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Thursday, August 16, 2018

New Teachers Get a Running Start on Their New Careers
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Santa Barbara Unified School District launches a new Teacher Induction Program

A first-ever Teacher Induction Program led by Santa Barbara Unified School District launched this week with 85 preliminary credentialed teachers. The district-led program provides new educators with an individualized, job-imbedded system of mentoring, support, and professional learning in the beginning of the teacher’s first two years of teaching.

Santa Barbara Unified School District began to pursue its own induction program in the Fall of 2016. The District received approval from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing on May 10, 2018 after completing a multi-step approval process and demonstrating compliance with rigorous new induction program standards.

“We are incredibly proud to be able to launch our own induction program as a way to authentically support and invest in new educators within our district,” said Roxanna Stern, Teacher Induction Program Coordinator. “By providing this induction program we are integrating district professional learning opportunities with individualized support and mentoring from veteran educators.”

“There is nothing more important in education than the teaching and learning that happens in the classroom,” said John Becchio, EdD, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. “The Teacher Induction Program is an impressive advancement for our district as it allows us to provide on-the-job continuing education and development opportunities that will have a positive impact on student learning.”

The Teacher Induction Program is a two-year program for newly credentialed teachers in California to earn their professional teaching credential. The program is offered free of charge to educators and each participant attends after-school workshops, develops individual learning plans based on California standards for the teaching profession, and receives at least one hour per week of coordinated support and mentoring. Santa Barbara Unified School District teachers previously had to earn their professional teaching credential by participating in continuing education opportunities outside of the district. Participants complete the program by demonstrating that they meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requirements by possessing the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively educate and support all students in meeting state adopted academic standards.

(Photo left to right) Miranda Wittrock, Darren Iacono, Zach Lotze, Michelle Duan

Nuevos maestros arrancan con el pie derecho en sus nuevas carreras profesionales

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara pone en marcha un nuevo programa de iniciación de maestros

Santa Bárbara, Calif. – Esta semana se puso en marcha por primera vez un programa de iniciación de maestros dirigido por el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara con la participación de 85 maestros con una acreditación preliminar. El programa dirigido por el distrito proporciona a los nuevos maestros un sistema individualizado de mentoría, apoyo y formación profesional en el ámbito laboral durante sus primeros dos años de enseñanza.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara comenzó a desarrollar su propio programa de iniciación en otoño de 2016. El 10 de mayo de 2018, el distrito recibió la aprobación de la Comisión de California para la Acreditación de Maestros luego de pasar por un proceso de aprobación de varios pasos y demostrar que se cumplen con los nuevos estándares rigurosos para programas de iniciación.

“Estamos sumamente orgullosos de poder poner en marcha nuestro propio programa de iniciación como una manera de verdaderamente apoyar e invertir en nuevos maestros para nuestro distrito”, afirmó Roxanna Stern, coordinadora del programa de iniciación de maestros. “Con este programa de iniciación estaremos integrando oportunidades de formación profesional en el distrito con el apoyo y la mentoría individualizada de maestros con experiencia”.

“No hay nada más importante en la educación que la enseñanza y el aprendizaje que tienen lugar en el salón”, aseveró John Becchio, EdD, superintendente auxiliar del Departamento de recursos humanos. “El programa de iniciación de maestros es un avance impresionante de nuestro distrito, ya que tenemos la ocasión de brindar oportunidades de educación continua y desarrollo profesional en el trabajo que tendrán un impacto positivo en el aprendizaje de los alumnos”.

El programa de iniciación de maestros es un programa de dos años que permite a los maestros recientemente acreditados en California a obtener su acreditación docente. El programa es gratuito para los maestros y cada participante asistirá a talleres después del horario de clases, elaborará planes de aprendizaje individualizado conforme a los estándares de California para la profesión docente y recibirá como mínimo una hora de apoyo y mentoría coordinados a la semana. Anteriormente, los maestros del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara tenían que obtener su acreditación docente participando en oportunidades de educación continua fuera del distrito. Los participantes completan el programa al demostrar que han cumplido con los requisitos de la Comisión de California para la Acreditación de Maestros por tener el conocimiento y las destrezas necesarias para impartir una educación eficaz y apoyar a todos los alumnos con el fin de que cumplan con los estándares académicos adoptados por el estado.

(Foto izquierda a derecha) Miranda Wittrock, Darren Iacono, Zach Lotze, Michelle Duan

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Lauren Berlin named Principal of Alta Vista Alternative High School and La Cuesta Continuation High School

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education selected Lauren Berlin as principal of Alta Vista Alternative High School and La Cuesta Continuation High School. Berlin succeeds Elise Simmons, EdD who was selected to serve as principal of Santa Barbara High School. Alta Vista Alternative High School and La Cuesta Continuation High School are two, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), accredited alternative education programs available to families within Santa Barbara Unified School District.

“Lauren Berlin brings more than 15 years of experience and dedication to student wellbeing and educational achievement, said Cary Matsuoka, Superintendent of Santa Barbara Unified School District. “Her leadership drive to improve student-centered teaching and learning, and overall excitement about working with our alternative education team make her an excellent choice to lead these two schools in our district.”

Lauren has worked with Santa Barbara Unified School District since 2011 and served in a variety of roles that include: school psychologist, program facilitator and most recently, assistant principal at Dos Pueblos High School. Before coming to the Santa Barbara Unified School District, Lauren worked as a school psychologist within school districts in San Diego and Orange County.

“One of the things that I love the most about being an educator is the opportunity to be creative, and find new ways for students to experience success,” said Lauren Berlin. “Being named the Principal of La Cuesta and Alta Vista High Schools is an exciting opportunity for me, as I will get to work with diverse groups of students in a variety of innovative settings, and with an extremely dedicated staff.”

Lauren Berlin began her service as principal on July 1, 2018.

 


2018 Lauren Berlin ha sido nombrada directora de Alta Vista Alternative High School y La Cuesta Continuation High School

El Consejo de educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara eligió a Lauren Berlin como la directora de Alta Vista Alternative High School y de La Cuesta Continuation High School. La Sra. Berlin es la sucesora de Elise Simmons, EdD, quien pasará a ser la directora de Santa Barbara High School. Alta Vista Alternative High School y La Cuesta Continuation High School son dos escuelas, acreditadas por la asociación Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC, por sus siglas en inglés), que ofrecen programas académicos alternativos. Estos programas están disponibles para las familias cuyos hijos asisten a alguna escuela del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara. “Lauren Berlin cuenta con más de 15 años de experiencia y compromiso con el bienestar de los alumnos y el desempeño académico”, aseveró Cary Matsuoka, superintendente del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara. “Su motivación y liderazgo a la hora de mejorar la docencia y el aprendizaje que se centran en el alumno, así como su entusiasmo por trabajar con el equipo del programa académico, la convierten en una excelente candidata para liderar estas dos escuelas de nuestro distrito”. Lauren ha trabajo en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara desde el 2011 y ha ejercido distintos puestos, entre los que se encuentran: psicóloga escolar, facilitadora de programas y más recientemente, subdirectora de Dos Pueblos High School. Antes de trabajar en este distrito, Lauren trabajó como psicóloga escolar en distritos escolares de San Diego y Orange County. “Uno de los aspectos que más me encanta de ser educadora es que me concede la oportunidad de ser creativa y de encontrar nuevas formas de que los alumnos logren el éxito”, afirmó Lauren Berlin. “El haber sido nombrada directora de La Cuesta y Alta Vista High School es un oportunidad fascinante para mí, ya que podré trabajar con un grupo diverso de alumnos en una amplia serie de entornos innovadores y con miembros del personal sumamente dedicados”. Lauren Berlin comenzó a ejercer sus funciones como directora el 1 de julio de 2018.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Direct Relief Grant Benefits 115 Santa Barbara High Students Through #Sbhsstrong Fund Supporting Disaster Relief

The Foundation for Santa Barbara High School is proud to announce the success of #SBHSStrong, a program to support school families who were negatively impacted by the Thomas Fire and Montecito debris flows. Created just two months ago, The Foundation for SBHS’s new fund allocated a total of $107,850 to 115 students. Gifts targeted families who lost personal property or income due to evacuation orders and the inability to work because of business and/or road closures.

Thanks to a substantial grant of $100,000 from Direct Relief, the Foundation for SBHS was able to offer assistance to every affected family with a student currently enrolled at Santa Barbara High School. Other significant support came from parent donations.
“It became clear immediately that this was an unprecedented year for the Foundation and we needed to shift our focus to helping our fellow Dons,” said Kate Murphy, Board President of the Foundation for Santa Barbara High School.

“We are so grateful to Direct Relief for their extraordinary grant which allowed us to support our families with a financial gift during a critical time,” Kate continued. “What I treasure most about #SBHSStrong is that it helped our entire Dons community. Most of the nominated families suffered loss of income, and are not necessarily Montecito residents, allowing us to reach a segment within our community who have experienced an unreported, yet significant loss.”

“The last couple months have been extremely stressful for our family with the continued evacuations and nearly impossible financially. We are not used to asking for help and the support we’ve gotten from our community brings tears to my eyes,” said one Santa Barbara High gift recipient.

“I think the success of this initiative is due, in part, to the fact that it was so easy to apply for funds and readily receive a gift. Within the first week of launch we had disbursed more than $10,000 to qualified families,” said Marcy Porter, Santa Barbara High head counselor, who reviewed and approved all #SBHSStrong applications.

“The team at Direct Relief is so thankful to have joined with the Santa Barbara High Foundation to assist families affected by the January tragedy,” said Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe, at a celebratory gathering recognizing the success of the initiative. “SBHS faculty and staff were keenly sensitive to students’ and families’ circumstances, and the thoughtful manner in which they and the Foundation team provided assistance was both inspiring and very effective.”

Teachers and school counselors identified the vast majority (62%) of impacted families, while the balance of submissions came from other Santa Barbara High families or self-nominations. All requests were kept confidential and subject to a multiple-step approval process. Gift recipients received their checks along with an olive tree, representing the Dons colors of olive and gold, while also symbolizing friendship, deep community roots and hope for regrowth.

“I think the fact that so many nominations came from teachers and counselors speaks to the close relationships that the school staff has with students and to the strength of our community,” added Kate.

Families were thrilled to receive the funds, which most often helped offset lost income due to business and/or road closures. Eighty six percent of the gift recipients suffered loss of income, while 14% experienced property damage or complete destruction. Families reported using these financial gifts to support students’ academic needs, including college application fees, tuition, and purchase of computers, athletic gear, and other items needed for extracurricular activities. One family said that the money allowed them to pay the deposit required to remain in their rental home.

“I wanted to say how incredibly grateful and humbled me and my family are for this outstandingly generous gift! I lost my job of 16 years after the fire and mudflows in Montecito. I could never have the proper words to thank you,” expressed one anonymous gift recipient.

“Our deep thanks to the hardworking and caring members of the Foundation for Santa Barbara High School, for the very generous gift and beautiful olive tree. It will be planted in our yard as soon as we can be back in our home. We are so fortunate to count ourselves as part of this community,” wrote another gift recipient.

A school-wide party was held on June 1 to celebrate the Dons community and give students a well-deserved break following a devastating winter. In a wonderful show of community support, 7-year-old Zayd Davis sold woven rubber bracelets in the aftermath of the debris flow with the intention of helping those who suffered. His father is Montecito fire captain Shaun Davis, who heard through a co-worker about the #SBHSStrong effort. When Zayd learned about this fund he decided to put his money towards the party to celebrate the success of helping nearly 100 Santa Barbara High families. Other sponsors included Deckers Brands, McConnells, Backyard Bowls, Debbie’s Delights, Ashley’s Dollar Store and Rumor Media.


El Donativo de la Organización Direct Relief a Través Del Fondo #Sbhsstrong Beneficia a 115 Alumnos de la Santa Barbara High

La Fundación de la Santa Barbara High School anuncia con orgullo el éxito de #SBHSStrong, un programa destinado a apoyar a las familias de la escuela que resultaron damnificadas por el incendio Thomas y los desprendimientos de Montecito. El nuevo fondo de la Fundación de la SBHS, creado hace tan sólo dos meses, ha distribuido un total de $107,850 entre 115 alumnos. Los donativos se entregaron a las familias que perdieron bienes personales o la posibilidad de generar ingresos, debido a las órdenes de evacuación y al hecho de no poder trabajar por el cierre de negocios y/o carreteras.

Gracias a un donativo sustancial de $100,000 de la organización Direct Relief, la Fundación de la SBHS pudo proveer asistencia a todas y cada una de las familias damnificadas con hijos matriculados en la Santa Barbara High School. También resultaron de gran apoyo los donativos de los padres.

“Lo que quedó inmediatamente claro es que este era un año sin precedentes para la Fundación y que teníamos que pasar a centrarnos en ayudar a nuestros Dons”, afirmó Kate Murphy, presidenta del Consejo de la Fundación de la Santa Barbara High School.

“Estamos sumamente agradecidos por el increíble donativo de Direct Relief, ya que nos permitió ayudar a las familias en un momento crítico”, añadió Kate. “Por lo que más agradecida estoy es por que #SBHSStrong ayudara a toda la comunidad de los Dons. La mayoría de las familias elegidas perdieron su fuente de ingresos y no necesariamente son residentes de Montecito, pero pudimos llegar a un sector de nuestra comunidad que había sufrido pérdidas no reportadas, pero significativas”.

“Los últimos meses han sido sumamente estresantes para nuestra familia por las evacuaciones constantes y por el enorme desafío financiero que han supuesto. No estamos acostumbrados a pedir ayuda, por eso, el apoyo que recibimos de la comunidad hizo que se me saltaran las lágrimas”, dijo un beneficiario del donativo.

“Considero que el éxito de esta iniciativa se debe en parte a que a las familias se les hizo muy fácil pedir los fondos y recibirlos rápidamente. En la primera semana de haber lanzado la iniciativa, habíamos desembolsado más de $10,000 entre las familias elegibles”, constató Marcy Porter, consejera jefe de la Santa Barbara High, quien evaluó y aprobó todas las solicitudes de
#SBHSStrong.

“El equipo de Direct Relief está muy agradecido de haber colaborado con la Fundación de la Santa Barbara High para ayudar a las familias que se vieron afectadas por la tragedia que ocurrió en enero”, mencionó el director ejecutivo de Direct Relief, Thomas Tighe, en un evento para celebrar el éxito de la iniciativa. “El cuerpo docente y los miembros del personal de la SBHS se mostraron plenamente solidarios con las circunstancias de los alumnos y las familias, y la forma tan comprensiva en que ellos y el equipo de la Fundación brindaron asistencia resultó tanto inspiradora como muy eficaz”.

Los maestros y consejeros identificaron a la gran mayoría (62%) de las familias damnificadas, mientras que el resto de las solicitudes provinieron de otras familias de la Santa Barbara High o fueron autonominaciones. Todas las solicitudes se trataron de modo confidencial y fueron objeto de un proceso de aprobación de varios pasos. Los donatarios recibieron sus cheques junto con un olivo de colores verde oliva y oro, que son también los colores de los Dons. El olivo simboliza la amistad, las raíces profundamente arraigadas de la comunidad y su esperanza de resurgir.

“Pienso que el hecho de que maestros y consejeros presentaran muchas de las nominaciones refleja el estrecho vínculo que el personal escolar tiene con los alumnos y lo unida que está nuestra comunidad”, expresó Kate.

Las familias estaban emocionadas de haber recibido los fondos, que en la mayor parte de los casos ayudaron a compensar la pérdida de la fuente de ingresos causada por el cierre de negocios y/o de carreteras. El ochenta y seis por ciento de los beneficiarios habían perdido su fuente de ingresos, mientras que las propiedades del 14% restante habían sufrido daños o quedado totalmente destruidas. Algunas familias informaron que habían utilizado estos donativos financieros para cubrir las necesidades académicas de sus hijos, tales como costos de solicitudes de ingreso a la universidad y matrícula, y para comprar computadoras, ropa deportiva y otros materiales necesarios para las actividades extracurriculares. Una familia mencionó que el dinero le permitió pagar el depósito para permanecer en su hogar alquilado.

“¡Me gustaría expresar lo agradecidísimo que estoy y lo halagados que mi familia y yo nos sentimos por este donativo tan extremadamente generoso! Luego de 16 años, perdí mi trabajo por los incendios y los deslaves en Montecito. Nunca podré expresar en palabras todo el agradecimiento que siento”, aseveró un donatario anónimo.

“Extendemos nuestro profundo agradecimiento a los miembros de la Fundación de la Santa Barbara

High School por ser tan trabajadores y atentos, por tan generoso donativo y por el olivo hermoso. Lo sembraremos en nuestro patio tan pronto como podamos estar de vuelta en casa. Somos muy afortunados de poder formar parte de esta comunidad”, escribió otro donatario.

El 1 de junio se celebró una fiesta para todas las escuelas con el fin de homenajear a la comunidad de los Dons y de que los alumnos tuvieran un merecido respiro luego de un invierno devastador. En una maravillosa muestra del apoyo de la comunidad, Zayd Davis, de 7 años de edad, se puso a vender tras los desprendimientos gomitas entretejidas con la intención de ayudar a las familias damnificadas. Zayd es hijo de Shaun Davis, capitán del cuerpo de bomberos, quien se enteró de la iniciativa #SBHSStrong por medio de un compañero de trabajo. Cuando Zayd descubrió sobre la existencia de este fondo decidió dar su dinero para la fiesta para celebrar el éxito alcanzado por haber ayudado a casi 100 familias de la Santa Barbara High. Nuestros patrocinadores fueron Deckers Brands, McConnells, Backyard Bowls, Debbie’s Delights, Ashley’s Dollar Store y Rumor Media.

Friday, June 15, 2018

New Safety Coordinator position to focus on districtwide safety programs.

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education announced the selection of Kelly A. Moore as Safety Coordinator for Santa Barbara Unified School District. The position will manage safety projects and initiatives, safety training, and will serve as an informational resource to staff and administrators. Kelly A. Moore will begin on July 17, 2018.

The selection of Kelly A. Moore followed a competitive and collaborative performance based interview process comprised of 21 individuals representative of a variety of district and school staff as well as a Santa Barbara Police Department detective and parent representative.

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education approved a new Safety Coordinator position this past fall to enhance emergency response staff capacity and improve districtwide safety systems. “Our school board recognized the importance of having an employee dedicated to advancing our school safety systems,” said Cary Matsuoka, Superintendent of Santa Barbara Unified School District. “Kelly Moore’s professional career and leadership in both public safety and emergency management will provide the necessary support we needed to continue build upon our work to implement best school safety practices for the employees, students and families we serve.”

Kelly A. Moore has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Certificate of Completion from the University of Virginia. Most recently, Moore served as a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Commander for the South County Operations Division. In that position he managed all of the operational functions for South County. In addition to his service as Commander, he worked as the Emergency Services Manager for the Sheriff’s Department where he was responsible for the coordination and management of emergency planning and response by the Sheriff’s Department. As the Emergency Services Manager, Moore was responsible for coordinating the Sheriff’s response for natural disasters as well as large scale criminal acts and the planning of large scale pre-planned events such as Halloween and Deltopia. In addition to his professional career, Moore was active in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Water Polo Foundation and Past President of Thunder Aquatics Youth Swimming. He enjoys spending time with his family and his dogs, weightlifting and has competed in short and intermediate distance triathlons as well as other endurance race events.

“I sought and accepted this position for one very simple reason: our schools house our community’s most important resource, said Kelly A. Moore. “I look forward to working with Santa Barbara Unified as we continue to advance the work in bringing about a holistic and comprehensive approach to school safety for everyone on school campuses.”

Moore’s first priorities will be to assess current campus safety practices and work toward developing a collaborative, long-term and sustainable districtwide system.

 


Kelly A. Moore ha sido nombrado coordinador de seguridad del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara

El coordinador de seguridad, puesto recién creado, se centrará en los programas de seguridad del distrito El Consejo de educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara anunció el nombramiento de Kelly A. Moore como coordinador de seguridad del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara. Moore se encargará de gestionar los proyectos e iniciativas de seguridad y las capacitaciones en materia de seguridad, Asimismo, actuará como fuente de información para miembros del personal y administradores. Kelly A. Moore empezará en su puesto el 17 de julio de 2018.

Kelly A. Moore resultó elegido tras participar en un proceso de reclutamiento competitivo y colaborativo basado en el desempeño. Un total de 21 miembros del distrito y del personal de las escuelas, un detective del Departamento de la policía de Santa Bárbara y un padre de familia formaron parte del panel.

