The Rancho Romero School Site Council (SSC), a 12-member board comprised of the school principal, six parents, four teachers and one staff member, meets monthly to set and measure academic improvement strategies and expenditures. SSC also approves and monitors implementation of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).
SSC develops and approves programs that meet the SPSA objectives. SSC-approved programs are funded primarily (95%) by parent and community donations to the Rancho Romero Education Fund (RREF). Thank you to all who donate to RREF throughout the year. Your generosity makes these important programs possible for Rancho students.
Classroom Aides (Para-Professionals)
Para-professionals support teachers and all students in grades K-5. They work with students in small groups or with individuals in areas such as reading, writing and mathematics. Each class has 6 to 7 hours of para-professional support each week.
The SSC-funded Science program provides a second Science section for every class in grades 4 and 5 each week, in addition to the one section provided by the district each week. These extra sections are taught by Science teacher, Linda Post, Wednesday through Friday.
The library media program is supported by our library media coordinator, Linda Mailho, who is tasked with the responsibility to perform a variety of complex, specialized duties in support of a school library including the selection, acquisition, circulation, maintenance and distribution of books, instructional materials and technology. The Library Media Coordinator assists students and teachers in the use of library/media resources. Additional functions include scheduling classes, training library volunteers, coordinating book fairs and author presentations, and maintaining a budget that serves the needs and interests of students in kindergarten through fifth grade. In 2013-2014, a significant library remodel was concluded. Every class in grades K-5 visits the library weekly.
All students in grades K-5 receive art instruction from our part-time art instructor, Leah Moss in Room 22. Kindergartners receive art instruction for 30 minutes two times per month; first graders for one hour one time per month, and second graders for 45 minutes two times per month. Third through fifth grades receive art instruction for 90 minutes one time per month. The curriculum is aligned to visual art standards, identified in the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework. The purpose of the program is to provide students opportunities for creative pursuits that enhance awareness and appreciation of the arts while developing skills and fostering connections to people, places and times.
Our Art Program follows a Discipline Based approach, in that it involves art production, art history, art criticism and aesthetics. Each month generally features one artist, with a lesson on their biography, key works, time period, along with exploration of their style and elements of art used in their work. Every lesson then focuses on students producing their own piece of art inspired by one or more elements of the lesson, while encouraging their creativity in producing a piece that is purely their own.
The Rancho website Art Page gives an outline of the current artist being studied, along with examples of the student produced work at the end of each month.
All students in grade K-5 receive music instruction from our part-time classified music teacher, Lisa Murray. K-2nd learn through songs and beginning percussion. Students in 3rd-5th grade are exposed to and/or learn basic music theory and notation using one or more musical instruments. 3rd grade students are introduced to the recorder and this year, 4th graders can continue with recorders along with further grasping their musicianship and theory knowledge through glockenspiels and Boomwhakers while 5th grade students enter the exciting world of ukuleles! Students in grades K-5 receive music instruction two times per month for 30 minutes. The purpose of the program is to provide students opportunities for creative pursuits that enhance awareness and appreciation of music while developing skills and fostering connections to people, places and times. And of course to have fun!
One On One Sports, directed by Brent Wyse, offers team sports to 2nd-5th grade students on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during lunch recess.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays trained coaches will organize teams made up of girls, boys and diverse skill levels. The big emphasis is sportsmanship, teamwork and having fun. Teams will compete against each other in a round robin format over the five weeks. Every five weeks a different sport will be offered click here for a schedule. All students in grades 2nd-5th are welcome to check out the sport on the first day to determine interest. Once the student commits to the 5-week sport and is placed on a team, it is highly encouraged he/she stay with the sport. Each Friday, One On One Sports will offer fun, organized games for anyone who wants to participate.
The Rainbow Program provides students with extra attention and support, both individually and in small groups once or twice per week. The program helps students develop self-esteem, self-confidence, stronger social skills, and a positive attitude toward school. In addition, the Rainbow para-professional provides playground interventions and supports staff with activities and literature on friendship, cultural diversity, social skills, and anti-bullying.
Common Core Teacher Support
The Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA), Marisa Henrichs, supports teachers and specialists in grades K-5 with ELA and Math instructional practices linked to Common Core Standards two days per month.
SSC is purchasing new, leveled reading sets for each grade level in 2014-15.