Happy New Year From Rancho Romero
January has already slipped away but not without an abundance of important work and new contributions to teaching and learning.
Students in K-5 transitioned into the second half of a district mathematics pilot. In March elementary teachers will decide on a new Common Core Standards aligned math curricula.
Rancho Romero, in partnership with the Child Abuse Prevention Counsel, initiated a pilot program called Speak Up, Be Safe. Speak Up Be Safe is a research based, comprehensive, primary prevention curriculum that equips children and their adult community with skills they need to play a significant role in the prevention or interruption of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and neglect. The school-based curriculum utilizes web-based tools, focusing on building self-esteem and safety skills within the child, to include addressing today's societal risks children encounter everyday such as internet and cell phone safety.
In January, Heather Cantero, district psychologist and trainer, started a 7-week series for parents to explore Positive Discipline strategies that teach valuable life skills, as well as tools for gaining cooperation within the family. Parents and caregivers are learning non-punitive methods to encourage and empower children and adults.
Through the generosity of our parent community audio systems were installed in January in each classroom in the school. The audio systems, otherwise called RedCats or Lightspeed, provide audibility with superior speech intelligibility. The sound fills the room with the teacher’s natural voice and enables students to hear every word no matter where they sit in the classroom. This gift to each classroom will allow students to hear better and, therefore, learn better, and; have full access to the teacher’s natural voice.
As evidence of the outstanding district and schools in which we serve, all twenty-one elementary schools were notified in November of eligibility to apply for a statewide Gold Ribbon Award. The Gold Ribbon Award is based on academic success, and vibrant and innovative teaching and learning. Each school has since submitted an application. Rancho Romero selected to write about one Signature Practice that has focused on building a digital learning environment, guaranteeing our students will be prepared for the next level of learning, the next grade, and their future. In January the school was notified of advancement to the next step, a validation visit.
The passion, dedication, and resolute commitment to pursue academic excellence, inspire creativity, strengthen character, build leadership and activate civic responsibility is observed every day by our teachers, parent partners and students. We look forward to a great second half of the year.
"Children make your life important."
— Erma Bombeck, American humorist