February 15, 2017
Thoughts From Tuesday Night
Dear Loma and CT Parents and Guardians:
The sunshine is a welcome antidote to our recent deluge. The weather and road conditions are the two most popular discussion topics on our campuses this week. With Soquel-San Jose closed and Hwy 17 only partially open, the impact on our families and staff is tremendous. I am in communication with our local county supervisors as well as Santa Clara County Office of Education staff to mitigate the impact of school closures due to recent storms and, potentially, additional closures as a result of upcoming storms. We will request a waiver from the state to avoid having to extend our school year due to the closures last week. I am also in conversation with the county office and our staff to create alternatives to full closures if possible. Please stay tuned.
I appreciate that our dedicated staff is working hard to get to campus with some leaving as early at 5:00 am and enduring three hour commutes one way. This is not sustainable. Hopefully the upcoming break will give CalTrans enough time to repair the slide damage on 17. We know that the heavily saturated ground is likely to continue to move all through the mountains. Please be careful! With more rain on the way, we are preparing for further challenges in the weeks ahead.
In light of the rains expected on Thursday, the Common Core Math Night is being postponed until we emerge from this weather pattern. We want to do our part to keep as many people as we can off the roads on rainy nights.
Gym/Community Center Restoration Community Meeting – March 1st; 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the Loma Prieta Elementary School Forum.
The district has selected the McKim Design Group as the architectural firm to support the design and reconstruction of our spaces lost to the fire. Come join in a discussion about what can and should be included in the restored space. Staff will present an update to the timeline for re-opening the building as well as taking community input on the creative process to restore our square footage lost to the fire.
Writer in Residence Returns – We are very excited to be welcoming back our “Writer in Residence” at CT English – Pat Schmatz – for a sixth year. An award winning author of books for youth, Pat brings both a wealth of experience and a warm sense of humor to our classrooms. Pat first visited our campus in 2012 and has developed a strong connection to our faculty and students. While Pat travels extensively on book tours and speaking engagement, CT English is the only school in the country where she is willing to spend extended time.
I have often said that having her as a writer in residence has deepened the writing process for both students and teachers. She has made the writing process more accessible to the most reluctant students and empowered our most gifted writers - all at the same time. I'd like to get a group of educators in a room to watch her do what she does. Pat will again be working initially with our 6th grade students and then extending her conversations with our 7th and 8th grade students that she has come to know over time. Pat’s book Bluefish is a favorite of our students. The title has earned a wide variety of awards including:
· 2010 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship
· Josette Frank Award (Bank Street College of Education)
· ALA Notable Children's Book
· Junior Library Guild Selection
· Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts (National Council of Teachers of
· The Horn Book - Best of 2011
· Crystal Kite Award (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators)
· Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award (Wisc. Library Association)
A native of rural Wisconsin, I think Pat sees some of her own rural experience when she visits our schools. We are fortunate to have her return for a sixth writer in residence experience to enrich the writing process for our students. If you see her on the CT campus, please say hello.
Wild Times @ CT English MS
Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm
2/17/17 CT Movie Night Loma Forum 7-9pm
Feb 20-24 February Break-NO SCHOOL
2/28/17 8th grade student & parent Washington DC meeting 7pm Loma Forum3/1/17 Gym/Community Center Restoration Community Meeting 6-7pm Loma Forum
3/28/17 8th grade student & parent Washington DC mtg. 7pm Loma Forum