Where has our year gone? In our final, May/June newsletter of the year I’d like to thank Sara Prince for formatting our newsletters all year and Tamara Norton for editing and printing them out. PTA President, Nancy Marden has worked to submit her articles by our newsletter deadlines and kept our community informed of upcoming events and news. It takes a team of volunteers to make Kellogg the school it is. Of course, on the heels of some big end of the year events, we are still going to need parents to help keep these end of year events in place. Thank you ahead of time for volunteering your time and energy (and perhaps some resources) to our upcoming chalk art, carnival, promotion, and end-of-year picnics and parties. Our staff appreciates it greatly!
Thank you for ensuring that our third through sixth grade students are getting plenty of rest and a good breakfast in preparation for their Smarter Balanced Assessments / California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), I am reminded that our end of the year events are right around the corner.
As I look back over 2018-2019 school year, I feel that we have accomplished much as a school community. This year we welcomed our Ocean Guardian Ambassadors after receiving the grant and sought ways to increase sustainability across our site. We implemented an awareness or Zero Waste Wednesdays incorporating it into our B.O.W./W.O.W. practices. By the end of this year, our District will have adopted a new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) curriculum and begin full implementation next year. We welcomed several new teachers and staff members: Elizabeth Blair (5th grade), Erin Bonski (upper grade music), Christie Bowman (kindergarten), Stephanie Kasai (1st grade), Claire Noack (autism program), Marcella Quirin (music), Kay Strange (autism program), Beth Yznaga-Smith (autism program), and Jessica Zavala (art). I have enjoyed working with our Kellogg students, staff and families and enjoyed our combined efforts to continue to build relationships as we strive for the academic excellence that our Kellogg Community has become accustomed to.
Our PTA accomplished a huge feat of reaching their fundraising goals, exceeding their Jogathon goal and continued to “wrestle” their way to find ways to support our specialists’ programs, after school enrichment programming, garden, band and teachers’ classroom supports, and field trips to name a few.
As a district we also continued to implement district policies that strengthen student learning and educational practices as we moved forward with our work on Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to ensure student achievement for ALL and sought to reach our site Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) goals overseen by our Kellogg School Site Council. Our site goals were directly linked to our District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals and Strategic Plan. It is an exciting time in education as move forward to find ways to best prepare our students for 21st century careers and education paths and move forward with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in preparation for next year’s district-wide implementation.
At Kellogg we continue to rely heavily upon our parent volunteers to step into Kellogg leadership positions to provide support to ongoing events and opportunities as well as both in and out of classroom learning experiences. This level of support is crucial to continuing the level of education that our students and community are most familiar with. Special thanks to our PTA executive Board members: Nancy Marden, Kyle Begley, Gina Terlinden, Karie Ide, Kara Hornbuckle, Sara Prince, Joylyn Kovacevich, Jen Malkin-Grillo, Tamara Norton, Tritia Marrs, Rachel Lipman, Priya Venkatasu-Bramanian, Jen Maupin, Dave Wilson, Rebecca Hudson and Linda Andrews who have all jumped in to provide a great year full of exciting community events as well as our PTA coordinators who helped run events like the art show, garden, Axxess books, carnival, directory, B.O.W. W.O.W., yearbook, newsletter, talent show, Readathon, staff appreciation, after school enrichment classes, box tops, and Back to School Picnic. Current KSSC Members: Linda Andrews, Sara Prince, Kyle Begley, Erik Taiji, Jason Wansor, Kara Rocque, Rhonda Redkey, Etta Murray, Nora Zwehl, Claudia Hamers, and Sheri Parker and our ELAC representatives: Silvia Contreras, Nancy Perez, Marta Mascaro, and Maricruz Salazar volunteered to step into leadership positions required by education code to help hold our site accountable for the decisions we make impacting student learning.
Our sixth grade families are enjoying end of the year sixth grade events made possible by sixth grade parent, Gina Terlinden, Erinn Phillips and their cohorts who worked hard since last spring to raise funds. Special thanks to those parents who regularly attended our parent meetings, participated and gave feedback to strengthen our Kellogg programs and school community and worked in our classrooms. It takes a village to provide this level of education for our Kellogg students! Thank you!
We will be looking for 2 parent representatives for our School Site Council (KSSC) and one District Advisory Committee (DAC) Representative for the 2019-2021 school years. The council meets at 11:50 on the third or fourth Thursday of every month. Parent representatives will also be needed for the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). The ELAC representatives and committee meet five times throughout the school year. Individual classrooms will be seeking a classroom parent(s) in the fall at Back to School Night.
Please make sure to mark your calendars and watch your Friday Folder these remaining weeks of school! They will come quickly! We will be honoring our teachers on Wednesday, May 8, for Day of the Teacher. Twenty-five of our students will have their artwork recognized at the GUSD Art Show Reception at the Goleta Library from 5:00 until 7:30 PM on Thursday night, May 9th. Artwork will be on display from May 1st through May 31st at the Goleta library. And don’t forget about our May 17th “Under the Sea” Carnival!
On Wednesday, May 29th, twelve, upper grade students will be representing Kellogg at the Math SuperBowl held at Earl Warren Showgrounds. Congratulations to our sixth grade students who will be promoting on June 4th at 9:00AM. Please contact the office or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or 681-1277 if you have any questions or interest in any of the above positions.
Kim Bruzzese, Kellogg Principal