El Consejo de educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara aprobó la creación del puesto de coordinador de seguridad este pasado otoño con el objetivo de mejorar la capacidad de respuesta ante emergencias de los miembros del personal y los sistemas de seguridad del distrito. “Nuestro Consejo de educación reconoció la importancia de contar con un empleado que se dedicara a mejorar nuestros sistemas de seguridad en las escuelas”, indicó Cary Matsuoka, superintendente del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara. “La carrera profesional y el liderazgo de Kelly Moore en los ámbitos de la seguridad pública y de la gestión de emergencias nos aportarán el apoyo que necesitamos para continuar trabajando por implementar las mejores prácticas en seguridad escolar en beneficio de los empleados, alumnos y familias a los que estamos al servicio”.

Kelly A. Moore es licenciado en Gestión de empresas por la Universidad de Phoenix y cuenta con un certificado de finalización de estudios en la Academia nacional del Federal Bureau of Investigation en la Universidad de Virginia. Recientemente, Moore prestó servicio como comandante de la Oficina del Sheriff del condado de Santa Bárbara, en la División sur de operaciones del condado, gestionando el campo operacional del sur del condado. Además de ser comandante, también trabajó como responsable de los servicios de emergencia del Departamento del Sheriff, al mando de la coordinación y gestión de los planes y respuestas en casos de emergencia. En su calidad de responsable de los servicios de emergencia, Moore estaba a cargo de coordinar la respuesta del Departamento del Sheriff en casos de desastre natural y de actos delictivos a gran escala y de planificar la seguridad para grandes eventos como Halloween o Deltopia. Aparte de su carrera profesional, Moore se ha entregado también activamente a la comunidad al haber sido miembro del Consejo de dirección de la Fundación de waterpolo de Santa Bárbara y presidente del equipo juvenil de natación Thunder Aquatics. Moore disfruta de pasar tiempo con su familia y sus perros, es aficionado al levantamiento de pesas y ha competido en triatlones de media y corta distancia, así como en otros eventos deportivos de resistencia.

“Me presenté y acepté este puesto por una razón muy sencilla: nuestras escuelas albergan el recurso más importante de nuestra comunidad”, afirmó Kelly A. Moore. “Estoy deseoso de empezar en mi puesto en el distrito para continuar trabajando por impulsar un enfoque de la seguridad que sea holístico e integral, aplicable a todas las personas en los planteles escolares”.

Hacer una evaluación de las prácticas de seguridad existentes en los planteles y trabajar hacia la consecución de un sistema de seguridad colaborativo, perdurable y sostenible para todo el distrito serán las principales prioridades de Moore.

 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Free Summer Food Program

Community Invited to its Annual Kick Off Celebration on June 14, 2018

Santa Barbara Unified School District Food Services will offer FREE meals to all youth 18 years old and younger at multiple sites throughout the county beginning June 11, 2018. In partnership with No Kid Hungry, the community is invited to a celebration to kick off the annual summer food program this Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Oak Park beginning at 11:30 a.m. The FREE family friendly event will have healthy and delicious meals as well as music by D.J. Hecktik and live broadcasts from Radio Bronco.

Summer vacation is thought of as a time of carefree fun, but for thousands of food insecure kids in Santa Barbara County, it can also be a time when hunger is the most challenging. The majority of children who rely on free and reduced meals during the school year often go without meals in the summer.

“Hunger never takes a vacation and neither does our Food Service team,” said Nancy Weiss, Food Service Director. “Our delicious meals are provided free without any paperwork in the hope that we can help take the worry out of knowing where a child’s next healthy meal will come from.”

To make it easier to find the nearest summer food program meal location, those interested can text “SUMMERFOOD” to 877-877 to find a meal site in their neighborhood. Adding even more fun and community spirit, youth musicians, DJ’s, junior chef, art and other engaging activities will also be highlighted each week at various sites.

Started in 1976 as an outgrowth of the National School Lunch Program, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to reach food insecure individuals who are age 18 or younger in low-income areas. It also is open to people over 18 who are mentally or physically handicapped and who participate in public or nonprofit private programs established for the disabled. Adults over the age of 18 can also enjoy a healthy and delicious meal for $4.

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Programa de comidas de verano gratuitas del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara

La comunidad queda invitada a la celebración de inauguración anual el 14 de junio de 2018

El Departamento de servicios alimentarios del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara ofrecerá comidas GRATUITAS a todos los jóvenes de hasta 18 años en varias escuelas del condado desde el 11 de junio de 2018. En alianza con la organización No Kid Hungry (Que no haya ningún niño hambriento), la comunidad queda invitada a la celebración de inauguración del programa anual de comidas de verano, este jueves, 14 de junio de 2018 en Oak Park desde las 11:30 de la mañana. Este evento GRATUITO para toda la familia incluirá comida saludable y sabrosa, música con el D.J Hecktik y estará también Radio Bronco realizando su emisión en directo.

Se suele pensar en las vacaciones de verano como en un período de diversión sin preocupaciones, pero para miles de niños en el condado de Santa Bárbara que no gozan de la seguridad de saber que van a poder comer, el verano puede ser también un período en que el hambre se convierta en el mayor desafío. La mayoría de los niños que comen durante el año escolar gracias a las comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido, a menudo se quedan sin la posibilidad de comer durante el verano.

“El hambre nunca se toma vacaciones, como tampoco lo hace nuestro equipo del Departamento de comidas”, afirmó Nancy Weiss, directora del Departamento de servicios alimentarios. “Ofrecemos nuestras deliciosas comidas de forma gratuita, sin necesidad de rellenar formularios con la esperanza de contribuir a eliminar la preocupación por saber cuándo será la próxima comida saludable del niño”.

Con el fin de que a las familias les resulte sencillo localizar el lugar más próximo en que se servirán comidas conforme al programa de comidas de verano, envíen un mensaje de texto al 877-877 que diga: “SUMMERFOOD” para que se les informe del lugar en que se encuentra el punto de comidas en su vecindario. Cada semana habrá en varias escuelas actuaciones de jóvenes músicos, DJs, chefs principiantes, arte y actividades entretenidas, lo que añadirá incluso más diversión y creará un espíritu de comunidad todavía mayor.

El programa de comidas de verano comenzó a funcionar en 1976 como fruto del programa nacional de comidas escolares y está destinado a personas de 18 años de edad o menos de zonas de bajos ingresos que no tienen garantizado el acceso a la comida. También está disponible para aquellos mayores de 18 años que tengan alguna discapacidad mental o física y que participen en programas públicos o en programas privados sin fines de lucro dirigidos a los discapacitados. Los adultos mayores de 18 años también pueden disfrutar de una saludable y deliciosa comida por $4.

Sitios donde se sirven comidas

 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Santa Barbara Unified School District Statement Regarding the Sudden Passing of Jo Ann Caines, Principal of La Cumbre Junior High School

It is with great sadness that the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education learned of the sudden passing of Principal Jo Ann Caines yesterday. Those who worked with her described her as a courageous leader who was a tireless advocate for justice and education of all students. She set a high standard for educational leadership and was recognized as an icon of the westside.

Caines joined Santa Barbara Unified School District in 1987 as an English as a second language teacher at La Cumbre Junior High School. She worked her way up to becoming Assistant Principal of La Cumbre and in 1995, became Principal at Adams Elementary School. She returned to La Cumbre Junior High School in 2005. Caines is recognized for her unwavering, transformative leadership that raised educational opportunities for every child.

Board member Kate Parker, who has a seventeen year history with Jo Ann Caines, as a parent at Adams and La Cumbre and as a school board member, stated: “Jo Ann Caines is the reason I ran for school board in the first place, and I owe her a bottomless debt of gratitude for so much that has happened in my life. The biggest beneficiaries of her passion and dedication have been her family and the children of the Westside. My heart goes out to her family. And for the families of the Westside who have lost such a tremendous advocate and champion for children, please know that her mission was our mission, and we will all make sure that her legacy lives on.”

Among Caines’s many accomplishments, she will be remembered as the architect behind the Program for Effective Access to College (PEAC) program. The program is designed to significantly change the educational trajectory of children who have not typically been afforded opportunities that result in school readiness, by providing them with a clear pathway and support to achieving their goals.

Principal Jo Ann Caines will be missed by all those who worked with her and the thousands of lives she transformed throughout the community. She was widely admired for having a heart that was bigger than life. Santa Barbara Unified School District staff send their thoughts and deepest sympathies to her family and the La Cumbre Junior High School community during this time of grief.

Photo credit: Noozhawk.com

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Comunicado de Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara sobre el repentino fallecimiento de Jo Ann Caines, directora de La Cumbre Junior High.

El Consejo de educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara ha recibido con profunda tristeza la noticia del repentino fallecimiento de la directora Jo Ann Caines en el día de ayer. Las personas que trabajaron con ella la describían como una líder valiente y una infatigable defensora de la justicia y la educación para todos los alumnos. Ella elevó las expectativas en cuanto a liderazgo en el ámbito educativo y era considerada un icono del Westside.

Caines comenzó a trabajar para el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara en 1987 como maestra de inglés como segundo idioma en La Cumbre Junior High School. Fue ascendiendo hasta convertirse en subdirectora de La Cumbre y, en 1995, se convirtió en directora de la escuela primaria Adams. Regresó a La Cumbre Junior High School en el 2005. Caines ha sido reconocida por su liderazgo inquebrantable y transformador, con el que se crearon oportunidades académicas para todos los alumnos.

La miembro del Consejo, Kate Parker, que conocía a Jo Ann Caines desde hacía 17 años, al haber llevado a sus hijos a Adams y a La Cumbre, y por ser miembro del Consejo de educación, afirmó: “Jo Ann Caines es la razón por la cual me postulé como candidata para el Consejo desde el principio y siempre estaré en deuda con ella y le estaré infinitamente agradecida por tanto de lo que ha acontecido en mi vida. Su familia y los jóvenes de la comunidad del Westside han sido los principales beneficiarios de su pasión y dedicación. Transmito mi más sentido pésame a su familia. Y a las familias del Westside que han perdido a una magnífica intercesora y defensora de los jóvenes, por favor sepan que la misión de Caines era nuestra misión y nos aseguraremos de que su legado perdure”.

Aparte de los numerosos logros de Caines, se le recordará como la creadora del Programa para el acceso garantizado a la universidad (PEAC). Dicho programa está diseñado para cambiar considerablemente la trayectoria académica de los jóvenes que no han tenido oportunidades que les prepararan para la escuela. El programa les aporta una clara vía educativa y apoyo para lograr sus metas.

Todos los que trabajaron junto a la directora Jo Ann Caines y las miles personas, cuyas vidas se vieron transformadas gracias a ella, la extrañarán. Gozaba de amplia admiración por tener un corazón fuera de lo común. Los miembros del personal del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara llevan a la familia en el pensamiento. Asimismo, transmiten su más sentido pésame a la familia y a la comunidad de La Cumbre Junior High School en estos momentos de duelo.

Photo credit: Noozhawk.com

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

Santa Barbara Unified School District honored as 2018 Best Communities for Music Education

Santa Barbara Unified School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Santa Barbara Unified School District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“The children of Santa Barbara Unified School District are blessed as beneficiaries of a vision for music education in our district,” said Kim Hoj, Coordinator of Special Programs, “We are grateful to be nationally recognized as a ‘best community’ for music education. This recognition honors our accomplishments and is reflection of the dedication of all our music educators.”

The 2018 Best Communities for Music Education recognizes that Santa Barbara Unified School District is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

“Music education reinforces the 21st Century skills that are highly sought after in the workplace today including teamwork, communication, self-discipline and creativity. Our students are very lucky to live in a community where music is recognized as an essential part of their education and where our music educators and community partners are committed to providing high quality music education for all of our students,” said Karen Dutton, Santa Barbara Unified School District music educator.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.

Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.

A 2015 study supported by The NAMM Foundation, “Striking A Chord,” also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.

Santa Barbara Unified School District is proud to offer a vibrant music program for students in grades K-12.

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El programa de educación musical recibe un reconocimiento nacional

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara ha recibido el reconocimiento de Mejores comunidades en educación musical 2018

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara ha recibido el galardón que reconoce a las Mejores comunidades en educación musical 2018 concedido por la fundación de la Asociación nacional de comerciantes de la música (NAMM, por sus siglas en inglés). Le ha sido otorgado por su excepcional compromiso con la educación musical.

El reconocimiento de Mejores comunidades en educación musical se concede a los distritos que demuestran unos logros destacables en su afán por facilitar que todos los alumnos tengan acceso a la música y a la educación. Para cumplir con los requisitos y optar al reconocimiento de Mejores comunidades, el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara respondió una serie de preguntas detalladas sobre financiación, requisitos de graduación, participación en las clases de música, tiempo de instrucción, instalaciones, apoyo al programa de música y programas comunitarios de creación musical. Las respuestas se verificaron con representantes escolares y el Instituto para la investigación en música de la Universidad de Kansas las revisó.

“Los jóvenes del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara tienen la bendición de poder beneficiarse de la visión de la educación musical que tiene nuestro distrito ”, dijo Kim Hoj, coordinadora de Programas especiales. “Estamos agradecidos de haber sido reconocidos a nivel nacional como “mejor comunidad” en educación musical. Este reconocimiento rinde tributo a nuestros logros y refleja la dedicación de todos nuestros educadores musicales”.

 

“La educación en música refuerza las destrezas del siglo 21 que hoy tanto se buscan en el entorno laboral, tales como el trabajo en equipo, la comunicación, la autodisciplina y la creatividad. Nuestros alumnos son muy afortunados de vivir en una comunidad en que la música está considerada parte esencial de su educación y en la que nuestros educadores de música y socios comunitarios están comprometidos con ofrecer una educación en música de alta calidad a todos nuestros alumnos”, afirmó Karen Dutton, educadora de música en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara.

Las investigaciones sobre educación musical continúan mostrando los beneficios que tienen las destrezas educativas/cognitivas y sociales para los jóvenes que hacen música. En una serie de estudios trascendentales, los científicos e investigadores de la universidad Northwestern descubrieron que existía una relación entre los alumnos inscritos en programas de música comunitarios y su éxito académico en la vida, con índices de graduación de la preparatoria y de matriculación en la universidad más altos. En otro estudio realizado por la misma universidad, se descubrió que la exposición temprana a la educación musical conlleva beneficios, ya que mejora el procesamiento y asimilación de sonidos por parte del cerebro, facultad que perdura hasta la edad adulta.

Aparte de la investigación de la Northwestern, existen otros estudios que indican que la educación musical sienta los cimientos para alcanzar la excelencia personal cuando se trabaja en grupo, aporta creatividad en la resolución de problemas y flexibilidad en el entorno laboral. Asimismo, enseña a dar y recibir críticas constructivas para sobresalir.

El estudio de 2015 financiado por la Fundación NAMM, Striking a Chord, también señala el grandísimo deseo de maestros y padres de que todos los jóvenes tengan oportunidades de acceder a la educación musical, al estar incluida en su programa escolar de estudios.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara está orgulloso de ofrecer un dinámico programa de música a sus alumnos de Kindergarten al grado 12.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

National Merit Scholarship Winners Announced
Among 7,500 student winners across the nation to receive $2500 scholarships for college, five are local Santa Barbara Unified School District high school students

Francis Pan and James Roney

Kadin Donohoe and Junna Faessel

Thomas A. Everest

 The 2018 National Merit Scholarship selection committee named five Santa Barbara Unified School District high school seniors as winners of the National Merit $2500 scholarship.

High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. Of the High School students who take the exam, about 16,000 earn scores that qualify them as Semifinalists, that equates to around 1%. This group is narrowed down to 15,000, who become Finalists. Of this group, about 7,500 are awarded scholarships of $2,500 a year, which can be renewed each year the student is in college.

National Merit Scholarship selection committee is comprised of college admission officers and high school guidance directors and counselors who work in pairs to evaluate the scholarship applications of Finalists on a state-by-state basis. Committee members review all of the Finalist applications and consider each student’s academic record (including course load, rigor, depth and breadth of subjects studied, and grades earned); the student’s self-descriptive essay, activities, leadership, employment, and contributions to the school and community; in addition to the high school official’s letter of recommendation. The Scholars selected by the committee are those determined to have the strongest combination of attributes and accomplishments and the greatest potential for future success in college studies and beyond.

Santa Barbara Unified School District proudly celebrates the five local winners of the 2018 National Merit Scholarship:

Dos Pueblos High School 

• Francis Pan

• James (JP) Roney

San Marcos High School 

• Kadin Donohoe

• Junna Faessel

Santa Barbara High School 

• Thomas A. Everest

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Anuncio de los ganadores de las Becas nacionales por mérito 2018

7,500 alumnos en toda la nación han ganado becas de $2,500 para la universidad. Cinco de entre ellos son alumnos de las preparatorias locales del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara.

El Comité de selección de Becas nacionales por mérito 2018 ha concedido a cinco alumnos de último año de varias preparatorias del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara las becas nacionales por mérito, cuyo valor asciende a $2,500.

Los alumnos de preparatoria entran en el programa al mérito nacional cuando toman el examen preliminar SAT/Prueba clasificatoria para las becas nacionales por mérito (PSAT/NMSQT®), que sirve para hacer una evaluación inicial de aproximadamente 1.6 millones de candidatos al año. Asimismo, es necesario cumplir con los requisitos de ingreso y participación en el programa que han sido publicados. Alrededor de 16,000 alumnos del total de alumnos de preparatoria que toman el examen obtienen puntuaciones que les convierten en semifinalistas. Esa cifra corresponde aproximadamente a un 1% de los alumnos. Ese grupo de alumnos se reduce a 15,000, que resultan ser los finalistas. De entre ese grupo, cerca de 7,500 reciben becas de $2,500 al año, con la posibilidad de que se renueven cada año de universidad del alumno.

El Comité de selección de Becas nacionales por mérito está formado por representantes de las oficinas de admisiones de universidades y por directores y consejeros de escuelas preparatorias, quienes evalúan, en equipos de dos y estado por estado, las solicitudes de beca de los finalistas. Los miembros del Comité revisan todas las solicitudes de los finalistas teniendo en cuenta el expediente académico del alumno (entre la que se incluye la carga académica, el rigor, la profundidad y envergadura de las asignaturas cursadas y las calificaciones obtenidas), un ensayo del alumno en el que este se autodescribe, actividades, liderazgo, empleos y contribuciones a la escuela y a la comunidad, así como la carta de recomendación del representante de su escuela preparatoria. El Comité elige a los alumnos ganadores al determinar que la combinación de atributos y logros de esos alumnos es la más consistente y que tienen el mayor potencial de éxito en sus futuros estudios universitarios y más allá.

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El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara rinde tributo con orgullo a los cinco ganadores locales de las Becas nacionales por mérito 2018:

Dos Pueblos High School 

• Francis Pan

• James (JP) Roney

San Marcos High School 

• Kadin Donohoe

• Junna Faessel

Santa Barbara High School 

• Thomas A. Everest

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Music access and education a priority for all students

Santa Barbara Unified School District was, once again, honored with the 2018 Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This designation is the latest example of Santa Barbara Unified’s efforts to lead the way in offering music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children. The renowned music programs in Santa Barbara Unified schools serve as a source of pride for our district.

There have been questions in recent days about cuts to music programs in our schools. We want to make it clear that there are no proposed budget cuts to any of our music programs for the upcoming school year.

Here are some facts about our music programs:

• 100% of Santa Barbara Unified elementary school students receive weekly music instruction from credentialed music teachers.

• In junior high school and high school, students choose their own electives. Music is one of a variety of specialized elective programs among others like theater arts, visual arts, world languages and career technical education courses.

• To coordinate and meet staffing needs at all of our schools, the district meets weekly to review and adjust staffing needs in all courses that students sign up for, regardless of what department that course resides in.

• There are no layoffs for current staffing, nor other reductions in support, for music programs at any of our schools for the 2018-2019 year.

• There are a limited number of junior high and high school music programs that are undersubscribed, resulting in significant discrepancies in staffing support between our schools.

• The district Coordinator for Special Programs, Kimberly Hoj, works with all of our Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) teachers as well as our Career Technical Education (CTE) teachers to support robust, high quality programs that are available to all students. Ms. Hoj actively supports VAPA teachers to develop outreach plans during professional development days and on an ongoing basis.

Ultimately, we want to ensure that there is integrity between a student’s interest and motivation and their elective choices. We believe that a healthy variety of elective offerings are essential for students to connect meaningfully with curriculum, teachers, and fellow students at their school.  We support the ongoing work of all elective teachers and programs to engage students with culturally relevant, collaborative and challenging educational outcomes to prepare them for a world beyond high school. As a result, we will continue to remain engaged in conversation about how to establish equity of available resources in specialized programs between all of our schools.

