Dr. Ben Churchill, Superintendent

Measure HH Update: Hope, Kelly, and Magnolia Elementary Schools

Just a year ago Measure HH, our $265 million bond measure to upgrade and modernize our campuses, passed with broad support from our community. As you know, we hit the ground running with an ambitious Phase One plan that includes modernizing many schools and installing safety and sustainability elements. This month I’d like to update you on some of our most exciting Phase One projects — major renovations at three of our elementary schools, Magnolia, Kelly, and Hope.



Spotlight on Schools: VALLEY MIDDLE

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Known for its rich academic programs and its mission to take students beyond the school walls, Valley Middle School has a tradition of civic participation that extends to its electives classrooms.




Kelly Elementary: What We Learned at Compassion Day 2019

From Principal Emma Cobb:

Compassion Day is a school wide event in which every student and staff member in grades TK-5 experience what it feels like to have a disability. In addition, they learn how to be inclusive and a friend to their peers with disabilities. The goal of this day is to teach our children empathy and compassion for others. When they better understand people with disabilities, they are able to communicate with them and include them in activities. Our hope is that teaching this to our young children will better prepare them to embrace differences and promote acceptance of all people in the world around them.

Shout out to the following staff for putting together this event: Crystal Waterman, Michelle Malkind, Chelsea Barajas, Rachel Yakubik, NancyAnn Hensch, Cosette Aguirre, Charlotte McDermott, and Christine Belcher.

Shout out to parents and volunteers for making the event happen: Tricia Benton, Marci Tarvin, Vicki Christensen, and approximately 35 additional volunteers and 15 student leaders from Valley Middle School.



The next Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 6:00pm. Please click on the below link to "Agendas & Minutes" to view the meeting agenda.
At the November meeting of the Board of Trustees, the following actions were taken:

  • Valley Middle School Perimeter Security - Fence Approved
  • Superintendent Contract - One Year Extension (through June 2022)

At the December meeting of the Board of Trustees, the following items will be considered:

  • Election of President, Vice President, and Clerk of the Board of Trustees
  • Board Appointee to the Personnel Commission - Carmen Rene
  • First Interim Financial Report
  • Location of Transitional Kindergarten Program in 2020-21 School Year
  • Facility Master Plan Quarterly Update

Carlsbad Unified in the News

Channel 7 San Diego, December 14, 2019

Inspirational Students Make Up Student Superintendent Advisory Council in Carlsbad

The Coast News, December 13, 2019:

Inclusivity core to Kelly Elementary School robotics team

San Diego Union-Tribune, December 6, 2019:

Elementary school students took on unique challenge for Lego robotics competition

North Coast Current, November 30, 2019:

Carols for Carlsbad highlights school music programs

Carlsbad Patch, November 27, 2019:

City of Carlsbad provides police officers at local schools

The Coast News, November 27, 2019:

Blue Ribbon Award pinned upon Aviara Oaks Elementary


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Credit: San Diego County Office of Education (@SanDiegoCOE) on Twitter

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Credit: Hope Elementary (@hopeelementary) on Instagram

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Credit: Sage Creek High School (@scbobcats) on Instagram

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Credit: Carlsbad Unified (@carlsbadusd) on Instagram

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Credit: Sage Creek High School (@scbobcats) on Instagram

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Credit: Carlsbad High School Science Department (@CarlsbadScience) on Twitter

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Credit: Kelly Elementary School (@kelly_cougars) on Instagram

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Credit: Aaron Nelson (@magprincipal) on Instagram

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Credit: Calavera Hills Elementary School (@chscoyoyes) on Instagram

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Credit: Student Broadcast Journalism and Storytelling - Carlsbad, CA (@chstv) on Facebook

Carlsbad Unified School District

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