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District Announcements
Twenty-Eight 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 Valley 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.

Redlands Bicycle Classic-Team KHS visits CECA

Redlands Bike Classic participants Team KHS visited Competitive Edge Charter Academy. They spoke with students about bicycle safety and how having drive and determination will help them reach their goals.

UCCI Institute
Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD hosted approximately 40 teachers and industry members at a University of California Curriculum Integration (UCCI) event for the Public Services pathway on February 17, 18, and 19, 2015 at the Yucaipa Community Center.
The primary goal of the UCCI Institutes was to facilitate the development of an increasing number of high school courses that are "a-g" approved (thus fulfilling subject requirements for college admission) and also designated as Career Technical Education (CTE).
Teachers worked collaboratively with colleagues from throughout the region (Yucaipa, Chaffey, and Fontana) to develop one course for each core subject area, thus integrating, English, Mathematics, History/Social Science, and Science with Public Services.  

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. 

What would most help all students in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (YCJUSD) to be successful in elementary, middle, and high school? We want to hear from you! YCJUSD is revising our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and we want you to be part of this process, which brings more local control of educational programs to our community. Your ideas matter!
Please click on the link below to offer any suggestions on how we can increase and/or improve services to help our students be successful:
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2014-2015 LCAP (Board Approved June 24, 2014)
2014-2015 LCAP Mid-Year Progress Report (Board Presentation - January 27, 2015)
February/ March 2015 - LCAP Update, School Site Visits 

District News
About Our District

http://WES’s ‘Mind of Marbles’ team wins second place in Odyssey of the Mind

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 an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme World School and the Middle Years Programme is an International Baccalaureate candidate school.  All California content standards are included in the thematic-based instruction. 
Daily Patriotic Exercise

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District is proud to support California Education Codes 52720 and 52730. These two school laws support our commitment to conduct an appropriate patriotic exercise at every school each day. Providing instruction though the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America promotes students’ understanding of "pledge," "allegiance," "republic," and "indivisible," and understanding the importance of the pledge as an expression of patriotism, love of country, and pride in the United States of America satisfies the requirement of school law. The links below provide more detail on this topic:
California Education Codes 52720 and 52730 – Patriotic Exercises
The Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem and Flag Etiquette

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