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DonorsChoose Transformational Coaching Transforms Us!

Ms. Berger has a DonorsChoose campaign up with donation matches from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!

 

Teachers and students need someone who knows how to enter their world- meet them at their level- to help them be the best learner possible. Educators and students at my school need to create roadmaps that best support their learning. This three-day conference will provide me with invaluable strategies and hands on practice I will take back to better coach my school community.

Empathy is an essential coaching practice if everyone is to have equal opportunities to grow.

 

Effective coaches use different lenses to allow them to dig deeperand identify ways to develop a school culture that meets everyone's needs. This conference will allow me to deepen and practice questioning and coaching strategies that help scaffold ways every teacher and student can uniquely drive their learning to better support the collective goals of the school community. The knowledge I learn will allow me to help countless teachers and students increase their self-awareness and peer to peer empathy by providing them with custom strategies. Thank you for considering my project.

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SCUSDDear Santa Clara Unified families,

 

To address rumors and clarify the status of the district’s process in investigating current sexual harassment allegations, the district is confirming that Santa Clara High School social studies teacher Dominic Caserta has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of an investigation by an independent investigator.

 

 “We are aware of our community’s questions and concerns, and we take student and staff safety very seriously,” said Dr. Stan Rose, Superintendent. “We have been challenged to immediately and directly respond to these questions and concerns due to confidentiality and due process laws and policies which apply to all of our certificated employees,” he continued.  
 
“We are appalled and disappointed with these allegations,” said Dr. Rose. “We are committed to ensuring that each allegation is thoroughly investigated. We take each and every claim seriously,” he continued.
 
The district is also reviewing its sexual harassment reporting process for students and staff, ensuring that the process is widely available and accessible, has established wellness coordinators at each of its school sites, and is appointing the Stand Up and Stop Sexual Harassment Task Force to identify areas of improvement of harassment reporting, processes and education for the District community, as well as ways to engage stakeholders in developing solutions around harassment. The school site wellness coordinators are licensed counselors or social workers who provide students with support and guidance when facing any types of challenges, including sexual harassment.
 
“We want to assure our community that the safety of our students and employees is our highest priority and that we will thoroughly investigate any and all sexual harassment complaints,” said Dr. Rose. “We encourage students and staff who have sexual harassment concerns to talk to a trusted adult, their school’s wellness coordinator, another teacher, supervisor, or they may contact Andrew Lucia, Assistant Superintendent, School Support and District Development at (408) 423-2008 or alucia@scusd.net.”
 
The district will also continue to keep students, parents and the community apprised of ways in which the district will continue to strengthen our approaches to recognizing, responding to, and reporting sexual harassment. You can find additional resources regarding sexual assault and harassment at the District website
 
Sincerely,

 

Santa Clara Unified School District

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Preparing Egg Drop
Happy Egg Droppers
Cheering Egg Droppers
Cheering Students
 

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Published: 5/16/18




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Dear Santa Clara Unified families,

 

Superintendent Dr. Stanley Rose announced today that the District will begin to implement several steps to inform and educate students and staff on recognizing, responding to and reporting all forms of harassment in order to create safer and more supportive learning and working environments. These actions will include appointing a harassment task force, streamlining and simplifying harassment reporting processes, and educating and training District staff, students, and their parents.

 

“Santa Clara Unified School District does not condone the mistreatment of our students, past or present,” said Dr. Stanley Rose, Superintendent. “We hold our employees to the highest professional standards and conduct. Our district strives to protect our students in every way possible — from campus security to bullying prevention and mental health services — and every representative of our district is responsible for ensuring safe school climates,” he continued.

 

Santa Clara Unified School District’s commitment is “Rising Above in Silicon Valley!” The District applies this commitment to its educational programs and facilities by seeking innovative ways that students can be educated and prepared beyond basic subjects and to be leaders in Silicon Valley. “We know that rising above means doing all we can to increase ways that our students and employees are safe from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, at school and in the workplace,” explained Rose. “We are also subject to federal and state laws for processing complaints and dealing with matters of discipline to assure that the rights of all are respected.”