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El acceso a la música y a la educación musical de todos los alumnos es una prioridad

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara ha recibido, una vez más, el galardón que reconoce a las Mejores comunidades en educación musical 2018 concedido por la fundación de la Asociación nacional de comerciantes de la música (NAMM). Le ha sido otorgado por su inigualable compromiso con la educación musical. Este reconocimiento es un ejemplo más del afán del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara de liderar en cuanto a oferta musical y artes, importantes elementos de una buena educación integral para todos. Los prestigiosos programas de música de las escuelas del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara son motivo de orgullo en nuestro distrito.

Se ha hablado últimamente de recortes en los programas de música de nuestras escuelas, y deseamos dejar claro que no se han previsto recortes presupuestarios en ninguno de nuestros programas de música para el próximo año escolar.

A continuación, les mostramos algunos datos de nuestros programas de música:

• El 100% de los alumnos de las escuelas primarias del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara reciben clases de música por parte de maestros de música acreditados.

• En las escuelas de secundaria y de preparatoria los alumnos eligen sus propias asignaturas electivas. El programa de música forma parte del elenco de programas especializados electivos del que también forman parte las artes escénicas, las artes visuales, los idiomas extranjeros y los cursos de educación para las carreras técnicas.

• Con el objetivo de coordinar y cubrir las necesidades de contratación de todas nuestras escuelas, el distrito se reúne semanalmente para repasar y ajustar las necesidades de contratación de todos los cursos en los que se matriculan los alumnos, independientemente del departamento al que pertenezca el curso.

• No se van a producir despidos del personal actualmente contratado ni va a haber recortes en los programas de música de ninguna de nuestras escuelas para el año 2018-2019.

• Existe un limitado número de programas de música en ciertas escuelas secundarias y preparatorias en los que hay plazas libres, lo que da lugar a grandes diferencias en cuanto al volumen de personal contratado en cada una de nuestras escuelas.

• La coordinadora de Programas especiales del distrito, Kimberly Hoj, trabaja mano a mano con todos nuestros maestros de Artes visuales y escénicas (VAPA), así como con nuestros maestros de educación para las carreras técnicas para contar con programas consistentes y de alta calidad a los que tengan acceso los alumnos. La Sra. Hoj apoya activamente a los maestros VAPA, tanto en los días de desarrollo profesional como de forma continua, en sus intentos de trazar planes para llegar a la comunidad.

En última instancia, nuestro objetivo es velar porque los intereses y motivaciones del alumno estén en armonía con las asignaturas electivas que haya escogido. Consideramos que ofrecer un amplio abanico de cursos electivos es esencial para que los alumnos se sientan cómodos con su programa de estudios y entablen relaciones positivas con sus maestros y compañeros de clase. Apoyamos el esfuerzo constante que hacen todos los maestros de cursos electivos y de los diferentes programas para motivar a los alumnos a tener un impacto cultural relevante, a que colaboren y a que se desafíen académicamente de forma que salgan preparados para un mundo que va más allá de la preparatoria. Por lo tanto, continuaremos con nuestro diálogo sobre cómo hacer que los recursos de que disponemos en los programas especializados se repartan de forma equitativa entre todas nuestras escuelas.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Christina Giguiere announced as principal of Washington elementary school


Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education announced the selection of Christina Giguiere as the principal for Washington elementary school a part of Santa Barbara Unified School District. Giguiere will begin her service as principal of Washington elementary on July 1, 2018. Giguiere succeeds Sierra Loughridge as principal who was selected to serve as the Director of Elementary Education for Santa Barbara Unified School District.

The selection of Giguiere as principal of Washington elementary followed a competitive and collaborative performance based interview process comprised of individuals who represent parents, teachers, staff as well as district officials.

“Christina Giguiere’s impressive leadership background as an elementary principal in two Southern California school districts brings compelling experience and opportunities for Washington elementary,” said Cary Matsuoka, Superintendent of Santa Barbara Unified School District. “Ms. Giguiere is recognized for her work as a community-builder and communicator and she will be a welcomed addition to our leadership team.”

Christina Giguiere has been an educator in Southern California for 16 years. Her professional experiences include Elementary Teacher (Irvine), Teacher Education Program Coordinator (University of California Irvine) and Elementary School Principal (Redondo Beach and Irvine). She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from University of California Santa Barbara, Master of Arts degree in Teaching and Administrative Credential from University California Irvine, and a Master of Science degree in Reading from California State University Fullerton. She and her husband are excited about moving to the American Riviera – they were engaged at Campus Point and later married in 2006 at Elings Park in Santa Barbara. They enjoy beach activities, hiking, and exploring new restaurants.

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Se ha anunciado el nombramiento de Christina Giguiere como directora de la escuela primaria Washington
Christina Giguiere
El Consejo de educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara anunció la elección de Christina Giguiere como directora de la escuela primaria Washington, que forma parte del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara. Giguiere comenzará sus servicios como directora de la escuela primaria Washington el 1 de julio de 2018. Giguiere será la sucesora de Sierra Loughridge, quien ha sido elegida para ejercer como directora de educación primaria del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara.

La elección de Giguiere como directora de la escuela primaria Washington se produjo tras un proceso de selección competitivo y colaborativo basado en el desempeño en el que participaron padres, maestros y miembros del personal, así como funcionarios del distrito.

“El impresionante historial de liderazgo de Christina Giguiere, al haber sido directora de primaria en dos distritos escolares del sur de California, hace que traiga consigo a la escuela primaria Washington una experiencia incuestionable y que vaya a abrir nuevas oportunidades”, afirmó Cary Matsuoka, superintendente del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara. “La Sra. Giguiere se destaca por su trabajo a la hora de crear un espíritu de comunidad y por sus dotes comunicativas. Será bien recibida en nuestro equipo de líderes”.

Christina Giguiere ha sido educadora en el sur de California durante 16 años. Su experiencia profesional incluye el haber sido maestra de primaria (Irvine), coordinadora del programa de educación para maestros (Universidad de California en Irvine) y directora de escuela primaria (Redondo Beach e Irvine). Obtuvo su licenciatura en comunicación en la Universidad de California en Santa Bárbara, una maestría en docencia y credenciales administrativas en la Universidad de California en Irvine y una maestría en ciencias de la lectura en la California State University en Fullerton. Ella y su esposo están emocionados de mudarse a la Riviera Americana: se comprometieron en Campus Point y se casaron después en 2006 en Elings Park en Santa Bárbara. Disfrutan de hacer actividades en la playa, senderismo y descubrir nuevos restaurantes.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Elise Simmons, Ed.D, Anna Scharfeld, Steve Vizzolini, and Kathy Serrano selected for four Santa Barbara Unified School District management positions

Announcement made for the positions of Principal for Santa Barbara high school and Santa Barbara Community Academy, Director of Facilities and Modernization, and Coordinator of After-School and Extended Learning

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education announced the selection of Elise Simmons, Ed.D as the principal for Santa Barbara high school, Anna Scharfeld as the principal for Santa Barbara Community Academy, Steve Vizzolini as Director of Facilities and Modernization and Kathy Serrano as Coordinator of After-School and Extended Learning.

All of the selections, with the exception of the appointment of Anna Scharfeld to Santa Barbara Community Academy, followed a competitive and collaborative performance based interview process comprised of individuals who represent parents, teachers, staff, community and business partners as well as district officials.

Elise Simmons, Ed.D – Principal, Santa Barbara High School

Elise Simmons

Elise Simmons, Ed.D becomes the 2nd female to lead Santa Barbara high school in its over 140 year history. Dr. Simmons’s career as an educator in the Santa Barbara Unified School District spans 19 years. Her professional experience ranges from serving as a teacher, a Teacher on Special Assignment, the District Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Coordinator (a college readiness program), an assistant principal (Santa Barbara High School), and a principal (Alternative Education). She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Recently, she earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Chicago. She is happily married to a fifth generation Santa Barbarian and is the proud mother of a daughter and three furry babies, one cat and two dogs.

“Elise Simmons’s professional experience as a strong instructional leader is impressive,” said Shawn Carey, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education. “Simmons’s core values and strengths in collaborative decision making, engaging students and teachers, and strategic planning will continue to provide the leadership needed to promote the academic success of all students.”

“Serving as the next principal of Santa Barbara High School is a wonderful opportunity,” said Elise Simmons, Ed.D. “After being gone for three years, I am eager to work alongside Santa Barbara High School’s hardworking, solution-oriented and dynamic team. I can’t wait to once again walk through the historic hallways, wearing my olive and gold, and feeling the spirit of ‘Once a Don, Always a Don’.”

Santa Barbara High School, founded in 1875, is the third oldest high school in California. Occupying a 40-acre urban campus, the current Spanish-style school was built in 1924. With a rich local history, Santa Barbara High School is known throughout the community as the “Home of the Dons.” The 2017 enrollment for the high school is 2,162 students.

Simmons will begin her service as principal of Santa Barbara High School on July 1, 2018.

Anna Scharfeld – Principal, Santa Barbara Community Academy

Ann Scharfeld

Ms. Scharfeld has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in mathematics from Northwestern University outside of Chicago, Illinois. Her experience in education spans 18 years, 14 of them as a classroom teacher of every grade level from kindergarten to sixth. She has worked in Stockholm, Sweden as well as for Goleta Union, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara Unified School Districts. Ms. Scharfeld had been serving as the interim Assistant Principal for SBCA since December 2017. Her appointment as the school’s permanent principal became effective in April 2018.

“I am beyond thrilled to be able to stay at Santa Barbara Community Academy,” said Principal Anna Scharfeld. “Learning and improvement is a passion of mine and I am determined to work with the Santa Barbara Community Academy families and our dedicated teachers to provide the best education for our students.”

“We are proud of Anna Scharfeld’s exemplary effort to step into this leadership role mid-year,” said Raul Ramirez, Ed.D, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education. “Ms. Scharfeld quickly built a trusting relationship with staff and families that brought stability and instructional leadership to the school. We are confident that under her leadership we will continue to see an exemplary and passionate commitment to provide quality academic opportunities for all students.”

Santa Barbara Community Academy, a part of Santa Barbara Unified School District, is a school of choice elementary school that follows a year-round calendar. The school shares a campus with La Cumbre Junior High School. School of choice means that any resident within the Santa Barbara Unified School District attendance boundary can choose to enroll in the elementary school. Santa Barbara Community Academy opened its doors on July 19, 1999. The school’s goals are to provide a student-centered approach to learning in a rigorous academic environment and offers programs for physical education, music, and art. The 2018-2019 school year begins July 11, 2018 and the school will operate a robust instructional program for grades 1-6.

Steve Vizzolini – Director of Facilities and Modernization

Steve Vizzolini has been a member of Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Facilities Department team for 30 years. He has held the positions of Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning Mechanic, Senior Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning Mechanic, Electro-Mechanical Foreman, and Maintenance Supervisor. He is a member of the district bond program committee and has served in the role of Project Manager. He is a 1979 graduate of Dos Pueblos High School and received his vocational training at Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a fourth generation Santa Barbarian, has been happily married for 29 years, and is the proud father of two sons, Anthony and Nicolas.

“The selection of Steve Vizzolini is a natural fit for our district,” said Meg Jette, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. “Steve knows our facilities and staff as well as anyone in our district and can hit-the-ground-running to continue the important work that benefits all students, and that is to provide leadership for our district school facilities including the implementation of the community’s bond-funded projects.”

The Director of Facilities and Modernization is responsible for the planning, funding, construction, modernization, and maintenance of school facilities. Coordinates and supervises the ongoing maintenance of district facilities. The selection of Steve Vizzolini follows the retirement of David Hetyonk who will retire on May 31, 2018 after 18 years of service with Santa Barbara Unified School District.

Vizzolini will begin his service as Director of Facilities and Modernization on June 1, 2018.

Kathy Serrano – Coordinator of After-School and Extended Learning

Kathy Serrano’s career with Santa Barbara Unified School District began in 1990. Her professional experience ranges from serving as a bilingual teacher at César Chávez Charter School (also known as Adelante Charter), academic counselor for the University of California Santa Barbara Upward Bound Federal TRiO Program, coordinator of services through the THRIVE Isla Vista Collaborative, and the Assistant Director of the Pre-Collegiate Development Program at Colorado University Boulder. Most recently, Serrano served as a 5th grade teacher at Monroe Elementary School where she is an active member of a number of leadership committees. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Chicana/o Studies and Masters in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A Santa Barbara resident, she first migrated to the community from Puruándiro, Michoácan, México when she was eight years old. She is happily married to Freddy Hernandez, and she is the proud mother of three strong, beautiful daughters, Kassandra an incoming Freshman to Santa Barbara High School, and two young ‘Mustangs’ at Monroe Elementary School, Quetzal and Maya.

The Coordinator of After-School and Extended Learning is responsible to plan, organize, and direct the After School/Expanded Learning operations and activities; that includes: coordinate, direct and monitor instructional activities, curriculum standards, personnel and communications to meet school district needs and enhance educational effectiveness of the After School/Expanded Learning programs.

The selection of Kathy Serrano follows the retirement of Debi Badger who will retire June 30, 2018 after 20 years of service with Santa Barbara Unified School District. With Director Badger’s retirement, the district was able to restructure and align the pre-school and after-school learning programs. The director position was replaced as a coordinator position who will be overseen by the Director of Elementary Education.

Serrano will begin her service as Coordinator of After-School and Extended Learning on July 1, 2018.

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Elise Simmons, doctora en educación, Anna Scharfeld, Steve Vizzolini y Kathy Serrano han sido los seleccionados para ocupar cuatro puestos de gestión en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara

Se ha anunciado quién ocupará los puestos de Directora de la Santa Barbara high school y de la Santa Barbara Community Academy, el Director de Instalaciones y Modernización y la Coordinadora de programas de después de la escuela y aprendizaje extendido

El Consejo de educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara ha anunciado a la doctora Elise Simmons como directora de la Santa Barbara high school, Anna Scharfeld como directora de la Santa Barbara Community Academy, Steve Vizzolini como director de Instalaciones y modernización y and Kathy Serrano como coordinadora de programas de después de la escuela y aprendizaje extendido

Todos los nombramientos, a excepción del de Anna Scharfeld en la Santa Barbara Community Academy, se produjeron como resultado de un proceso de selección competitivo y colaborativo basado en el desempeño en el que participaron padres, maestros, miembros del personal, de la comunidad, socios de negocios, así como administradores del distrito.

Elise Simmons, Ed.D – Directora, Santa Barbara High School

Elise Simmons

La doctora Elise Simmons se convierte con su nombramiento en la 2a mujer en estar al frente de la Santa Barbara high school en sus más de 140 años de historia. La Dra. Simmons lleva 19 años de carrera profesional como educadora en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara. Su experiencia profesional incluye haber trabajado como maestra, como maestra en asignación especial, coordinadora del programa de Avance vía determinación individual (AVID, programa para la preparación a la universidad), subdirectora de la Santa Barbara High School y como directora de Educación alternativa. Obtuvo su licenciatura y maestría en Educación por parte de la Universidad de California en Santa Bárbara. Recientemente ha obtenido su doctorado en liderazgo educativo de la Universidad Concordia de Chicago. Está felizmente casada con una persona que es Santa Barbareña de quinta generación, es la orgullosa madre de su hija y tiene tres mascotas, un gato y dos perros.

“La experiencia profesional de Elise Simmons como poderosa líder en educación es impresionante”, dijo Shawn Carey, superintendente auxiliar de educación secundaria, quien añadió: “Simmons, con sus valores centrales y fortalezas en la planificación estratégica y
a la hora de tomar decisiones en equipo y hacer que los alumnos y maestros deseen ser participativos, continuará aportando el liderazgo necesario para impulsar el éxito académico de todos los alumnos”.

“Poder ser la próxima directora de la Santa Barbara High School representa una oportunidad maravillosa”, afirmó la doctora Elise Simmons. “Tras haber estado ausente por tres años, estoy impaciente por trabajar con el dinámico equipo de personas trabajadoras y orientadas a la búsqueda de soluciones de la Santa Barbara High School. Estoy deseando caminar de nuevo por esos pasillos históricos, vestir los colores verde y dorado y sentir el espíritu del equipo: “Una vez que uno ha sido de los Dons, siempre será un Don”.

La Santa Barbara High School, fundada en 1875, es la tercera escuela preparatoria más antigua de California, el plantel ocupa una superficie urbana de 40 acres y la actual escuela de estilo español fue construida en 1924. La Santa Barbara High School, que tiene mucha historia local, es conocida en nuestra comunidad como el “Hogar de los Dons”. Los alumnos matriculados en la preparatoria en 2017 ascendieron a los 2,162.

Simmons comenzará sus funciones como directora de la Santa Barbara High School el día 1 de julio de 2018.

Anna Scharfeld – Directora, Santa Barbara Community Academy

Ann Scharfeld

La Sra. Scharfeld tiene una licenciatura en matemáticas de la Universidad Northwestern, a las afueras de Chicago, Illinois. Tiene 18 años de experiencia en educación, de los que 14 años trabajó en las aulas como maestra de cada uno de los grados desde kindergarten al sexto. Ha trabajado en Estocolmo, Suecia, así como para los distritos escolares de Goleta Union, de San Francisco y de Santa Bárbara. La Sra. Scharfeld ha ejercido como subdirectora de la SBCA desde diciembre de 2017. Su nombramiento como directora permanente de la escuela se hizo efectivo en abril de 2018.

“Estoy más que emocionada de poder quedarme en la Santa Barbara Community Academy,” dijo la directora Anna Scharfeld. “Aprender y mejorar es una de mis pasiones y estoy decidida a trabajar con las familias de la Santa Barbara Community Academy y con nuestros dedicados maestros para proporcionar la mejor educación a nuestros alumnos”.

“Estamos orgullosos del esfuerzo ejemplar de Anna Scharfeld al aceptar este puesto de liderazgo a mitad de año”, afirmó el doctor Raúl Ramírez, superintendente auxiliar de educación primaria. “La Sra. Scharfeld entabló enseguida una relación de confianza con los miembros del personal y las familias y esto trajo consigo la estabilidad y el liderazgo educacional a la escuela. Estamos seguros de que con su liderazgo continuaremos presenciando un compromiso ejemplar y ferviente por ofrecer oportunidades académicas de calidad a todos los alumnos”.

La Santa Barbara Community Academy, que forma parte del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara, es una escuela primaria de elección que sigue el calendario de año completo. La escuela comparte plantel con La Cumbre Junior High School. Ser una escuela de elección implica que cualquier residente que viva dentro del área de asistencia del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara puede escoger matricular a sus hijos en esta escuela primaria. La Santa Barbara Community Academy abrió sus puertas el 19 de julio de 1999. La meta de la escuela es ofrecer un entorno académico riguroso en que el aprendizaje tenga como epicentro al alumno. La escuela ofrece programas de educación física, música y arte. El curso escolar 2018-2019 comenzará el 11 de julio de 2018, cuando la escuela ofrecerá un robusto programa educativo para los grados 1-6.

Steve Vizzolini – Director of Instalaciones y modernización

Steve Vizzolini ha formado parte del equipo del Departamento de Instalaciones del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara desde hace 30 años. Ha ocupado puestos de mecánico de calefacciones, ventilación y aire acondicionado, mecánico experto en calefacciones, ventilación y aire acondicionado, encargado de electro-mecánica y supervisor de mantenimiento. Él es miembro del comité del programa de bonos del distrito y ha trabajado como gestor de proyectos. Se graduó en 1979 de Dos Pueblos High School y asistió a la escuela técnica Universal Technical Institute en Phoenix, Arizona. Es Santa Barbareño de cuarta generación, lleva felizmente casado 29 años y es el orgulloso padre de sus dos hijos, Anthony and Nicolas.

“La elección de Steve Vizzolini ha sido la apuesta lógica del distrito,” dijo Meg Jette, superintendente auxiliar de servicios de negocios. “Steve conoce nuestras instalaciones y a nuestros miembros del personal, así como a mucha gente de nuestro distrito, así que podrá ser operativo desde el primer momento para continuar con el importante trabajo que beneficia a tantos alumnos y que consiste en aplicar su liderazgo en nuestras instalaciones del distrito escolar, incluyendo la implementación de proyectos financiados con bonos de la comunidad”.

El director de Instalaciones y modernización es el responsable de planificar, de financiar, de la construcción, modernización y mantenimiento de las instalaciones escolares. Coordina y supervisa el mantenimiento permanente de las instalaciones del distrito. La elección de Steve Vizzolini se produce tras la jubilación de David Hetyonk, quién se retirará el 31 de mayo de 2018 tras 18 años de servicio con el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara.

Vizzolini comenzará sus funciones como director de Instalaciones y modernización el 1 de junio de 2018.

