Weekly Family Update #36

May 10, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Falcon Families,


Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Falcon Moms out there! Thank you so much for all of the kind messages, pictures, and shoutouts for Staff Appreciation Week. All of us Falcons really appreciate the kindness from this amazing community. I feel very fortunate to work at Oak Valley and I am grateful to represent this learning community.


Progress reports will be posted this week. Due to the school closure and distance learning, grades will look different. For the progress report, all students will see an IP for “In Progress” for all core classes. Students will not see a grade for Language Arts Workshop, Encore, 6th Grade Elective Wheel, Cross Age Tutoring, Teacher Assistant, Office Assistant, or other similar courses. All students will also be given one of three comments under their IP:


  • Student consistently engages in distance learning.
  • Student inconsistently engages in distance learning.
  • Student has not engaged in distance learning.


We will not be printing and distributing progress reports at this time. Students and parents are able to access progress reports online from the Synergy Student or Parent Portal by navigating to "Report Card," then selecting the link for our most recent progress report. Progress reports can also be located in the "Documents" area at the bottom of the navigation bar.


I am very impressed by the work our Falcon students have been doing during this time of distance learning. I know it is difficult for many students to learn this way. My own kids have been frustrated and confused at times. We are asking our students to do their best. The learning in my own house has had the added challenge of limited computers, spotty WiFi, and impatient kids! Many of you are facing similar challenges and much more. Our teachers and all staff are here for your students. Please encourage your student to reach out if there is something they need. We miss them so much and want to see them succeed!


This week all middle school principals are working on a common system and timeline for families to be able to access many of the items students still have on campus (PE Lockers, artwork, medications, instruments, etc.) as well as drop off any items that need to be returned to campus (registration documents, textbooks, etc). I will be communicating our plan soon. Stay tuned for more information.


I would like to congratulate our CyberPatriot Team and Coach Paul for their amazing performance at this year’s Virtual National Championships. Our Oak Valley Falcons did an amazing job and so did our other community schools, Design 39 and Del Norte High School. Out of 1,245 Middle School Division teams and 3,631 Open (High School) Division teams, the schools in our community took First Place and Runner-Up in the Open Division and First Place, Runner-Up and Third place in the Middle School Division! We now have 5 National Champion teams in 5 years!


That is a huge achievement for our 3 schools. Congratulations to all of our students and especially our Falcon Teams CyberAegis Electron and CyberAegis Alpha!!


CyberPatriot 3rd Place Middle School Division

CyberAegis Electron - Oak Valley Middle School


CyberPatriot Runner-Up Middle School Division

CyberAegis Alpha - Oak Valley Middle School


I was able to walk the new building this week and IT LOOKS AMAZING!!! I posted lots of pictures below. I look forward to being able to utilize this new learning space!


Have a great week Falcons!


Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!


Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young

Principal

Oak Valley Middle School

coyoung@powayusd.com

From Stephanie & Samantha S. - 7th grade

From Stephanie & Samantha S.

New Student Enrollment

New student enrollment for grades 6-12 will open on May 12, 2020.


Due to the emergency school closures, Poway Unified School District has updated the new student enrollment process for the 2020-2021 school year. While schools are closed, the enrollment process will be completed electronically. You can view enrollment information on the PUSD website. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process together. We look forward to helping you prepare for the upcoming school year, and can't wait to meet our new students once schools reopen.

Attention 6th Grade Parents!

All students entering the 7th grade in August will need to be up to date with their immunizations. Attached to this message is a list of all required immunizations. Please email your child’s immunization record to our health tech, Anne Shaughnessy ASAP, ashaughnessy@powayusd.com.

Counseling and Student Services Information

Click here for an update from your Counselors and Student Services Specialists. Please share this information and the activities with your Falcon student.

PUSD Updates

Click here for the latest updates from Poway Unified School District.

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MyConnect

This Video Will Show You How To Turn on Parent Notifications in MyConnect so You Will Know When Assignments or Announcements are Posted

ASB & St. Baldrick's

ASB is proud to announce that we are moving forward with our annual support of St. Baldrick's to help raise money for childhood cancer research. Any support that you can offer is truly appreciated, you can make a small donation by clicking on this LINK, OR you can sign up to SHAVE YOUR HEAD in solidarity with children who are battling cancer! Our head shaving event will be held virtually on May 22 with more information coming soon! Thank you for your support, it is more important than ever in these uncertain times!

Stay tuned to see some of your favorite teachers stand in solidarity by shaving their heads!

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Internet for All

The San Diego Country Office of Education has put together the following list of resources for families that are in need of internet service. Click the link below for more information!

https://covid-19.sdcoe.net/Distance-Learning/Connectivity-Resources

The California Emerging Technology Fund has has provided this link to affordable offers as well as a number to call (1-844-841-INFO (4636)) someone who can assist parents:

http://www.internetforallnow.org/get_affordable_internet_today

PUSD App

Did you know PUSD has an app?

On the PUSD app, you can:
1. Choose which schools to follow in Settings
2. Receive emergency messages from the alert center
3. See what's happening on the calendar
4. Follow along with the News Stream
5. Catch the latest sports scores


And MUCH MORE! Download for FREE on the App Store and Google Play Store.

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The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2761, jjimenez@powayusd.com