March 21, 2018
Dear Loma Families:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
It was great to have kids back on campus after your long weekend and our staff development day. I know that non-student days are sometimes disruptive to family schedules, so I want you to know that we appreciate the time. The staff and faculty from both schools, along with our facilities team, spent time together not only reviewing our formal safety plans, but also running through scenarios that don’t go according to script. The day included training on the most tragic events but also on events we know we may encounter such as a “felon in the forest” or police activities on Summit Road that require us to use the lockdown procedures. One thing we know is that decision-making during stressful times impacts good outcomes. We were challenged to think about our classroom and school spaces, plan for extended stays and quick exits. We walked three different evacuation routes for each school and discussed alternates should professional judgment determine that an established route is no longer viable. We found gaps we need to fill and helped our newer employees become more familiar with the entire campus complex. Though the conversations were sometimes uncomfortable, the empowerment of good decisions is critical to student safety, which remains at the heart of our daily work.
Some upgrades that we know are coming soon were also discussed. The Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire Department is going to help us fund wider gates for both increased exit capacity and emergency vehicle access. One topic that continues to challenge us is to establish post-evacuation pick up locations away from campus. We are working to identify areas of the mountain that have access for large numbers of cars and allow for easy traffic flow. With Summit Road as a main artery, the traffic solutions aren’t obvious. I am working with Fire Chief, Alex Leman, and Chief Deputy, Craig Wilson, who serves as the head of operations for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Dept., to revisit our maps and access options. By reaching out to both community partners and land owners, we hope to develop locations that could be used for an alternative parent pick up location. I say that knowing how difficult pick up is at nearly every school on the best of days. Whatever plan we develop, it is one we will need to practice. I will keep you posted as plans emerge.
The day also allowed time for faculty to review data gained from new assessments available through the CAASPP testing portal. Teachers in our primary grades looked at reading benchmarks and ways to use iPad apps for literacy most effectively in classrooms. Our upper elementary and middle school faculty were offered additional training on a powerful tool for managing student written submissions and evaluation of work including plagiarism checks. All in all, it was a busy and productive day. But it is always great to have the kids come back!
Bus Drivers Wanted
Are you interested in a fun and rewarding part time job? Please consider joining our AWESOME Transportation Team!! We are looking for qualified people to fill in as substitute drivers. Summer hours available. Training will be provided for DMV and CHP licensing. Contact Patty Smrt if you are interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 School Climate Healthy Kids Survey
Each year at this time, District Administration begins to formulate goals for the following school year. To inform the discussion, an anonymous student survey has periodically been offered to our student body. This year, we will ask students in grades 4-8 to participate in the Healthy Kids Survey. The survey will be given electronically at school. It is scheduled for the week of April 2, 2018.
Parents of students in grades 4, 5, and 6 must provide permission for their student to participate. Parents of students in grades 7 and 8 must send notice to the school if they do not want their student to participate in the survey.
Additional information regarding the survey and permission documents will be sent to you by email. The email should be in your in box before the end of the week.
The survey covers the following topics:
- Student engagement
- Academic mindset, expectations, and rigor
- School safety (social emotional & physical), violence, victimization
- Discipline and order; clarity of rules and expectations
- Student connectedness to school (belonging) and learning motivation
- Positive interpersonal relationships among students and staff
- Opportunities for meaningful participation, decision making, and engagement
- Substance use, depression/suicide risk, and mental and physical health risks
- Student social emotional health and competence
- Respect for diversity and equity
- School supports for students
- Physical environment and resources of schools
- College and career readiness
The African Library Project
Boxes have been placed in the school lobbies. They are to collect children’s books to send to Africa. We are very excited, as this will be the 12th library that will be sent from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Each library consists of 1,000 books so it requires everyone to look through their much-loved, very good condition books for K- 8th graders and bring to school the ones they no longer need. We know children love their books, but it is a wonderful feeling to know that a child will read their books who may never have read a book before. We have sent libraries to Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa and Sierra Leone. Can your child find these countries on a map? All the details about the project can be found at www.africanlibraryproject.org and I encourage you to play the slide show to see the impact of the libraries and the faces of the children as they lovingly handle the books when they arrive. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We always need volunteers. Bring on the books!!
Cindy Siwajek, email@example.com, 408-353-3649
Shannon Edwards, firstname.lastname@example.org, 408-353-2710
Loma Home and School Club Events
2018 Jog-A-Thon sponsors: We are still looking for sponsors for our 31st annual Jog-A-Thon, we have extended the deadline for a few more day. Please see attached letter for details.
If you wish to purchase your child’s panorama picture, forms are available at Loma and CT offices.
3/23 SoW assembly 8:30a
3/30 Jogathon Kick-off assembly 9am / Twins Day
4/5 Band Concert 7pm
4/6 SoW assembly 8:30a
4/9-4/13 SPRING BREAK – NO SCHOOL