Kathy Serrano – Coordinadora de programas de después de la escuela y aprendizaje extendido

La carrera de Kathy Serrano con el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara comenzó en 1990. Su experiencia profesional abarca desde trabajar como maestra bilingüe en la escuela chárter César Chávez (también conocida como escuela chárter Adelante), como consejera académica de la Universidad de California en Santa Bárbara en el programa federal Upward Bound Federal TRiO Program, coordinadora de servicios a través del proyecto THRIVE Isla Vista Collaborative, y como asistente de director del programa de desarrollo pre-universitario de la Colorado University Boulder. Recientemente, Serrano ha trabajado como maestra de 5o grado en la Monroe Elementary School en la que es un miembro activo de varios comités de liderazgo. Cuenta con una licenciatura en Psicología y estudios Chicanos y una maestría en Educación por la Universidad de California en Santa Bárbara. Residente en Santa Bárbara, migró a esta comunidad desde Puruándiro, Michoácan, México cuando tenía ocho años. Está felizmente casada con Freddy Hernández y es la orgullosa madre de tres hijas fuertes y preciosas: Kassandra, que va a empezar su primer año en la Santa Barbara High School y dos jóvenes ‘‘Mustangs’ en la Monroe Elementary School, Quetzal y Maya.

La Coordinadora de programas de después de la escuela y aprendizaje extendido se encarga de planificar, organizar y dirigir las operaciones y actividades de programas de después de la escuela/aprendizaje extendido entre las que se incluye: coordinar, dirigir y monitorear actividades educativas, estándares de los planes de estudios y de encargarse de los miembros del personal y la comunicación, para que las necesidades del distrito escolar queden cubiertas y mejorar la efectividad educativa de los programas de después de la escuela y aprendizaje extendido.

La elección de Kathy Serrano se produce tras la jubilación de Debi Badger, quién se retirará el 30 de junio de 2018 tras 20 años al servicio del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara. Con la jubilación de la directora Badger, el distrito ha podido reestructurar y alinear los programas de preescolar y de aprendizaje después de la escuela. El puesto de directora se ha sustituido por un puesto de coordinadora a quién supervisará el Director de educación primaria.

Serrano comenzará sus funciones como coordinadora de programas de después de la escuela y aprendizaje extendido el día 1 de julio de 2018.

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Santa Barbara Unified School District Receives 2018 California Exemplary District

District recognized for language access, family engagement framework and restorative approaches

Santa Barbara Unified School District receives the 2018 California Distinguished District honor, a statewide recognition of California school districts that have implemented model practices that have had a positive impact on student and family engagement, and student outcomes. The honor also recognizes districts’ success in making exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students by meeting state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard. The award is a part of an expansion of the Distinguished Schools Program to include the California Exemplary Districts. State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, presented the district with the award at a California School Recognition Program Awards Ceremony on May 3, 2018 in Anaheim.

“We know public school districts in California are being held to higher standards to improve student performance that define a quality education,” said Jacqueline Reid, Ph.D, Santa Barbara Unified Board President. “This recognition is a testament to the positive direction of Santa Barbara Unified to advance all of our schools to meet those standards. We have tremendous pride in the dedicated and talented staff that are a part of our school community who promote these goals every day.”

The 2018 California Exemplary District award specifically recognizes Santa Barbara Unified for its commitment to language access, family engagement and restorative approaches. Examples of the efforts that were honored include:

• Strengthening student outcomes by employing a Framework for Family Engagement coupled with parent programming, and linguistic access for families who are limited or non-English proficient through translation and interpretation services.

• Santa Barbara Unified’s Language Access Unit interpreter/translators training of approximately 100 bilingual staff to strengthen the communication between school and home.

• Expanding Restorative Approaches strategies that aim to promote positive school climate and build strong relationships among members of the school community. Restorative Approaches resolve conflict and repair harm through dialogue in order to allow all parties to be heard, with emphasis on the practical consequences of harm caused more so than punitive discipline.

• Santa Barbara Unified’s three traditional high schools saw a 40-percent drop in student suspensions this year compared to 2017, a decrease attributed to new dean of student engagement positions created to strengthen the implementation of Restorative Approaches, including proactive and preventative strategies schoolwide.

Santa Barbara Unified serves approximately 15,000 students in grades preschool through 12. Demographically, the district is comprised of students who are Hispanic/Latino (60%), White (34%), Asian (3%), Black/African American (1%). The district is further made up of students who are low-income/socioeconomically disadvantaged (52%), English learners (23%), students with disabilities (13%), and homeless and foster youth (10%). Santa Barbara Unified provides various programs of choice in its elementary schools that include Core Knowledge (Santa Barbara Community Academy), International Baccalaureate (Harding University Partnership School), and Montessori (Adams Elementary School). In junior high and high schools it offers a wide range of pathways, including Career Technical Education, California Partnership Academies, International Baccalaureate and dual enrollment options. The District is committed to the academic and socio-emotional success and well being of all its students. Three priorities frame the district’s work: 1) equity in student outcomes, 2) improving educational and operational practices and 3) evaluating the effectiveness the district’s work.

For more information about the California Distinguished Schools program, please visit the California Department of Education’s Distinguished Schools program’s website at: www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/cs/

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El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara recibe el reconocimiento 2018 de Distrito ejemplar de California

El distrito ha recibido un reconocimiento por sus esfuerzos en cuanto a acceso lingüístico, su marco de participación familiar y sus enfoques restauradores

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara recibe la mención honorífica de Distrito distinguido 2018 de California, un reconocimiento a nivel estatal de los distritos escolares de California que hayan implementado prácticas ejemplares que hayan tenido un impacto positivo en la participación estudiantil y en las familias, así como en el desempeño estudiantil. La distinción también pone en valor el éxito conseguido por los distritos a la hora de avanzar de forma excepcional en la implementación de los contenidos académicos y en los estándares de desempeño establecidos por el Consejo de educación estatal para todos los alumnos al haber cumplido con los indicadores estatales de la plataforma de escuelas de California Dashboard. El galardón forma parte de un plan de expansión del Programa de escuelas distinguidas para que queden incluidos los Distritos ejemplares de California. El superintendente del estado para la instrucción pública, Tom Torlakson, concedió el galardón al distrito en la ceremonia de entrega de galardones del Programa de reconocimiento de escuelas de California que tuvo lugar el 3 de mayo de 2018 en Anaheim.

“Sabemos que los distritos escolares públicos de California han de responder a estándares más elevados en cuanto a la mejora del desempeño estudiantil que es lo que define toda educación de calidad”, afirmó la doctora Jacqueline Reid, presidenta del Consejo de educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara. “Este reconocimiento es una muestra de que el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara se encamina en la buena dirección para que todas nuestras escuelas alcancen el nivel adecuado para cumplir con los estándares. Estamos sumamente orgullosos de la dedicación y el talento de los miembros del personal que integran nuestra comunidad escolar y que impulsan estas metas día a día”.

El galardón de Distrito ejemplar 2018 de California ensalza especialmente al Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara por su compromiso con el acceso lingüístico, la participación familiar y los enfoques restauradores. Algunos de los aspectos por los que se elogió al distrito incluyen:

• El mejoramiento del desempeño estudiantil con un marco de participación familiar que va acompañado de programas para padres, y el acceso lingüístico de las familias cuyo dominio del inglés es limitado o inexistente a través de servicios de traducción e interpretación.

• Las traductores/intérpretes de la Unidad de Acceso Lingüístico del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara han capacitado a aproximadamente 100 miembros bilingües del personal con el fin de robustecer la comunicación entre la escuela y los hogares.

• La expansión de las estrategias de los Enfoques restauradores que están orientadas a impulsar un clima escolar positivo y a forjar lazos estrechos entre los miembros de la comunidad escolar. Los Enfoques restauradores sirven para resolver conflictos y reparar el daño causado por medio del diálogo para que todas las partes implicadas tengan ocasión de pronunciarse, haciendo hincapié en las consecuencias prácticas que acarrea el daño causado, en lugar de aplicar únicamente medidas disciplinarias punitivas.

• Las tres preparatorias tradicionales del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara han experimentado este año un descenso del 40 por ciento en las suspensiones de alumnos en comparación con el 2017. Este descenso se atribuye a la creación de los nuevos puestos de Decano de participación estudiantil que se dedican a reforzar la implementación de los Enfoques restauradores, entre los que se incluyen la implantación de estrategias proactivas y preventivas en las escuelas.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara atiende a aproximadamente 15,000 alumnos desde preescolar al grado 12. A nivel demográfico, el distrito se conforma de alumnos de origen hispano/latino (60%), blancos (34%), asiáticos (3%), negros/afroamericanos (1%). Además, el distrito está compuesto por alumnos de bajos ingresos/en desventaja (52%), alumnos que aprenden inglés (23%), alumnos con discapacidades (13%), alumnos sin hogar y jóvenes en hogares de crianza (10%). El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara proporciona varios programas optativos en sus escuelas primarias entre los que se incluye el programa de materias centrales o en inglés, Core Knowledge (Santa Barbara Community Academy), el Bachillerato Internacional (Harding University Partnership School) y el programa Montessori (Adams Elementary School). En las escuelas secundarias y preparatorias, el distrito ofrece un amplio repertorio de vías educativas como la Educación para las carreras técnicas, las Academias de la Alianza de California (California Partnership Academies), el Bachillerato Internacional, así como la posibilidad de optar por programas de doble matriculación. El distrito está comprometido con el éxito académico y socioemocional y el bienestar de todos sus alumnos. Las tres prioridades en torno a las que se centra el trabajo del distrito son: 1) la equidad en el desempeño estudiantil, 2) la mejora de las prácticas educativas y operacionales y 3) la evaluación de la efectividad del trabajo del distrito.

Para obtener más información sobre el Programa de escuelas distinguidas de California, por favor visite la página web del Programa de escuelas distinguidas del Departamento de educación de California en: www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/cs/


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Santa Barbara Unified School District seeks qualified, interested individuals to serve on the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee

Focus of committee is to oversee ongoing expenditure of Bond Measures Q, R, I and J

Santa Barbara Unified School District is seeking qualified, interested individuals to serve on a committee of community leaders, a part of the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The committee oversees the ongoing bond expenditure of Measures Q, R, I and J.

On November 8, 2016, voters residing within the Santa Barbara Unified School District attendance boundaries passed Measure I and Measure J. Measure I is a $135,000,000 bond measure and Measure J is a $58,000,000 bond measure that authorized funding for needed repairs, upgrades, and new construction projects to the District’s schools. Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education appointed an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee to work with the District to help inform the public concerning the District’s expenditure of bond proceeds, review expenditure reports produced by the District to ensure that bond proceeds were expended only for the purposes set forth by the measures and to present to the Board of Education an annual written report outlining activities and conclusions regarding the expenditure of bond proceeds.

To serve on the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee an applicant must be at least 18 years of age. Each member of the committee serves a term of two (2) years, commencing as the date of appointment by the Board of Education. The Committee meets four times a year. Employees of the District or any vendor, contractor or consultant are not eligible to serve.

To apply, applicants are encouraged to review the committee’s bylaws and complete the oversight committee application. For questions about the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee, please contact Alma Flores, Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Fiscal Administrative Assistant at (805) 963-4338 ext 6222 or aflores@sbunified.org.

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El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara solicita personas calificadas e interesadas para participar en el Comité ciudadano independiente de supervisión

El comité se concentrará en la supervisión continua de los gastos de las iniciativas de ley Q, R, I y J

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara está solicitando la participación de personas calificadas e interesadas para colaborar en un comité de líderes de la comunidad que forma parte del Comité ciudadano independiente de supervisión. El comité supervisa los gastos continuos de las iniciativas de ley Q, R, I y J.

El 8 de noviembre de 2016, los votantes que residen dentro de los límites escolares del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara aprobaron las iniciativas de ley I y J. La iniciativa de ley I es una emisión de bonos de $135,000,000 y la iniciativa de ley J es una emisión de bonos de $58,000,000 que autorizan la financiación de reparaciones, mejoras y nuevos proyectos de construcción necesarias para las escuelas del distrito. El Consejo de educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara nombró un Comité ciudadano independiente de supervisión para que trabaje junto con el distrito e informe al público sobre los gastos de los fondos de los bonos del distrito, analice los informes de gastos elaborados por el distrito para garantizar que los fondos de los bonos se utilizaron conforme a los fines establecidos por las iniciativas de ley y para presentar ante el Consejo de educación un informe anual escrito que esboce las actividades y conclusiones referentes a los gastos de los fondos de los bonos.

Para participar en el Comité ciudadano independiente de supervisión, el solicitante debe ser mayor de 18 años. Cada miembro del comité participa por un término de dos (2) años, e inicia sus labores a partir de la fecha de nombramiento por parte del Consejo de educación. El comité se reúne cuatro veces al año. Los empleados del distrito o cualquier proveedor, contratista o consultor no son elegibles.

Para presentar la solicitud, se anima al interesado a repasar los estatutos del comité y rellenar la solicitud. Para cualquier duda sobre el Comité ciudadano independiente de supervisión, por favor comuníquese con Alma Flores, asistente administrativa del Departamento de asuntos fiscales del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara al (805) 963-4338, extensión 6222 o aflores@sbunified.org.

Solicitud para el Comité Ciudadano Independiente de Supervisión

 

Monday, May 7, 2018

“Find your fit”: Two alternative education programs available at Santa Barbara Unified School District

Santa Barbara Unified School District offers two alternative education programs, Alta Vista Alternative High School and La Cuesta Continuation High School. Both schools are Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited and the diplomas that students earn are the same as the three traditional high schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

Alta Vista Alternative High School offers independent studies options for 9-12th grade students that need a more flexible schedule and prefer a smaller school setting.

La Cuesta Continuation High School is set up to support 10-12th grade students who need to recover credits in a smaller, more personalized setting.

The schools were recently highlighted in a new promotional video. For more information on either school, please contact Dr. Elise Simmons, the principal, at (805) 966-0883 or esimmons@sbunified.org.

 

“Encuentra la opción que mejor se ajuste a ti”: Dos programas académicos alternativos disponibles en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara ofrece dos programas académicos alternativos, Alta Vista Alternative High School y La Cuesta Continuation High School. Ambas escuelas están acreditadas por la asociación Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) y los diplomas que se les otorga a los alumnos son los mismos que los de las tres preparatorias tradicionales del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara.

Alta Vista Alternative High School ofrece opciones de estudios independientes para alumnos de 9o a 12o grado que necesiten un horario más flexible y que prefieran una escuela más pequeña.

La Cuesta Continuation High School se estableció para brindar apoyo a alumnos de 10o a 12o grado que necesiten recuperar créditos en un entorno más pequeño y personalizado.

Se destacó a ambas escuelas en un nuevo video publicitario. Si desean obtener más información sobre estas escuelas, por favor comuníquense con la Dra. Elise Simmons, directora, al (805) 966-0883 o a esimmons@sbunified.org.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Emerging multilingual students recognized for their dedication and perseverance at recent District English Learner Advisory Committee dinner.

Santa Barbara Unified School District parents and educators are also honored at this annual event

Santa Barbara Unified School District’s English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) honored students, parents and educators at a special dinner celebration to recognize emerging multilingual students and their adult support system. Students were nominated by their schools for their effort and overall academic achievement while also overcoming personal challenges. Adults were also recognized for their work in going above and beyond in their support of students learning English.

The English Learners Advisory Committee Celebration was held at Santa Barbara High School Cafeteria and featured a special guest speaker Reyna Grande, author of “The Distance Between Us” and Santa Barbara High School 12th grade student, Dennis Rosales, who immigrated from Honduras. More than 30 individuals comprised of students, parents and teachers were presented with a certificate of recognition for their accomplishments.

“As we celebrate National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month, it is important to honor and celebrate our emerging multilingual students and their supporters as they strive to manage double cognitive loads in their everyday schooling,” said Maria Larios-Horton, Director of English Learner and Parent Engagement. “Learning a new language while simultaneously learning new concepts is no easy task. The research shows that having a bilingual brain develops greater cognitive flexibility which stems from the additional effort, persistence and cognitive demand placed on our English learner students daily.”

Special guest speaker, author Reyna Grande, highlighted to role parents and adult supporters play in students lives, that they are able to thrive thanks to the dedication and commitment of these individuals in every student’s life.

Dennis Rosales, Santa Barbara High School student honoree, remarked about how the opportunity for him to graduate, receive a scholarship from Santa Barbara High School Alumni Association and attend Santa Barbara City College was made possible because of the love from, and faith of, his family and teachers, “I made a promise to my parents that I would try to overcome all the obstacles so that all their effort to come to a new country was not in vain and so that they would feel proud of me. I wanted to do this for them, because I realized that all the time we were not together was an act of love. I knew that with the support and love that they offered me…I was going to be able to achieve many things. A year later, without realizing it, I was already speaking in English. It was not easy…All this has been possible because when I thought I could not do something, my parents, other members of my family and my teachers were always there to tell me that it was possible and that I did not have to worry because all this effort was going to be worth it. They had faith in me and their love and affection always helped me to be able to keep going even in the most difficult moments.”

Listed below are the individuals honored at the celebration:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Lilian Luis, Student, Adams Elementary School
Stephanie Pérez-Sánchez, Student, Adams Elementary School
Yahir Fuentes, Student, Cleveland Elementary School
Julia Arroyo Cruz, Student, Cleveland Elementary School
Nancy Darghali, Student, Franklin Elementary School
María Huerta, Parent, Franklin Elementary School
María Elias, Parent, Harding University Partnership School
Norma Elias, Parent, Harding University Partnership School
Katherine Martínez, Student, McKinley Elementary School
Elena Arroyo, Parent, McKinley Elementary School
Gregoria Elias, Parent, Monroe Elementary School
Ramón León Catalán, Student, Monroe Elementary School
Juana Atilano, Parent, Roosevelt Elementary School
Lesley Ricardez, Student, Roosevelt Elementary School
Eduardo Hernández Ruiz, Student, Santa Barbara Community Academy
Alexander Gallardo, Student, Santa Barbara Community Academy
David Ávila-Pacheco, Student, Washington Elementary School
Deisy Lozano Jijón, Student, Washington Elementary School

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Lesley Francisco García, Student, Goleta Valley Junior High School
Jacqueline Villava, Student, Goleta Valley Junior High School
Dahlia Fenerci, Student, La Colina Junior High School
Natalie Aldapa Hernández, Student, La Colina Junior High School
Sophia Nguyen, Student, La Cumbre Junior High School
Lizbeth Campos Torres, Student, La Cumbre Junior High School
Tony Darghali, Student, Santa Barbara Junior High School
Kathy Dubock, Teacher, Santa Barbara Junior High School

HIGH SCHOOL
Salvador Valdovinos Gutiérrez, Student, Dos Pueblos High School
Brisa Hurtado, Para Educator, Dos Pueblos High School
Gustavo Ramírez Cárdenas, Student, La Cuesta Continuation High School and Quetzal
Gloria Sotelo, Parent, La Cuesta Continuation High School and Quetzal
Jennifer Venegas, Student, San Marcos High School
Berena Espinosa, Parent, San Marcos High School
Desi Kyle Radaza, Student, Santa Barbara High School
Gicela Guadalupe García, Student, Santa Barbara High School


Nuevos alumnos multilingües fueron homenajeados por su dedicación y perseverancia en una reciente cena del Comité asesor de alumnos que aprenden inglés del distrito

Los padres y maestros del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara también son homenajeados en este evento anual

El Comité asesor de alumnos que aprenden inglés del distrito (DELAC) homenajeó a alumnos, padres y maestros durante una cena especial para celebrar y reconocer a los nuevos alumnos multilingües y a los maestros por su apoyo. Los alumnos fueron nombrados por sus escuelas, por sus esfuerzos y en general por sus logros académicos y por superar sus retos personales. Los adultos también fueron reconocidos por sus labores que van más allá del apoyo a los alumnos que aprenden inglés.

La celebración del Comité asesor de alumnos que aprenden inglés del distrito se llevó a cabo en la cafetería de la preparatoria Santa Barbara High y la invitada especial y oradora principal fue Reyna Grande, autora de La distancia entre nosotros y el alumno de 12º grado de la preparatoria Santa Barbara High, Dennis Rosales, que emigró de Honduras. Se contó con la asistencia de más de 30 personas compuesta de alumnos, padres y maestros que recibieron un certificado de reconocimiento por sus logros.

“Al celebrar el mes nacional de la abogacía de los alumnos bilingües y multilingües es importante que homenajeamos y celebremos a nuestros nuevos alumnos multilingües y sus colaboradores a medida que se esfuerzan por realizar dos funciones cognitivas todos los días en su educación”, expresó María Larios-Horton, directora de programas de programas para alumnos que aprenden inglés y de participación de padres. “Aprender un nuevo idioma mientras que simultáneamente se aprenden nuevos conceptos no es una tarea fácil. Las investigaciones demuestran que al tener un cerebro bilingüe, se desarrolla una mayor flexibilidad cognitiva que surge de los esfuerzos, la persistencia y las exigencias cognitivas adicionales aplicadas todos los días en nuestros alumnos que aprenden inglés”.

