The Multilingual Recognition Awards were established in 1987 to recognize outstanding contributions of educators towards enriching the educational experience by assuring the academic achievement of linguistically diverse students in San Bernardino County school districts. In addition, the program also features the recognition of the 2013 12th Grade Student Scholarship essay contest winners. Yucaipa-Calimesa honorees in 2013 include principals Lucia Hudec, Wildwood Elementary School, and Sherry Smith, Yucaipa High School; Calimesa Elementary School teacher, Linda Castro; and Yucaipa High School senior Gabriel Uribe in the essay contest category.
Pictured above LtoR: Honorees YHS senior Gabriel Uribe, YHS Principal Sherry Smith, and Wildwood Elementary School Principal Lucia Hudec.
Pictured in Slideshow with County Staff LtoR: Dr. Gary Thomas, County Superintendent of Schools; Carmen Beck, Director of Curriculum/Instruction, and Academic Enrichment Department; Honorees Sherry Smith, Linda Castro, Lucia Hudec, and Gabriel Uribe; Dr. Beth Higbee, County Assistant Superintendent, Education Support Services Division; and Fermin Jaramillo, County Coordinator, English Learner Program.
Pictured in Slideshow with YCJUSD District Office Staff LtoR: George Velarde, YCJUSD Assistant Superintendent, Business Services; Honorees Sherry Smith, Linda Castro, Lucia Hudec and Gabriel Uribe; YCJUSD Superintendent Dr. Sherry Kendrick; and YCJUSD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Victoria Schumacher.
Roberta Huckeba (third from the right) was selected by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools as the recipient of the Employee of the Year in the category of Child Nutrition. Roberta is an outstanding employee from Chapman Heights Elementary School and has worked in the district for 23 years. "Roberta performs all aspects of her work responsibilities as a lead child nutrition worker in an exemplary manner. She consistently works with teachers, office staff and lunch supervision staff to ensure that school breakfasts and lunches are prepared and served in a timely manner," wrote Principal Andy Anderson in his nomination of Huckeba. "In this capacity, Roberta has been a leader in our department for years and a wonderful support for management to educate her peers," said Ann Aguilar, Child Nutrition Director.
Richelle Solis, a sixth-grade teacher at Chapman Heights Elementary School, was recently named one of four San Bernardino County Teachers of the Year for 2012! Mrs. Solis was nominated by the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District last spring and after an exhaustive review by a panel of county administrators, Mrs. Solis received the wonderful news that she had been selected. Mrs. Solis is a remarkably gifted teacher, as well as an exceptional mentor and teacher leader at Chapman Heights Elementary School and throughout the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District. Although Mrs. Solis regularly assists with district-wide professional development, she never loses her focus on her own student’s learning and achievement. Her lessons and class routines engage every student in meaningful learning activities and there is a continuous flow of positive communication between her and all her students. Mrs. Solis believes that teaching is a noble profession and she holds herself to the highest teacher performance standards. The San Bernardino County Board of Education honored Richelle Solis at its October 1, 2012 meeting and Mrs. Solis was among the nominees for California Teacher of the Year 2012. (Pictured L to R: Melissa Moore, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources; Andy Anderson, CHES Principal; Richelle Solis; Dr. Sherry Kendrick, District Superintendent)
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.