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|We are pleased to welcome new Yucaipa High School Principal Shad Kirkland. Shad is bringing 17 years experience in education as a teacher, assistant principal, and coordinator at the district level to his new role. Although new to the district, he is not new to Yucaipa. Shad attended Yucaipa Elementary, Yucaipa Intermediate, graduated from Yucaipa High School, and continues to live in our city. When asked about beginning this new assignment, Shad stated, "I am truly honored and humbled to have been selected as the new principal at Yucaipa High School. As a parent, alumnus and lifelong resident of Yucaipa, returning to YHS is an amazing opportunity to give back to my community." Welcome to YCJUSD, Shad!
Cara Prentiss is the new principal of Green Valley Educational Options Center. Cara has 11 years of principal experience and 14 years of teaching/counseling experience. Cara states, "the possibilities are endless in Alternative Education. It is our joy to help students find the confidence to make it happen." We welcome Cara to our team!
Giovanni Bernier is the new principal at Ridgeview Elementary School. He brings to Ridgeview 4 years experience as an elementary principal, 2 years as a middle school assistant principal, and 10 years of teaching experience. When asked about coming to Ridgeview, he said, "I'm blessed to be a part of the Yucaipa-Calimesa School District and am excited about ensuring a rigorous education for all students." Giovanni and his family reside in Yucaipa. We are excited to welcome Giovanni to YCJUSD.
||We are excited to have Julie Beck join the leadership team at Yucaipa High School. Julie is an assistant principal bringing 6 years of administrative experience and 9 years of experience in education. Julie, a resident of Yucaipa, shared, "I am so excited to have joined the YCJUSD. I have lived in this wonderful community for 12 years and now I get to work here. I look forward to getting to know the students and parents, and help maintain the high level of education that all YCJUSD students receive." Welcome, Julie Beck!|
YCJUSD is proud to announce that Green Valley High School social studies teacher Christopher Brunette has been selected as one of the three San Bernardino County Teachers of the Year. Chris has been in the district for 9 years, 6 years at Yucaipa High School before transferring to Green Valley for the past 3 years.
Chris believes working at the Continuation High School has given him the opportunity to provide all students with a connection to school. In his application he states, “Continuation high school students all have faced some adversity in their lives, and it is my duty to make our school and our classroom a place where they want to learn, they get excited to learn, and that they feel safe to express themselves. This is what my students and I do on a daily basis—we create a welcoming, respectful environment so that all my students can achieve academically, socially and emotionally.”
The YCJUSD Board of Education, employees and students congratulate Christopher Brunette on his award and wish him the best of luck as his application will now be forwarded to the state level to compete for the California Teacher of the Year.
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)
Over the past year, the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District has partnered with parents, students and the community to develop a draft Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP describes goals and actions to improve and increase services for students in the 2014-2015 school year.
On June 24, 2014, the Board of Education approved the final version of the LCAP. We are excited about the increased and improved services we will be able to provide students in the 2014-2015 school year and beyond.
Click Here to view the LCAP Draft #1 (Revised June 12, 2014)
Click Here to view the LCAP Draft #2 (Revised June 23, 2014)
Click Here to view the final LCAP (Approved June 24, 2014)
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:
Yucaipa High School hosts CBL Speech and Debate IE Opener
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.
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 exercises 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