La oradora e invitada especial y escritora, Reyna Grande, subrayó el papel que desempeñan los padres y los adultos colaboradores en las vidas de los alumnos, que son capaces de alcanzar el éxito gracias a la dedicación y al compromiso de estas personas en la vida de cada alumno.

Dennis Rosales, alumno homenajeado de la preparatoria Santa Barbara High, comentó acerca de cómo la oportunidad de graduarse le permitió recibir una beca de la Santa Barbara High School Alumni Association y asistir al Santa Barbara City College, gracias al amor y a la fe de su familia y sus maestros: “Le hice una promesa a mis padres que vencería todos los obstáculos para que todos sus esfuerzos por venir a un nuevo país no fuesen en vano y para que ellos se sintieran orgullosos de mí. Quise hacer esto por ellos porque me di cuenta que todo el tiempo en que no estuvimos juntos fue un acto de amor. Sabía que con el apoyo y el amor que ellos me brindaban…Yo iba a poder lograr muchas cosas. Un año después, sin pensarlo, ya estaba hablando inglés. No fue fácil…Todo esto lo he logrado porque cuando creía que no podía hacer algo, mis padres u otros miembros de mi familia y mis maestros siempre estaban allí para asegurarme que sí era posible y que no tenía por qué preocuparme porque todos estos esfuerzos valdrían la pena. Ellos tenían fe en mí y su amor y su cariño siempre me ayudaron a seguir aun en los momentos más difíciles”.

A continuación se enumeran los alumnos homenajeados durante la celebración:

ESCUELAS PRIMARIAS 
Lilian Luis, alumna, Adams Elementary School
Stephanie Pérez-Sánchez, alumna, Adams Elementary School
Yahir Fuentes, alumno, Cleveland Elementary School
Julia Arroyo Cruz, alumna, Cleveland Elementary School
Nancy Darghali, alumna, Franklin Elementary School
María Huerta, madre, Franklin Elementary School
María Elias, madre, Harding University Partnership School
Norma Elias, madre, Harding University Partnership School
Katherine Martínez, alumna, McKinley Elementary School
Elena Arroyo, madre, McKinley Elementary School
Gregoria Elias, madre, Monroe Elementary School
Ramón León Catalán, alumno, Monroe Elementary School
Juana Atilano, madre, Roosevelt Elementary School
Lesley Ricardez, alumna, Roosevelt Elementary School
Eduardo Hernández Ruiz, alumno, Santa Barbara Community Academy
Alexander Gallardo, alumno, Santa Barbara Community Academy
David Ávila-Pacheco, alumno, Washington Elementary School
Deisy Lozano Jijón, alumna, Washington Elementary School

ESCUELAS SECUNDARIAS 
Lesley Francisco García, alumna, Goleta Valley Junior High School
Jacqueline Villava, alumna, Goleta Valley Junior High School
Dahlia Fenerci, alumna, La Colina Junior High School
Natalie Aldapa Hernández, alumna, La Colina Junior High School
Sophia Nguyen, alumna, La Cumbre Junior High School
Lizbeth Campos Torres, alumna, La Cumbre Junior High School
Tony Darghali, alumno, Santa Barbara Junior High School
Kathy Dubock, alumna, Santa Barbara Junior High School

ESCUELAS PREPARATORIAS 
Salvador Valdovinos Gutiérrez, alumno, Dos Pueblos High School
Brisa Hurtado, auxiliar docente, Dos Pueblos High School
Gustavo Ramírez Cárdenas, alumno, La Cuesta Continuation High School and Quetzal
Gloria Sotelo, madre, La Cuesta Continuation High School and Quetzal
Jennifer Venegas, alumna, San Marcos High School
Berena Espinosa, madre, San Marcos High School
Desi Kyle Radaza, alumna, Santa Barbara High School
Gicela Guadalupe García, alumna, Santa Barbara High School

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Mobile Café 100% Plant-Based Menu will again find its place on the center of the plate at Santa Barbara’s Earth Day Festival April 21st and 22nd

In Partnership with Hungry Planet, SB Unified Food Services Continues to Reduce its Water and Carbon Footprint

Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) continues its mission of Eco-Friendly food service by serving the most delicious, creative plant based (non GMO) entrees this weekend at Santa Barbara’s Earth Day Festival!

SBUSD’s Mobile Café proudly presents its plant-based menu to the community this weekend thanks to its partnership with St. Louis-based Hungry Planet. This weekend, the Mobile Café will feature three tantalizing entrees, including the Double “V” Burger, Italian Meatball Sub, and a mouthwatering Chile Chicken Verde Burrito – all made entirely with pure plant protein!

“When I discovered Hungry Planet, I was astounded by how their plant-based meats look, taste, and cook like traditional meat. The fact that it has a much healthier nutritional profile and lighter environmental footprint is part of a reality we cannot ignore!” said SBUSD’s Food Service Director, Nancy Weiss. “50% or more students are now choosing Hungry Planet options over the regular menu and I believe that we are setting the example and providing a new way of looking at food and that is uplifting, to say the least! As an educational institution, we should be the model of health and wellness both in the classroom and the lunch room.”

Says Hungry Planet’s co-founder Jody Boyman, “We’re excited to be working on this impactful, health-supporting initiative with SBUSD. Nancy serves about 9,000 students per day. By offering a selection of plant-based meats, SBUSD Food Services can reduce their carbon and water footprint by approximately 85% per serving. Over one school year, Nancy projects SB Unified will save well over 116 million gallons of water. It’s a win-win situation; together we’re benefitting the environment while improving our children’s health and well-being.”

The motto of SB Unified School District’s Food Service Department is: “Eat to Live. Live to Learn. Learn to Eat”. This vision compliments Hungry Planet’s commitment to bringing healthy, plant-based meats to everyone regardless of age, income or geography. SBUSD advances its forward-thinking leadership under SB Unified Food Service Director, Nancy Weiss, in providing students with access to healthy, restaurant quality, made-from-scratch meals, free from artificial ingredients and preservatives. She is deeply committed to operating her award winning department of school food service while focusing on eliminating waste, supporting local farmers and creating equitable work in district kitchens.

The community is invited to join SBUSD Food Services Director Chef Nancy Weiss and Hungry Planet’s founders at Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival this Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, to taste the future of school food. The Mobile Café will be located at the corner of Santa Barbara Street & Sola.

About Hungry Planet: Hungry Planet produces premium plant-based meats which are eco-friendly and healthy, and have the hearty meat taste and texture diners crave. To learn more about Hungry Planet™, visit www.hungryplanet.us or @hungryplanetfoods on Facebook and Instagram.

 


Thursday, April 12, 2018

More than 35 Santa Barbara Unified School District employees recognized at the fifth annual Night of Stars event celebrating excellence in education

Santa Barbara Unified School District held its Fifth Annual Night of Stars celebration on Wednesday, April 11th at the Glen Annie Golf Club. The “Night of Stars” is an event that celebrates outstanding educational and classified employees throughout the district.

“It has been an extraordinary year,” said Superintendent Cary Matsuoka. “I am proud to celebrate these exceptional leaders, who serve our district both inside and outside the classroom. They personify what we know and love about our school community. Despite this year’s tragedies, back-to-back natural disasters, that affected our community; Santa Barbara Unified employees demonstrated their resolve to continue to serve and support the education, personal growth and well-being of students and families they serve.”

The 2017-2018 Night of Stars Honorees:

Classified Employees

• Maria Cardoso, Special Education Paraeducator – Adams Elementary School

• Cecilia Valencia, Assistant Office Coordinator – After School/Expanded Learning Program

• Miranda Day, Special Education Paraeducator –  Cleveland Elementary School

• Penny Rankin, Paraeducator – Early Education & Support (Started 1987)

• Alejandra Gutierrez, Coordinator Student/Community Relations – Franklin Elementary School

• Dru Frick, Curriculum Specialist – Harding University Partnership School

• Irma Camarillo, Office Assistant – McKinley Elementary School

• Brendan Whittaker, Special Education Paraeducator – Monroe Elementary School

• Danielle Swanson-Porter, Special Education Paraeducator – Roosevelt Elementary School

• Jose Cervantes Ortega, Custodian – Santa Barbara Community Academy

• Karen Slotnick Lastrico, Curriculum Specialist – Washington Elementary

• Nina De Anda, Food Service Site Coordinator III – Dos Pueblos High School

• Tim Favela, Lead Custodian – Goleta Valley Junior High School

• Kathy Gallo, Special Education Paraeducator – La Colina Junior High School

• Janina Martinez, Coordinator Student/Community Relations – La Cuesta/Alta Vista/Quetzal Continuation

• Patty Flores, Office Manager – La Cumbre Junior High School

• Larry Cook, Campus Safety Assistant – San Marcos High School

• Carlos Trancoso, Lead Custodian – Santa Barbara Junior High School

• Carlina Gonzalez, Campus Safety Assistant – Santa Barbara High School

• Ginger Sandoval, Food Service Coordinator – Santa Barbara Unified Food Service Department

Certificated Employees

• Chloe (Milligan) Pueschel, Teacher  – Adams Elementary

• Monica Morgan, Teacher  – After School/Expanded Learning

• Katia Rodriguez-Mester,  Teacher – Cleveland Elementary

• Kelly Mendesh,Teacher  – Early Education & Support

• Pedro Guillen, Teacher  – Franklin Elementary

• Dawn Penkala, Teacher – Harding University Partnership School

• Nicole Boucher, Art Teacher  – McKinley Elementary

• Christine Pesapane, Teacher – Monroe Elementary

• William “Trey” Farrell, Music Teacher  – Roosevelt Elementary

• Jennifer Connolly, Special Education Teacher  – Santa Barbara Community Academy

• Heather Grosch, Teacher – Washington Elementary

• Beth Fuste, Teacher  – Dos Pueblos High School

• Bill Gourley, Industrial Arts Teacher – Goleta Valley Junior High School

• James Bedard, Special Education Teacher – La Cuesta/Alta Vista/ Quetzal Continuation

• Elizabeth Heron, Special Education Teacher  – La Colina Junior High School

• Jesus Campos, Counselor – La Cumbre Junior High School

• Jeff Ashton, Math Teacher – San Marcos High School

• Kathleen Glenn, Math Teacher – Santa Barbara Junior High School

• Marcy Porter, Head Counselor – Santa Barbara High School

Videos:

Night of Stars Intro

Certificated employees 

Classified employees

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Más de 35 empleados del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara recibieron un reconocimiento en la quinta Noche de estrellas anual en la que se celebra la excelencia en la educación

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara celebró su quinta Noche de estrellas anual el miércoles, 11 de abril en el Glenn Annie Golf Club. La Noche de estrellas es un evento que celebra a los destacados empleados clasificados y certificados del distrito.

“Ha sido un año extraordinario”, dijo el superintendente, Cary Matsuoka. “Me enorgullece celebrar a estos líderes excepcionales, quienes trabajan para nuestro distrito dentro y fuera del salón. Representan lo que conocemos y amamos de nuestra comunidad escolar. A pesar de las tragedias que acontecieron este año, los desastres naturales que ocurrieron consecutivamente y que afectaron nuestra comunidad, los empleados del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara demostraron su compromiso con continuar trabajando a favor de la educación, el desarrollo personal y el bienestar de los alumnos y familias para quienes trabajan.

Galardonados en la Noche de estrellas de 2017-2018:

Empleados clasificados

• María Cardoso, asistente de maestro de educación especial – Escuela primaria Adams

• Cecilia Valencia, asistente de coordinador de oficina – Programa extracurricular/de aprendizaje ampliado

• Miranda Day, asistente de maestro de educación especial –  Escuela primaria Cleveland

• Penny Rankin, asistente de maestro – Educación temprana y apoyo (Empezó en 1987)

• Alejandra Gutiérrez, alumna coordinadora/relaciones comunitarias – Escuela primaria Franklin

• Dru Frick, especialista en programas de estudio – Harding University Partnership School

• Irma Camarillo, asistente de oficina – Escuela primaria McKinley

• Brendan Whittaker, asistente de maestro de educación especial – Escuela primaria Monroe

• Danielle Swanson-Porter, asistente de maestro de educación especial – Escuela primaria Roosevelt

• José Cervantes Ortega, conserje – Santa Barbara Community Academy

• Karen Slotnick Lastrico, especialista en programas de estudio – Escuela primaria Washington

• Nina De Anda, coordinadora escolar de servicios alimentarios III – Dos Pueblos High School

• Tim Favela, conserje principal – Goleta Valley Junior High School

• Kathy Gallo, asistente de maestro de educación especial – La Colina Junior High School

• Janina Martínez, coordinadora de alumnos y relaciones comunitarias – La Cuesta/Alta Vista/Quetzal Continuation

• Patty Flores, jefa de oficina – La Cumbre Junior High School

• Larry Cook, asistente de seguridad en el plantel escolar – San Marcos High School

• Carlos Trancoso, conserje principal – Santa Barbara Junior High School

• Carlina González, asistente de seguridad en el plantel escolar – Santa Barbara High School

• Ginger Sandoval, coordinadora de servicios alimentarios – Departamento de servicios alimentarios del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara

Empleados certificados

• Chloe (Milligan) Pueschel, maestra  – Escuela primaria Adams

• Monica Morgan, maestra  – Programa extracurricular/aprendizaje ampliado

• Katia Rodríguez-Mester,  maestra – Escuela primaria Cleveland

• Kelly Mendesh, maestra  – Educación temprana y apoyo

• Pedro Guillén, maestro  – Escuela primaria Franklin

• Dawn Penkala, maestra – Harding University Partnership School

• Nicole Boucher, maestra de arte  – Escuela primaria McKinley

• Christine Pesapane, maestra – Escuela primaria Monroe

• William “Trey” Farrell, maestro de música  – Escuela primaria Roosevelt

• Jennifer Connolly, maestra de educación especial  – Santa Barbara Community Academy

• Heather Grosch, maestra – Escuela primaria Washington

• Beth Fuste, maestra – Dos Pueblos High School

• Bill Gourley, maestro de artes industriales – Goleta Valley Junior High School

• James Bedard, maestro de educación especial – La Cuesta/Alta Vista/ Quetzal Continuation

• Elizabeth Heron, maestra de educación especial  – La Colina Junior High School

• Jesus Campos, consejero – La Cumbre Junior High School

• Jeff Ashton, maestro de matemáticas – San Marcos High School

• Kathleen Glenn, maestra de matemáticas – Santa Barbara Junior High School

• Marcy Porter, consejera principal – Santa Barbara High School

Vídeos:

Noche de estrellas

Empleados certificados

Empleados clasificados

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Young Artists to Showcase Original Artwork

The public is invited to attend Santa Barbara Unified School District’s elementary school art shows.

Santa Barbara Unified School District elementary school art shows are back again this year. The art shows are an opportunity for every student to exhibit a piece of original artwork and are co-curated by students and art teachers.

Elementary school art shows are free of charge, open to the school community and the public is encouraged to attend. Art shows differ individually from school to school and can include food, art making for families and guests, raffles, music, and slideshows.

Seascape. Citlaly, 2nd grade, Monroe Elementary School Self Portrait. Lemuel, 2nd grade, Monroe Elementary School

“We are proud of Santa Barbara Unified School District’s art education programs that are available to every elementary school student,” said Kimberly Hoj, Coordinator of Special Programs: Visual and Performing Arts & Career Technical Education. “These school art shows are undoubtedly a wonderful opportunity for incoming kindergarten families and supporters of young artists to come celebrate the accomplishments of these students and art teachers.”

Below is a list of the upcoming art shows open to the school community and public:

• Cleveland Elementary School – Thursday, April 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• McKinley Elementary School – Thursday, April 26 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• Santa Barbara Community Academy – Thursday, April 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

• Monroe Elementary School – Tuesday, May 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Washington Elementary School – Thursday, May 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Franklin Elementary School – Wednesday, May 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Roosevelt Elementary School – Monday, May 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• Harding Elementary School – Thursday, May 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• Adams Elementary School – Wednesday, May 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Exhibited artworks follow the Visual Art Standards of California as well as the National Core Art Standards and are inspired by an artist or region. Artworks range from traditional art such as drawing and painting to more contemporary art such as digital art and mixed media. Media represented can include drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and fiber arts as well as larger collaborative art pieces and community projects.

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Adams Elementary School Receives 2018 California Distinguished Schools Honor

Adams Elementary

Adams Elementary School, a part of Santa Barbara Unified School District, receives the 2018 California Distinguished Schools honor, a statewide recognition of California elementary schools that made exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. The recognition is a part of the Distinguished Schools Program that returns after a three-year break, and replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program.

“It is both a pleasure and an honor to work with the caliber of staff, student, and parent community at Adams Elementary School,” said Adams elementary school principal Kelly Fresch. “I know that everyone connected to our school community is committed to ensuring the academic and social success of all our students. I am proud of our work in implementing new curriculum, participating in professional learning data-driven meetings, attending professional development opportunities, and providing both enrichment and intervention programs for our diverse student population. The teachers at Adams go above and beyond to prepare our students for a bright future and this statewide recognition is a testament to our effort.”

Adams Elementary School was among the 287 elementary schools to receive this distinguished honor.

“We are all proud of this recognition of Adams elementary school,” said Superintendent Cary Matsuoka. “The Distinguished Schools honor is a tribute to the outstanding teaching and learning that we see at Adams and a positive reflection of the commitment of all of Santa Barbara Unified School District’s elementary schools to these standards. The partnership between Adams elementary teachers, administrators and families paved the way for this recognition; a partnership that fosters positive school climate to ensures the success of every child.”

California elementary school’s eligibility for the 2018 California Distinguished Schools recognition was based on performance and progress on state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and English learner progress. These award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaborating, but also highly successful school climate efforts, ranging from real time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention. For more information about the California Distinguished Schools program, please visit the California Department of Education’s Distinguished Schools program’s website at: www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/cs/

 

 Thursday, March 22, 2018

2018 June Downing Memorial Outstanding Educator Award presented to Sally DeLyser of Santa Barbara Unified School District

Statewide recognition honors educators who are advancing inclusive education and equitable opportunities for students, particularly those with the most significant disabilities and support needs.

Cal-TASH, the California chapter of TASH, an international leader in disability advocacy, presented Sally DeLyser of Monroe Elementary, a part of Santa Barbara Unified School District, the 2018 June Downing Memorial Outstanding Educator Award. DeLyser was presented the award at a special ceremony in Sacramento earlier this month. The annual award is given to an educator who demonstrates leadership in promoting and facilitating inclusive options for students with severe disabilities (preschool through 22 years of age) in collaboration with families, general and special educators, support staff, and other members of the education team.

“This is a well-deserved recognition of a dynamic and well-respected educator,” said John Schettler, Director of Special Education for Santa Barbara Unified School District. “Ms. DeLyser’s persistent vision and commitment helped create a positive school culture for students with significant disabilities to learn alongside their peers in the the classroom and are regarded as important members of the learning community.”

Sally DeLyser was nominated for this statewide recognition by Natalie Holdren, Cal-TASH chapter co-president. DeLyser has served for more than a decade as a Special Education teacher. She also is a Mentor Teacher for UCSB Teacher Education Program. She is recognized for her ability to foster trust among educators, creating an environment where teachers can feel safe to learn about the joys and challenges of special education while implementing real world solutions and strategies without compromising values.

“It takes a village to implement successful and meaningful inclusion: paraeducators, speech and language pathologist, occupational therapists, general education teachers, students and their families. The list goes on and on,” said Sally DeLyser. “This award belongs to this village, and I look forward to continuing to be a part of making a positive difference in the lives of students and families throughout our district.”

 

 Friday, March 16, 2018

John Becchio, Ed.D named Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Santa Barbara Unified School District

John Becchio

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education announced the selection of Dr. John Becchio as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Dr. Becchio serves as the current principal of Santa Barbara High School and will continue in that role until the end of the year. He will start in his new position on July 1, 2018.

“John Becchio is highly regarded for his professional experience in building partnerships and leading accomplished teams,” said Superintendent Cary Matsuoka. “The qualities and skills that made him an effective principal will serve our entire district well as he leads our human resources department.”

The selection of Dr. Becchio followed a competitive and collaborative recruitment process comprised of human services staff, principals, and district officials. Becchio has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Concordia University and a Masters in Education Administration from California State University Northridge. He has 14 years of experience in education administration. His service as principal of both Santa Barbara Junior High School and Santa Barbara High School provided extensive Human Resources experience. He has also served on both certificate and classified negotiation teams. His writing on “The Evaluation Process, Administrator Feedback, and Teacher Self-Efficacy” has recently been accepted for publication in Journal of School Leadership.

