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District Announcements
New State Preschool Program at Calimesa Elementary
Enrollment is now being accepted for the San Bernardino County State Preschool Program. The Preschool will be held at Calimesa Elementary School.  This program is free to eligible families. To obtain more information and to find out how and where to submit enrollment forms you can call (909) 386-2701, or click on the link below. Enrollment forms will NOT be accepted at the Calimesa Elementary school site. 
All Day Kindergarten

We have a new choice for parents of children entering Kindergarten this year.  Valley Elementary School will begin offering all-day Kindergarten classes for the 2015-2016 school year.  This is the second school offering all-day kindergarten classes in the district.  Dunlap Elementary School began offering all-day Kindergarten classes in 2012.    All-day kindergarten classes at Dunlap and Valley are open to kindergarten students across the district.  For more information on the all-day kindergarten classes at Dunlap and Valley Elementary Schools please contact the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District at 909-797-0174, Dunlap Elementary at 909-797-5171, or Valley Elementary at 909-797-1125. 

CECA Team at IB Conference of the Americas

CECA Director Jeff Litel, Coordinator Valesca Lopez, and Counselor Myra Reichmann recently traveled to Chicago, Illinois, for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Conference of the Americas.  Approximately, 3,000 IB educators from around the globe gathered for keynotes and workshops led by such leaders in education as Alan November and Sir Ken Robinson.  Pictured here are Litel, Lopez, and Reichmann with Alan November, a visionary in integrating technology in education.
Law and Public Safety Fair at YHS

"On Friday. May 29th, the Law and Public Safety students held a Safety Fair in the YHS Library. The LPS students researched topics that were of interest to them and created booths where they were the experts on the topics. Students chose topics ranging from Pool Safety to Search and Rescue. The LPS Academy also had live demonstrations at some booths on topics like CPR and First Aid, as well as the goggles that simulate the effects of alcohol when driving. Students invited other YHS students and advisory members to come down and see their projects and the library was full during both lunches at YHS."

1st Annual Senior Engineering Showcase

On Wednesday evening, the Senior Engineering students presented their innovative projects to parents, staff, and industry members in the 1st Annual Senior Engineering Showcase. Projects ranged from an automatic pet food feeder to an improved drift trike with brakes. Senior Engineering students were also recognized for their commitment to the Engineering Academy. Students who completed 3 or more years of the program will be wearing Engineering Academy stoles during graduation.

Health and Biomedical Sciences Academy

On Wednesday, May 27th,  60 students in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Academy participated in a Health Symposium as their final product for their second semester integrated project. Students came together to discuss their final determination of the cause of death for their fictitious deceased patient Anna Garcia. Throughout the year, HBS students reviewed autopsy reports, conducted various diagnostic tests in the laboratory, and examined medical history documents to reach a conclusion on the cause of death.

Honoring our 2015 Retirees

Vickie Altopp, Michael Artigue, Debra  Austin-Brecher,
Marty Blassongame,  Jane Cook, Mark Cook, Joey DesRochers,
Kathleen Downing, Donna Harward, Debra Hitter, Roberta Huckeba, Chyrl Kauffman, Jacqueline Lawson, David Matuszak, Marianne McVey, Jan Murphy, Deborah Oschman, Pat Powell, Edward Quintero, Mary Smith, Randall Smith, Raquel Torrez, Dale Vandergoot, Tom Ziech
Mesa View Earns Gold Ribbon School Award

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on Monday that Mesa View was one of only 373 secondary schools in California to earn the new Gold Ribbon School Award.  This puts Mesa View in the top 8% of all high schools, junior high schools, and middle schools in the state.  This recognition replaces the former "Distinguished School" award and is a prestigious honor.
Twenty-Eighth Annual Multilingual Recognition Dinner

On Friday, May 1, 2015, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools recognized individuals from across the county for their dedication and their commitment to making a difference in the quality of education for our English learners.  Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD had the pleasure of recognizing four individuals at the Twenty-Eighth Annual Multilingual Recognition Dinner. 

Mr. Tom Dreyer:  Mr. Dreyer has a special spot in his heart for English learners and their families.  Each Thursday evening he teaches a two-hour parent education class for EL families so that they are better able to support their children at school. Mr. Dryer is also a 5th grade teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School.  During classroom instruction, he uses multiple effective strategies to evaluate student learning and program implementation. Mr. Dreyer co-leads the Ridgeview English Learner Advisory Committee, providing support for English learners and their families.

