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ALPINE UNION THE DESTINATION SCHOOL DISTRICT OF EAST COUNTY!

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FIFTH GRADERS VISIT BIZTOWN

Fifth graders from all of our schools attended BizTown on Thursday, October 26. We heard students saying "it was the best day of their life" and "I want to grow up an run a business".


BizTown provides our students a real world experience by showing them how to create jobs and apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students become familiar with economics and finances, managing businesses, operating banks, opening bank accounts and writing checks.


We are looking forward to scheduling our trip next year! Check out the pictures below.

FOURTH GRADERS TO BUILD TREBUCHETS

We are pleased to share that on November 7th all fourth graders will participate in the Pumpkin’ Chunkin’ workshop, sponsored by the the Alpine Education Foundation. This day will consist of small groups of students building their very own trebuchet followed by time spent launching different sized items across the SHES and CELC field. This fun and innovate workshop will cover the history of the trebuchet, and the physics and engineering involved in its use. The event will take place at SHES for all students. If you are interested in volunteering please contact your school site.

NEW AUSD LOGO DESIGN CONTEST - VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE LOGO

As part of our work to focus on improving AUSD, we launched a contest to update and market our District by creating a new logo. Ten logos were submitted from students, parents, staff and community members. We will be asking the greater AUSD community to help us pick the logo that will best represent AUSD in one powerful visual statement. Stay tuned for the voting contest, which will be unveiled in the very near future.

ELEMENTARY REPORT CARD GOING ONLINE

We are pleased to share that our elementary report card will be available online. Teachers will input grades directly into the Synergy report card and parents and students will have access to their report card online. We look forward to continuing to find ways to improve our home to school communication.

SHES PLAYGROUND UPGRADE COMPLETE

A new ground covering for the playground structure for SHES has been installed. A huge thank you to the SHES PTA for all of their hard work and their willingness to partner with the District to make this project a reality. Check out the picture from the ribbon cutting ceremony.

AUSD IN THE ALPNE SUN

Make sure to check out the Alpine Sun. Every month our schools have columns to share the events and happenings from our campuses. This is part of our comprehensive communications strategy designed to open channels of communication, create transparency, keep us connected, provide updates and celebrate events and other happenings across AUSD

DUAL IMMERSION AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL PLANNING MOVING FORWARD

The Dual Immersion Parent Advisory Committee (DIPAC) held its first meeting (DIAPC) on October 3rd @ SHES. The next meeting is scheduled for November 7th. At the meeting we will be sharing a mock student schedule of how the dual immersion program will transition to the middle school as well as share some of the resources and curriculum.


The goal of the DIPAC is to help ensure that parent voices are a central component of our planning as we develop our middle school dual immersion program. This committee will serve in an advisory role contributing information, conducting surveys, sharing ideas, and helping formulate a plan for the future. If you are interested in participating on the committee please contact Mrs. Maier, principal of SHES at ymaier@alpineschools.net

JMMS COMMUNITY AND RECREATION FACILITY FORUM

On November 9th, at 6PM in the JMMS gym, we will be holding a community forum to discuss the JMMS Community and Recreation Facility Project, which is designed to upgrade and improve the JMMS fields to support school and community needs. This will be an opportunity to hear an update on the project, and, more importantly, engage in a collaborative dialogue with other community members.
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PARENT CONFERENCES

Parent conferences are scheduled for November 13th through November 17. As a reminder, conference week will be minimum school days. Thanks for celebrating successes with your child and continuing to work closely with their teachers to concentrate on areas in need of increased focus. Make sure to mark your calendar!
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THANKSGIVING WEEK

November 20 to November 24, Thanksgiving Week. All schools and departments will be closed during this week.

LEAD TESTING RESULTS COMPLETED - ALL SCHOOLS MEET EPA GUIDELINES AND ARE FOUND TO BE SAFE

The safety and health of our students and staff across Alpine Union (AUSD) is one of our top priorities. With this in mind, we wanted to notify you that lead testing of our schools’ water supplies has been conducted and completed.


