Follow-up Story: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson visited the San Ysidro School District to discuss water quality issues facing California school districts and how the District successfully addressed the problem locally on June 1. Torlakson, who was joined by a representative of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher’s office, toured La Mirada Elementary, where the District has replaced aging water fixtures to ensure high-quality, safe drinking water for students. Board members and administrators shared information about initiatives and programs that are improving student achievement at San Ysidro schools.
Parents are graduating this week from a nine-week workshop that seeks to educate, empower and inspire parents of K–12 students to take an active role in encouraging and enabling their children to: stay in school; improve their academic performance; develop healthy and constructive relationships with their parents, teachers and counselors; and prepare themselves for a post-secondary education.
Celebrated actor Tony Plana, known for his roles on “Madam Secretary,” “Ugly Betty,” and “¡Three Amigos!,” will attend San Ysidro School District’s upcoming “Beyond the Bell Broadway” musical theater performance, featuring nearly 100 students from six SYSD schools, on Saturday, May 20. “Beyond the Bell” is provided through a partnership with East Los Angeles Classic Theatre (ELACT) company, of which Plana is co-founder and executive artistic director.
San Ysidro School District is seeking at least seven members to serve on its Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, which will review expenditures under the District’s $250 million Proposition C bond measure. The District is accepting applications to form the committee, which will consist of parents and guardians of San Ysidro students, local business owners, senior citizen representatives and a member from a taxpayer organization. Members serve two-year terms, reviewing financial reports to ensure bond funding is spent only on school facilities projects. They will report their findings to the Board of Education and to the public.
2 San Ysidro Schools Achieve CBEE Honor Roll Listing
San Ysidro’s Ocean View Hills and Vista Del Mar elementary schools have been listed on the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) Honor Roll for demonstrating high student academic achievement, improving over time and narrowing the achievement gaps.
San Ysidro Students Raise Awareness, Funds at 7th Annual Walk 4 Autism
Follow-up Story: Students at San Ysidro School District’s Smythe Elementary generated $1,121 at their seventh annual “Walk 4 Autism” event on April 6. Proceeds were donated to Autism Speaks, which funds global bioresearch into causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism, which has become one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
San Ysidro School District Unveils New Logo to Reflect 21st Century Focus
The San Ysidro School District has adopted a new logo to reflect the district’s modernization and 21st century ideals. The image, which was approved during a March 9 school board meeting, features the silhouette of a student carrying a torch, while the sun rises over mountains in the horizon. The logo will be featured on all district materials by the start of the 2017-18 school year.
San Ysidro Students Introduced to Potential Careers at Internship Day
Follow-up Story: San Diego Outlets at the Border opened Feb. 23 to more than 100 Willow School seventh-graders who gained work experience during San Ysidro School District’s third annual Internship Day. Students met with professionals from management, marketing, customer service, security and maintenance departments. Job functions and responsibilities were discussed to give students an idea of what the industries entail.
San Ysidro Schools Upgrade Technology with Samsung TV Donations
San Ysidro School District received 10 new televisions donated by Samsung, allowing teachers to better integrate technology into classroom instruction. La Mirada and Willow Elementary schools will each receive three TVs, while San Ysidro Middle School will receive four. The installations are expected to be completed this month. To qualify for the donation, schools submitted competitive grant applications and demonstrate their need and intentions for the televisions. The donation is part of an agreement between Samsung International Inc. and South County Economic Development Council that aims to offer students more access to cutting-edge educational tools.
San Ysidro School District to Switch to Digital Flier System
San Ysidro School District is transitioning to an online distribution and management system for District and school fliers. By using the PeachJar system, the District hopes to reduce printing costs and improve school-to-parent communication. PeachJar emails fliers directly to parents and posts them on school websites, making the information more accessible. As the District makes the transition, it will continue to provide print fliers at schools and posted on bulletin boards to ensure all families stay informed.