What’s New for 2014-15?
School Started on August
to the New School Year at Chino Valley Unified School District!
education system across the nation is changing to adapt to the 21st
Century. As students graduate from our
schools, whether college bound, seeking a career in the Armed Forces,
transitioning into technical training or entering the work force, they need 21st
Century skills in order to compete in the global economy and marketplace. Our campuses – the heart of our community - have
been coming to life over the past weeks as final preparations are being made
for the return of our students.
Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF),
enacted as part of the 2013-14 budget package, establishes a new uniform
funding formula and a new system of academic accountability. The formula
replaces revenue limits and most categorical programs with uniform base rates
for all pupils and provides significantly more funding for English learner and
low-income students. The new system of academic accountability requires school
districts and charter schools to publicly report how they will use the funds
provided under the formula, as well as establishes a new system of support and
intervention support for underperforming school districts and charter schools.
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP),
is a key document under LCFF, and establishes the strategy to enhance student
achievement with an emphasis on actions and services to three specific groups
as set out by the state: English learners, students from low income households
and foster youth. Our community
engagement process brought together stakeholders to identify programs and
services that were included in the LCAP.
Together, with the community, CVUSD’s LCAP was created to identify annual
goals, specific actions, and measure progress for student subgroups across
multiple performance indicators; including student academic achievement, school
climate, student access to a broad curriculum, and parent engagement.
educational standards, Common Core State
Standards, were created by teachers, parents, school administrators, and
experts across the nation for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in
English language arts and mathematics. The new
standards will support student learning by increasing the level of rigor and
depth of learning that results in better critical thinking skills and the
ability to apply what has been learned. The new standards provide a consistent, clear
understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents
know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust
and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our
young people need for success in college and careers. Teachers continue to be trained to
implement the Common Core State Standards which have been designed to provide a
practical way to prepare children for the challenges of a constantly changing
world. Chino Valley USD teachers are
working on Rigorous Curriculum Design in English Language
Arts, Mathematics, and Science to ensure that the education in Chino
Valley USD is the best education for our students.
California Distinguished School flag
will soar at Liberty and Litel elementary schools following flag raising
ceremonies. The schools were named 2014
California Distinguished Schools and join the list of 17 other schools that
have been named Distinguished Schools, some once and some twice.
in Kindergarten through the 3rd grade will be returning to smaller class sizes as the District
reduces the class size ratio to 27:1.
Class sizes will continue to reduce in size each year in grades
Kindergarten through 3rd grade in accordance with state funding.
string orchestra program will begin
for fifth and sixth grade students at Country Springs, Eagle Canyon and Dickson
elementary schools. The program is
intended to involve students who are at risk or failing academically.
multi-tiered system of academic and behavioral support or intervention to
students will be implemented through the hiring of intervention teachers at all
school sites. Intervention teachers work with small groups of students who have been
identified as performing below grade level standards.
focus on college and career readiness
for all students refers to the content knowledge, skills, and habits that
students must possess to be successful in postsecondary education or training
that leads to a sustaining career. A
student who is ready for college and career can qualify for and succeed in
entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without the need for remedial or
Pathways are a
course of study in high schools allowing students to choose classes based on a
specific focus on industry sector topics.
Some of the pathways offered at District high schools include health
sciences, engineering, culinary arts, computer science and public service.
is an approach to education that transforms the traditional high school
experience by bringing together strong academics, a demanding technical
education, and real-world experience to help students gain an advantage in high
school, postsecondary education, and careers.
Students can choose among industry-themed pathways in fields, such as
engineering, public service, and biomedicine and health.
high schools are not working for large numbers of young people, Linked Learning
was developed to provide students of all levels and abilities with the best
possible chance for success to excel in college and career.
Years College offers a college course to incoming ninth grade
students. The program provides the
opportunity for students to earn an associate degree while attending high
school with our partner, Chaffey College.
The program is in development and available at Ayala High School.
work that was completed over summer includes the addition or enhancement of 30 computer labs as testing and
assessment of students shift from paper and pencil to computers; the
installation of new heating and HVAC
systems at Eagle Canyon Elementary School and Canyon Hills and Townsend
Junior high schools; and the installation of new roofs at Eagle Canyon Elementary School and Canyon Hills and
Townsend Junior high schools.
are being added to the Chaparral and Rhodes elementary schools campuses. New computer labs utilizing classroom space,
the lowering of class sizes, and residential development growth necessitated
the need for additional classrooms to accommodate enrollment in the 2014/15
and Ramona Junior high schools will welcome School Resource Officer John Cervantes from Chino Police
Department. He will work with students
at the two schools focusing on prevention and assisting in the transition to a
non-elementary classroom setting by providing a safe environment in which to
talk about issues that may confront the students as they adjust to a new system
and school. School Resource Officers
continue to work with students at the District’s five high schools.
