Letter from the Superintendent:
Dear Families and Community Members,
A positive and nurturing school culture is always a priority in Solana Beach School District. We provide many programs and services in our schools that support students in making good decisions and being kind and respectful citizens. Some of these programs and services are:
• Steps to Respect and Second Steps curriculum
• Peaceful Playgrounds
• Ability Awareness Week
• Playground Partners/Pals
• Common Sense Media – Digital literacy and citizenship
• Guidance assistants
• Class meetings
• The Leader in Me, Character Counts, or similar programs
• How Full is your Bucket program
• Anti-bully pledges signed by students
During the last week of January, our schools participated in the Great Kindness Challenge. Students worked throughout the week completing various acts of kindness that they then practice for the remainder of the year. It is very special, as a superintendent, to receive emails or hand written notes from students thanking me for helping them to have such an “amazing school”. Priceless.
We focus daily on bully prevention and intervention to help provide students the skills and tools needed when they witness or are involved in these situations. Parents can help support their children at home through the resources provided on our district web site under the parent channel. Additionally, the KnowBullying mobile app from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a great resource that can be used daily by parents. The app includes conversation starters, tips, warning signs, reminders, and social media advice.
News from the Board Room:
The Board took action during their February 11th meeting to move the fall parent – teacher conference week for 2015 from the last week of October to November 16-20. This shift was the result of a recommendation from a task force comprised of teachers, parents, and administrators. By delaying conference week, the marking periods will be of consistent length and teachers will be able to provide better information to students and parents about achievement and areas of further development.
The Board of Trustees will evaluate this change in December 2015 to determine if future year calendars will continue the November conference week schedule. Although the instructional days are shorter during conference weeks, teachers ensure that the schedule allows for uninterrupted blocks of time during which they delve deeper into concepts with students. It is very important that students attend each day of school during conference week so they do not miss important instruction and learning experiences.
Schools will be closed February 16 – 20, 2015. Enjoy your week off and we look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday, February 23rd!
Nancy Lynch, Ed.D.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Governing Board Meeting
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM Public Financing Authority Meeting