSD. Our new website will continue our focus on improving communications with all AUSD families, students and community members. If you are interested in helping be part of the design team please let us know by emailing superintendent@alpineschools.net. We would love to have your expertise, energy and passion. Stay tuned for more information about our new website.

PeachJar - Digital Backpack

All AUSD schools will be using Peachjar this year to share flyers with parents. Peachjar will allow us to digitally approve and distribute eflyers directly to parents and have them posted to each of our school's website automatically. In addition to making the sharing of information simpler, we hope you no longer have to search through your child's backpack to find forms and important documents.

If you provided your email address to your child's school on your student's contact information form this year or last year, a Peachjar account has been established for you. You should receive or will be receiving an email from Peachjar with your login information. This is provided so that you can manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to log in to receive or view e-flyers. If you did not provide your email address and would like to receive Peachjar e-flyers, let your school office know to add your email address to the district contact form.


Here are a few of the many things happening at our schools.


  • Map testing for MVLA and SHS students is underway

  • Pathways, our core reading program, will begin in October for CELC and SHS. This is a chance for your student to receive reading instruction in small groups to better meet his/her individual needs

  • Fire safety programs will be held at all three schools during October

  • Sep 28 - The SHS running club meeting

  • Sep 30 - CELC PTA will host its Back to School Barbecue

  • Oct 10 - the principal will share the School Safety plan for public review as well as hold a Title 1 and GATE parent night

  • Oct 10 - Teddy Bear week at CELC

  • Oct 20 - The Great American Shakeout

  • Oct 24 - Red Ribbon week

  • Oct 28 - The SHS Fall festival

  • Oct 31 Halloween Costume parade


  • MAP testing is underway for students

  • Spirit Days are every Friday, students should wear Road Runner gear and spirit sleeves

  • October 5 - Minimum Day Movie

  • October 6 - SSC meeting at 3:15

  • October 12 - 5th Grade to Viejas for Fire Prevention Tour

  • October 12 - 2nd Grade Fire Prevention Video

  • October 14 - The school wide positive reinforcement assembly

  • October 17 - 3rd and 4th Grade Fire Engine Demo

  • October 21 - Coffee with the Principal

  • October 21 - Annual Halloween Carnival

  • October 24-28 - Red Ribbon Week


  • Oct 3-7 - 6th Grade Outdoor Camp

  • The JMMS character education curriculum promotes the 8 Keys of Excellence. Awards will be celebrated in the student’s advisory class on November 4, 2016

  • Family night will be held on Thursday, October 27th at 5PM. The evening will consist of a Cake Walk, Chili Cook Off and Pumpkin Carving

  • The JMMS band will be joining forces with high school bands to play at local football games. This year the band will play at Granite High School and Steele Canyon High School

  • October 14 - Band plays at Granite Hills High School Football

  • October 21 - Band plays at Steele Canyon High School

  • October 24 - 8 Keys Award Winners

  • Oct 27 - JMMS Family Night and Chili Cook Off

  • October 31 Halloween Costume Contest

  • The robotics team is preparing for the qualifying competition at Eastlake Middle School on Nov. 12


  • “Family Flag Fridays” have started. Families are encouraged to join for the Pledge of Allegiance and to celebrate the accomplishments of students every Friday morning

  • Two students have organized the school to join the Heart of Gold Program in an effort to “whip” pediatric cancer and raise money for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

  • The PTA has purchased more Chromebooks to each classroom making our student to Chromebook ratio 4:1 in upper grades and 3:1 in our primary grades

  • Oct. 4th we will hold our annual Safety Plan Review Parent Meeting

  • Oct. 3rd - The “Power 30” RTI/ELD/Enrichment begins

  • Fire Prevention Activities are planned throughout October

  • Oct. 12th - Bring Your Parent to Lunch day

  • Oct. 13th and 14 PTA Book Exchange

  • Oct. 24th - 28th - Red Ribbon Week activities and dress-up days

  • Oct. 31st - Halloween Parade. The PTA will be collecting candy to send to Operation Gratitude

Salute to Teachers - Traci Valade, AUSD Teacher of the Year

Our very own Traci Valade, from AES, was one of 43 educators out of 26,000 teachers in the county to be honored at the Salute To Teachers Event held in Balboa Theater early]ier this month! This event is considered the Academy Awards for Teachers. Way to go Traci!

Student Board Members

Please join me in welcoming two new additions to our School Board. Owen B. and Gage M. have been selected to serve as our Student Board Members. They will take the oath at our next meeting on October 20th at CELC. Congratulations Owen and Gage! We look forward to having you bring the voice of students to our Board members.

1% Attendance = $136,255

We all know that attendance is directly related to student success. An increase in attendance in AUSD by 1% equates to an additional $136,255. Imagine what we could do to support student learning with the addition of $136,255 in our District!


  • Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict frequent absences later in the school year. Nearly half of all students that missed more than two days of school in September went on to miss almost a month of school.
  • If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, this adds up to missing more than 33 hours of class time. A student with a 90 percent attendance average for Kindergarten through 12th grade will miss over a year of accumulated time in the classroom.

Please make sure your child attends school regularly and on time! We miss your kiddo when they are not in school!

Professional Learning Plan for Staff

We are pleased to share that we have developed a professional learning strategy for our staff this year. We believe it is critical to ensure that the adults in our system are continuously learning and being prepared to help ensure that our students reach their potential. This year staff are being trained to effectively use Google Apps for Education. Our goal is to ensure that we provide our staff and students opportunities for anytime, anywhere and anyplace learning. To that end, we are focused on ensuring that our teachers and other staff develop the critical skills necessary to foster collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills.

Superintendent and Board Protocols

To effectively plot a future focused path, the Board of Trustees and Superintendent must function together as an effective leadership team. To ensure unity among team members, effective operating procedures, and successful leadership of the District, The Board and Superintendent have developed a set of protocols. These protocols clearly delineate the roles of the Superintendent and the Board of Trustees and will help our staff, local community and parents better understand the structure and function of our Board of Trustees and the Superintendent. Please click here to read the protocols.