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District Announcements
Multilingual Recognition
Multilingual Recognition Program Celebrates 29th Annual Awards
More than 80 individuals from 18 school districts and the University of California, Riverside were honored for their work at the 29th Annual Multilingual Recognition Awards on May 13, 2016 at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel in Ontario. The Multilingual Recognition Program was established in 1987 to promote the quality of education for language learners by recognizing the dedication of individuals who have made a difference in San Bernardino County school districts.

YCJUSD honorees of 2016 include 
Wildwood Elementary School teacher:  Kirsten Paul 
Mesa View Middle School teacher:  Gwen Flowers
YCJUSD Parent Engagement Specialist:  Arisve Barriga
Speech Language Pathologist:  Marta Waulters 


Three YCJUSD Employees Receive 2016 San Bernardino County Classified Employee of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Corinne Walborn, Registrar at Oak View High School; Gwen Guillen, Special Education Instructional Aide at Ridgeview Elementary School; and Retta Sandifer, Health Assistant at Valley Elementary School for their selection as 2016 San Bernardino County Classified Employees of the Year. These employees were recognized at the County Board of Education meeting on April 4, 2016. Their applications will now be forwarded to the California Department of Education for competing in the state Classified Employees of the Year. Best wishes to them!​


Buddy Bench

YCJUSD is proud to implement the "Buddy Bench". The bench is inspired by the story of a first grade student in York , Pennsylvania who came up with a creative idea to foster inclusion and friendships, and end loneliness on the playground. Construction Technology students at Yucaipa High School are working hard to create a "Buddy Bench" for each elementary school. The first Buddy Bench was placed at Competitive Edge Charter Academy (CECA). CECA also created a Buddy Club to further support the initiative. A special thank you to the YCJUSD Educational Services Department, Myrna Molina, YHS Construction Technology students, Joe Mead, Myra Reichmann, the CECA Buddy Club, Laura Stickney, Katrina Bolender, Shirlee Fisher, and all YCJUSD elementary administrators. For more information on the initiative please visit http://buddybench.org/what-is-the-buddy-bench/.
It's been a great start to our school year!  Join us in celebrating our three STARS!!   Read below . . .  
Teacher of the Year--Randy Peters

Congratulations to Randy Peters, the YCJUSD 2016 Teacher of the Year and one of three San Bernardino County 2016 Teachers of the Year.  Randy has worked in the district for 32 years at Calimesa, Ridgeview, Wildwood, Canyon, Park View, and most recently Mesa View. Randy works each day to validate his students as individuals, making connections with them so they safe to try new things while learning in the classroom. 
Coach Stout Inducted Into National High School Baseball Coaches' Association Hall of Fame!

Congratulations to Coach Jeff Stout for his induction into the National High School Baseball Coaches' Association Hall of Fame.  Coach Stout is entering his 40th season of coaching baseball at Yucaipa High School. His overall record of  770-327 includes 18 League Championships, 33 playoff appearances, and three Southern California State Championships.  He has sent 150 players to play college baseball and has seen 23 players drafted in to the professional ranks.  Coach Stout was honored at a dinner in Missouri on December 4.  YCJUSD celebrates the great coaching and most importantly, his impact on the lives of students!


Middle School Teacher of the Year Nominee--Jessica Lingenfelter

Congratulations to Park View's Jessica Lingenfelter for her nomination for Middle School Teacher of the Year by the League of Middle Schools.  Jessica teaches English and ASB.  She was honored on December 14th at a dinner and was quoted as saying, "I love teaching middle school students, they are very thoughtful.   They are amazing.  I teach leaders, comedians, mathematicians, scientists and much more."  YCJUSD is proud of Jessica and the Park View team!


Family Learning Center Classes

YCJUSD now has a Family Learning Center located at 12797 Third Street in Yucaipa!  Classes are being offered to parents/guardians in English and Spanish on such topics as Wellness, Common Core Mathematics (classes for K-5 and 6-12), Preparing Children for the CELDT, Literacy Development, Keeping Track of Your Student's School Information Digitally, and Computer Basics for Parents.  To register, call 909.797.0174, X5825.  Check out the December/January Catalog:  English Version, Spanish Version.  Seats are still available in several classes.
CECA Spotlight - Music Performance

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, students from Mrs. Martin's 4th Grade Class and the CE Singers, both under the direction of Mrs. Greenleaf, performed holiday songs at the Board of Education meeting.
Future United States Citizens

Twelve students, representing five countries, from Judy Remele's Adult Education Citizenship Class are ready to take their naturalization test. The students have been studying for the past eight weeks to learn  US History, Civics, and US Geography. Additionally, the students practiced reading, writing, and interviewing skills; and listened to guest speakers from US Immigration Services as well as a new US citizen who shared about her naturalization experience.

Good luck to these excellent students. The United States will be a better country with them as citizens.

CAASPP Results and Resources


A Message About the CAASPP/Smarter Balanced results

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) monitors the results of the Smarter Balanced assessments that were administered this past Spring to gauge how well students are progressing toward college and career readiness with our new rigorous state standards.  The new tests measure real-world skills in English and math, such as application of knowledge, critical thinking, analytical reading, persuasive writing and complex problem solving.

Like the new academic standards, the new tests are too fundamentally different from the old exams to make any reliable comparisons between old scores and new.  In many cases, new textbooks and materials have only recently arrived at schools.  That's why this year's test results will only establish a baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time.

No student, parent or teacher should be discouraged by scores, which will never be used to determine whether a student moves on to the next grade.  Rather, the results will provide an opportunity to focus on the needs of students and support teachers and schools in their work.


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 CAASPP 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.
Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (YCJUSD) is revising the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is intended to be a comprehensive planning tool to help all students succeed. Parents, families and community members participated in the development and evaluation of our school district's LCAP. 

2015-2018 LCAP (Board Approved June 23, 2015)
District News
Yucaipa High School Senior Performs at the State Capitol
YHS Madrigal Singer Laura Johnson recently represented Yucaipa at the California Youth In Theatre Day in Sacramento.  In the picture, Johnson is pictured with Assemblyman Chad Maze, and Linda de Baun long time Theater Teacher at YHS.  Laura was selected to perform after winning a local talent competition sponsored by the Yucaipa Community Foundation.  Recently Laura also participated in the International Youth Honor Choir and the National Youth Honor Choir with two trips to Carnegie Hall in New York this year. 
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