“I have dedicated the last twenty years to the students and families of Santa Barbara Unified School District and during that time I have come to know first hand that the professionals who have served with me are some of the best people anywhere,” said John Becchio, Ed.D. “I look forward to serving those professionals in my new role as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.”

Dr. Becchio will assume his new position following Mitch Torina as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources who will retire at the end of the year after twenty years of service with Santa Barbara Unified School District. Becchio is bilingual in Spanish and English. He is married to his wife Susan, and together, they are raising three children David, Braden, and Brooklyn in Santa Barbara. In his spare time, Becchio enjoys baseball, golf, camping, woodworking, cooking and reading.

 Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Choir Selected to Compete in the 2018 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival

One of only eight high school vocal jazz ensembles to be a part of the festival

Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Choir, a part of Santa Barbara Unified School District, was selected as one of only eight high school vocal jazz ensemble finalists to compete in the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF). Seventeen students from the DP Jazz Choir will be among the 1300 top student musicians throughout the United States from middle school, high school, and collegiate groups of every kind: big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, vocal soloists, as well as conglomerate bands. The Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival will take place March 9-11, 2018.

To be considered or eligible for the NGJF, ensembles had to have received superior ratings (scoring an 87 or higher out of 100) from another music festival within the past 12 months, and submit recordings to be reviewed in a blind audition. There could be no identifiers in the recording or their titles to indicate the group, school, or district. The DP Jazz Choir is led by Courtney Anderson, Dos Pueblos High School Vocal Music Director, and DP Alumna.

“Our selection to compete in the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival is a huge honor and accomplishment, this truly makes our Vocal Jazz Choir one of the top ensembles in the nation. I could not be more excited for our students,” said Courtney Anderson, Vocal Music Director.

For more information about the Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Choir, visit their website at: dpjazzchoir.org/.

Listen to one of the Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Choir Audition Songs

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El coro de jazz de Dos Pueblos High School seleccionado para competir en el Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival 2018

Uno de los sólo ocho conjuntos vocales de jazz de preparatoria que participarán en el festival

El coro de jazz de Dos Pueblos High School, que es parte del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara fue seleccionado finalista para ser uno de los sólo ocho conjuntos vocales de jazz de preparatoria que competirán en el Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF, por sus siglas en inglés). Habrá diecisiete alumnos del coro de jazz de DP que se contarán entre los 1300 mejores estudiantes de música de todo Estados Unidos. Asistirán alumnos de las escuelas intermedias, preparatorias y grupos universitarios de todo tipo: bandas grandes, combos, conjuntos vocales, solistas vocales, así como conglomerados de bandas de música. El Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival se celebrará del 9-11 de marzo de 2018.

Los grupos, para poder ser considerados y elegibles, han tenido que haber obtenido puntuaciones altas (puntuaciones de 87 sobre 100 o superiores) en algún otro festival musical durante los últimos 12 meses y haber entregado sus grabaciones, que serán escuchadas en audiciones en las que no se sabrá el nombre del autor. Las grabaciones no podrán llevar nada que las identifique ni ningún título que revele el grupo, la escuela o el distrito al que pertenecen. El coro de jazz de DP está liderado por Courtney Anderson, directora de música vocal de Dos Pueblos High School y antigua alumna de DP.

“El hecho de haber sido seleccionados para competir en el Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival es tanto un tremendo honor como un logro, y verdaderamente coloca a nuestro coro de jazz vocal como uno de los conjuntos más destacados de la nación. No podría estar más emocionada por nuestros alumnos”, dijo Courtney Anderson, directora de música vocal.

Para obtener más información sobre el coro de jazz de Dos Pueblos High School, visite su página web: dpjazzchoir.org/.

Escucha una de las canciones de la audición del coro de jazz de Dos Pueblos High School

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Reorganization of Santa Barbara Unified School District 2018 Leadership Announced

Jacqueline Reid, PhD elected President of the Board of Education

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education elected their 2018 leadership. Officers who will serve as president, vice president, and clerk are: Dr. Jacqueline Reid, President; Wendy Sims-Moten, Vice President; and Laura Capps, Clerk. The Board also approved their regular meeting dates through June 2019 and appointed members to a variety of county, district, and community committees.

“It is a privilege to serve with my peers on the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education,” said Board President Jacqueline Reid, PhD. “As we look ahead in 2018, my priorities as Board President will be to facilitate, advocate, and support quality education that is accessible by every child.”

The Board of Education meeting agendas are available online at https://santabarbara.novusagenda.com/AgendaPublic/

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Se anuncia la reorganización del equipo de liderazgo del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara para el 2018

Dra. Jacqueline Reid, elegida presidenta del Consejo de educación

El Consejo de educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara ha elegido a su equipo de liderazgo para el 2018. Las representantes que prestarán servicio como presidenta, vicepresidenta y secretaria son: Dra. Jacqueline Reid, presidenta; Wendy Sims-Moten, vicepresidenta y Laura Capps, secretaria. Durante la reunión del Consejo este aprobó las fechas de sus reuniones ordinarias hasta junio de 2019 e hizo nombramientos para algunos comités del condado, del distrito y de la comunidad.

“Es un privilegio poder prestar servicio en el Consejo de educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara junto con mis compañeros”, dijo la doctora Jacqueline Reid presidenta del Consejo. “Mirando hacia adelante en el 2018, mi prioridad como presidenta del Consejo será la de facilitar, abogar y apoyar la calidad en la educación y que todos los jóvenes tengan acceso a la misma.”

Los diferentes documentos de orden del día de las reuniones del Consejo de educación están disponibles en la página web del distrito: http://www.sbunified.org.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

All Santa Barbara Unified Schools Will Reopen as Planned in the New Year

School campuses being prepared for students’ return following the disruption of the Thomas Fire

Santa Barbara Unified School District will reopen schools as planned on January 2, 2018. Santa Barbara Unified schools were closed from December 7 through 15 in advance of winter break as a result of the Thomas Fire. Cleanup efforts for approximately 300 acres of facilities and 1.8 million square feet of interior building space have been prioritized over winter break.

“I am incredibly proud of our SBUnified school community for their support of those affected by the Thomas Fire as well as their positive spirit in spite of canceled holiday performances and athletic events,” said Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Cary Matsuoka. “This holiday season has been anything but typical in the wake of the fire. I am particularly appreciative of our maintenance, custodial, and groundskeepers who have remained vigilant in preparing our campuses for the return of students.”

As part of the efforts to reopen schools on January 2, 2018, Superintendent Cary Matsuoka initiated a districtwide Post Wildfire Clean Up Plan based on guidelines from local, state, and federal agencies. Paramount to the cleanup effort is the fact that none of the district’s facilities were damaged or destroyed by the fire. Key elements to the cleanup plan, include:

• Professional commercial sweeping crews were hired to clean parking lots, fire roads, and playgrounds at all school campuses. This is the same professional crew hired by local City officials known for utilizing the latest technology, including high efficiency vacuum filtration systems, to clean areas near homes and workplaces.

• Air Quality is continually being monitored. While there is little or no risk of air pollution, all school campuses will be ventilated for at least 24 hours. The district will be replacing all 1500 heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system filters. The standard practice of the district is to use high efficiency filters of at least a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating of 8 or higher that help remove smaller particles from the air.

• All district maintenance and custodial teams are following safe ash clean up guidelines provided by government agencies. As advised by the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District, district employees will adhere to following the three C’s: Control, Contain, and Capture. This means that as part of cleanup efforts, district teams are controlling the amount of ash particles that get re-suspended into the air, containing ash that is on any indoor or outdoor surface, and capturing ash by diverting it from storm drains that can be harmful for people, the environment, and aquatic life.

Santa Barbara Unified School District students will not need to make up instructional time lost from December 7 to December 15 as a result of school closures. The district, in consultation with California Department of Education officials and other regional school districts, completed a waiver request for the seven days schools were closed and submitted it to the California Department of Education. The district is committed to work closely with students following the reopening of schools to continue to ensure a successful 2017-2018 school year.

 


Todas las escuelas de Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara reabrirán en el año nuevo según lo previsto

Puesta a punto de los planteles escolares para el regreso de los alumnos tras la disrupción ocasionada por el incendio Thomas

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara reabrirá las escuelas tal cual estaba previsto: el 2 de enero de 2018. Las escuelas del distrito se cerraron del 7 al 15 de diciembre, es decir, con carácter previo a las vacaciones de invierno, debido al incendio Thomas. La prioridad durante el receso de invierno ha sido la limpieza de aproximadamente 300 acres de instalaciones y de 1.8 millones de pies cuadrados de superficie interior de edificios.

“Me siento increíblemente orgulloso de la comunidad escolar del distrito por su apoyo a los damnificados del incendio Thomas, así como por su espíritu positivo, a pesar de la cancelación de actuaciones navideñas y eventos deportivos”, afirmó el superintendente del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara, Cary Matsuoka. “A raíz del incendio, las vacaciones de invierno en nuestro distrito escolar han sido de todo menos típicas. Me siento especialmente agradecido por nuestros miembros del personal de mantenimiento, conserjería y jardineros que han continuado velando porque nuestros planteles escolares estuvieran listos para la vuelta de los alumnos”.

Como parte de nuestros esfuerzos para reabrir las escuelas el 2 de enero de 2018, el superintendente Cary Matsuoka dio inicio a un plan de limpieza post-incendio extensible a todo el distrito y basado en las pautas marcadas por las agencias locales, estatales y federales. El hecho de que ninguna de las instalaciones escolares haya quedado dañada ni destruida por el incendio resulta fundamental en los esfuerzos de limpieza. A continuación se indican una serie de elementos clave de nuestro plan de limpieza:

• Se ha contratado a equipos de profesionales de la limpieza para limpiar los estacionamientos, carreteras y patios de recreo de todos nuestros planteles escolares. Se trata del mismo equipo de profesionales que contratan los responsables locales del ayuntamiento para limpiar las zonas aledañas a nuestros hogares y lugares de trabajo, y que son conocidos por utilizar las últimas tecnologías, incluidos sistemas de aspiración con filtro de alta eficiencia.

• Se monitorea de forma continuada la calidad del aire. A pesar del riesgo ínfimo o inexistente de que el aire esté contaminado se ventilarán todos nuestros planteles escolares durante al menos 24 horas. El distrito va a reemplazar la totalidad de 1500 filtros de nuestras calefacciones, sistemas de ventilación y aparatos de aire acondicionado (HVAC, por sus siglas en inglés). En el distrito, tenemos la práctica habitual de utilizar filtros de alta eficiencia que confieran, al menos, un grado de eficiencia (el denominado en inglés Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV)) de 8 o superiores y que ayudan a eliminar del aire las partículas más finas.

• Todos los equipos de personal de mantenimiento y de conserjería del distrito están siguiendo las pautas de limpieza de las cenizas en condiciones de seguridad que han proporcionado las agencias locales, estatales y federales. Tal y como recomienda el Distrito de Control de la polución ambiental de Santa Bárbara, los empleados del distrito se adhieren al cumplimiento de las tres Cs: Control, Contención y Captura. Esto implica que en nuestras actividades de limpieza, los equipos del distrito están controlando el volumen de partículas de cenizas que vuelven a entrar en suspensión al aire, están recogiendo las cenizas de todas las áreas, tanto interiores como exteriores, y están capturando cenizas de los desagües pluviales, ya que podrían ser nocivas para las personas, el medio ambiente y la vida acuática.

Los alumnos del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara no tendrán que recuperar el tiempo de instrucción perdido del 7 al 15 de diciembre como consecuencia del cierre de las escuelas. El distrito, tras consultar con responsables del departamento de educación de California y con otros distritos escolares regionales, rellenó y envió al departamento de educación de California. una solicitud de exención de impartir instrucción por los siete días en que las escuelas estuvieron cerradas. Tras la reapertura de las escuelas, el distrito se compromete a trabajar estrechamente con los alumnos para que el éxito del año escolar 2017-2018 siga quedando garantizado.

 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New Student Enrollment and School Transfer Options Get Underway

New student enrollment and school transfer applications for Santa Barbara Unified School District’s 2018-2019 school year get underway despite school closures as a result of the Thomas Fire and during winter break. This includes enrollment for incoming Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and private school students. Santa Barbara Unified School District provides the choice for new students and transfers to join one of nine elementary, four junior high, or five high schools within school district boundaries.

Santa Barbara Unified School District’s office is open to the public on Wednesday, December 20 following closure due to Thomas Fire. Families interested in enrolling in Santa Barbara Unified School District for the first time can start the process online at any time. Proof of residency and immunization records will need to be taken to the school site after schools reopen. Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Student Services requires those families interested in applying to another school within the district’s boundaries to do so by the application deadline of January 19, 2018. This includes incoming and current high school students applying to specialized academies. Late transfer applications will be reviewed no earlier than one week prior to the first day of school.

“We are all anxious to return to our daily routines disrupted by the Thomas Fire,” said Dr. Frann Wageneck, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. “We wanted to assure current and prospective families that the district’s new student enrollment and school transfer application forms are available despite school closures. And to emphasize that those who are joining our district for the first time, can start by using our online service. Ultimately, online enrollment helps eliminate unnecessary trips to the district office for families who want to begin the process now.”

Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Student Services facilitates the enrollment and transfer process for families interested in joining any one of the district’s schools. While schools remain closed due to the Thomas Fire, new student enrollment and the student intradistrict transfer application form is available on the district’s website. During winter break from Wednesday, December 20 through Thursday, December 21, district employees will be available to answer questions and accept intradistrict transfer applications in-person at the district office. Charter school enrollment applications are separate from Santa Barbara Unified School District’s enrollment process and those interested in a charter school are encouraged to contact those individual schools for more information.

The intradistrict school transfer application deadline and school tour and open house opportunities will continue as planned in January 2018. Those families interested in applying to attend another school within the Santa Barbara Unified School District boundaries can do so until the transfer window closes on January 19, 2018. Completed transfer application forms must be returned to Student Services located at 720 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara. Late transfer applications will be reviewed no earlier than one week prior to the first day of school. The 2018-2019 school year begins Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Click here for transfer information.

Families looking for more information on new student enrollment, school transfer process, as well as school open house and tour dates are encouraged to visit Santa Barbara Unified School District’s website at www.sbunified.org. The school open house and tour contact information can be found here. School closures due to the Thomas Fire will remain in effect through winter break, schools will reopen on January 2, 2018. Beginning Wednesday, December 20, families with questions about enrollment and the school transfer process may contact Student Services in the District Office at (805) 963-4338 x6376 or x6278.

 


La matriculación de nuevos alumnos y las transferencias escolares siguen en marcha, a pesar del cierra de las escuelas como consecuencia del incendio Thomas.

Se aceptan, durante las vacaciones de invierno, solicitudes de matriculación de nuevos alumnos y transferencias escolares para el ciclo escolar 2018-2019 del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara, a pesar del cierre de las escuelas como consecuencia del incendio Thomas. Está abierta la matriculación para los alumnos entrantes del Kindergarten transicional, Kindergarten y alumnos provenientes de escuelas privadas. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara ofrece la posibilidad a los nuevos alumnos y a los de transferencia de que se matriculen en alguna de las nueve escuelas primarias, cuatro escuelas secundarias o cinco escuelas preparatorias ubicadas dentro de las fronteras del distrito escolar.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara estará abierto al público el miércoles 20 de diciembre, tras haber estado cerrado por el incendio Thomas. Las familias interesadas en iniciar el proceso de matriculación por primera vez en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara pueden hacerlo en línea en cualquier momento. Cuando reabran las escuelas, habrá que llevar allí la prueba de residencia y la cartilla de vacunación. El departamento de Servicios a los estudiantes requiere que las familias que estén interesadas en solicitar la matriculación en otra escuela del distrito lo hagan dentro del plazo de matriculación, hasta el 19 de enero de 2018. Este plazo incluye las matriculaciones de los alumnos entrantes a la preparatoria y actuales que deseen solicitar el ingreso en academias especializadas. Las solicitudes de transferencia tardías se revisarán a partir de la semana anterior al primer día de escuela.

“Todos estamos ansiosos de volver a nuestras rutinas diarias que se han visto interrumpidas por el incendio Thomas”, dijo la doctora Frann Wageneck, superintendente auxiliar de Servicios a los estudiantes. “Deseábamos garantizar que las familias que ya están en el distrito y las potenciales pudieran tener disponibles durante las vacaciones de invierno los formularios de solicitud, a pesar del cierre de las escuelas. También queríamos recalcar que aquellos que se unan a nuestro distrito por primera vez, pueden hacerlo utilizando nuestro servicio de aplicación en línea. En última instancia, hacer la matriculación a través del sitio web ayuda a las familias que deseen iniciar el proceso a prescindir de hacer viajes innecesarios a las oficinas del distrito”.

El departamento de Servicios a los estudiantes del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara ayuda a las familias a realizar la matriculación o solicitar la transferencia en alguna de las escuelas del distrito. Las escuelas permanecen cerradas debido al incendio Thomas, pero los formularios para la matriculación de nuevos estudiantes y para la solicitud de transferencias intra-distrito están disponibles en el sitio web del distrito. Durante las vacaciones de invierno, desde el miércoles 20 de diciembre hasta el jueves 21 de diciembre, los empleados del distrito estarán disponibles en nuestras oficinas para responder a sus preguntas y tramitar las solicitudes de transferencia intra-distrito en persona. La matriculación en las escuelas chárter se hace de forma separada a las matriculaciones en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara y aquellos interesados en matricularse en una escuela chárter deben contactar con esas escuelas directamente para obtener más información.

El plazo para solicitar transferencias escolares intra-distrito, los tours en las escuelas y las noches informativas continúan en marcha, según los planes previstos para enero de 2018. Las familias interesadas en solicitar la matriculación en otra escuela dentro de las fronteras del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara, pueden hacerlo hasta el cierra del plazo para transferencias, el 19 de enero de 2018. Hay que entregar los formularios de transferencia ya rellenados en el departamento de Servicios a estudiantes, ubicado en el 720 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Bárbara. Las solicitudes de transferencia tardías se revisarán a partir de la semana anterior al primer día de escuela. El ciclo escolar 2018-2019 comienza el miércoles, 22 de agosto de 2018.

Si desean recabar más información sobre matriculaciones de nuevos alumnos, el proceso de transferencia de escuela, los tours de escuela y las noches informativas, acudan al sitio web del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara www.sbunified.org. La información referente a los tours de escuela y las noches informativas se puede encontrar en la página web del distrito. El cierre de las escuelas debido al incendio Thomas permanecerá vigente durante las vacaciones de invierno. Las escuelas reabrirán el 2 de enero de 2018. Desde el martes, 19 de diciembre, las familias con preguntas relativas al proceso de matriculación y de transferencia, pueden contactar con el departamento de servicios a estudiantes de las oficinas del distrito en el (805) 963-4338 x6276 o x6278.

 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hot and Healthy Lunches Available for Children 18 Years or Younger During School Winter Break

Santa Barbara Unified School District Food Services Mobile Cafés deploy to support the community impacted by Thomas Fire.

Santa Barbara Unified School District Food Services Mobile Cafés will serve hot and healthy lunches for children 18 years or younger during school winter break as they continue to work to ensure that children are fed despite the impact of the Thomas Fire on families. The Food Service’s Mobile Cafés will provide a hot lunch Tuesday, December 19 through Thursday, December 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m at the following United Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara Club Locations: Westside Club at 602 W. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara; and Goleta Club at 5701 Hollister Avenue, Goleta. They will continue the lunch service next week beginning Wednesday, December 27 and Thursday, December 28. All children 18 years or younger are welcome to receive a free lunch regardless of participation in the Boys and Girls Club program or being a part of Santa Barbara Unified School District.

“As our community responds to the Thomas Fire, I can not think of better way to provide comfort and support for all of our children than to make sure that no child in our community is hungry,” said Chef Nancy Weiss, Santa Barbara Unified School District Food Services Director. “Children impacted by the fire are out of their daily routines and we wanted to provide this lunch opportunity for families to come, take a moment to spend time together, and to be fed a hot and healthy meal.”

Santa Barbara Unified Food Services provides approximately 9,000 meals daily for students while school is open. In response to the Thomas Fire, Santa Barbara Unified Food Services team supported breakfast and lunch meals for families as well as donated food to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara, Unified Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara, Salvation Army, and the Rescue Mission. They donated over 1300 pounds of lettuce, tomatoes, melon, and kiwi as well as 200 gallons of milk.

To find information on Santa Barbara Unified School District Mobile Café winter break locations and times in English and Spanish, follow Santa Barbara Unified School District @sbunified on Facebook and Twitter.


Se ofrecen almuerzos calientes y saludables para jóvenes de hasta 18 años de edad durante las vacaciones escolares de invierno.