 

In the coming weeks before the summer break, the District will begin to implement the following steps:

 

Step 1: Appoint the Step Up and Stop Harassment Task Force

The Step Up and Stop Harassment task force will consist of teachers and certificated staff, students, parents, classified staff, and administrative staff representatives who will identify areas of improvement of harassment reporting, processes and education for the District community, as well as ways to engage stakeholders in dialogues and forming solutions around harassment. Additional announcements about this task force will be made in the near future.

 

Step 2: Streamline and Simplify Harassment Reporting Processes

Based on task force recommendations and best practices, the District will begin to implement streamlined and simplified harassment reporting processes that will increase the timeliness of referrals to District and local law enforcement representatives and protection for victims.

 

Step 3: Expanded Training and Education of Staff, Students, and Parents

First, the District has established Resources for Parents on Sexual Harassment and Assault to provide parents information and resources on sexual assault and harassment and tips how to discuss harassment with their child. The District acknowledges that its families come from a variety of cultures, beliefs and values systems, and encourage parents to discuss these topics in a way that works best for their family.

 

Next, the District will provide expanded harassment training beyond its annual sexual harassment training so that District staff can recognize, respond to, and report harassment through the proper channels in a timely manner. This training will also facilitate increased support for students reporting sexual harassment.

 

In addition, at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, parents and students of all grade levels will receive expanded age-appropriate education programs and resources on how to recognize, respond to, and report harassment to their parents or a trusted SCUSD employee.

 

Santa Clara Unified School District will continue to seek ways to increase the safety of its schools so that the entire District community can help students continue to rise above in Silicon Valley.


If you have any additional questions, please contact Andrew Lucia, Assistant Superintendent, School Support and District Development at (408) 423-2008 or alucia@scusd.net.

 

Sincerely,

 

Santa Clara Unified School District

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SCUSDA message from SANTA CLARA USD
 

Dear Santa Clara Unified School District Community,

 

Earlier this week, Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) employees erroneously received an email containing confidential employee information that has heightened our community’s concern about sexual harassment. The district realizes that our community may have questions about the district’s harassment policies and procedures. The district and its board of trustees strive to provide a safe workplace and classroom environment, and takes harassment allegations very seriously. Each case is investigated thoroughly and appropriate disciplinary actions are taken.

 

The district is also taking additional steps to reinforce and facilitate ways for students and employees to recognize, respond to, and report sexual harassment. More details will be shared in the coming days.   

 

The following information is intended to provide answers to frequently asked questions about the district’s sexual harassment policies, processes, and procedures.  

 

1. What is the district policy on sexual harassment and how those complaints are dealt with?

 

First, the district strongly encourages any student who feels that they are being or have been sexually harassed on school grounds or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity by another student or an adult or who has experienced off-campus sexual harassment that has a continuing effect on campus to immediately contact their teacher, the principal, or any other available school employee. Any employee who receives a report or observes an incident of sexual harassment shall notify the principal or a district compliance officer. Once notified, the principal or compliance officer shall take the steps to investigate and address the allegation, as specified in the accompanying administrative regulation.

The district's policies and administrative regulations on sexual harassment are outlined as follows:

Personnel: Board Policy  4119.11   Administrative Regulation 4119.11

 

Students: Board Policy  5145.7   Administrative Regulation 5145.7

The district has established procedures to address allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and complaints alleging violation of state or federal laws governing educational programs and the charging of unlawful pupil fees.  The district investigates and seeks to resolve complaints using policies and procedures known as the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) adopted by our local board.

 

In the event of a complaint regarding gender equity or sexual harassment, or discrimination, including harassment, intimidation and bullying because of actual or perceived disability, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, that individual should contact the Title IX and Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Andrew Lucia, Assistant Superintendent, School Support and District Development. Processes for filing complaints can be found at https://www.santaclarausd.org/Page/1117

 

2.  How frequently do SCUSD employees undergo sexual harassment training? Is it mandatory?

 

Yes, District employees complete a mandatory sexual harassment training annually.

 

3. What if I have concerns about a district employee or student sexually harassing my child, another employee, or myself?

 

Please contact the Title IX and Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Andrew Lucia, Assistant Superintendent, School Support and District Development at (408) 423-2008 or alucia@scusd.net.

