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KAISER KNIGHTS C.A.R.E.!
Kaiser Elementary School is the home of the Kaiser Knights – noble in thought, word, and deed. Our mission is to build a “community of life-long learners" who consistently demonstrate Common sense, Accountability, Respect, and that Everyone matters (C.A.R.E.). As a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (P.B.I.S.) school, our students, staff, and families are united in providing Kaiser students with a foundation for success as students and young people in an ever-changing world.
You will find that our expectations are high and that they are matched by our support in achieving them. It is our intention that when Kaiser students move up to intermediate and high school, they will be powerful thinkers with a strong knowledge base, skill set, sense of creativity, and commitment to community. In other words, Kaiser Knights are 21stcentury global citizens who C.A.R.E.! As we progress through the year, you can anticipate hearing and seeing more and more evidence of C.A.R.E. at Kaiser!
100 and Sprinting!
It's amazing to think that we blasted through the half-year mark over three weeks ago and now are more than 100 days into the 180-day student school year! If you see us scurrying about even faster than we usually do, it's because big milestones await our students.
Kaiser’s AMAZING staff members, from teachers to cafeteria staff, from health office to custodians, all have a singular focus on student success today while preparing Kaiser Knights for the future. In addition to field trips, last week's talent show (which was fantastic!), and daily instruction, we are test-driving new instructional materials, gearing up for testing season, and taking first steps toward becoming a 1:1 CHROMEBOOK SCHOOL NEXT SCHOOL YEAR!
Indeed, the 100 day mark is a big one at Kaiser! The proverbial train is racing down the track at full steam. THANK YOU FOR HELPING YOUR STUDENTS DEVELOP ESSENTIAL STUDY HABITS AT HOME!
We are here for your students and you! Need us? Just holler!
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Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Parent School Choice Transfers
2017-2018 School Year
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District allows Parent School Choice Transfers for residents of the District. Depending upon availability, the parent or guardian of any school-age resident student may request a school their child may transfer to. The Parent School Choice transfer request application period for the 2017-2018 school year begins January 17, 2017 at 9:00 am. and closes on March 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm. Transfer request applications may be completed only online at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District web site www.nmusd.us/transfers . A lottery will be held to rank the applications in priority order. Parents will be notified regarding the status of their Parent School Choice Transfer request application online by email or in writing by May 15, 2017.
Distrito Escolar Unificado Newport-Mesa
Peticiones de Padres para Cambiar de Escuela
Año Escolar 2017-2018
El Distrito Escolar Unificado Newport-Mesa permite la Petición de Padres para Cambiar de Escuela dentro del Distrito a estudiantes residentes del Distrito. Dependiendo de la disponibilidad, el padre/tutor legal de un estudiante de edad escolar que resida en el Distrito podrá solicitar una escuela de transferencia para su hijo(a). El periodo de aplicación para la Petición de Padres para Cambiar de Escuela para el año escolar 2017-2018 comenzará el 15 de enero, 2017 a las 9:00am y terminará el 15 de marzo, 2017 a las 11:59pm. Se podrá llenar la aplicación de petición de transferencia solo por Internet en la página Web del Distrito Escolar Unificado Newport-Mesa en www.nmusd.us/transfers. Se llevará a cabo una lotería para clasificar las aplicaciones en orden de prioridad. Los padres serán notificados acerca del estado de su petición por correo electrónico o por escrito antes del 15 de mayo, 2017.
Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) and the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (NMFT) are pleased to announce the selection of Mrs. Jackie Wiseman, fifth grade teacher at Kaiser Elementary and Mr. Jim Blackie, eight grade science teacher at Ensign Intermediate, as the 2016 Teachers of the Year.
Mrs. Jackie Wiseman, Kaiser Elementary
Mrs. Wiseman is a seasoned professional entering her 48th year as a teacher. She began her career in NMUSD in 1969, having taught at Corona Del Mar Elementary (now closed), Andersen Elementary and now serves as a fifth grade teacher at Kaiser Elementary. She also served 20 years as a Teacher on Special Assignment, focused on staff development. Some of her responsibilities included seminars elements of effective instruction, classroom management, clinical supervision and other peer coaching strategies.
“As teachers we get to work with the most incredible creation in the universe: the mind. I hope I have done the job well, and that the precious mind and spirit of each of my students has been safe in my hands,” said Mrs. Wiseman.
In addition to being a seasoned educator, Mrs. Wiseman is a product of NMUSD, having attended Newport Elementary, Ensign Intermediate and Newport Harbor High School.
“Congratulations Mrs. Wiseman! We are extremely grateful for your genuine passion, dedication and overall positive approach to teaching,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro.
Mr. Jim Blackie, Ensign Intermediate
Mr. Jim Blackie is a veteran teacher who has worked at Ensign Intermediate School for 14 years. He is currently an eighth grade science teacher who is known for his engaging approach to education. He inspires students to seek new and creative ways to approach learning and solve problems. His students are exposed to thought-provoking science lab activities, and asked to examine and analyze their observations at a very high level.
In addition to his role as a science teacher, Mr. Blackie also serves as club advisor for the Ensign Debate Team and the Ensign Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club.
“Mr. Blackie’s genuine character and high moral standards earn him the respect of both teachers and students and he possesses a keen sense of purpose in his work,” said Ensign Principal Michael Sciacca.
His skills also have allowed him to begin the transition process to the Next Generation Science Standards. He has been able to effectively manage varying perspectives and personalities within his department to ensure a collective commitment to the new standards.
“These two amazing people serve as inspiration to their peers, and hundreds of students,” said NMFT President Dr. Britt Dowdy. “We are extremely grateful to learn from these distinguished professionals and their passion to positively influence children,” he said.