Despliegue de las cafeterías ambulantes del dpto. de Servicios Alimentarios del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara en apoyo a las comunidades afectadas por el incendio Thomas.

Las cafeterías ambulantes del dpto. de Servicios Alimentarios del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara servirán almuerzos calientes y saludables a los jóvenes que tengan 18 años o menos durante las vacaciones escolares de invierno, ya que continúan sus esfuerzos por garantizar que todos los alumnos están siendo alimentados en medio del impacto que ha tenido en las familias el cierre de las escuelas como consecuencia del incendio Thomas. Las cafeterías ambulantes ofrecerán almuerzos calientes de 11:30 a.m. a 1:30 p.m, a partir del martes día 19 de diciembre hasta el jueves 21 de diciembre en las siguientes direcciones del club “United Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara”: Westside Club en el 602 W. Anapamu Street, Santa Bárbara y en el Goleta Club en el 5701 Hollister Avenue, Goleta. Las cafeterias continuarán sirviendo almuerzos el miércoles de la próxima semana, 27 de diciembre y el jueves 28 de diciembre. Todos los jóvenes de hasta 18 años quedan invitados a recibir sus almuerzos gratuitos, independientemente de que sean o no del programa del Boys and Girls Club o del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara.

“Ahora que nuestra comunidad está encargándose del incendio Thomas, no se me ocurre mejor manera de ofrecer confort y apoyo a todos nuestros jóvenes que asegurándonos de que ninguno de ellos pase hambre en nuestra comunidad”, dijo la chef Nancy Weiss, Directora del dpto. de Servicios Alimentarios del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara. “Los jóvenes afectados por el incendio se han visto fuera de sus rutinas diarias. Quisimos ofrecer a las familias esta oportunidad de recibir el almuerzo de forma que puedan venir, darse un respiro, pasar un rato juntos y tomar una comida caliente y saludable”.

El dpto. de Servicios Alimentarios del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara ofrece aproximadamente 9,000 almuerzos al día a los alumnos durante el horario escolar. Ante el incendio Thomas, el equipo del dpto. de Servicios Alimentarios ha proporcionado a las familias desayunos y almuerzos y ha donado comida al banco de alimentos de Santa Bárbara, al club Unified Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara, al ejército de salvamento y la Rescue Mission. Se han donado más de 1,300 libras de lechuga, tomates, melones y kiwis, así como 200 galones de leche.

Para obtener información sobre los puntos y los horarios en los que operarán las cafeterías ambulantes del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara, siga al Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara en Facebook y Twitter, @sbunified.

 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Santa Barbara Unified School District Announces Appointment of Anna Scharfeld as Interim Assistant Principal for Santa Barbara Community Academy

Superintendent Cary Matsuoka announced the appointment of Anna Scharfeld as Interim Assistant Principal for Santa Barbara Community Academy (SBCA) beginning Monday, December 4, 2017 through June 2018. Ms. Scharfeld most recently served as Assistant Principal at Santa Barbara High School and a consultant for neighboring school districts.

Santa Barbara Unified School District will seek a permanent leader for SBCA in Spring 2018. Michael Gonzalez, a retired educator and leader within Santa Barbara Unified School District, has served as the interim Assistant Principal since the retirement of Principal Alicia Saballa-Santana in October following a 32-year career in education. Ms. Scharfeld will assume leadership from Mr. Gonzalez on December 4, 2017.

“Ms. Scharfeld’s elementary leadership experience will provide continuity and timely support for Santa Barbara Community Academy as the school, and district, enters a crucial open enrollment window and planning for the next school year,” said Superintendent Cary Matsuoka.

Ms. Scharfeld has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in mathematics from Northwestern University outside of Chicago, Illinois. Her experience in education spans 17 years, 14 of them as a classroom teacher of every grade level from kindergarten to sixth. She taught in Stockholm, Sweden as well as for Goleta Union, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara Unified School Districts.

Santa Barbara Unified School District will begin the recruitment process for a permanent leader of SBCA in February 2018 and seek to hire in early April 2018.

 


El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara anuncia el nombramiento de Anna Scharfeld como subdirectora interina de la Santa Barbara Community Academy

El superintendente Cary Matsuoka ha anunciado el nombramiento de Anna Scharfeld como subdirectora interina de la Santa Barbara Community Academy (SBCA) a partir del 4 de diciembre de 2017 hasta junio de 2018. La Sra. Scharfeld ha prestado servicios últimamente como subdirectora de la Santa Barbara High School y como consultora de distritos escolares colindantes.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara buscará en la primavera de 2018 a una persona permanente para que sea la líder de la SBCA. Michael González, maestro jubilado y líder del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara ha actuado como subdirector interino desde la jubilación de la directora Alicia Saballa-Santana en octubre, tras 32 años de carrera en la educación. La Sra. Scharfeld relevará al Sr. González en el puesto de liderazgo a partir del 4 de diciembre de 2017.

“La experiencia de la Sra. Scharfeld como líder en el ámbito de la educación primaria dará continuidad y el apoyo debido a la Santa Barbara Community Academy, en un momento en el que la escuela y el distrito entran en un período crucial en ya que se abre el período de matriculaciones y la planificación del próximo curso escolar”, afirmó el superintendente Cary Matsuoka.

La Sra. Scharfeld cuenta en su haber con una licenciatura en matemáticas de la Universidad Northwestern, a las fueras de Chicago, Illinois, y con 17 años de experiencia en el campo de la educación, 14 de los cuales transcurrieron en las aulas, como maestra de cada uno de los grados, desde kindergarten hasta sexto. También fue maestra en Estocolmo, Suecia, y en Goleta Union, San Francisco y los distritos escolares unificados de Santa Bárbara.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara iniciará el proceso para reclutar a una persona que sea la líder de la SBCA en febrero de 2018, con la intención de contratar a alguien a principios de abril de 2018.

Thursday, November 16, 2107

Maria Larios-Horton Named Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Director of English Learner and Parent Engagement

Maria Larios-Horton

Superintendent Cary Matsuoka announced the selection of Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Director of English Learner and Parent Engagement, Maria Lario

s-Horton. Larios-Horton currently serves as Director of Multilingual and Migrant Education Programs for Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. She will start in her new position on January 2, 2018.

The selection of Larios-Horton as Director of English Learner and Parent Engagement followed a competitive and collaborative recruitment process comprised of District English Learner Parent Advisory Committee members, educators, principals, and district officials.

“Maria Larios-Horton is a highly regarded and talented education professional,” said Superintendent Cary Matsuoka. “She has demonstrated her ability to lead and organize effective teams, engaged stakeholders, and has improved systems to make significant advances in programs and services for English learner students and parents. Maria brings a passion and commitment to Santa Barbara Unified School District that makes her a natural fit to continue to build upon the successful efforts led by Dr. Jacqueline Mora for our district’s English Language Learners and Parents.”

Santa Barbara Unified developed the English Learner and Parent Engagement management position three years ago as part of a plan to improve student achievement and parent engagement. In the district, English Learners account for approximately 23% of the total student population. Larios-Horton will work to implement State and Federal English Learner regulations and District policies; coordinate English Learner education activities with other divisions and departments. She will also serve as liaison between schools and parents/families; educate district leadership and staff on effective practices that promote parents and families as equal partners; advise and train parents to understand the educational system in order to become better advocates for their children’s education.

“I am thrilled and honored to join Santa Barbara Unified School District, a community in which I proudly live; and know, cares deeply about every child,” said Maria Larios-Horton. “I look forward to furthering the district’s vision for English learners and parent engagement at all levels. As an English learner growing up in Santa Barbara County, I am deeply invested in helping our schools meet the needs of our emerging multilingual students.”

Larios-Horton lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Greg, son Martín and daughter Isabel, who is a Junior at San Marcos High School. She enjoys visiting with extended family in her birth city of Guadalajara, Mexico where she will spend time this Thanksgiving.

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María Larios-Horton ha sido nombrada Directora de los programas de alumnos que aprenden inglés y participación de padres del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara

El superintendente Cary Matsuoka ha anunciado la persona que será la directora de los programas de alumnos que aprenden inglés y participación de padres: María Larios-Horton. Larios-Horton es la actual directora de programas de educación multilingüe y sobre migrantes del Distrito Unificado de las preparatorias de Santa María y comenzará en su nuevo cargo el 2 de enero de 2018.

El proceso de selección por el que Larios-Horton resultó elegida como directora de los programas de alumnos que aprenden inglés y participación de padres fue competitivo y colaborativo, ya que en él participaron miembros del Comité Asesor de padres de alumnos que aprenden inglés del distrito, maestros, directores de escuela y administradores del distrito.

“María Larios-Horton es una profesional de la educación muy bien considerada y con mucho talento”, dijo el superintendente Cary Matsuoka. “Ha demostrado su capacidad para liderar y organizar equipos efectivos, ha conseguido que las partes interesadas se implicaran, y ha mejorado los sistemas de forma que se han podido lograr importantes mejoras en los programas y servicios ofrecidos a los alumnos que aprenden inglés y a sus padres. María aporta al Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara su pasión y compromiso con la causa, lo que la convierte en la persona idónea para continuar avanzando las exitosas iniciativas que lideró la Dra. Jacqueline Mora en beneficio de los alumnos que aprenden inglés de nuestro distrito y de los padres”.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara creó el cargo de gestión de los programas de alumnos que aprenden inglés y de participación de padres hace tres años, como parte de un plan para mejorar el desempeño estudiantil y la participación de padres. En el distrito, los alumnos que aprenden inglés ascienden al 23% del total del cuerpo estudiantil. Larios-Horton trabajará para implementar las regulaciones federales y estatales relativas a los alumnos que aprenden inglés, así como las políticas del distrito y coordinará con otras divisiones y departamentos las actividades educativas de los alumnos que aprenden inglés. También actuará como enlace entre las escuelas y los padres/familias, capacitará a los líderes y miembros del personal del distrito con respecto a las prácticas efectivas para promover que los padres y las familias sean considerados como socios en igualdad de condiciones, aconsejará y capacitará a los padres para que comprendan el sistema educativo, de forma que puedan abogar mejor por la educación de sus hijos.

“Estoy emocionada, y representa para mí un honor unirme al Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara, comunidad en la que me siento orgullosa de vivir y de la que sé que se preocupa de verdad por todos los niños”, indicó María Larios-Horton. “Estoy deseosa de hacer avanzar a todos los niveles la visión de futuro que tiene el distrito para los alumnos que aprenden inglés y la participación de padres. Como persona que ha crecido en el condado de Santa Bárbara siendo una de las alumnas que ha requerido refuerzo en inglés, estoy profundamente comprometida con ayudar a que nuestras escuelas puedan atender las necesidades del cada vez mayor número de alumnos multilingües que se perfilan”.

Larios-Horton vive en Santa Bárbara con su marido Greg, su hijo Martín y su hija Isabel, que es una estudiante de undécimo grado (junior) de la escuela preparatoria San Marcos. María disfruta de las visitas que realiza al resto de su familia en su ciudad natal, Guadalajara, México, donde pasará el Día de Acción de Gracias.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

One Night Only – Santa Barbara Unified School District Proudly Presents Its Annual High School Academy, Career Technical Education, and Special Programs Showcase!

Santa Barbara Unified School District proudly invites students and families to its annual High School Showcase event on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Earl Warren Showgrounds. Admission and parking is free.

Prospective high school students and their families are welcome to come see what’s possible within academically-rich opportunities offered for Santa Barbara Unified School District High Schools students in our Academy, Career Technical Education, and Special Programs. Attendees will learn first-hand from students currently enrolled in programs that specialize in automotive technology, computer science, culinary arts, engineering, entrepreneurship, multimedia arts and design, visual arts and design, and more!

Participants in the showcase include Academy and Career Technical Education programs from Dos Pueblos High School, San Marcos High School and Santa Barbara High School. There will also be representatives from Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Alternative Education/Middle College as well as Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and Program for Effective Access to College (PEAC). In addition, families will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from Santa Barbara Unified School District Student Services and high school academic counselors regarding enrollment and transfer information.

The popular Santa Barbara Unified School District high school showcase expanded this year to include participants from various Career Technical Education and Special Programs. The event also occurs earlier in the year to give prospective high school students and their families wishing to apply to another school within Santa Barbara Unified School District an opportunity to gather information and ask questions about school transfers in advance of the transfer application deadline. Transfer applications are available through Santa Barbara Unified School District Student Services beginning December 1, 2017 and must be submitted by Friday, January 19, 2018, which includes those students applying for any Academy.

High School Showcase Flier

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¡Una única noche! – El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara tiene el orgullo de presentar su Feria anual de las Academias de las preparatorias, la educación para las carreras técnicas y los programas especiales

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara tiene el placer de invitar a los alumnos y sus familias a su feria anual de las preparatorias que tendrá lugar el miércoles, 29 de noviembre de 2017 de 5 a 7 de la tarde en los terrenos Earl Warren. Tanto la entrada como el estacionamiento son gratuitos.

Los potenciales estudiantes de preparatoria y sus familias están invitados a venir a ver todo lo que es posible con la excelente oferta académica ofrecida a los alumnos de preparatoria del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara por parte de nuestras Academias, nuestra educación para las carreras técnicas y programas especiales. Los asistentes podrán escuchar de primera mano las experiencias de los alumnos actualmente matriculados en programas de especialización en tecnología automotriz, ciencias de la computación, artes culinarias, ingeniería, emprendimiento, arte y diseño multimedia, artes visuales y diseño y ¡mucho más!

En la feria estarán presentes representantes de las Academias y de los programas de educación para las carreras técnicas de Dos Pueblos High School, San Marcos High School y de Santa Barbara High School. También acudirán representantes de la educación alternativa/colegio intermedio del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara, así como del programa de Avance por iniciativa personal (AVID, por sus siglas en inglés) y del Programa para el acceso garantizado a la Universidad (PEAC, por sus siglas en inglés). Además, las familias tendrán la ocasión de hablar con representantes del departamento de servicios a los estudiantes del distrito escolar unificado y con consejeros académicos de las preparatorias acerca de las matriculaciones y las transferencias.

La popular feria de las preparatorias del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara ha ampliado este año sus invitados, ya que va a contar con representantes de varios programas de educación para las carreras técnicas y de programas especiales. Asimismo, el evento este año se celebra antes que en otras ocasiones para que aquellos estudiantes y sus familias que deseen matricularse en otra escuela del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara dispongan de la oportunidad de recabar información y plantear preguntas acerca de las transferencias con antelación a la finalización del plazo para la presentación de solicitudes para las mismas. Los formularios de solicitud de transferencia estarán disponibles en el departamento de servicios a los estudiantes del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara a partir del 1 de diciembre de 2017, y deben entregarse antes del viernes 19 de enero de 2018. Este mismo plazo aplica a los estudiantes que deseen matricularse en cualquier Academia.

Hoja Informative – Feria de la Preparatorias

Friday, November 3, 2017

State of Our Schools 2017

A HUGE Thank you to Santa Barbara Education Foundation and Santa Barbara City College Foundation for sponsoring the State of our Schools 2017. In case you missed the free presentation at The New Vic this week, please click on this link to watch the video. You can also access the slideshow presentation by clicking on the following links for English and Spanish. Santa Barbara Unified School District is grateful for the gift of support this community has for public education. Thank you all who came in person, watched live with KEYT, or will watch through this eNews.


It’s time! Daylight Savings ends at 2:00am this Sunday, November 5th. Don’t forget to change your clocks back one hour. We look forward to seeing you Monday!

 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Santa Barbara Unified School District Opens Recruitment for Director of English Learner and Parent Engagement

Santa Barbara Unified School District opened recruitment for the Director of English Learner and Parent Engagement, a position held by Dr. Jacqueline Mora since July of 2015. Dr. Mora was recently appointed as Assistant Superintendent of Education Services at Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Recruitment for the Director of English Learner and Parent Engagement opened on September 28, 2017 and will close on October 27, 2017.

“Santa Barbara Unified remains committed to continue to build upon the successful efforts led by Dr. Mora for Santa Barbara Unified’s English language learners and parents,” said Superintendent Cary Matsuoka, “We are fortunate to have had Dr. Jacqueline Mora’s leadership that strengthened essential partnerships throughout our district. She raised the bar with her commitment to children and families, often through her efforts to authentically engage families as equal partners in their child’s education. The district has greatly benefited from her educational expertise as a school leader and within the district office to improve systems and standards so that teaching and learning practices can better meet the needs of every child.”

Santa Barbara Unified developed the English Learner and Parent Engagement management position three years ago as part of a plan to improve student achievement and parent engagement. In Santa Barbara Unified, English Learners account for approximately 23% of the total student population. School districts are held accountable by the State of California and Federal Government to ensure that English Learners meet the same academic standards as other students.

Efforts to support students, parents, and district employees improved under the leadership of Dr. Jacqueline Mora as the Director of English Learner and Parent Engagement. Accomplishments over the last three years include: reclassified more than 2,287 English Learner children to be English proficient, developed an important stakeholder relationship with the District English Learner Advisory Committee, formed a Family Engagement Unit to provide fundamental parent education programming at all schools aligned with district goals and priorities, expanded a popular all-adult interpreter model for Back to School Night events at all schools, coordinated professional development for teachers to use strategies that accelerate academic language development as well as professional opportunities for bilingual staff to advance interpretation skills, and assisted with redesigning secondary school English language pathways to ensure students have access to core English language arts, math, science, and social studies classes.

“Despite progress being made for our English learners, we know that there is more work to be done to meet the educational needs of our students and continue important efforts to support families. The recruitment for the Director for English Learner and Parent Engagement is our priority and we will be seeking qualified candidates through October 27th,” said Matsuoka.

Recruitment for the Director for English Learner and Parent Engagement will remain open through October 27, 2017, applicants can apply by visiting: https://selfservice.sbunified.org/MSS/employmentopportunities/

 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Santa Barbara Unified School District Considers Limiting Interdistrict Transfers

Santa Barbara Unified School Board of Education will consider a policy change limiting interdistrict transfers at its regularly scheduled Board meeting on October 10, 2017. The policy change under consideration is a result of a district funding model shift to basic aid this fiscal year. Basic aid is when the district is in a position to generate more revenue through local property taxes than the State provides through traditional funding formulas. Under this model, the district will have greater control of local taxpayer dollars to improve education services for students, families, and educators within the community it serves.

Out of California’s nearly 1,000 elementary, high school, and unified school districts, approximately 100 are basic aid districts. Santa Barbara County has ten basic aid districts, four of which are partner districts to Santa Barbara Unified. The determination of whether or not a district automatically becomes a basic aid district is dependent on a number of factors – local property tax collections, district enrollment, and State of California school finance models. Ultimately to achieve basic aid status, property taxes per student within the attendance boundary must be greater than the district’s state allocated revenue limit.

A component that directly influences a district’s basic aid status is the number of interdistrict transfer students. An interdistrict transfer is defined as a student who transfers in from a community outside of the attendance boundary of the district’s K-12 district. Currently in Santa Barbara Unified School District, all interdistrict transfer requests are considered for enrollment. In the current school year, interdistrict transfers represent 212 students and an approximately $1.5 million investment of taxpayer dollars within the Santa Barbara Unified School District boundaries.

Proposed changes to the district’s interdistrict transfer policy reflect careful consideration of the long-term projections of Santa Barbara Unified to be a basic aid district, while allowing for a gradual transition of the interdistrict transfer students currently enrolled in our district. The policy under consideration creates a framework to limit the entry of students from outside districts, with exceptions. Examples of exceptions include: students who are children of district employees and children of employees of Santa Barbara Community College (SBCC). The district will also consider allowing: a student to complete their education at a school they currently attend, a family that is moving into the district within the first 30 days of the school year, and those students and/or immediate family member who will suffer an extraordinary hardship as defined in the proposed policy.

The Board of Education will take action on the proposed interdistrict transfers policy at their meeting on October 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.; the agenda will be available online by close of business on Friday, October 6, 2017 and can be found by visiting www.sbunified.org/board/board-meetings/

 

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Five High School Students from Santa Barbara Unified School District Named Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Five high school students from Santa Barbara Unified School District were among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists announced today who qualified for the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Semifinalist may be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship if they advance to the Finalist standing in the competition, which is determined by February. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

Santa Barbara Unified School District High School students named Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program, are:

Dos Pueblos High School
Francis Pan
James Roney

San Marcos High School
Kadin Donohoe
Junna Faessel

Santa Barbara High School
Thomas Everest

For more information about the National Merit® Scholarship Corporation and Program, visit: http://www.nationalmerit.org/

 

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Santa Barbara Community Academy Principal, Alicia Saballa-Santana, Announces Retirement

Santa Barbara Community Academy Principal, Alicia Saballa-Santana announced she will retire on October 6, 2017 after six years of service with Santa Barbara Unified School District and 32 years in education. Saballa-Santana began her service with Santa Barbara Unified School District on September 2011 as Principal of Santa Barbara Community Academy.

