Get Involved and Stay Informed (02-24-2019)
Principal Olivero here with an early call out for the week and wish everyone a happy Academy Awards.
Shifting to the purpose of my call out, I need to share a growing challenge. Increasingly, we are experiencing more and more students arriving late to school. This particularly true for late start Wednesdays. I know in most instances the reason folks are late is tied to traffic issues getting to school. While this is the case, I need to share that school starts at 7:24 am on most days and at 8:50 am on Wednesdays. When school starts in most classes, teachers typically have some type of warm up activity while they take roll. Within two or three minutes teachers begin to share their lesson’s purpose, and explain how the day’s learning connects to the prior day’s learning, and how the learning for the day is part of an overall unit of study.
Because it is academy awards night, when students arrive late they do so much like entering a movie theater after the film has already begun. Because this challenge, students spend a great deal of time trying to figure out what they missed and try to understand what the movie is all about.
In reviewing citizenship marks and some grades earned by our students in period one class, it’s clear being late to class is impacting some of our Centurions. I know folks are trying to get to school on time, and I know being late can sometimes be unavoidable, but I wanted to let everyone know it’s increasingly becoming a problem.
Over the next few weeks, you may see me at in the school parking lot in the morning reminding all about whether they arrived to school in time. If I am holding a green sign this means you made it. If I am holding a red sign it means your student is late. Please know that by holding up the signs, I am not judging why someone may have been late. I am sure for some it could not be avoided.
Shifting to a different topic, tomorrow at Spreckles Elementary School, at 4:30 pm, the UC Cluster will be meeting. The topic for the five UC cluster schools and their community is around the district’s K-12 math program. As many know, a shift was made to adopt a curriculum and sequence that allows for an integrated approach to mathematical learning. The district is in the process of reviewing our program for students and is meeting with cluster area communities to gain feedback. I know I have heard from students and parents claiming good parts of the program and heard other students and parents talk about why they think is not working. The meeting will be an opportunity to share perspectives. Again, it will be at 4:30 pm, at Spreckles Elementary tomorrow.
As a reminder, we will have the spring Coaches meeting for parents on Tuesday night, February 26th, at 6:30 pm, in the auditorium. Thanks for taking this call on an awards night and may your favorite movie, actors, producers, etc. win!