The drinking water at all of our schools has been found to be safe. All of our schools met the EPA guidelines for safe drinking water.


The process began on June 23, 2017 when AUSD officially requested that testing be completed at all AUSD school sites. On September 13, 2017, the Padre Dam Municipal Water District began taking water samples from each school site which included outdoor drinking fountains and indoor kitchen areas.


On October 24, 2017, Padre Dam Municipal Water District reported that the results for all of our schools were complete and that all values tested were less than the State’s 15 parts per billion (ppb), therefore requiring no further testing.


Copies of each site’s results will be posted on the District’s website on the Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities page.

NEW STUDENT BOARD MEMBERS BEGIN WORKING

We are pleased our two new wonderful Student School Board Members, Kaitlin and Neel, have begun serving on the Board. They're working closely with Dr. Newman to ensure the voice of students are represented. At present, Kaitlin and Neel are focused on new PE uniforms and improving lunch offerings. Check out the pictures of our Student Board members below.

AUSD DINE OUT AT JANET'S

This year all of our PTAs are working together and coordinating dine outs to raise funds for our schools. On Wednesday, November 1st, all AUSD parents and students are invited to dine out at Janet's. A percentage of their sales will go back to each PTA. Just remember to tell them you are part of the AUSD PTA Dine Out. We look forward to seeing you at Janet's.

LETTERS AND DONATIONS MAILED TO BURNETT ELEMENTARY FOR HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF

We are pleased to share that our community responded to help Burnett Elementary are they recovered from Hurricane Harvey. We sent a box filled with hundreds of letters of support to their students, staff and community. Boulder Oaks also raised $950.00 for their school community. Way to go AUSD!

PARENT EDUCATION SERIES

One of our goals this year is to provide a variety of Parent Education Nights. Our third Parent Education Evening is scheduled for November 16 @ 6:00 PM at JMMS. The topic will be Internet Crimes Against Children and AdolescentsParents. Community members and staff are invited to attend. The San Diego District Attorney's office will be here to facilitate the meetings. Please join us for one or all of these informative Parent Education Nights.


Parent Education Nights:

  • Internet Crimes Against Children & Adolescents - 11/16/17 @ 6pm, JMMS
  • Driving Under the Influence & Social Host Law Consequences - 2/15/18 @ 6pm, JMMS
  • Identity Theft & Consumer Protection - 3/15/18 @ 6pm, JMMS
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NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH

American Indian Heritage Month is a month of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States and time to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

BARONS MARKET PARTNERING WITH SCHOOLS TO BRING NUTRITION EDUCATION

Thank you to Barons Market for their continued support and partnership as we educate our students about making healthy food choices and nutrition. Recently, the students at CELC participated in a farmer's market where fruits and vegetables were purchased with Barons Bucks. Thank you Barons.

DECEMBER MOVIE NIGHT - PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Mark your calendars! On December 12th from 6pm to 9pm we will be hosting a movie night for all AUSD students. This is your chance to drop off your kids, go shopping and leave the dinner and movie to us. Stay tuned for more information.

REMINDER - LUNCH PAYMENTS CAN BE MADE ONLINE

We have made it easy to make lunch payments, view purchase history, and receive low balance alerts. For your convenience, you can also setup automatic payments to replenish your child's cafeteria funds. You can find the link to pay online on the AUSD website or by clicking here.

AEF BLOCK GRANTS AWARDED

A HUGE thank you to AEF for funding a total of $14,549.00 in block grants. Below are the grants awarded:


American Indian Parent Committee, $800.00 for American Indian Gathering

Jane Smith, JMMS, $1,000.00 for MakerSpace Gone Green

Robbi Skovmand, JMMS, $320.00 for class set of books: Killer Angels

Claudia Alvarez-Alfaro, JMMS, $400.00 for scholarships for students to attend field trips

Jennifer Bromma, JMMS, $500.00 for Elective Cooking Class / D.O. MATCH of $500.00

Jenna Weinert for all staff, BOES, $2,325.00 for Raz Kids & Ozobot

Andrea Casas, CELC, $2,124.00 for Raz Kids

Keri Shenk, SHES, $2,180.00 for Raz Kids

Jennifer Broderick, MVLA, $1,400.00 for flexible seating models

Travis Wall for all staff, AES, $3,500.00 for Leader in Me

ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING PLAN IS BEING DEVELOPED

As we have shared previously, we are in the process of finalizing an Assessment for Learning Plan that we will follow as a District. All sites have had a chance to share their thoughts and ideas.


