IUSD’s Janelle Cranch Named State Classified School Employee of the Year!


IUSD’s Janelle Cranch, Buyer Technician and President of California School Employees Association, Chapter 517, has been named by the Department of Education as a California Classified School Employee of the Year.  Janelle, who also received the county’s Classified Employee of the Year award earlier this year, is being recognized for her many contributions to our students, schools, and the entire Irvine community.  Janelle Cranch4191-4x5

This annual, state-wide award program recognizes six outstanding classified school employees, each representing one of the following categories: Child Nutrition; Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities; Office and Technical Support; Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance; Support Services and Security; and Transportation. This year’s recipients were chosen from more than 100 nominees.

For 26 years, Janelle has been a tenacious advocate, who is unwavering in her commitment to serving the students in our district and the people who work here.  Her commitment, compassion and work ethic have earned her a reputation as one of the most beloved and respected members of the school community.

She is an invaluable asset and resource in supporting the District’s vision and mission.  She advocates for classified personnel as well as the education of students and has occupied several leadership roles on prominent committees at the state and local levels.

In sighting her accomplishments, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson noted, “Her conduct serves as a model of the core values of the Irvine Unified School District, which is one of the most high-performing districts in the nation.  During the state’s budget crisis, Mrs. Cranch’s leadership, calm communication style and comprehensive understanding of District finances greatly contributed to the continued and ongoing success of its instructional programs.”

Classified employees are a vital part of the success of our education system.  They help ensure students arrive to school on time, receive nutritious meals, and are able to learn in a clean, safe, and well-ordered environment. They are instrumental in helping to build and strengthen an overall positive school climate and culture.

Please join IUSD in congratulating Janelle on this prestigious award.

 


Reminder: School Funding Survey Closes Friday – Student Participation Encouraged


Thank you to those who have participated in IUSD’s school funding survey [Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)].  If you have not taken the survey, please spend a few minutes to provide your feedback by the closing date, Friday, May 15.  survey2

IUSD is also seeking student input.  If you have a student who is able to take the survey, please encourage his/her participation.

California’s new funding model for K-12 education, requires every school district and county office of education to develop, adopt and annually update a three-year LCAP with input from parents, students and other key stakeholders.

As part of this comprehensive process, IUSD has launched the second of two school funding surveys.  This second survey will be used to further help identify District goals and budget priorities.  See below to review the proposed actions, which are inclusive of key stakeholder feedback from the first survey earlier this year.

Take the survey now by clicking here. 

Click here to view the proposed amendments to the 2015-16 LCAP.

This brief survey is an important part of the LCAP process. Please take the time to share your thoughts.


IUSD Student Jazz Ensembles to Perform May 9


Irvine Unified School District and the City of Irvine will host a collaboration of student jazz ensembles at the Orange County Great Park Palm Court Arts Complex on Saturday, May 9, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Jazz at the Palm Court (2)

11 a.m.  – Plaza Vista Middle School

11:30 a.m.  – South Lake Middle School

12 p.m. – Sierra Vista Middle School

12:30 p.m. – Venado Middle School

1 p.m. – Woodbridge High School

1:30 p.m. – University High School

2 p.m.  – Irvine High School

2:30 p.m. – Northwood High School

Special guest artists will perform with the student musicians. Bring folding chairs and picnic blankets.  Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind music experience!

Admission and parking are free. The Orange County Great Park is located off the 5 or 405 freeway at Sand Canyon and Marine Way in Irvine. For more information, visit ocgp.org or call 949-724-OCGP (6247).


Northwood Teacher is Quarter Finalist for Prestigious Music Award


Congratulations to Ben Case, music teacher at Northwood High School, for his designation as a quarter finalist for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.  Ben was selected out of 4,500 nominations from all 50 states.  His nomination and the recent gold award presented to Northwood High School as a Grammy Signature School is a testament to Northwood’s outstanding music program and Ben’s skill and dedication as a teacher. Ben Case and Students

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception.

In December, one recipient will be selected from 10 finalists, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives. The winner will be flown to the host city of the GRAMMY Awards to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine other finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.


Irvine and Japanese Students Conclude E-Pal Program


This school year, 35 Venado Middle School students participated in the Irvine -Tsukuba Sister City Student E-Pal Project, an electronic pen-pal project with middle school students in Japan.  Over the course of the program, participating students in Irvine and Tsukuba, Japan were able to connect face-to-face through video conferencing and through emails to share information about their interests and backgrounds.  Topics included information about each country, school, culture and lifestyle.
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“This exchange provided an opportunity to expand cultural understanding while creating lasting friendships between Irvine and Tsukuba middle school students,” said Keith Tuominen, IUSD Director of Secondary Education.