 

4. What happens if an employee is found to be sexually harassing students?  Are they removed from their job?

 

The district follows an investigation process that may involve temporarily removing the employee from their job placement until the investigation is complete.  Based on the outcome of the investigation, then a number of disciplinary actions may be implemented based on the severity of the misconduct and the information collected during the investigation.

 

5. What if I have additional questions or concerns?

 

Please contact Andrew Lucia, Assistant Superintendent, School Support and District Development at (408) 423-2008 or alucia@scusd.net with additional questions and concerns.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Stan Rose, Superintendent
Noelani Pearl Hunt, President, Board of Trustees (on behalf of the Board)

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Published: 5/15/18




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Chipotle Fundraiser Tuesday, May 22nd.
ANNOUNCING our final Dining for Dollars fundraiser of the year!  

 

Join us next week on Tuesday, May 22nd at Chipotle for tacos, burritos, quesadillas and FUN!

 

WHERE: Chipotle, 2002 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA

 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 4PM - 8PM only

 

WHAT: Enjoy dinner and community building --- SHOW this flyer (either printed or on your phone) when ordering and Chipotle will donate 50% back to the Central Park Elementary PTA

 

WHO: Central Park Elementary community and feel free to BRING A FRIEND!

 

See attached flyer and look for copies to go home in Wednesday envelopes!

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Students working on a Bee Bot robot maze project on the Global Day of Design.

 

 

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Published: 5/7/18




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RESPONSE REQUESTED

 

Hello Wonderful Parents!

 

Below is our Intent To Return letter.  It will also be going out in the Wednesday envelopes.  Please take a moment to fill out and return this to us as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for your help,

 

Cindy

 

Cindy Howell

Secretary

Central Park Elementary

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Intent to Return Letter

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Published: 3/13/18




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Dear Parents and Guardians,

The year is racing by! It is time for the Yearbook Cover Contest!

If your child is interested in participating, please see the attachment for guidelines.

 

Your PTA and Yearbook Coordinator

 

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City of Santa Clara Community Meetings to discuss new community facilities. (PDF of Flyer)
 

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please see the attached flyers for a fun and artistic opportunity! 


 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

 

Waiver Form PDF

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Published: 8/26/17




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Dear All,

Please see the attachment for the after-school program, "Bricks 4 Kidz."

 

If you would like to know the difference between the various Lego/Robotics programs, please note the write-up on the "Robotics Blog."

Go to the website and scroll down. 

 

https://centralpark-scusd-ca.schoolloop.com/

 

You will find it on the right sidebar. Keep scrolling down so that you see the entire write-up. Many parents have been asking about the competitive, parent led team. The parents leading this effort will send out more information soon. It does require a time and equipment commitment since it is a parent run program. 

 

Best,

Ms. Kamstra 

 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

We have had a wonderful start to the school year. It is exciting welcoming back familiar faces and meeting new folks! 

 

Please note some important events coming up:

 

Solar Eclipse Viewing:

Date: Monday, August 21:

We have purchased an "approved" pair of glasses for all students. We will hold an assembly in the morning to teach students about the eclipse and to teach them safe practices for using the glasses.  We will then go outside for the viewing.  If you DO NOT feel comfortable having your child view the eclipse, please send your child's teacher an email or note. We will find an alternative activity for them. See below, the guidelines we will be following,

We would love volunteers to assist students! If you come on site, please sign in at the office and get a visitor's badge. Our assembly will be from 9-10am and then we will go outside. 

 

Parent Education Event, Dr. Kenneth Wesson, Neuroscience of how the Brain Works and STEAM

Date; Tuesday, August 22:

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Multipurpose Room

Adults Only

Please RSVP to Ms. Kamstra if you can attend as seating is limited. 

 

Back to School Night/PTA Member Mtg.

Tuesday, August 29

6:00pm: Kinder-2nd Grade parents attend classroom presentations (no students).

 

6:30pm: Principal speaks to K-4 parents (no students). PTA General Association Mtg. (Budget Approval. open position) .

 

7:00pm 3rd-4th grade parents attend classroom presentations (no students).

Note: Back-to-School Night is a time for parents/guardians to learn about the instructional program for the year. Please arrange for child care. Thank you!

