Message from Supt. Kowba -- Thank you, voters
The quote – "what a difference a day makes" – is certainly relevant to this week's ballot results. Going into Tuesday's Election Day, all of us associated with public education -- Board, staff, parents, students and members of the greater San Diego community -- were anxious and uncertain as to the fate of Proposition 30, the state tax measure designed to add revenue to education; and Proposition Z, the district initiative to fund a $2.8 billion construction bond. Both of these measures passed due to the generosity and support of the community. It is with a tremendous sigh of relief and deep of sense of gratitude I acknowledge this milestone occurrence in this week's Friday Notes. Read more.
School choice applications now being accepted
San Diego Unified offers excellent educational opportunities around every corner. The best way to meet your child's needs is to first explore the facility and programs offered at your neighborhood school. Other unique options are available through the Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options Office. Online applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-14 school year until Feb. 15. Parents only need to apply during this period if they plan to "choice" out of their neighborhood school. For more information, visit the Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options website.
Prop. S Update: Bond program making progress
Since the passage of Proposition S in 2008, San Diego Unified has received $520 million of the $2.8 billion approved by voters. All district schools have benefitted from those funds through the i21 Interactive Classroom Initiative. Many schools have also benefitted through the construction of permanent classroom buildings, safer student drop-off/pick up areas, and new state-of-the-art College, Career & Technical Education Facilities. Read more.
Veterans Day holiday
All schools and offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day, a national holiday honoring armed service veterans.
Juarez Elementary opens new Parent Room
Juarez Elementary School has become the latest school in the district to open a Parent Room. With many new parent volunteers working to support the district's goal of creating Neighborhood Learning Centers, the new Parent Room is a place for parents, guardians and volunteers to call their own and unwind while not working with students in the classroom. Read more.
"Geek Squad" -- the next generation growing up at iMiddle
If a student's netbook has a problem at Innovation Middle School, chances are he or she won't be taking it to an adult for repair. The customer service representative, and in many cases the person who repairs the machine, will be a fellow student. Each student at iMiddle receives a netbook computer to use in class and at home. However, when things go wrong, they reach out to students in the Technical Support Services class for help. Read more.
4 questions to ask during parent-teacher conferences
Parents should be as involved in the education of their high-school-aged children as they are for elementary-school children, teachers say. This blog post includes four questions teachers say they wish parents of high-school students would ask during parent-teacher conferences. They include asking how the teachers are faring, what parents can do to make teachers' jobs easier and questions about students' performance. U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes
Educators stick a pin in online resources
A growing number of educators say they are using the social cloud resource Pinterest for classroom resources and as a professional networking tool. One school counselor, Julia V. Taylor, has used her page to pin resources on school counseling, tech-savvy educators, education, leadership and other topics. This article also includes links to resources on Pinterest that may be of interest to educators. T.H.E. Journal
How to be an effective teacher leader
Teacher leaders discover how to speak to all teacher leaders but not spend time in the teachers lounge, writes José Vilson, a middle-school math teacher and coach. Vilson writes in this blog post that transformative teacher leadership means spending time in the classroom with students but not become isolated. He also suggests teacher leaders show others how to become leaders, but he advises against pushing them too hard. Edutopia.org/José Vilson's blog
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