The Prospector Post

October 27, 2020

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Welcome to Second Quarter!

Dear Prospector Families,

It is hard to believe that we just started the second quarter! It feels like we have found a routine and new rhythm in our distance learning and independent study platforms. We continue to face some challenges with technology, balancing home lives and school, and some academics. This is hard for everyone! We are continuing to work on solutions, including maintaining momentum with improving our school and instructional program. We have so much to celebrate over the past two years of growth! This month we are working on:


  • Teacher professional development - data analysis and forming targeted instructional groups for our students, in depth lesson planning to meet standards, Zoom, and more.
  • Learning Schedules will be evaluated and reflected upon as we look at student success and support needs.
  • Student support - small group academic support, small group social emotional support, English Learner services, and a plan for academic tutoring.
  • School community - planning two school events, launching our Jr. Coaching program, and encouraging participation in spirit weeks and days.
  • Family and Faculty Association (FFA) meeting to be scheduled for new officer elections, and new School Site Council (SSC) Members to be announced.
  • Reopening plans, including: schedules, site safety protocols, and survey result analysis.
  • This year, our school is under Federal Program Monitoring. (FPM) This entails an extensive audit of our instructional programs. We will be working on compiling files and collecting evidence of compliance for our review.


We post regularly on Class Dojo School Story and our Facebook Page if you'd like to keep up on weekly happenings at YVES.


We can do hard things together! Keep on keeping on, Prospector Families!


In Partnership,

Celeste Wahlberg, MA, MEd

Principal

Yucca Valley Elementary School

Reopening Plans

Last week, a survey went out from Morongo Unified School District (MUSD) to get parent feedback on reopening plans. MUSD is making plans to tentatively reopen on January 19, 2021. Several of our families expressed concern and asked additional questions. (FAQ below and la versión en español está abajo).

I appreciate your communication, and I have been relaying your concerns and questions to the District.

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MUSD Board Meetings

There are opportunities to be a part of MUSD Board Meetings by watching them online. You can also share your ideas and opinions with a public comment at the regular MUSD School Board Meetings (link below). Public comments for the next Board of Education meeting will be accepted online on the day of the meeting from 9:00 a.m. until one hour before the meeting begins. Regular sessions begin at 7 pm.

Board meeting agendas and schedules can be found here on the Morongo Unified School District Website. The next two meetings are October 27 and November 10.

Prospector Spirit Week

Join us in Red Ribbon Week! Our office staff: Dr. Veas, Mrs. Wahlberg, Ms. Amy and Ms. Teri line up for Hero Day. :)
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

We are excited to announce two special activities!


DRIVE IN Bingo for Books! November 13 at 5:30-6:30 pm, we will use FM radio and Facebook Live to play bingo in your cars. Families will pick up a bingo packet as they drive in and park in the parking lot and upper field. Winners will receive a basket of books!

Winter Festival Singalong! December 17 at 5:00-6:00 pm; come when you can. We will use FM radio and Facebook Live to sing along with some favorite winter songs. Decorate your cars with your favorite winter themes to add to the festivities!


Coming up:

October 26-30 Spirit Week

November 4 Parent Conferences (1:30-4:30) scheduled by teachers. Report Cards will be mailed home, but teachers will also have copies for the conferences.

November 4 District English Learner Advisory Committee Meeting (flyer below)

November 11 Veteran's Day Holiday

November 13 Drive In Bingo For Books

November 17 School Site Council 4 pm - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, School Site Council meetings will take place via Zoom. Please email Ms. Carrie Cole for the Zoom link at carrie.cole@morongo.k12.ca.us if you would like to attend.

November 23-27 Fall Break

Attendance

Thank you for working to engage in learning! We have 355 Prospectors with PERFECT ATTENDANCE for the month of September!! Congratulations!

Reminders:

  • Attendance laws and government policies are still in effect during COVID-19. We are required to issue letters and make appointments with families to find solutions for students who have 90% or less attendance. Anything below 90% attendance is considered truant.
  • Please continue to communicate technical issues or absences with teachers and our school office.
  • Have your child to attempt to complete work even if they aren't able to get on the Zoom call.
  • For independent study, make every effort to keep your appointments. Student work completion/turned in on time is critical for attendance credit.
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State Preschool on YVES Campus

Open Enrollment for State Preschool Programs

The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools is seeking to enroll preschool students for the 2020-21 academic school year for its 30 state-funded preschool programs for low-income families. Currently have openings at every site and the programs are follow distance learning guidelines. Students enrolled will learn and have fun using an age-appropriate hybrid model of daily online interactions with their teacher and independent activities.

Income eligibility for preschool programs is based on a sliding scale. Students must be 3 to 4 years old to be enrolled.

For more information and a list of programs in your area, visit our website at https://bit.ly/2CGDuJU or call the SBCSS State Preschool office at (909) 387-8517.

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