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Weekly Spotlight 8/31/18

August 31, 2018

Heather Dominguez, Director of Educational Services

A Rim Team participated in the Southern California Wellness Conference over the summer. The theme was “find your superhero power”. We all have strengths we can use to support our kids and colleagues. What is your “superpower”?

Derek Swem, Director of Special Services

We appreciate your completion of the Free and Reduced Lunch Application for the 2018-2019 school year. Thank you!

Did you know…… pending approval that your student can receive….

Free or reduced meals at school
High School students on free/reduced lunch can get fee waivers for the PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT. When students use fee waivers to take college entrance tests they qualify for 4 college application fee waivers. They also are eligible for significant savings on AP Exam fees.
Bus Pass costs for ROWUSD are also free and reduced.
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Jennifer Whiteside, Principal, Mary Putnam Henck

6th-grade students start school at MPH!

Sixth grade is an exciting time for students. Many changes and transitions occur from 5th to 6th grade. However, our students are looking forward to their time here at MPH and being involved in our new middle school model.

Veronica McGilvery, Principal, Lake Arrowhead Elementary School

Lake Arrowhead Elementary to focus on tenets of a High Performing School

Becoming a high-performing school takes many years of hard work. There is not one sole initiative a school can implement to ensure high student performance. Rather, research has found that high performing schools have several common characteristics—Clear Vision, Strong Leadership, Time on Task, Collaboration, High Expectations, Aligned Curriculum, Knowledge of Best Practices, Frequent Monitoring, Safe Schools, Home-School Communication, and Heart for All. Having a common understanding, focus, and language of continuous school improvement is our first step in achieving systemic educational reform. For these reasons, Rim of the World Schools will be focusing on staff and parent selected tenets this 2018-19 school year.

Staff at Lake Arrowhead Elementary voted to focus improvement efforts on: Heart for All, High Expectations, and Safe Schools.

LAE parents voted through a Survey Monkey, voicing their selections of: Safe Schools, High Expectations, and a tie with Strong Leadership and Heart for All.

High Expectations: LAE will have high expectations for students and for ourselves as staff members. We believe that all students can learn and meet high standards for academics and behavior. “Research shows highly effective schools offer all students ambitious, rigorous courses of study regardless of the barriers and obstacles individual students face (Langer, 2004).”

Aligned Curriculum: LAE will align curriculum with instruction and assessments in ways that are also aligned with the essential academic learning standards. “Staff in high-performing schools develop, implement, check, and reflect upon high-impact, evidence-based strategies and materials used across each of these three components (Fullan, Hill, & Crevola, 2006).”

Safe Schools: LAE will maintain safe facilities and learning environments. “Students are engaged in classroom learning and are invested in school (Marzano, 2003).”

Strong Leadership: LAE will continue to nurture and provide opportunities for growing leadership capacities within staff and students. “Effective instructional leadership is required to implement strategies to identify, address, and reform schools. Additionally, instructional leadership helps to foster communities of development for faculty and students (Elmore, 2000)”

Heart for All: LAE staff and students will focus on developing caring hearts for all—demonstrating and teaching students positive character traits--this includes being a contributing, productive, responsible member of our community. Our Heart for All will be demonstrated in our professional collaboration time, and in meeting different student learning needs.