Maxwell’s community partnership with the Anaheim Ducks led to a fun, spirited event during the Stanley Cup hockey playoffs. Wild Wing and two of the Power Players came from the Ducks to celebrate students at our awards assembly, congratulating them for AR achievements and behavior awards. Afterwards, to show our support for the Ducks, we all gathered in the hockey rink for our second annual Paint It Orange school photo. We were very lucky this year to have a skilled videographer (Sergio Alvarez from Encore Sessions) donate his time and expertise with a camera mounted on a drone. The students loved watching the camera flying high above, and the resulting video is exciting to watch. Maxwell students are lucky ducks to have so much community support!
On April 20, 2015, Baden-Powell School hosted a showcase of their Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. Forty visitors, ranging from teachers to principals and superintendents, from various school districts in the region, gathered at Baden-Powell to hear an overview of the AVID Elementary program and how it has benefitted their students. They participated in a question-and-answer session with a panel and were also led through a tour of AVID classrooms by AVID student leaders.
Principal Bill Bailey reviewed the goals of AVID at Baden-Powell, which build from beginning organization in 3rd grade to full implementation and integration of skills in 6th grade. He shared successes of AVID and how it has built a college-going culture at his school, including students' identification with a college or university in each of their classrooms, college tours for every 3rd through 6th grade student, and family outreach programs.
During the panel activity, 6th grade student Safe Gergis skillfully explained how AVID strategies have helped him to become more organized and to work toward his goals, one of which is to be a video game designer/software engineer. Magdalena Lonzano, parent of a 4th and 6th grader at Baden-Powell, shared how AVID has fostered home-school communication and college/career readiness within her family. Stacy Bugaren, 5th grade AVID teacher, discussed how teachers at Baden-Powell have implemented Student Success Skills, Organizational Strategies, WICOR Lessons (Writing, Inquiry, Organization, Reading), and partnerships with the community. Debbie Varon, an AVID-trained Instructional Practices Coach, shared her experience of using AVID strategies and skills in collaborating and planning instruction with teachers. Christina Fink, AVID District Director, shared an overview of Magnolia School District's implementation, which has grown from four participating sites and 8 trained teachers in 2011 to seven implementing sites and 36 trained teachers.
Visitors were led through classrooms by AVID student volunteers, who showed them firsthand what an AVID Elementary school looks like in action. They witnessed students taking two- and three-column notes, organizing materials in three-ring binders, and inquiry-based activities. Visitors were not only impressed with the level of rigor that they saw in classrooms, but also the level of knowledge and scholarly language used by their student guides.
Congratulations to Baden-Powell School for being selected as an AVID Showcase Site and for being committed to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
Last week, the Conservation Club at Walter School, had an exhibit of artwork created from recycled trash. The students made projects using materials that they recycled from trash. Some of the materials used were soda cans, pizza boxes, and liter bottles. Ana Guzman won 3rd place with her "kangaroo" entry, Maria Garcia won 2nd place with the "candy holder" and the 1st place winner was Luis Solorzano with his "Toy Tank" entry. Thanks Mrs. Flotree for organizing this great event!
Orange County's Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (GRIP),Sheriff's Department, and many collaborative partners sponsored a Spring Break Soccer Camp for 40 students from Pyles and Walter Schools. These fortunate boys and girls enjoyed three days of soccer clinics and games which also included professional players from Pure Game and the OC Blues. In addition to breakfasts and lunches, participants also enjoyed receiving shin guards, sport packs, water bottles, socks, t-shirts and soccer balls. However, the most important gifts were lessons learned about leadership, sportsmanship, effort, and respect. We are beyond grateful for the generous contributions of so many committed GRIP representatives and equally proud of the boys and girls who came out to play. A fun time was had by ALL...adults and children alike!