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ALPINE UNION THE DESTINATION SCHOOL DISTRICT OF EAST COUNTY!

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WELCOME TO THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

It is hard to believe that the summer has ended and school is once again starting. We are excited to welcome you and your child to the 2017-18 school year. We are very much looking forward to a great year ahead and to seeing your child succeed and reach his or her potential.


As we embark on a new school year filled with hope, anticipation, and excitement, we want you to be connected to our schools. We know our students will enter our classrooms eager to learn, anxious to make new friends and filled with promise for the year ahead. The ingredients to ensuring your child's success is simple -- it starts and ends with a deep partnership with your child's teacher and school, clear communication and, of course, positive energy! Each of you is part of the family we call #TEAM AUSD and your partnership is essential to ensuring the success of your students and our District.


We look forward to the year ahead and to partnering with you to make your child have the best year possible. Please be on the look out for the this monthly newsletter.

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6TH GRADE AND NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION AT JMMS

This year we are offering a 6th grade and new student orientation at JMMS, which will take place on August 24 at 5:00 PM. Students and their parents will have an opportunity to get oriented with JMMS, pick up class schedules, locate their classrooms, purchase PE clothes, make school lunch payments, get information about 6th Grade Camp, tour the campus, ask questions and more. This is for 6th grade students, 7th and 8th graders new to JMMS, and their families.
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NEW AUSD PARENT EDUCATION SERIES

One of our goals this year is to provide a series of parent education events. On August 24 at 6:00 PM, we will be hosting our first Parent Education Night of the 2017-2018 school year at Joan MacQueen Middle School gym. The program is titled, "Developing a Positive Culture Where Our Teens and Tweens Can Thrive." We hope you will join us for this informative evening. TeenTruth, who will be providing training for our JMMS staff and working with our students this year, will be facilitating the first parent education event.

COLLEGE SPIRIT DAYS EVERY MONDAY

We will be implementing College Spirit Days on our campuses every Monday will this year. We want our students to begin thinking about college and beyond every week in which they are on our campuses. We also want to encourage our students to reach higher and be college bound. Students are encouraged to wear a college shirt or gear every Monday. So, connect with your college or a college your child is interested in and buy a college t-shirt.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHTS

Please mark your calendar for Back to School Night!


AES - 9/12 Back to School Night @ 6:00 pm

BOES - 9/14 Back to School Night @ 5:30 pm

CELC - 9/7 CELC Curriculum Night @ 6:00 pm

JMMS - 8/31 Back to School Night @ 6:00 pm

SHES - 9/6 Back to School Night @ 5:30 pm

WELCOME BACK KAREN HOHIMER AND TAMARA RIPKE

We are pleased to share and welcome back two leaders to our District. Karen Hohimer will take the helm of JMMS. Karen was a former teacher in our District and at JMMS. She recently served as the Middle School Vice Principal for the past three years in the Santee School District. Tamara was also a former teacher in our District and most recently served as the principal of Dehesa Elementary. Tamara will be the Assistant Principal of CELC.


We are thrilled to have both of them back in our District as we focus on making Alpine Union the Destination District of East County.

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STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

As the year begins, we will be looking for two middle school students to serve as student Board members. This is a wonderful leadership opportunity and a chance to get an inside look on how the District is run, how decisions are made and gain leadership experience. Applications will be available in the JMMS office beginning the first week of school.
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STUDENT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT AT JMMS

This school year we will be launching our first ever Student Leadership Summit at JMMS. Our students will be working with Teen Truth to develop an action plan designed to ensure a positive school climate. Stay tuned for more information.

NEW ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM

We are excited to share that we will be implementing a new English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum for grades K-6 this year. We will also be piloting a new ELA curriculum in grades 7-8 this school year. On August 24, 0ur staff will spend the day receiving training on the new curriculum.
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NOMINATE AN AUSD EMPLOYEE FOR RECOGNITION

We are launching two new employee recognition programs this year: #TEAM AUSD AWARD and Everyday Heroes Recognition Program. The goal of these two programs is to recognize the valuable contributions of District employees to our students, schools and community. Nominations may be submitted by District staff, community members, students and parents. Individuals will able to submit a nomination form from our District website.