To continue the dialogue, we have formed a committee to finalize the ELA elements. In addition, this committee will begin the process of developing an assessment plan for math. The committee will spend this year developing a plan for math, including gathering feedback so that we end the year with a math assessment plan for the 2018-19 school year.

NOMINATE AN AUSD EMPLOYEE FOR RECOGNITION

Would you like to recognize an AUSD Employee or team for their exemplary work? We have launched 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.


Click here to nominate an individual AUSD staff member or click here to nominate a team.

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TIME CHANGE

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 5th.
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KEY DATES AND HAPPENINGS AT OUR SCHOOLS!

11/1 to 11/3 BOES Operation Gratitude

11/1 to 11/16 JMMS Band Wreath Sales

11/1 AUSD Elementary Early Day Dismissal

11/1 AES PTA Sponsored After School Movie: The Emoji Movie

11/1 AUSD Dine Out at Janet’s' Cafe

11/1 JMMS Oak Grove Middle School Cross Country Meet

11/2 AES 8:35am-8:55am Student are "Walking with Our Principal, Mr. Wall"

11/2 BOES Coffee with the Principal

11/2 BOES PTA Meeting

11/2 AES 3:25pm School Site Council Meeting

11/3 AES 8:30am Coffee with the Principal

11/3 SHES Dia De Los Muertos Field Trip, Rms 7/9/22/23

11/3 BOES SSC Meeting

11/3 SHES PTA Meeting, 8am

11/3 JMMS Band - at Granite Hills HS varsity football game

11/5 Time Change - fall back one hour

11/6 College Spirit Day

11/6 AES 9:30am History Of Native American Dances & Cultures Assembly

11/7 ALL AUSD 4th Grade to SHES for AEF Punkin' Chunkin'

11/7 AES 3:30pm PTSA Meeting in Rm. 20

11/7 JMMS School Site Council Meeting @ 2:30

11/7 SHES PAC/Dual Immersion Mtg, 5:30pm

11/8 AES Safety Drill

11/9 AES 8:35am-8:55am Student are "Walking with Our Principal, Mr. Wall"

11/9 SHES Veteran's Breakfast, 8am and Honor Patrol Flag Ceremony, 8:45am

11/9 JMMS Field Trip - Workability

11/9 to 12/1 JMMS See's Candy fundraiser for Elective Classes

11/9 BOES Bring a Veteran to lunch

11/10 Veterans Day Holiday-No School

11/13 College Spirit Day

11/13 AUSD Parent-Teacher Conference Week-Minimum Days

11/13 AES 8:35am-8:55am Student are "Walking with Our Principal, Mr. Wall"

11/14 SHES/CELC School Site Council Mtg, 3:15pm

11/15 AUSD School Board Meeting at BOES

11/15 to 12/8 BOES Adopt a Family

11/20 to 11/24- THANKSGIVING BREAK-No School

11/27 College Spirit Day

11/27 AES 4:30pm PTSA President's Meeting

11/29 SHES Native American Assembly

11/29 Kindergarten Christmas @ Baron's

11/20 AES 8:35am-8:55am Student are "Walking with Our Principal, Mr. Wall"

11/30 BOES 3rd Gr. Field Trip - Star of India

11/30 CELC EAK Parent Information Night 6:00 pm

12/1 AES 11:30am Fire Prevention Poster Winners Pizza Lunch @ Alpine

Fire Station

12/1 JMMS Field Trip - Workability

12/1 Alpine Holiday Parade