BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS: January 14, 2020
Jeff Gospe, Board President*****************************Tracy Smith, Superintendent
Employees of the Month Honored: Congratulations to Dustin Boyce and Lisa Walker
Dustin Boyce works as a custodian at Village Elementary and is being recognized for his willingness to go the extra mile with whatever task needs to be accomplished. He has great relationships with students. To know him is to love him. He has a hard work ethic, dry sense of humor, and is team oriented.
Lisa Walker is a kindergarten teacher at Spring Creek Elementary and is being recognized for her work as a teacher for 29 years. Lisa is a dedicated, ambitious, consummate leader in education. She has served on many district committees and is a lifelong learner and values professional development. Lisa values building relationships with students and giving them a safe and caring environment so they can learn and grow. She has found her niche in life.
Extended Care Report
Extended care staff have been working and planning on the following improvements to their operations. Thank you!
· Online Parent Portal. Extended Care is introducing an online parent portal called ‘Connect.’ Parents will be able to make online payments, receive important communication and even download tax documents.
· Registration. Extended Care is revamping the registration process to be more beneficial and less stressful for everyone involved including parents, staff and students.
· Parent Communication. Extended Care will develop positive and informative communication plan with parents using the Connect online portal and ThrillShare App. We will begin communicating with parents on a district wide basis.
New P.E. Program
Sequoia Principal, Brooklynn Clark, reported on the new P.E. program and how the scheduling of P.E. classes allows for small group instruction. The PE program promotes skills, sportsmanship, and equity. The challenges are site specific, space and time, classroom management, and behaviors.
The impact of small groups helps to focus on student skills, connection with teachers, equity by way of differentiation for all kids and support. Teachers connect and have time and data to bring to student support meetings. Overall the programs are successful and highly valued by staff and students.
Reconfiguration of Rincon Valley Charter School and Spring Creek Matanzas.
At the RVUSD Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, the RVUSD Board of Trustees voted to reconfigure the long-term uses of the Spring Creek, Sequoia, and Matanzas campuses. After numerous public meetings, staff meetings, faculty meetings, campus leadership meetings, PTA meetings and other gatherings over the last 5 months informing the public of the District’s consideration on the reconfiguration use of these four campuses, the Board of Trustees voted (5-0) to direct staff to proceed with Scenario 3. Under this scenario, the two RVCS 7-8 Charter campuses will merge together on one campus at Spring Creek and Spring Creek/Matanzas campuses will merge together on one campus at Matanzas.
The slide show presentation from last night's meeting is here.
The District Staff and Board of Trustees used 16-point criteria for evaluating four options under consideration by the Board after the 5-month evaluation and public discussion that followed earlier years discussion of some of the campus reconfiguration possibilities. The reconfiguration of the Spring Creek, Sequoia and Matanzas campuses will allow for continued growth in programming as RVUSD strives to continue our legacy of excellence in early and middle school education.
This change in campuses will NOT take place for next year. We are giving ourselves time for careful planning and visioning for these schools. Staff and parents will be involved with decisions in creating their future. We are proud of our staff for their amazing passion, dedication and care of our students and of each other. This was a very difficult decision, one that was not taken lightly. We will use all that we have heard over the last few months to move forward in the best way possible.
California’s accountability system, known as the California School Dashboard measures both status and change to place schools and districts on a 5 X 5 color-coded grid. The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) provided the California School Dashboard in December 2019. The website provides access to valuable school and district data throughout the state.
A few highlights……
· Many of our schools declined in chronic absenteeism, with Binkley showing a significant decline.
· Sequoia, Madrone, and Spring Creek/Matanzas significantly declined and declined in suspensions.
· Austin Creek, Binkley, and Village increased in ELA.
· Austin Creek, Village, Sequoia, Binkley, and Whited significantly increased and increased in Mathematics.
Student Attendance for 2019-20
Chronic absenteeism has declined overall. These results are exhibited in the California Dashboard.
Truancy – unexcused absences, tardies of more than 30 minutes, and early outs has increased for the first 80 days of the school year for two years in a row now. 8% of the students identified as truant this year fell into the category due to the tracking of “Early Outs” (students who are picked up from school 30+ minutes early without a valid reason.)
School Attendance and Review Board (SARB) meetings are being held to work with parents who have students who are truant. Parent communication and working with individual students and families continue to be areas of priority. Academic records are reviewed at SARB meetings as truancy affects academic success.
Student Discipline Report: year to date
Overall suspension declined this year. The district remains below the state-wide average for the number of students who have been suspended. The board received data for the first 80 days of the 2019-2020 school year. The number of suspensions continues to vary from year to year and indicates the work that needs to continue as we look for different ways to respond to student behavior. The Behavior Committee continues to work on a plan for in school suspensions.
Transitional Kindergarten (Kinderbridge) Program Changes
After consulting with the TK teachers, the following recommendations were brought to the board for consideration and were approved last night:
1) To meet the developmental needs of these students, the instructional day be shortened by an hour each day except for Wednesdays. This meets current California Educational Code that was changed in 2017. The TK day used to have to match the Kindergarten instructional day.
2) Students with late (December 3rd - February 29th ) and early birthdates (August) will be considered for admittance on a case by case basis based on classroom capacity and needs of students. This strategy is being used to increase enrollment and serve more families in our community.
3) Report card will be revised to match age-appropriate expectations for Transitional Kindergarten.
Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
6:00pm: Open Session