The Community Foundation of Yucaipa Valley was established to support enrichment opportunities and provide scholarships for YCJUSD students. They will be holding a fundraiser at a local restaurant/coffee house on the evenings of August 11-14, and the restaurant kindly is donating 20% of sales to CFYV. Find out how you can get involved. Click here for more information.
On June 24, 2014, the Board of Education approved the final version of the LCAP. We are excited about the increased and improved services we will be able to provide students in the 2014-2015 school year and beyond.
Click Here to view the LCAP Draft #1 (Revised June 12, 2014)
Click Here to view the LCAP Draft #2 (Revised June 23, 2014)
Click Here to view the final LCAP (Approved June 24, 2014)
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the selection of six outstanding classified school employees in recognition of their roles in school operations and student success. YCJUSD’s own Treavor Maddux was selected in the category of Support Services and Security. Treavor, who serves as a campus monitor at Oak View High School and Education Center, was recognized as a San Bernardino County Classified Employee of the Year in April. He was honored by the California Department of Education at a luncheon in Sacramento on May 22nd where several of his friends and colleagues joined him in the celebration. Those in attendance at the luncheon included Superintendent Cali Binks, Board Member Jane Smith, Oak View High School and Education Center Principal Sam Spencer, his mother, Cathy Maddux, Instructional Aide Cynthia Ortiz, and former colleague Steve Felts.
The Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium recently awarded Dunlap Elementary School an Excellence in Partnership Award for its outstanding model of elementary school education for college students completing their education field experience classes. For more than a decade, Dunlap Elementary School has partnered with Crafton Hills College to provide community college students an opportunity to enter the elementary school teaching field. Principal Lindy Ward, along with the faculty and staff, were commended for their professional abilities in student succes at both the elementary and college level. The award was presented by June Yamamoto of Crafton Hills College. Pictured are (L to R) Joann Jones, CHC Professor--Child Development Education; Cali Binks, YCJUSD Superintendent; Mary Bailey, DES Teacher; and Lindy Ward, DES Principal.
Mrs. Linda Blair, community volunteer at Wildwood Elementary and Valley Elementary Schools, was among eight recipients recognized during an awards banquet on April 28 as a champion for public education.
Each year, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, along with the San Bernardino County School Boards Association and County Communications Network, recognizes individuals and groups who give outstanding service and support to public education with the San Bernardino County Education Medal of Honor.
"Each of these recipients is inspiring for the work that they do on behalf of our public schools," County Superintendent Gary Thomas said. "It is a highlight of the year to be able to recognize their accomplishments."
Twenty-nine individuals, businesses, and organizations were nominated for the 23rd Annual San Bernardino County Education Medal of Honor in recognition of their contributions to public education representing 12 school districts.
Following judging, the eight chosen recipients of the Education Medal of Honor were recognized and announced at the banquet on April 28. Mrs. Linda Blair, Community Volunteer, was nominated by Mrs. Lucia Hudec, Principal of Wildwood Elementary School for the Volunteer in Action/Community Volunteer service area, and she was selected as this year's recipient! This is the first time that a Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD nominee has been selected to receive this prestigious honor. Congratulations!
Nominations for the Education Medal of Honor were made in six categories: Volunteer in Action/Community Volunteer; Volunteer in Action/Service Group; Partners in Education/Small Business or Franchise; Partners in Education/Corporation or Government Agency; Excellence in Education/Education Professional; and Excellence in Education/Student Alumni.
Pictured from L to R below are: Mr. Ted Alejandre, SBCSS Deputy County Superintendent; Dr. Chuck Christie, YCJUSD Board Member; Mrs. Linda Blair, Medal of Honor Award recipient; Cali Binks, YCJUSD Superintendent; and Mrs. Lucia Hudec, Wildwood ES Principal.
A quote from the program brochure: "Linda Blair is an unsung hero to public education," says Lucia Hudec, the principal at Wildwood Elementary School who nominated her for the Education Medal of Honor. "She is a role model for the students and adults. Her enthusiasm and energy surpass any other retiree I know!"
Wildwood Elementary School 4th and 5th grade students Colby Carlson, Blanca Hidalgo, Gregory Keil, iHaley Kumanski, Rene Reyes, and Cynthia Williams competed the weekend of April 4-6 in Brentwood, CA (near Livermore) under the supervision of advisor, Mr. Dave Metheny, 5th grade teacher at Wildwood. The overall results for the Wildwood Team were 6th place in the State overall for Division I. That is out of 13 statewide teams and fantastic for the District’s second year of participation. The actual assigned problem for them to solve, independent of any adult assistance, is called The Stackable Structure (the problem and breakdown of the scores/results that make up the overall 6th place final score are listed below).
Problem: The Stackable Structure (Divisions I, II, III & IV)
- Style: 2nd place
- Weight: 3rd place
- Long Term: 3rd place (a score of the team's long-term solution)
Alignment to STEM and Common Core: Odyssey of the Mind provides an extra-curricular activity for students that is driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and it requires students to actively engage in order to find its solution. Throughout the problem solving process, Odyssey of the Mind students learn STEM concepts by assessing the composition and strength of materials, designing vehicles and devices, engineering structures, sets and backdrops, and calculating scores, geometry and physics. Because students are working in a project-based environment where they solve a problem from a multi-disciplinary approach, they incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into the process. Odyssey of the Mind problems, from technical to classics, structural to performance, provide a creative and innovative way to problem solve while applying STEM concepts that students have learned. (http://www.calomer.org)
Yucaipa Calimesa Joint Unified School District is proud and excited that three of the five Classified Employees of the Year selected by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools are from our own YCJUSD family. They were recognized at the San Bernardino County Board of Education meeting on April 7, 2014. The five recipients represent more than 18,300 classified workers across the county’s 33 school districts and more than 530 schools. YCJUSD thanks all classified employees for the contribution made to the success of our students.
This year’s Classified Employees of the Year were nominated by their school districts and selected by a judging panel for the statewide program, which was initiated six years ago. The county winners advance to a California Classified Employees of the Year competition. The state recipients will be announced later in the spring.
Congratulations to the following YCJUSD Classified County Employees of the year!!
Stacy Hernandez, Yucaipa High School, is the recipient in the category of Para-educator and Instructional Assistant. For the past 14 1/2 years, she has worked primarily as a senior library technician. “Mrs. Hernandez has repeatedly shown that she is an outstanding employee, leader and professional in all aspects of her job responsibilities and beyond,” wrote Sherry Smith, who is the principal at Yucaipa High, in the nomination for Hernandez.
Vernon Wurth, District Education Center, has been a child nutrition delivery driver for close to eight years and was selected in the category of Transportation. Ann Aguilar, the director of Child Nutrition, said Mr. Wurth has had perfect attendance since he started with the district. “Vern has been a constant ‘can do’ employee,” she wrote in Mr. Wurth’s nomination.
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.