eNews & Notes - May 27, 2022

eNews & Notes - May 27, 2022
Posted on 05/28/2022
eNews & Notes - May 27, 2022
San Bernardino City Unified School District

A Moment with Doc Ervin

When I arrived in San Bernardino a year ago, one thing that stood out about this community is the philosophy that when it comes to children, we truly are a village.

When families entrust the San Bernardino City Unified School District to educate their children, they join an extended family, where each member does their best to ensure that children thrive. From the recreational aide supervising the playground, much in the way an auntie or an uncle does at a birthday party, to the school counselor who looks out for the child’s overall well-being, our more than 8,000 employees are your family, and your children are ours.

That way of thinking is engrained in the fabric of this community and will not fray with the departure of any one leader. If you care about the future of our community, and I know you do, I urge you to stay involved and to pledge your support for the next leader of the SBCUSD family.

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.

Memorial Day Holiday
District schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022, in observance of Memorial Day. District operations will resume as normal on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Last Week of School and More
Wow, just like that the 2021–2022 school year is drawing to a close. Monday, May 30 is a school holiday, and Tuesday through Thursday are minimum days for students.
Did you know that the 2022-2023 school year calendar is already online so you can start planning for the year ahead? And just in case you’re wondering, the first day of school is Monday, August 1, 2022, so save the date.

Special Board Meeting
A Special Board Meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, to share information on budget projections and trends, on-going budget challenges, the State’s fiscal outlook, and an update on the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the Dr. Margaret Hill Community Room at the Board of Education Building.

SANKOFA Signature Program Still Accepting Students for 2022–2023
SANKOFA is an SBCUSD Signature Program that is designed to accelerate the learning and academic achievement of African-American    students using brain-based, rigorous and responsive instruction. SANKOFA is currently offered at Hunt Elementary, Del Vallejo Middle, and Pacific High Schools. Interested families may enroll children in SANKOFA regardless of a student’s home school as long as they are enrolled in SBCUSD. Students enrolled in other school districts or charter schools must enroll in SBCUSD first.

Visit the Signature Programs webpage or call the Department of Equity & Targeted Student Achievement (ETSA) at (909) 473-2098 to learn more. You can join the interest list by completing the online form or calling ETSA. Spots are still open at all three schools.

Class of 2022 Graduation Information 
If you know a member of the Class of 2022, be sure to high-five them and ask them about the next phase of their educational journey, which truly starts when young people graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and the workforce.
Here’s the graduation/commencement schedule for upcoming SBCUSD high schools in chronological order:
  • Anderson School: Wednesday, June 1, 9 a.m., Anderson School, 24302 East 4th St., San Bernardino
  • Cajon High School: Thursday, June 2, 6 p.m., Cajon High School Jack Wilkins Stadium
  • Indian Springs High School: Thursday, June 2, 6 p.m., San Bernardino Valley College, 701 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino
  • San Andreas High School: Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m., San Manuel Stadium, 280 South E Street, San Bernardino
  • San Bernardino High School: Friday, June 3, 10 a.m., San Bernardino Valley College, 701 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino
  • Arroyo Valley High School: Friday, June 3, 6 p.m., San Manuel Stadium, 280 South E Street, San Bernardino
  • Pacific High School: Friday, June 3, 6 p.m., San Bernardino Valley College, 701 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino
  • San Gorgonio High School: Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m., San Manuel Stadium, 280 South E Street, San Bernardino

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.

Superintendent’s Letter to Families
Superintendent Doc Ervin has an important message for SBCUSD families about the Uvalde, Texas shooting. The letter has information about campus safety measures and includes the linked resources below to help you navigate difficult conversations with children:
Latino History Bee Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the April 2022 Latino History Bee. Middle and high school students competed in three rounds focused on different aspects of the Latino experience. Round one focused on Latino history. During round two, students identified Latino artwork, including the title, artist, and country of origin. New this year for round three, students presented a Latino-inspired dance, skit, monologue, or other performance.

The winners of the middle school division (grades 6–8) were:
1st Place—Alani Guzman, Richardson PREP HI Middle School
2nd Place—Sophia Williams, Arrowview Middle School
3rd Place—Katty Camacho, Arrowview Middle School

The winners of the high school division (grades 9–12) were:
1st Place—Elizabeth Bañuelos, Arroyo Valley High School
2nd Place—Crystal Tello, Arroyo Valley High School
3rd Place (tie)—Stephen Zermeño, San Gorgonio High School, and Valeria Ramirez, Arroyo Valley High School

Awesome to the Core
This is the next in our look at the employees who received a 2022 Crystal Apple or Golden Apple Award for their impactful work with our students.

Dual Immersion Teacher Guides Young Learners

Muscoy Elementary Dual Immersion Kindergarten Teacher Christina Liera won a 2022 Crystal Apple Award. Christina’s commitment to helping students become biliterate in English and Spanish is evident in her students’ superior test scores. Even during distance learning, she came to the school on her own time and distributed materials and incentives to her students. Her greatest attribute is that she never says an unkind word about anyone. She supports and collaborates with everyone while quietly leading us all to be better. Thank you, Christina, for Making Hope Happen for students.
In the Spotlight

School Volunteers Are Like Family 
The dad who takes a day off work to help chaperone a class field trip, the college student reading to a kindergarten class for community service, the room mother who dutifully makes copies of homework packets each week—the contributions of school volunteers are countless, and SBCUSD recently honored about 100 individuals who selflessly give their time and talent to make hope happen for students. The District held the annual Volunteer Tea in person earlier this month for the first time in three years.

The event was an opportunity for SBCUSD to acknowledge the volunteers who work behind the scenes to help our schools run efficiently, said Director of Family Engagement Dr. Beatriz Gonzalez. When SBCUSD welcomed students back for in-person instruction and public health guidelines said it was fine to allow volunteers, District administrators didn’t know what to expect. Gonzalez said, “At first we thought that no one would want to volunteer. The District is glad to have support from our community partners and volunteers.”

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