School News 2017-18


2017-18 School Calendars

2017-18 Traditional Calendar

2017-18 Year Round Calendar


eNews

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.

_

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

______________________________________________________________________

¡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.

 

© Copyright Santa Barbara Education Foundation | 1330 State Street, Suite 201, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 | (805) 284-9125 | info@santabarbaraeducation.org