NMFT provides the primary sponsorship for this program .Teachers are nominated for this prestigious honor by their peers at each school. From this distinguished group, the top five elementary and top five secondary teachers are selected for classroom observations and interviews by the NMFT Teacher of the Year Committee.
Both Mrs. Wiseman and Mr. Blackie will be submitted for the County selection process. NMUSD has historically fared well. In 2015, Brain Ristow, teacher at TeWinkle, was a finalist at the Orange County level, and Candace Leuthold, teacher at Early College High School, won the Orange County Teacher of the Year Award in 2010.
On July 1, 1966 the Costa Mesa Union School District, Newport Beach City School District and the Newport Harbor Union High School District unified to become the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD).
For more than five decades Newport-Mesa Unified School District has created lasting memories and nurtured the talents of its students. NMUSD is a leader in educational innovation; delivering a rigorous, broad-based curriculum through exceptional, high-quality instruction supported by a team of dedicated educators and support staff.
Throughout the District’s rich 50 year history, it has strived to help students find their passion, purpose, and potential, to prepare them to venture into the future in careers, college and active citizenship. Whether through academics, arts, athletics or other interests, NMUSD has opportunities to match every student's talents and interest.
While much has changed in education throughout NMUSD’s 50 year history, the District takes pride in continually evolving and adapting to changing educational needs. NMUSD has exceptionally bright and forward-thinking students, teachers, staff and leadership team that remain committed to ensuring that students are well-prepared for future successes.
“Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “We appreciate your unwavering commitment, support and partnership as we look forward to continued success,” he said.
Stay connected throughout the 2016/17 school year, and join NMUSD in celebrating this milestone anniversary, as the District shares some fun facts and highlights of its 50 year legacy of excellence, www.nmusd.us/anniversary.
October is the month to begin the process for GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) testing for 3rd – 6th grade students. Teachers are looking at the students’ behaviors and working to determine if they are able to see evidence of gifted characteristics with any of the students in their classroom. For a list of these GATE characteristics, please go the http://web.nmusd.us and then click on Programs and scroll to GATE.
ALL 3rd graders are eligible for GATE testing if the parents give permission. For a 4th – 6th grader to qualify for testing, the student must first be recommended by their teacher or their parent. See your child’s teacher about requesting testing. Keep in mind however, that to proceed with testing, the student must meet the following guidelines:
If tested prior to this year in NMUSD, they must have a score that is at least in the 80%
A student cannot take the test a 3rd time
If tested, the student will take the same test as prior year
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Alkaline Battery Recycling Program
Each year, Kaiser Elementary School participates in the Costa Mesa Sanitary District's Alkaline Battery Recycling Program Fundraiser. The school that collects the most batteries (in pounds) will receive $1,000.
We are collecting alkaline batteries only (N, AAAA, AAA, AA, C, D, 9 volt). There is a battery collection container on the counter in the School Office. If you drop off 9 volt batteries, please place a piece of tape on the metal terminals before placing them in the collection container.
Last Collection Date: Friday, April 7th
Aeries Parent Portal
Click here to access Aeries Parent Portal
Click for instructions on "how to":
- 3rd grade parents/guardians, if your child has transferred from Woodland, please use your existing account from last year. If you have forgotten your password, please click on the "forgot password?" link.
- Student Home Telephone Number may be your cell number.
The California Department of Education (CDE) awarded Kaiser Elementary with the California Gold Ribbon Award, in recognition of their outstanding educational programs and practices that contribute to closing the achievement gap.
Kaiser Elementary uniquely serves students in grades three through six and was selected as a Gold Ribbon School for their success implementing their Read All Day (RAD) Program. The RAD program includes various tiers of instruction, grounded on new state standards, student assessments to determine the tier of instruction that best suits each student’s need, and creating a community culture of reading.
The RAD program has resulted in a 24 percent increase in student reading proficiency. Based on 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium data, English learners exceed state averages by nine percent, socio-economically disadvantaged students exceed state averages by 11 percent and special education students exceed state standards by 18 percent.
Kaiser's Common Core Corner
Websites for Home Use
Reflex Math: Click here for Reflex Math. Each teacher has their own log-in and the student uses their student password.
Renaissance Learning ( Accelerated Math ): Click here then use six-digit student ID and birthday for password. Also, you can check your student's AR progress at this site.
Typing Club: https://nmusd.typingclub.com Use six-digit student ID and birthday for password.
Lexia: http://www.lexialearning.com - Use same username and password as they do at school.
SWUN Math: To use the Swun website at home, please go to www.swunmath.com. Click on Students. To practice math facts, select BTBF. To download Swun homework pages and watch videos, select Resources. You will be prompted to enter a Class Name. Simply enter nmusd immediately followed by your child's grade level (example: nmusd3).
Student Login for Swun Math Video & Homework Access: Click here for instructions.
State Test Training Test Site: http://caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html On the "Please Sign In" page, click on "Sign In." NO ID number or other information is necessary. On the "Is This You?" page, choose the grade level and select "yes." On the "Your Tests" page, you will see 3 options for math and another 3 for language arts: Training Test, Practice Test, and Performance Task (see descriptions of these below). Choose the one you'd like to try, and off you go!
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, practices, and employment shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within a school under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent. Any school employee who witnesses an incident of unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, retaliation, or bullying, shall immediately intervene to stop the incident when it is safe to do so. Compliance Officer Contact Information: Russell Lee-Sung, Associate Superintendent, Chief Human Resources Officer, 2985 Bear St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-424-5041