Calimesa and Dunlap Elementary Schools Pilot Positive Behavior Support Program
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a proactive approach based on a three-tiered model of prevention and intervention aimed at creating safe and effective schools. Emphasis is placed on teaching and reinforcing important social skills and to address behavior concerns. PBS has been demonstrated to reduce discipline problems and increase time for instruction.
Calimesa and Dunlap Elementary Schools are piloting PBS this year. For a few days, school personnel at Calimesa Elementary School asked students to “take a knee” when the bell rang. The purpose behind this practice was so that school personnel could quickly observe the entire playground. It was brought to the District’s attention that this practice concerned some of our families. The district responded to concerns regarding the program by no longer having students “take a knee.” The intent of this program was not to upset families in any way or disrupt learning at the school. It was intended to improve safe conditions for every student that attends Calimesa Elementary School.
Currently, one of the strategies to increase student safety and reduce discipline is to have students “freeze” in place when the bell rings at the end of recess and lunch. Once all of the students “freeze” in place, the school personnel dismiss students to walk to class in an orderly and safe manner.
About Our District
Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD has been proudly serving students in Yucaipa and portions of Calimesa since 1911, when our first elementary school was opened on California Street as part of the newly formed Yucaipa Elementary School District. In 1963, the District reorganized as a Joint Unified School District and added instruction for the area’s secondary school students, who were previously served by a neighboring school district using a secondary school they built in the 1950's. That school, which is located on Sixth Street, is still in use today by our students.
YCJUSD students receive a high quality curriculum from some of the best teachers that the state has to offer. The district’s STAR test results regularly exceed those of the county of San Bernardino and, in many instances, those of the state as well. Each school has an active PTA/PTSA or PTSO, and area residents find that the collaboration among parents and school staff has a wonderful, open, small town feel to it. Students at all sites, including the adult school, follow the same calendar. The calendar for the current school year, including all holidays, vacation dates, and academic dates, is found under the "Calendars" tab on the left navigation bar on all of our web pages.
Textbooks, curriculum, and assessments across the district are consistent from school to school. This is helpful when students move between schools. Parents can be assured that there won’t be learning gaps for their students and that the education that children get at one site is as rigorous as it is in the neighboring schools. As new students enroll in the district, every effort is made to place them in their neighborhood school according to the boundary maps. If the grade needed is full at the neighborhood school, an alternate school site will be assigned until there is room available at the neighborhood school.
Beginning in 2011-2012, the Competitive Edge Charter Academy (CECA) operates as a dependent charter school. CECA is a K-8 International Baccalaureate candidate school. All California content standards are included in the thematic-based instruction.