The 8th grade GATE students who took part in the program were eager and excited to get to know kids from another country.  “For Venado students, it was very enriching and for the Tsukuba students, it gave them a chance to practice English,” said Teacher Julie Campbell.  “Hopefully, some of these connections will be long-lasting.”

This culturally enriching program was part of the City of Irvine’s Sister City Program.  For more information about the E-Pal Project or the Sister City Program, visit cityofirvine.org.

 


Summer School Opportunities – Registration Ends Soon


There are three summer program opportunities available directly to IUSD students.  Registration deadlines are fast approaching.  One might be a good fit for you or your student.

IUSD Summer School – Students at the middle and high school levels can access courses to help remediate or enhance the academic experience.  Please visit iusd.org for additional information.  Enrollment closes on Wednesday, May 6th.  Instagram-logo

IPSF Summer Enrichment Academies – Opportunities exist for all ages, elementary through high school, to enrich their educational experience.  Please visit ipsfacademy.org  for more information.

IVC/IUSD Summer College Program – Courses offered at Irvine Valley College are available for IUSD students in current grades 9-11.  Some courses still have space available.  More information can be found at http://admissions.ivc.edu/IUSD/Pages/default.aspx.


8th Annual ACE Day!


Check out the IUSD video of ACE Day (Appreciating Classified Employees) http://bit.ly/1GApVAx.  Members of our District team recently shadowed classified employees to learn more about their jobs and responsibilities.  Participants joined a group luncheon after the event to share what they did and learned. ACE Day 1

This program reinforces what IUSD knows and believes, which is that a school district requires the efforts of everyone – classified staff, community members, teachers and administrators to be successful. A healthy school district is built on teamwork! ACE recognizes and encourages this collaborative concept.

Superintendent Terry Walker worked with our Grounds team to help install drought resistant landscaping at the District Office!


New South Lake Middle School Principal Selected


We are pleased to announce that Belinda Averill has been named Principal for South Lake Middle School.  After an extensive recruitment process, which included staff and community input, Belinda was selected, from a talented candidate pool, as the best fit for South Lake.  She is a recognized leader in IUSD and is familiar with learning programs at South Lake and the transitions that students there make to high school in our district. Her start date is July 1, 2015.

Belinda will transition from her current role as Assistant Principal at Woodbridge High School, where she has served with a collaborative team of teachers and staff.  Belinda is highly student centered, responsive to the diverse needs of her stakeholder groups, and has extensive knowledge in the development of curriculum and instruction that meet the learning needs of all students. She has been with IUSD since 2010 and has served in a variety of roles as a special education teacher, summer school principal, and assistant principal. Prior to joining IUSD, Belinda worked as a Special Day Teacher (9-12) and Resource Teacher (K-8).

She resides in Irvine with her husband Steve and two children. Belinda is looking forward to bringing her skills and experience to South Lake to have a positive impact on student learning and to forming collaborative relationships with staff, students, parents and the community.

As a Woodbridge graduate and long-time Irvine resident, Belinda understands the Irvine community and IUSD culture from a unique perspective.  She is experienced working with a diverse student body, high academic achievement and a broad range of extracurricular programs for students.  Belinda will continue as assistant principal at Woodbridge until the end of June, but will spend time in the interim meeting with staff, students and the parent community.


IUSD’s Erica Hawkes Races in the Boston Marathon


Congratulations to Erica Hawkes, IUSD Director of Special Education, who raced in the Boston Marathon earlier this week.  She finished the 26.2 mile race in only 3:33:55, which equates to a 8:09
Erica Hawkes (3) mile.   Erica’s time was even more impressive given the extreme weather conditions.  It rained nearly the entire race, with 20 mph headwinds at various points throughout the course.

“It pretty much rained, and at times poured, all the way from Hopkinton to Boston but it was one of the most amazing experiences ever,” said Erica.  “The crowds were incredible and really kept me going.”

This was Erica’s fifth road marathon and she has run one trail marathon.  Her Boston qualifier was the St. George Marathon, five hours south of Salt Lake City, Utah.  Erica’s Boston Marathon time qualified her for next year’s race.


LCAP Survey #2: Tell Us What You Think


California’s new funding model for K-12 education, requires every school district and county office of education to develop, adopt and annually update a three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) with input from parents, students and other key stakeholders. survey2

As part of this comprehensive process, IUSD has launched the second of two school funding surveys.  This second survey will be used to further help identify District goals, budget priorities and allocate additional funding.   Please review the proposed actions, which are inclusive of key stakeholder feedback from the first survey earlier this year.

Take the survey now by clicking here.

Click here to view the proposed amendments to the 2015-16 LCAP.

This brief survey is an important part of the LCAP process. Please take the time to share your thoughts.

For more detailed information about the LCAP, including the most recent draft of the plan, click here.