changes include the hiring of a Bilingual
Clerk at schools with more than 15% of their student population speaking a
language other than English and the expansion of Parent Training Programs to assist parents in navigating their
child’s educational career. Expanded community outreach is also planned to
increase participation and engagement in parent and family programs.
at five additional schools can now begin their day with a nutritious meal at
school. The breakfast program will now be available for students at Briggs
Fundamental, Magnolia and Townsend junior high schools, and Rhodes and Cattle elementary
schools. Those schools that will
continue the breakfast program include: Ayala, Chino, Chino Hills and Don Lugo
high schools; Buena Vista Continuation High, Chino Valley Learning Academy;
Ramona and Woodcrest junior high schools; Chaparral, Cortez, Dickey, Dickson,
Glenmeade, Liberty, Marshall, Newman and Walnut elementary schools.
menu items include cereal, muffins, French toast, hot dog on a stick, milk,
fruit juice, apple slices, yogurt, and fruit cups. Full cost of the breakfast will be 80 cents
for elementary students and $1.10 for students in grades seven through twelve.
Reduced price for eligible students is 25 cents. Free breakfasts are also offered to eligible
low-income students. Applications or to
sign up for free and reduced meals is available on the District website: https://cvfood.chino.k12.ca.us.
will open its doors to students who turn five between September 1 and December 2. The program
changed the entry date for students in California over the course of four years
beginning with its adoption in 2011/12.
Transitional Kindergarten provides a bridge between preschool and
kindergarten for those children born in the fall. Transitional kindergarten is tailored to meet
the academic and social needs of young learners and provides them with an opportunity
to learn and grow in a nurturing environment to ensure success in Kindergarten.
office of Access and Equity was
created under the LCAP to provide resources to school sites that will support
improved student achievement, safe schools, and a positive school
climate. These resources include funding, data, information, advice, and
coordinated community and parent involvement.
The office provides strategic guidance and support services
for: Title I/SCE Schools; Supplemental Educational Services (SES); Public
School Choice; and Home-School-Community Partnerships.
District’s new web site continues to
be a work in progress. The new site will
allow for greater functionality and access for all users. Information is continuing to migrate and
content is being updated as new features become available.
was already in session for nearly 90 students at Anna Borba Elementary School
as part of the Summer Jumpstart Program. Students in grades 1 – 6 were invited to
attend the morning sessions for 10 days to review and prepare for the new
from around the District taught phonics, grammar, vocabulary, math and writing
to English Learner students. The program
was approved by the Board of Education under the Local Control Accountability
is important that students spend some time reviewing what they have learned in
the previous year and to begin to look ahead to new information so they can
start school on the right foot,” said Anna Borba Principal Gerson Renderos.
What Programs to Look Forward to
Education opportunities continue to be available for students who thrive in
non-traditional settings including our Virtual
School and Independent Study.
F-1 Visa Program is in its third year of
inviting students from around the world to spend one year at one of our high
award winning Attendance Counts! campaign
is completing its seventh year in its goal of increasing daily student school
attendance. The campaign has generated an additional $3.6 million in revenue
since its creation and is sponsored by community partners Pomona Valley Health
Centers and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.
attendance has risen or maintained excellent levels considering the factors
affecting enrollment, primarily, the decline in enrollment throughout Southern
California. Last year’s overall District
attendance rate was 96.69%. The goal for
this year is 97.5%.
is addressed with a formal program that gives the responsibility to the
students to discourage bullying through the own efforts. The Safe
School Ambassadors program is starting its fifth year in the district and
offers the opportunity to change the culture, all initiated by the students
themselves after they have gone through training.
award-winning Parent Information Nights
on Drugs and Cyber Issues will begin its sixth year sharing information
with parents on current issues their children may face and how to deal with
them. This program won a state award for
its public relations outreach to parents.
It is run in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies and has
contributed to decreasing incidents on campuses by half since its inception. This year’s focus will be outreach to parents
of junior high students in response to requests from parents. The first event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on
November 19 at Magnolia Junior High School.
partners on the Chino Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s
Department have been presenting Run, Hide, Fight, a video teaching tool to provide guidance to schools and the
community in what to do if an armed intruder comes on to a campus or an
office. It replaces past practice and
teaching which was to lock down or shelter in place until help arrives. Now, law enforcement agencies across the
nation are urging people to consider the options.