What's New for 2014-15?
School Started on August 25, 2014
Welcome to the New School Year at Chino Valley Unified School District!
Our 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.
The 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.
The 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.
New national 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.
The 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.
Students 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.
A 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.
A 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.
A 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 developmental coursework.
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.
Linked Learning 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.
Because 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.
Early 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.
Campus 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.
Portable classroom buildings
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 school year.
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
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
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
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
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 school year.
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 Plan (LCAP).
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 in 2014/15
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
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.