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.
YCJUSD was honored to have State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson speak at the Yucaipa High School Commencement on June 9th. The following morning, Mr. Torlakson met with the Board of Education, district administration, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre, and guests where they had the opportunity to discuss current topics relevant to the State Board of Education, the California Department of Education, and school districts.
"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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
2015-2018 LCAP (Board Approved June 23, 2015)
2015-2018 LCAP Board Presentation
The Yucaipa & Calimesa News Mirror are truly, 'citizens of the community', serving residents in Yucaipa, Calimesa and Oak Glen for more than 90 years with strong coverage of local issues, people and events, plus local advertising information for shoppers. The following articles have appeared in the News Mirror:
Tolerance Week at Yucaipa High School ends with “I AM” shirt day
WES’s ‘Mind of Marbles’ team wins second place in Odyssey of the Mind
YHS AVID students tour colleges and universities
Holocaust survivor speaks to Yucaipa High School students
Yucaipa High School provides gifts to local families
School board reorganizes, Jane Smith is new president
Oak View students pledge not to drive distracted
Take and Trade now located at Park View Middle School
Yucaipa High School hosts CBL Speech and Debate IE Opener
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.