October 23, 2016
Good day Lions!
I was recently informed that two of our wonderful crossing guards, Miss Pam and Miss Lisa (who work on Snapdragon and Sellas) will be leaving their positions at the end of this month. Please take a moment to thank them for keeping our children safe.
This week we held our California Shake-out and evacuation drill. I wanted to highlight some updates that are included in our safety plan:
- Students always line up with their first period teacher, regardless of when the emergency takes place. We do this to increase familiarity and efficiency as well as making it so that parents can always know which teacher the child is with: FIRST period
- We have created multiple Notebooks with each student’s Emergency Card information.
- Each Notebook has the all the necessary information for parent/student reunification, so that this can be begun at any school station.
- Notebooks are updated each Monday with new students and any changes to the Student Emergency Cards.
- We have trained over 40 “runners” to assist in parent/student unification
- We have tested our phone tree notification for each building to great success.
- Shelter-in-Place Tubs have been inventoried and restocked. Each is complete with food, water, safety and sanitary supplies.
- Every Safety Backpack has been inventoried. Each backpack contains the updated safety plan and first period rosters.
- The safety shed has been restocked with Search & Rescue, First Aid, Command Center
- Student and Parent Safety Video is being revised
Have you seen the public art display created by our All Stars? Please take a moment as you enter our lobby to see the yarn and CD display that adorns our wall.
You may receive two e-mails from me this week as I am trying to avoid delays and employ a duplicate system.
Instruction, Curriculum, Assessment:
1ST Quarter Grades Posted: 1st Quarter Grades will be available on your Parent Portal account by Monday, October 24th. The Parent Portal grade is your student’s final grade for 1st quarter. If you have questions regarding the final grade please contact your child’s teacher.
PE Clothes: Thank you once again for your patience and support with the delay on PE Clothes orders. A new vendor was chosen and orders have been placed. Our first shipment (including sweat pants and sweat shirts) is expected at the end of this month. We are aiming to fill all outstanding orders within the first two weeks of November. Thank you for “weathering” through this process with us. We are very optimistic about our new supplier, and we look forward to getting every one of our Lions outfitted for the coming colder months ahead. We sincerely appreciate your support. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Beth Underdahl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIONS CLUB REGISTER NOW! This After-School Experience is a partnership of Saddleback College and CUSD
When: Mon & Wed. 3-4pm (Session 2 begins Nov.7th and goes through Jan.19th)
Where: Room 701.
In this fee-based after-school homework club, students will organize their homework, as well as develop better time management skills. Guided by Mrs. Bleidistel and Ms. Bowen, students use school loop, and agendas to monitor homework. Instructors will assist students in the homework process. Textbooks and supplies to tackle homework are provided! Students will have access to technology, peer assistance, and teacher support. Registration is Easy! Register online at www.saddleback.edu/ce or call 949.582.4646
Class: Lions Club #9375
Our local Congressional office wanted to reach out to schools to personally invite our students to participate in the Nationwide Congressional App Challenge Contest. Students, in grades K-12, who submit their individually or group (up to four students) created app will be competing with other students within the 49th Congressional District.
The deadline for submissions is November 2, 2016 at 11:59 P.M. EST. We hope your district will participate, and we look forward to seeing the work your students create. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jacob Morabito at Jacob.Morabito@mail.house.gov. Here is the link for more information http://issa.house.gov/student-center/house-app-contest/.
PAL will host two separate assemblies to educate students about the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. The purpose of both assemblies is to inspire and educate students to find their passion in life. What gets them “high off life” without taking drugs. The sixth and seventh grade assembly is called the “Otherside” and the eighth grade assembly is named “Overtaken.” All assemblies will be held in the MPR through your child’s Physical Education classes. On Monday, October 24th the sixth and seventh grade students will listen to the “Otherside.” On Wednesday, October 26th the eighth grade students will attend the “Overtaken” assembly.
Red Ribbon Activities: Sponsored by our PAL student group:
1. There will be an assembly next week (see above)
2. Wear RED day is Tuesday….and this is a 1st period SPIRIT competition. You need to wear a RED shirt or RED shorts/pants/skirt to be included in your class count…sorry, a red stripe on the bottom of your shoe does not count.
3. There are lunch activities all week and the top three winners at each grade level win gift cards. Monday’s activity is a Hula Hoop contest on the blacktop.
4. At ROAR, your teachers will show you Natural High Videos all week.
5. Poster Contest. You will earn 1st period SPIRIT points for participating.
6. And lastly, there is a DJ on Friday!!!
Important Dates to Remember:
October 31 Pupil Free Day (Professional Development Day for
November 11 Veteran’s Day Holiday No School
November 21-25 Thanksgiving Recess
December 21 End of 2nd Quarter
December 22 Pupil Free Day (Professional Development for teachers)
Dec 23-Jan 6 Winter Recess
Student and Parent Concerns:
Campus tours for current 8thgrade students and their parents interested in attending San Juan Hills High School for the 2017-2018 school year are currently being scheduled. Tours are designed for feeder school families and also those considering enrolling from private school, home school or other alternative education settings. The tours will be conducted on the following dates:
- Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
To participate in a campus tour, please contact Carie Abrew in the Guidance Department via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 949-234-5997. The tours will begin in the Library and last approximately one hour. In addition, our 10th
Annual Stallion Showcase is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is a wonderful event for all families who attend feeder schools within our attendance boundaries (Marco Forster Middle School, Ladera Ranch Middle School and Shorecliffs Middle School) as well as those considering open enrollment and students wishing to enroll from private schools. This event provides an opportunity for you and your children to talk with the staff and students who are currently attending SJHHS and is highly recommended for students considering SJHHS as their school. Please join us for this event and discover what great things SJHHS has to offer and how our students define themselves. No RSVP is required for the Stallion Showcase.
News from Capistrano Unified School District:
The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
With Lion Pride,
George Duarte, Ed.D.
Ladera Ranch Middle School