 

Important Dates:

You can access our year-long "Important Dates" at:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_Lc8HBH9kcpYgMcbVGkxq9ySCxY8QOpYq0XYnAck5sQ/edit?usp=sharing

 

SCUSD: Safety Guidelines and Resources for Upcoming Eclipse
Eclipse 101  

It’s easy to get carried away with all of the excitement surrounding the upcoming total solar eclipse scheduled for August 21, 2017, but it’s also important to remember to be safe while enjoying this natural phenomenon. The eclipse begins at 9:01 a.m., the max eclipse is at 10:15 a.m., and the eclipse ends at 11:37 a.m. Below are some guidelines and resources to help you make this a safe experience for yourself and your children.
 

Santa Clara Unified

  • Teachers will be educating students about what an eclipse is and how to view it safely, following the eclipse safety guidelines provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the American Astronomical Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, and the National Science Foundation.

  • Whether or not a class participates in an outdoor experience is up to each site. Those that do participate will be following the NASA eclipse safety guidelines. Some classes may also view the eclipse indoors by watching the eclipse live at the Exploratorium website.
     

Be Safe

  • Looking at the sun is unsafe except during the brief phase of an eclipse where the moon entirely blocks the sun (totality), which is only visible along a 70-mile-wide path arching from Oregon to South Carolina.

  • Use special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses, to look directly at the eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun — homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.

  • Inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.

  • Review safe viewing practices with children so that they are aware of the dangers associated with looking at the sun without protective eye wear.

  • Always supervise children using solar filters.

  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.

  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.

  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.

  • If you normally wear eyeglasses put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

  • More safety tips can be found on NASA’s Eclipse Safety webpage.
     

Resources

 


 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

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Published: 8/18/17




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Please see the following Cub Scout Flyer (PDF) and Cub Scout Information (PDF) if you are interested in Cub Scouts. 


 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

 



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Published: 8/18/17




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Nutrition Services has a new provider for applications and payments for the 2017-2018 school year

The new place for parents to make payments, monitor their students accounts and apply for free meals is https://www.schoolcafe.com/

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Posted by: Jackie Kawashima, District Admin, Santa Clara Unified School District
Published: 8/8/17




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Mrs. Goulette has a DonorsChoose project up because "It's All About The Base-10!"  Let's get math in the hands of our kids so they can have a stronger understanding of mathematical concepts!

 

"My students need hands-on tools to understand place value concepts to 100 and beyond. For many students, they need to hold and manipulate concrete tools to frame and solidify their thinking. These hands-on blocks for students and magnets for modeling will be available for kids to use on a daily basis."

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Published: 6/29/17




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Announcing 2017 Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program, available to all students and children in the Santa Clara Community (This program is free to all children between the ages of 1 and 18). The program begins June 19, 2017 and runs through August 11, 2017.  

Locations where the free meal programs are taking place: 

School

June open dates

July open dates

Aug. open dates

Breakfast hours

Lunch hours

Callejon

June 19-30

July 10-21

 

  7:50 to 8:20

10:00 to 10:40

Cabrillo

June 19-30

July 10-31

     Aug 1-11

  

11:30 to 12:30

Wilcox

June 19-30

July 5-26

 

  7:35 to 8:05

10:35 to 11:15

Santa Clara

June 19-30

July 5-26

   

  7:15 to 7:50

10:40 to 11:00

Boys and Girls

June 12-30

July 3-28

 

   9:00 AM

12:00 PM

Club at Mayne

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Posted by: Kathie Kanavel, District Admin, Santa Clara Unified School District
Published: 6/23/17




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Meeting will be in the CPE library on Tuesday, May 30 @ 7:00pm

 

1. Call to Order

2. Approval of Minutes

3. Financial Report

4. Financial Training (Pay Pal, Fundraising and Money Handling)

5. Presentation of Bills

6. Report of Executive Board (Summer and Fall Plans)

7. Report of Committees (Budget Committee Needed)

8. New Business

9. Announcements

10. Adjournment 

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Published: 5/20/17




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A draft of the 2017-2020 LCAP is now posted for public comment.  Information about the LCAP draft and other supporting documents can be found on our district website.  The comment period will close on June 14, 2017.


 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

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Published: 5/20/17