Letter from the Superintendent:
It is with great
excitement that I welcome you back to the 2014-15 school year. I hope you
enjoyed time with family and friends over the summer, and took advantage of the
Avoid the Summer Slide resources
posted on our website under the parent channel. These engaging resources and
programs are beneficial to your child during the summer, and may be useful as supplemental
Teams of exceptional educators worked over the summer to create STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, arts and math) lessons for all grade levels that will compliment our implementation of Project Lead the Way (STEM) curriculum this year. By adding this focus to our instructional program, we are further preparing our students with 21st century skills necessary for their success in college and career.
As the District has more deeply implemented the California Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics, we determined the need for progress report cards that more accurately communicate a student’s achievement levels. A team of teachers worked to revise our progress reports, updating the life skills section, and transitioning the grading for students in fourth through sixth grade from letter grades to numeric marks. This will create a fully aligned system from kindergarten through grade six, and more accurately communicate a student’s level of proficiency in each of the essential standards.
We are thrilled to be opening Solana Ranch, our newest school, under the leadership of Mr. Jerry Jones. It has taken a number of years for this school to move from vision to completion, and the process required the commitment of many staff and community members. The green technologies incorporated into this building are a model for our future school modernization projects.
We are appreciative of our collaboration and partnership with parents, community members and Solana Beach Schools Foundation (formerly Solana Beach Foundation for Learning) when providing optimal learning experiences for our students. Only through this combined effort are we able to engage, inspire, and support our students in creating their future.
I look forward to students returning to school on August 25, 2014, for an exciting new year!
Nancy Lynch, Ed.D.