#Team AUSD Award

The #Team AUSD Award is designed to recognize an admirable team of employees, who together accomplish an exceptional task or project. The recognition is for a group of two or more classified and/or certificated individuals who have made a significant contribution to the benefit of AUSD, an individual, his or her work site, the community or other volunteer or service organization.


Everyday Heroes Employee Recognition Program

The AUSD “'Everyday Heroes" Employee Recognition Program honors classified employees who demonstrate excellence in work performance, school and community involvement, and leadership and commitment to our District, community and students.

LEAD TESTING AT ALL AUSD SCHOOLS

The safety and health of our students and staff across Alpine Unified are of the utmost importance for the District. With this in mind, we wanted to notify you that we have requested lead testing of our schools’ water supplies.


While not required, a recent action by the State Water Resources Control Board now allows for school districts to request free lead testing in schools. AUSD schools are served by Padre Dam. The water testing in AUSD will begin on September 13th. It is anticipated that the testing will take three days to complete.


Testing will occur before the school day begins to avoid any disruptions to learning. Up to five samples will be taken at each site. The sampling locations may include drinking fountains, cafeterias, and food preparation areas. The water samples will be analyzed and the school district will be notified of the results. All results will be posted online on the Alpine Union School District website.

SHADOW HILLS DUAL IMMERSION SCHOOL

Beginning this school year Shadow Hills Elementary School will move from a Dual Language program to a Dual Language School. Beginning this school year, all incoming English Only first grade students will have the option to choose AES or BOES. We are excited to see SHES continue to expand and grow.

AUSD SUMMER RENOVATIONS

AUSD RENOVATIONS

Our staff were busy this summer on a range of projects to improve our campuses. They included:

  • 12 new HVAC units were installed across our District
  • Roofs were repaired at several campuses
  • A new lunch shade structure was installed at BOES after the storm destroyed it
  • JMMS gym floor resurfaced
  • 5 old buildings and 1 cargo container were removed from our campuses
  • Wireless access points were installed
  • The District Office moved to JMMS
  • Surplus equipment that has been stored in classrooms for years was removed
  • ....and many more projects

DISTRICT OFFICES MOVED TO JMMS

The District Office has relocated to the JMMS campus. We are located on the east end of the school office. We look forward to being on the school campus and spending more time with our students this school year.

LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP)

The LCAP is intended to be a three-year plan to improve student achievement by setting annual goals for the district in eight priority areas. Each of the priorities have established data requirements to track district progress improving student achievement. 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. Our District staff worked together with all of our stakeholder groups to gather input and craft the 2017018 Local Control Accountability Plan that was recently approved by the San Diego County Office of Education. The plan can be found on our website.
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KEY DATES AND HAPPENINGS AT OUR SCHOOLS!

8/24 - JMMS 6th Gr and New Student Welcome (5:00 pm)

8/24 - Teen Truth Parent Education Night at JMMS (6:00 pm)

8/25 - AES Class Lists posted & PTSA Sponsored Popsicle Posting Party (4:00 pm)

8/25 - BOES Popsicle Posting Party (4:00 pm)

8/25 - CELC and SHES Popsicle Posting Party (4:00 pm)

8/28 - First Day of School for Students

8/28 - AES First Day of PTSA Membership Drive

8/28 - AES PTSA Sponsored free coffee & cookies for parents in parking lot

8/28 to 9/1 - CELC Minimum Days - dismissal at 12:15

8/30 - AES Staff Meeting (7:45 am)

8/31 - JMMS Back to School Night (6:00 pm)

9/4 - Labor Day Holiday - School Closed

9/6 - SHES Back to School Night (5:30 pm)

9/7 - CELC Curriculum Night (6:00 pm)

9/12 - AES PTA Sponsored Back to School BBQ (5:00 pm)

9/12 - AES Back to School Night (6:00 pm)

9/13 - AUSD School Board Meeting

9/14 - BOES Back to School Night (5:30 pm)