San Ysidro School District Evaluates School Site Configuration
The San Ysidro School District is evaluating the configuration of its seven school sites to ensure the District is serving students as effectively as possible. The District has partnered with a K-12 school facility planning consultant to help compile and evaluate data and recommend ways SYSD can optimize instructional programs, school sites and resources. The District is also examining the feasibility of a K-12 charter school that would allow students the option of continuing their education in San Ysidro after middle school. Recommendations will be made to the school board in April 2016.
The San Ysidro School District Board of Education has unanimously approved a collective bargaining agreement with the California School Employees Association, recognizing the commitment and skills of the District's 154 classified staff members and further demonstrating the improving financial health of the District. The agreement mirrors a recent pact with the San Ysidro Education Association. It boosts classified staff salary schedule amounts by an average of 6 percent retroactively to July 1. The agreement runs through June 30.
San Ysidro Middle School is honoring the academic achievement of 189 students at a formal honor roll ceremony, which will recognize students who earn a 3.0-3.49 GPA (Vice Principal Honor Roll) or 3.5-4.0 GPA (Principal Honor Roll) on Friday, Oct. 16. The event will include a drawing for free prizes, including goodie bags, vouchers for “free dress (non-uniform)” passes and snacks. The ceremony will be held at San Ysidro Middle School, 4345 Otay Mesa Road, San Ysidro.
San Ysidro School District has created a communications survey to help determine how to most effectively provide information to its parent community. Paper copies will be mailed to San Ysidro households by Tuesday, Oct. 13 with an online version available the same day.
Follow-up Story: The San Ysidro School District Board of Education in September recognized the dedication and talents of its nearly 200 teachers by unanimously approving an average increase of 6 percent to salary schedules for the 2015-16 academic year, effective July 1. The raise is the teachers’ second since 2007.
San Ysidro School District will launch an after-school performing arts program on Monday, Oct. 12 at four elementary schools and a middle school following an Oct. 1 visit to the District by the program’s founder, Hollywood actor Tony Plana. The program, called Language in Play, applies theater arts techniques to improve literacy and math skills and enhance self-confidence in children. The program will be offered at La Mirada, Ocean View, Sunset and Willow elementary schools and San Ysidro Middle School. Plana, known for his role as Ignacio Suarez on the ABC series “Ugly Betty,” developed Language in Play in partnership with the East Los Angeles Classic Theatre.
Hoping to make the upcoming holiday season a bright and happy one for students in need, the San Ysidro School District is encouraging community members to collect or donate new blankets for SYSD students as part of “Project Dream.” The District wants to give children who may be living in foster care or homeless shelters a special gift to show that they have a significant place in their community, and to keep them warm during the winter months. Blanket donations will be accepted through Monday, Nov. 23 at the San Ysidro School District Office, 4350 Otay Mesa Road, San Ysidro.
Follow-up Story: San Ysidro School District’s Board of Education appointed Steven Ben Kinney on Sept. 24 to fill a board vacancy until his seat comes up for election in November 2016. The board made its selection based on a review of applications and interviews with candidates during the meeting.
San Ysidro School District’s LCAP Approved by County Office of Education
The San Diego County Office of Education has formally approved the San Ysidro School District’s 2015-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which demonstrates the District’s sweeping commitment to boosting the rigor of English language arts and mathematics instruction, while increasing student success and providing more support for English learners.
San Ysidro School District has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of South County to provide a community-based, youth-oriented after-school program, tailored to meet the needs of students with working parents, combining academic assistance and enrichment activities with a lively and social atmosphere. The program is available at all six SYSD elementary schools and San Ysidro Middle School, beginning when the school day ends – 3 p.m. on regular school days and 1:22 p.m. on minimum days – until 6 p.m. Parents wishing to register their children may fill out and submit enrollment packages at their schools. Enrollment is limited and based on need. There is no cost.