eNews & Notes - April 8, 2022

eNews & Notes - April 8, 2022
Posted on 04/08/2022
eNews & Notes - April 8, 2022
San Bernardino City Unified School District

Future in Focus
Quick tips, brief updates, and reminders about what’s coming up to help families, employees, and our community make the most of our schools.

San Bernardino City Schools to Delay Late Start Until August 2023
Starting in August 2023, San Bernardino City Unified School District students will have new school hours, with classes starting later for those in middle school and high school as part of a state law designed to give adolescents more time to sleep.
Starting with the 2023-2024 school year and in compliance with Senate Bill 328, also known as the Portantino Rule, all middle schools will start no earlier than 8 a.m. and all high schools will start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to give secondary students more time to get the sleep their growing bodies need. Implementing SB 328 in 2023 allows SBCUSD to continue improving its plan while it continues looking into the impact on families, including those with students in elementary school. The extra time also gives SBCUSD more opportunities to continue informing families and employees about the upcoming schedule changes.

Want Dual Enrollment for Your High Schooler?
Join us virtually on April 21 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for an informational meeting about dual enrollment, which makes it possible for high school students to get a jump on higher education by simultaneously attending Valley College.
Register at https://forms.gle/CzGAb7Smxuu97acZA. For more information, contact the SBCUSD College and Career Readiness/Linked Learning Department at [email protected] or (909) 473-2084.

Drive-Thru Food Giveaway
The Pure Land Foundation is hosting a food distribution on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at Pacific High School, 1020 Pacific Street.

Weekly Bulletin
Each Monday morning, SBCUSD publishes the Weekly Bulletin through ParentSquare, where we share a collection of events to keep you connected to SBCUSD and the community. Check out the Weekly Bulletin Mondays at 11 a.m.
Highlights of the Week
Highlights of key news from the week that will help you stay in the know.

Welcome to the SBCUSD Family: Enrollment for Our Youngest Learners Now Open
If you know someone with a little one ages 3-5 who is not yet enrolled in our wonderful preschool, transitional kinder, or kindergarten programs, please urge them to secure their spot in our growing family. Families with children ages 3-4 can visit childdev.sbcusd.com to complete an application or call (909) 880-6706 to make an appointment. You can enroll children in transitional kindergarten and kindergarten by visiting www.sbcusd.com/enrollment or calling Enrollment and Placement Services at (909) 889-7576.
Enrollment is now underway and kindergarten families that register their students now have more opportunities to get to know their future educational family before school begins in August. For example, casually visiting a school a few times before the first day of school can ease the transition for children who have not been in a learning environment away from home or their family. And, building a strong partnership with the school team begins with meeting the school staff, something that can pay dividends through the course of children’s education.

SBCUSD Students Shine at County Competitions
Young Artists’ Gallery
A total of 22 SBCUSD students were selected for this year’s San Bernardino County Young Artists’ Gallery, the most District students selected in the last four years. Kudos to these students and their teachers, Keith Brockie, Robyn Holt, Andrea Huibregtse, and Marlynn Tabares, AVHS; Tira Bunn, SBHS; and Darcy Curwen, Richardson PREP HI.

Of the 22 SBCUSD students selected to “show,” six won awards: first Place—Vanessa Mondragon Bonilla and Julia Ramirez, both of AVHS; third place—Nahomi Romero-Eliopulos, AVHS; honorable Mention—Jannah Parafina, SBHS; and Leticia Morales Ruiz and Maria Bueno Vasquez, both of AVHS.

To view all of the San Bernardino County Young Artists’ Gallery submissions, visit https://youngartistsgallery2022.artcall.org/pages/web-gallery.
Spelling Bee Top 10
Congratulations to Matthew Leon, 8th grade, Richardson PREP HI Middle School, on earning tenth place at the San Bernardino County Spelling Bee.

History Day Winners
Kudos to the young historians from Chavez Middle School, who earned marks of distinction at the recent San Bernardino County History Day competition with projects themed around the topic Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences:

  • Individual Exhibit, Emma Aldrete and Logan Loya 
  • Individual Historical Paper, Anamarie Garay 
  • Individual Website, Lucas Schultz 
  • Group Podcast, Benjamin Lopez-Lobos and Matthew Rosales

SBCUSD in the News
Cajon’s Seth Johnson has no time for days off as a four-event track star
Keith Brockie named California League of Schools State High School Educator of the Year

In the Spotlight

Linked Learning Alliance Celebrates San Bernardino City Schools for High-Quality College and Career Readiness Programs
On April 5, SBCUSD and the Linked Learning Alliance celebrated the Digital Media Arts Academy and the Business and Logistics Academy at Arroyo Valley High School, as well as the Digital Design and Communications Academy at Pacific High School for achieving Linked Learning Gold certification.

The celebration included students, educators, partners from industry and post-secondary institutions, and policymakers. Linked Learning Gold is a distinction that means SBCUSD is excelling at increasing equity and preparing students for both college and career. These new Gold-Certified pathways are among the first pathways in the country to achieve this significant recognition.

SBCUSD is committed to preparing all students for college and career and currently offers five Gold-certified Linked Learning pathways, second only to Los Angeles Unified School District in the number of Gold-certified pathways in California. This includes three Gold-certified pathways at Arroyo Valley High School and two at Pacific High. SBCUSD also offers eight Silver-certified Linked Learning pathways, including one at Indian Springs High, two at Arroyo Valley High (currently undergoing recertification), two at Cajon High, one at San Bernardino High, and two at San Andreas High. San Andreas is one of only two continuation high schools in the state to have a Silver-certified pathway. 

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