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District News
Wildwood ES Students Compete at State Odyssey of the Mind Event

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)
“Teams will design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another. The structure components will be made of only balsa wood and glue, and will be tested by balancing and supporting weights after they are stacked. Teams will be scored for the number of components they use in their final structure. Before they are stacked, the separate components will be integrated into an artistic representation of Earth. The team will include the stacking of the components, placement of the weights, and Earth into the theme of its performance.” 

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)
    
COUNTY CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF 2014

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 will be  recognized at the San Bernardino County Board of Education meeting on April 7, 2014. The meeting will be held at the County Schools’ administrative building located at 601 N. E St. in San Bernardino. 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.
 
Treavor Maddux, Oak View High School, is the recipient in the category of Support Services and Security. Mr. Maddux has been in his position as a campus monitor at Oak View  for the past eight years. “In his position as campus monitor, he is extremely reliable and is not only there for our students, but the teachers and aides who work for him daily,” wrote teacher Cathy Groves in her nomination of Mr. Maddux. 

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.
 
YHS ROBOTICS TEAM TO COMPETE IN FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION (FRC) WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Coach Stephanie Sharp and the Yucaipa High School Robotics Team, Team 4161 T-Bird Tech, have done it again by winning the Inland Empire Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). They persevered along with their alliance partners through thirteen, grueling  preliminary  matches  to  end  in eight elimination rounds where they prevailed undefeated. They will travel to St. Louis, Missouri to compete in the World Championships to be held April 24-26, 2014.

Coach Sharp indicated there is much to be done before they go. "We need donations, sponsors, and our volunteers behind the scenes help to get our team representing California to its full extent" she stated. Any donations or offers of help may be directed to Coach Stephanie Sharp at  Competitive Edge Charter Academy: (909) 790-3207 or via email
Stephanie_sharp@ycjusd.k12.ca.us.
YCJUSD to Participate in the Trial Run of the CAASP (the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress)

The Smarter Balanced Field Test will launch Tuesday, March 25th, across the state of California, marking an important milestone in California’s transition to a new assessment system. Over three million students in school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools will have a chance to try the new system.  All students in grades 3-8 will participate, as well as a sample of students in grades 9 and 10. YCJUSD teachers, administrators, and the technology department have been preparing for the “test of the test” all year. The test questions are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were recently adopted by the State of California and forty-four other states to replace current state standards. California’s standards have been among the most rigorous in the nation.   The field test is an opportunity to prepare our students for success! YCJUSD will be administering the test during the weeks of April 7 through May 16. Additional information may be found on the California Department of Education Spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test web page. Information on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), may be found on the California Department of Education website at www.cde.ca.gov.
Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) 
Community Forum
  
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 now developing a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and we want our community to be part of this historic process, which will bring more local control of educational programs to our community. We want to know your ideas and vision when thinking of this question, “What would most help all students in Yucaipa-Calimesa to be successful?”

Student Forum
Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Cali Binks, and Director of K-12 Instruction, Dr. Eric Vreeman, met with Yucaipa High School students on Friday, February 21st. The purpose of the meeting was to listen to students’ perspectives on how we can improve or increase services to help ensure they are College and Career ready when graduating from Yucaipa High School. This is one of many groups Mrs. Binks has met with to help shape the development of the LCAP.  
                  
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 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. 
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