Destiny Rodriquez:   Destiny is a true leader at Park View Middle School and in her community. She is currently in the AVID program and maintains a 4.0 grade point average.  Destiny is an inspiration to all the students at Park View Middle, including the English learners because she is a role model by character and by superior academic performance.

Ms. Sheryl Morales:  Ms. Sheryl Morales is an EL Tutor at Wildwood Elementary School.  She was born in Mexico and lived in Guadalajara, Mexico with her mother, father and two sisters. With patience and understanding for students, Ms. Morales relates to their struggle to learn English as a second language. She is passionate about teaching and wants to continue her educational journey.

Mr. Francisco Martinez:  Mr. Martinez is the Campus Monitor at Mesa View Middle School.  He is a champion for student success and has a special connection with our growing population of English Language Learners.  He counsels students about health issues, family disputes, relationships, resolving conflicts, and bullying.  Mr. Martinez also coaches flag football, softball, basketball, and soccer for both the after school athletic program and the lunchtime intramural program. He is a tremendous support for teachers, students, and the community.



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Classified Employees of the Year

The Board of Education recognized the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District Classified Employees of the year. They included Lyla Heintz, Ana Madrid and Kathy Phillips.

Lyla Heintz is a special ed. instructional aide at Calimesa Elementary. She consistently exceeds the expectations of the staff she supports. She goes above and beyond for the students at Calimesa Elementary.

Ana Madrid is the lead caterer for the district. She works out of OVEC where she is also the kitchen operator for Oak View High School and Education Center  and prepares food for the elementary sites. As a caterer, her skills have been utilized across the district from small functions to large functions feeding over 300.

Kathy Phillips is the clerk typist at Calimesa Elementary School. Kathy has a heart for all children. She makes each feel important. Her personal touch has allowed her to develop positive relationships with families at Calimesa Elementary.
PTA Council Honorary Service Awards Dinner

The Yucaipa-Calimesa PTA Council celebrated and honored both their founders and those individuals who volunteer their time for the children and youth of our community.
Public Schools Month

Fellowship Masonic Lodge No. 668 supports the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District through the celebration of Public Schools Week. The Masonic Lodge has provided a forum for the past 20 years to recognize outstanding students, employees, and community members who make a difference in the lives of others. Congratulations to all of the recipients.

Classified School Employee of the Year

Ana Madrid
Lead Caterer
Oak View High School 

Madrid was selected as the recipient of the Classified Employee of the Year in the category of child nutrition. For the past 10 years, she has worked as lead caterer at Oak View High. “Ana shows her kindness with patient and respectful interaction with the students every day and at every meal, and in doing so, the students’ show Ana respect,” wrote Ann Aguilar, Director of Child Nutrition for Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, in support of Madrid.


Freshmen Health and Biomedical Sciences Academy students used a dissecting scope to determine the identity of a powder found at the scene of our mysterious death around which the course is based. Students in Sharon Whiting's class used chemical tests and visual identification of crystalline shape and texture to identify the substances.
This year, Yucaipa High School has enrolled students in three Linked Learning Academies. Academies include Engineering, Health and Biomedical Sciences Academy and a Law and Public Safety. All Linked Learning Academy students follow a topic specific pathway, designed as a multi-year, comprehensive program that engages them through project-based learning in the classroom paired with career exposure and practical applications in a real-world setting.
All Linked Learning Academies include:
  • A college-prep academic core emphasizing real-world applications,
  • A technical core of three or more courses meeting industry standards,
  • Work-based learning,
  • Personalized student supports (academic, emotional and social, college and career guidance)
We look forward to partnering with local industries to provide our students with enriched learning experiences. 
YCJUSD developed a LCAP that better aligns the academic plan with the district expenditure plan that is approved by the Board of Education every June. Parents and other stakeholder groups participated in the development of the LCAP through participation in the community meetings.
The District provided opportunities for school communities to hear about the District’s current efforts to support youth and families and to provided input and feedback on future plans and opportunities. Sites also had the opportunity to work together in teams to share new ideas to support identified groups and to plan for site engagement and implementation.

2015-2018 LCAP (Board Approved June 23, 2015)
2015-2018 LCAP Board Presentation

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