“Santa Barbara Unified School District is fortunate to have had the leadership of Alicia Saballa-Santana over the last six years,” said Superintendent Cary Matsuoka. “Saballa-Santana’s compassionate and steady voice for student and parent achievement has benefited those she served – families, educators, and staff. We are appreciative of Alicia Saballa-Santana’s contributions throughout our District and wish her well in her retirement.”

Saballa-Santana, a daughter of migrant farmworkers, began her educational career as an instructional aide, advancing to become a teacher, multilingual programs coordinator, director of a migrant program, and school administrator. Her education career spans 32 years, where she served 17 years as a kindergarten through eighth grade teacher, and most recently, 15 years as a school administrator. At Santa Barbara Community Academy, Saballa-Santana is recognized for her work to strengthen parent engagement, oversee facility improvements, and help SBCA become one of the first schools to implement Guided Language Acquisition Design, an instructional model to support teachers by providing strategies to integrate instruction in English and grade-level content for a diverse, mainstream classroom.

Santa Barbara Unified School District will begin to recruit and hire for a permanent leader for Santa Barbara Community Academy. Michael Gonzalez, a former Assistant Superintendent, Principal, and Assistant Principal of Santa Barbara Unified School District will begin to serve as an interim beginning early October. Gonzalez retired in 2010, and since then has assisted the district by serving as a consultant, and most recently, as interim Principal at McKinley Elementary.

Santa Barbara Community Academy opened on July 19, 1999 and is currently located on the campus of La Cumbre Junior High School. This transition provides an opportunity to explore the synergy between these two schools. To ensure the most effective transition, Superintendent Cary Matsuoka and Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Educational Services, Dr. Raul Ramirez, will be working with staff and families to review the Academy’s year-round schedule, curriculum, and structure to determine how best to meet the needs of families going forward and to support selecting the next leader for the Academy.

 

Friday, August 11, 2017

An Astronomical First Day Back 2 School

Experience the 2017 Eclipse Across America, August 21, 2017 when the sun and moon align with you!

 

 

It is going to be an astronomical first day of school at Santa Barbara Unified School District. The first day of our traditional schools is the same day of a total solar eclipse event that will cross the entire United States, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918. This solar eclipse is a unique opportunity to engage our students in one of nature’s great educational events. We are sharing information about the solar eclipse event, including available resources and safety guidelines, for families and educators via our website at: www.sbunified.org/eclipse.

For information about the 2017-2018 district-wide calendar of important dates for students, employees, holiday reminders, and more please visit our website at: https://www.sbunified.org/calendars/. For a calendar of events specific to a school site, please visit that school’s individual website.

 

 

 

 

 

We’re Breaking Ground!!

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education and Superintendent Cary Matsuoka invite the community to attend a groundbreaking ceremony on August 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. for the Santa Barbara High School Peabody Grandstand Replacement, Stadium Renovation, and Site Utilities Upgrade Project. For more information and to RSVP, please click on this link to be directed to our invitation.

California Schools Mobile Application

Drawing of little red school house

Do you know of someone who wants to learn more about Santa Barbara Unified public schools? California Department of Education (CDE) released its first mobile application that offers detailed information about California’s 10,000 public schools, including Santa Barbara Unified schools. The CA Schools mobile app is available for iOS and Android systems and provides users with a wealth of information, including: contacts and directions, demographics, test scores, and a school’s California School Dashboard profile page. This is a valuable resource for the community to learn up-to-date information about their local schools and even for home buyers when they evaluate education opportunities in prospective neighborhoods. Users can find schools by location-based searches as well as specific searches of a city, county, school district, and ZIP code.

The CA Schools mobile app is available for free download through Apple’s App Store Web page or the Google Play Web page. More information is available on CDE’s CA Schools Mobile Application support Web page.

2017 Summer Facility Projects

Thank you for supporting your schools!

While our students were away for the summer, our facilities staff was busy getting our school sites ready for the new year. We completed a number of projects thanks to the support of our voters for passing bond Measures I and J. These community bonds provide dedicated facility funds to make a difference in ensuring the quality of our facilities. They provide opportunities to make necessary improvements that create a positive learning environment for our students, staff, Santa Barbara Unified families, and community. This summer we completed an asphalt renovation of playground and parking lot at Goleta Valley Junior High School, a walkway replacement at Cleveland Elementary School, utility replacement (gas, water, and sewer) at Washington Elementary School, and asphalt renovation of the playground at La Cumbre Junior High School and more to come. To see pictures of these projects, please click here. For more facility project updates and photos visit our website at www.sbunified.org.

 

 

Back To School Night Schedule

Back-to-School Night offers a great opportunity for Santa Barbara Unified families to:

• Visit your student’s school and classroom.

• Meet your student’s teachers.

• Understand what your student will learn this year.

Adams Elementary SchoolMonday, September 11, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cleveland Elementary SchoolThursday, September 14, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Franklin Elementary School, Friday, August 25, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Harding University Partnership SchoolMonday, September 18, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
McKinley Elementary SchoolTuesday, September 5, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Monroe Elementary SchoolMonday, September 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Open Alternative School, Thursday, September 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Roosevelt Elementary SchoolTuesday, August 29, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara Community Academy, Thursday, August 10, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Washington Elementary SchoolThursday, August 24, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Goleta Valley Junior High SchoolThursday, September 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
La Colina Junior High SchoolWednesday, August 30, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
La Cumbre Junior High SchoolTuesday, September 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara Junior High SchoolWednesday, September 27, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Dos Pueblos High SchoolThursday, September 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
La Cuesta Continuation High SchoolThursday, August 31, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
San Marcos High SchoolWednesday, September 6, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara High SchoolWednesday, September 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Spanish language interpretation and translation services available.

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Instrument Drive

Have an old instrument gathering dust in your closet or garage? Dust it off and put it into the hands of an aspiring young musician today. All types of instruments are accepted, from ukuleles to flutes.  In particular, there is a strong need for alto saxophone, clarinets, violins, and guitars. Learn more by visiting the Foundation’s website at: http://sbefoundation.org/instrument-drive/

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Santa Barbara Unified Awards Construction Contract to AMG & Associates, Inc. for the Santa Barbara High School Peabody Grandstand Replacement, Stadium Renovation, and Site Utilities Upgrade Project

Drawing of Peabody Stadium

Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education awarded AMG & Associates, Inc. – California based S-Corporation, a $28 million construction contract for Santa Barbara High School Peabody Stadium project. The construction contract is funded by the Foundation for Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara community bond measures, developer fees, and leverages State of California seismic mitigation funds. Construction efforts will begin in August and the stadium is expected to be complete April 2019.

“The awarding of this contract is a significant milestone for Santa Barbara Unified. We have completed an important piece of the puzzle of a long-standing community vision and critical need to modernize the nearly 100-year-old stadium,” said District Superintendent Cary Matsuoka. “The Board’s decision to award the contract recognized the responsibility to move forward, but also acknowledged the unique challenges our leadership team worked through to ensure the best project option and lowest price contractor.”

Last April the Santa Barbara Unified Board of Trustees rejected all multi-prime bids for the project that totaled $30 million in hard construction costs. Superintendent Matsuoka led an expanded team of district staff and stakeholders who met weekly with a goal to obtain the best and lowest price contractor to build the project. The group analyzed the project, evaluated potential alternative options including constructing the project off site and reducing the scope of work, obtained new cost estimates, adjusted the construction timeline, rebidded the project for a single general contractor, and broadened the bid-proposal outreach. The rebid opening was held on July 11th and the district received bid proposals from six general contractors for this project, with the lowest submitted bid from AMG & Associates in the amount of $28,764,392. The total project budget, including soft costs and a construction contingency, is $39 million.

“This is AMG & Associates first construction project with our District and I look forward to working with the construction team,” said the District’s Director of Facilities and Operations, David J. Hetyonk. “I am ready to get started on one of the largest single construction contracts in my nearly two decades with Santa Barbara Unified; and look forward to seeing it completed for the benefit of our students and community over the next century.”

The Santa Barbara High School Peabody Grandstand Replacement, Stadium Renovation, and Site Utilities Upgrade Project design includes:

• Constructing a new 2,300 seat concrete grandstand and press box. This necessary replacement will bring the nearly 100-year-old facility into compliance with current State and regulatory building and accessibility codes.

• Expand the athletic sports field to create a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) regulation, synthetic surface track and artificial turf field to support competitive athletic events and daily physical education activities during school.

• Replace two failing storm drain conduits to allow for continued pass through of municipal storm water systems and to mitigate ponding or flooding within the stadium and surrounding residential areas during storm events.

• Modernize and replace the athletic sound and lighting systems for energy efficiency and to mitigate impacts on areas outside of the stadium.

The Peabody Stadium project partners include: Foundation for Santa Barbara High School; Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects, Inc., Architect; Flowers & Associates, Inc., Civil Engineer; Lundgren Management Corporation, Construction Management; AMG & Associates, Inc., General Contractor; and Knowland Construction Services, Division of State Architect Inspector.

July 6, 2017

Enjoy Summer Reading at the Public Library

Santa Barbara Unified wants to know if you have checked out the Santa Barbara Public Library System’s annual Summer Reading Program? Reading over the summer is an excellent opportunity to get ahead and not fall behind in school. This year’s summer reading theme is “Build a Better World” with a different program for children, teens, and adults. To participate, children and teens sign up online or at their local library, read books, then visit the library to collect prizes. This year, over 30 local businesses and community organizations have donated incentives to keep kids reading. Libraries also offer free family events every week, such as magicians, storytellers, jugglers, and hands-on activities. Teens have opportunities to participate in their own programs as well and/or volunteer at the Library to earn community service hours. See SBPLibrary.org or visit any public library branch for more information.

Summertime Health and Wellness Awareness

It’s summertime and there is no better time than now to focus on your student’s health and wellness. Summer break allows time to improve physical health and it can also be a time for families to focus on mental wellness; for family members who seek to diminish stress in their bodies and increase safety, peace, inspiration, and fulfilling relationships in their lives. Recognizing an increase of a national dialogue around teen and youth mental health wellness, Santa Barbara Unified School District’s secondary school principals and Superintendent recently sent a letter to all 2017-2018 students in 7th to 12th grades that provide information on local and national resources to help families increase an awareness of mental health and wellness concerns. To view a copy of the letter in English/Spanish, see links below. To learn more about simple ways to identify mental health concerns, watch this 1 minute video.

SBUnified Mental Health and Wellness Letter (English)
SBUnified Mental Health and Wellness (Spanish)

Santa Barbara High School Peabody Stadium Update

Aerial view drawing of Peabody Stadium

Superintendent Matsuoka presented a Santa Barbara High School Peabody Grandstand Replacement and Stadium Renovation project update at a recent meeting of the Board of Trustees. Last April the Board rejected all multi-prime bids for the project that totaled $30 million in hard construction costs. Since that time, Superintendent Matsuoka led an expanded team of district staff, Dr. John Becchio (Santa Barbara High School Principal), project architect, construction management consultants, and Greg Tebbe representing the Foundation for Santa Barbara High School who met weekly with a goal to obtain the best and lowest price contractor to build the project. The group analyzed the project, evaluated alternative options, obtained new cost estimates, adjusted the construction timeline, and broadened the bid-proposal outreach. The board update included:

• Project considerations: there are a number of factors that went into the consideration for the project that were part of re-analyzing the project, including: the complexities of a nearly 100 year old facility; the scope of the underground civil engineering needs such as replacing two massive storm drains, leveraging more than $11 million of external investment from community donations and the State of California seismic mitigation funds, and equity of athletic opportunities –for training and competition activities on campus, it is truly the largest classroom at Santa Barbara High School.

• Cost estimates: Superintendent Matsuoka and the expanded leadership team new cost estimates identified construction costs at an average of $27.7 million. If current estimates are accurate, the total project cost is going to be around $38 million dollars. The Superintendent’s update included a budget spreadsheet, which can be found by going to the school board meeting linked below. The cost estimates incorporate soft and hard construction costs, leverages more than $11 million of external investment such as the State of California seismic funds, and identifies utilizing $6 million out of the Armory funds as the district is closer to negotiating a final price for the purchase of the Armory property.

• Next steps: The rebid window closes on July 11, 2017. Santa Barbara Unified Board of Trustees will hear the rebid results at the July 25, 2017 school board meeting. If a project contract is awarded late July, the groundbreaking will take place the end of August and the new Stadium is estimated to be completed April 2019.

To listen and read more about the Peabody Stadium Project update, go to the June 27th Board meeting website at: santabarbara.novusagenda.com, and youtu.be/NmsDWB8yDO8

Peabody Stadium Fact Sheet (English)

Peabody Stadium Fact Sheet (Spanish)

Old Spanish Days Fiesta Parade Volunteers Wanted

Santa Barbara Unified is excited to participate in the Old Spanish Days Fiesta Parade—keep a look out for your school board members, superintendent and school principals! Santa Barbara Unified is proud of its rich education tradition in Santa Barbara, a tradition that is more than 150 years old and rooted in 18th century Spanish era. There is a volunteer request from the Old Spanish Days Fiesta Parade (Desifile Historico) Committee that is in need of volunteers to help with marshaling this year, especially with changes due to the Castillo street closure. Benefits of volunteering include the Marshal Party held at 6 PM at the Carriage Museum on Monday, July 31st, where you’ll learn about the modest expectations, and you and a guest will be treated to dinner and drinks. You’ll also receive a very exclusive invitation to Horseman’s Rendezvous following the parade where you’ll mingle with the horseman, dignatarios and all those that make the Desifile Historico possible. Please let the Parade Committee know if you’re interested or have any questions by contacting them via phone at: 805.692.4400; by email at:bschwabecher@communitywestbank.com, or visiting their website at: www.oldspanishdays-fiesta.org.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Santa Barbara Unified Adopts $161 Million Budget for

Fiscal Year 2017-18

The adopted budget fully supports the Local Control and Accountability Plan.

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Trustees adopted a $161 million budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18, an overall increase of approximately $1.4 million from last year. The budget reflects a commitment to exceed the State of California’s minimum recommended reserve requirement and to fully support the priorities of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is a three-year plan that describes how the district intends to meet annual goals for all students, with specific actions developed through community outreach to respond to state and local education priorities.

“The District’s adopted budget recognizes our employee’s dedication to improve practices that maintain quality education programs and services for our students,” said Superintendent Cary Matsuoka. “We made necessary cost reductions this year and recognize that continued reductions will be a priority in the years ahead. This means that over the next three years we will proceed with caution yet remain steadfast to our top priority – quality education for every child.”

District leadership began working last November to develop a fiscally sound budget for 2017-2018. This budget reflects challenges and opportunities the district will face over the next three years. Primarily, the budget indicates Santa Barbara Unified’s continued prioritization of its mission and purpose to provide quality instructional education. It also identifies decreases in school enrollment (based on future population forecasts), reductions of local revenue (expiration of Measures A and B), and loss of some federal funding. The budget’s demonstrated strength is its investment in employees, a reserve of all funds of approximately 9%, exceeding State standards, and spending of one-time state funds for planned investment in instructional technology and common core state standards. Moving forward, the budget signifies Santa Barbara Unified’s commitment to fulfilling the community’s support for creating and maintaining 21st century learning environments and ensuring the equitable success of all students.

Board President Kate Parker expressed appreciation to Santa Barbara Unified employees, “Santa Barbara Unified School District staff have clearly demonstrated their commitment to equity and to improving practices that will lead to a high level of academic excellence for our students and our community. While we invest in preparing our students for life, learning, and work in the 21st century, we also recognize the Board’s commitment to encouraging continued collaborative work to reduce deficit spending and strengthen our reserves.”

To review the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Adopted Budget documents from the June 27th School Board meeting, go to: www.sbunified.org/departments/business-services/fiscal/budgets. For more information about Santa Barbara Unified School District, go to: www.sbunified.org.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Class of 2017

This month Santa Barbara Unified School District joined with many of our families and staff to celebrate a major milestone in the lives of thousands of our students as they either promoted to junior high and high school or graduated as the Class of 2017. There were many inspiring moments from the promotion and graduation ceremonies that we shared on social media — you can search for them through our hashtag: #sbunifiedgrad17 OR you can catch highlights by watching this video of the 2017 promotions and graduations: https://youtu.be/COTh2mpch8E.

We appreciate the support of our educators, administrators, families, and community in helping our students reach their full potential, thank you!

Summer Meal Programs

The 5th annual Summer Meal Concert Series kicked off this month, celebrating the importance of making sure our children in Santa Barbara County have food they need even when school is out. The summer concert series began in 2013 as a coalition effort alongside actor and musician Jeff Bridges. Since its inception, participation in summer meal programming increased more than 30 percent. But the majority of children who rely on free and reduced meals during the school year are still going without them in the summer. That is why Santa Barbara Unified School District is proud to partner with the City of Santa Barbara, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and Community Action Commission to increase opportunities where children can receive a meal without paperwork or enrollment forms! To make it easy to find out where summer meals are served in your neighborhood, you can text SUMMERFOOD to 877-877.

For locations that our SBUnified Food Services will be at, see the 2017 Summer Food Service Program Flyer. (Click here for Spanish flyer)

Click here to watch a video on the SBUnified Food Service Facebook page.

Celebrating South Coast Mathematics Superbowl Winners

Congratulations to Liam Avolio of Santa Barbara Charter School for placing second place in the South Coast Mathematics Superbowl 4th grade individual competition. Another congratulations goes out to their 6th grade team for placing second place in the 6th grade team hands-on competition. Opportunities like this would not be possible without the support of family volunteers who coached these students this year, specifically recognizing the support of Paul Avolio, Jennifer Bosso, Ed Togami and John Hartman.

Two Sisters Work Together to Organize a Summer Coding Program

During the summer, some of our high school students volunteer to facilitate camps and programs to engage younger students in summertime educational opportunities. One of these programs this year is being organized by two sisters: Michelle and Sophia Qin, students at Dos Pueblos High School. The Qins are a part of Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy and have won the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing award. Their program entitled “Coding Together” is focused on working with 5th to 11th grade girls, teaching them to learn to use MIT’s programming tool Scratch and Google Computer Science programs at Dos Pueblos High School. According to NCWIT, by 2024, 1.1 million computing-related job openings are expected. We celebrate our high school student’s initiative to be innovative by providing opportunities to explore, grow, and learn the field of computer science.

 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Santa Barbara Unified Announces Selection of the New Principal of Adams Elementary SchoolFriday, June 2, 2017

Superintendent Cary Matsuoka announced the selection of the new principal of Adams Elementary School, Kelly Fresch. Fresch currently serves as the Principal of Guin Foss Elementary School at Tustin Unified School District in Tustin, Calif. Her contract begins July 1, 2017.
The selection of Fresch as the new principal of Adams Elementary school followed a competitive and collaborative recruitment process comprised of Adams Elementary school parents, teachers, staff and district officials.

“Principals serve as the educational leader and chief administrator of their school,” said Matsuoka. “Fresch’s 22 years of educational and administrative experience is a natural fit for Adams Elementary School. Her successful leadership in building teams and integrating technology while cultivating a diverse and positive school culture is what set her apart during the recruitment process.”
Fresch holds a master of arts degree in Educational Leadership and Administrative Services Credential from Azusa Pacific University. She received a multiple subject teaching credential from the California State University of Fullerton and a bachelor of arts degree in Communication from San Diego State University. She completed a Spanish immersion program from the International University for Language in Cuernavaca, Mexico and has dedicated her life to working with children.

“I am excited to join Santa Barbara Unified School District, and specifically, Adams Elementary School,” said Fresch. “It is an honor to be a part of a school that has a reputation of fostering community around a love of education. I look forward to ensuring that each and every child at Adams feels valued and has opportunities to reach their true and full potential. I bring a sense of passion for education and will model what I expect of others, that is to always be kind, thoughtful, giving and understanding.”
Fresch is a godmother to three children, and served as a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation for 8 years, as well as a Board Member for the Tustin Public Schools Foundation. She grew up in Orange county and values living a healthy lifestyle whether that is running every day, reading or taking opportunities to travel and relax on the beach.

About Adams Elementary School:
Adams Elementary School opened its doors on September 14, 1954. The elementary serves students in preschool through 6th grade. It is located in Santa Barbara’s Northside between the community golf course and the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Adams teachers and staff provide a challenging academic program for all students, with additional support in English language development, speech, vocal and instrumental music, art, library, computer literacy, Gifted and Talented Education, and special education. Adams was an early adopter of digital literacy and learning materials, a 1:1 iPad pilot school and offers families a Montessori program of choice education alternative.

 

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