WELCOME KAISER KNIGHTS!
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.” In addition to our dedicated staff and bright students, Kaiser also is surrounded by a community of families that care deeply about the academic and life success of our students.
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.
Accentuate the Positive…
For everyone who remembers the tune that begins with the refrain in the title of today’s message, you most likely know the words that follow...minimize the negative!
Social media is an inescapable element of our lives. Some students connect with friends and express their talents and creativity using social media. Last year, a number of parents attended a fantastic cyber safety session at Kaiser to learn how to keep our students safe in the cyber world. There are apps that some Kaiser students are using that you as parents need to know about so we can accentuate the positive while making sure no student does something harmful to self or others.
One seemingly innocent app is called Musical.ly. Students who have this app can make and post music videos using their favorite songs. Here are the concerns: 1) we are aware of students who have posted videos of themselves doing dance moves and wearing clothing that is not age appropriate; 2) students with this app are sharing and watching videos that many parents would object to and creating peer pressure for others to do the same to fit in; and 3) some of the selected songs contain lyrics that most parents of children ages 8-12 would find objectionable.
The staff at Kaiser works very hard to protect your students’ childhoods. We do not permit romantic relationships at school or use of social media during the school day. If you permit use of social media at home, please understand the negative potential related to peer pressure, cruel messages sent impulsively in moments of anger, violations of other students’ privacy rights, and bullying/harassment.
Since the vast majority of social media use takes place outside of school, I would like to recruit you personally to be vigilant. Check your child’s apps on every device he or she uses. Attend cyber safety sessions. Have your child use electronic devices in your presence. Make sure everything your child does online is monitored by/shared with you.
We want to work together with our families to prevent possible poor choices that are very difficult to fix. Students do not understand that things they do outside of school often “leak” back onto campus. When this happens in a negative way, students may face disciplinary action at school.
At Kaiser, our goal is to provide every student with a safe and comfortable learning environment. We know that you want this for your own child as well as for all Kaiser Knights. Thank you for all you do to protect our students from things they developmentally don't quite understand. Together, we are accentuating the positive!
It's been a wonderful week at Kaiser! I look forward to sharing more with you next week. Please be sure to follow us @kaiserknights on Twitter for fun snippets about the amazing things happening in classes and around campus every day!
Kaiser School News
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
THE NEWPORT-MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING IN COMPLIANCE WITH EDUCATION CODE 60119 AND 60422 – SUFFICIENCY OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS THAT ARE ALIGNED TO THE ACADEMIC CONTENT STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017.
THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULED ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016 AT APPROXIMATELY 6:00 P.M. IN THE DISTRICT EDUCATION CENTER BOARDROOM, 2985 BEAR STREET, COSTA MESA, CA.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
DIRECTOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS
AVISO DE AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA
EL DISTRITO ESCOLAR UNIFICADO NEWPORT-MESA TENDRÁ UNA AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA EN CONCORDANCIA CON EL CÓDIGO DE EDUCACIÓN 60119 Y 60422 – SUFICIENCIA DE MATERIALES DE INSTRUCCIÓN ALINEADOS A LAS NORMAS ACADÉMICAS PARA EL AÑO ESCOLAR 2016-2017.
LA AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA SE LLEVARÁ A CABO EN CONJUNCIÓN CON LA JUNTA REGULAR PROGRAMADA PARA EL MARTES, 11 DE OCTUBRE DE 2016, A LAS 6:00 P.M. APROXIMADAMENTE, EN LA SALA DE JUNTAS DE LA MESA DIRECTIVA DEL CENTRO DE EDUCACIÓN DEL DISTRITO, 2985 BEAR STREET, COSTA MESA, CA.
PARA INFORMACIÓN, POR FAVOR COMUNÍQUESE CON:
DIRECTOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS
Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of
Dr. Kristin DeMicco, Assistant Principal, Kaiser and Lincoln Elementary Schools
Joining NMUSD with 11 years of experience in education, Dr. Kristin DeMicco was selected as the assistant principal to serve at both Kaiser and Lincoln Elementary Schools. Dr. DeMicco is currently serving as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) in Ocean View School District. She is known for her passionate commitment to education and her demonstrated capacity as a leader.
As a TOSA, Dr. DeMicco has planned and facilitated district wide professional development and implementation of English Language Arts (ELA) and math curriculum. This included coaching and demonstrating model lessons in transitional kindergarten (TK) through eighth grade. She also facilitated the curriculum mapping process in ELA, math, science and social studies for grades TK through eighth, and monitored benchmarks and other assessments aligned to the California State Standards. In addition to her work as a TOSA, Dr. DeMicco taught sixth through eighth grades at Marine View Middle School, served on the leadership team and was head of the eighth grade roundtable committee.
Dr. DeMicco received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University, Long Beach, her Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from National University, and her PHD in Cultural and Curricular Studies from Chapman University. She has her multiple subject teaching credential, Supplemental Authorization in English and preliminary Administrative Services Credential.
Ms. Amanda Estrada, Assistant Principal, Mariners and College Park Elementary Schools
Ms. Amanda Estrada was selected as the assistant principal of Mariners and College Park Elementary Schools. She brings with her eleven years of experience in education within NMUSD, currently serving as a teacher and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) trainer. Ms. Estrada is recognized for her organized and thoughtful leadership and her ability to build meaningful relationships with students, staff and the community.
As a teacher at Rea and Newport Heights, Ms. Estrada gained experience teaching in first, second, fourth and fifth grades. She served as a member of the fourth grade Rigorous Curriculum Design team for the past four years and as a GATE trainer for the past six years. In addition to her experience in the classroom she also has served on the leadership team, school site council, grade-level chair, GATE coordinator, and Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) coach.
Ms. Estrada received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Westmount College and her Masters of Arts in Education from Vanguard University. She earned an administrative credential through the Orange County Department of Education and has participated in NMUSD’s Leadership Academy.
These appointments are scheduled for official approval by the Board of Education at the September 13, 2016 board meeting.
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.
It’s that time to prepare for the new school year to come. Fulfill school entry and immunization requirements by obtaining your Preschool, Kindergarten and First grade physical exam at no cost*
Please see attached flyer for details.
Additional information regarding school health requirements is available on the Health Services Website.
* Eligibility Criteria Applies
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:
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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
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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