Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NEWS RELEASE: San Diego students rank first in English among state’s large school systems

News Release from the San Diego Unified School District, Aug. 24, 2016

San Diego students rank first in English among state's large school systems; New Smarter Balanced test results show strong gains across San Diego Unified

The California Department of Education released the results of the Smarter Balanced tests taken by area students this past spring. Among large, urban districts in the state, San Diego Unified students ranked first in English language arts - an improvement from second last year. San Diego schools ranked second in mathematics behind San Francisco. The state's Smarter Balanced test is given annually to students in grades 3-8 and 11.

"As parents and educators, we know our students achieve more when we ask more from them. We saw that with our strong graduation results and we have seen it again today with these impressive test results," said Superintendent Cindy Marten. "San Diego can feel very proud of our students, parents and teachers based on the hard work reflected in these new test results."

San Diego Unified students ranked first in the state among large, urban districts in English language arts with 57 percent of all area students either meeting or exceeding grade level expectation — up 6 points over last year. The largest gains were among third, fourth and seventh graders, as test scores rose 8 percentage points among each. There were also strong gains at the subpopulation level among Latinos (up 9 points), Filipinos (up 8 points) and African Americans (up 7 points).

San Diego Unified students also made gains in mathematics, increasing 4 points over last year and ranking second among large, urban districts across the state. The testing found 45 percent of students performing at or above grade level expectations. The largest increases were among third graders, who raised their test scores 9 points over last year. As with English, there were also gains at the subpopulation level, where Latinos showed the largest increase - 5 points over last year.

This is the second year of the Smarter Balanced tests. These assessments are aligned with the new state standards, which were designed to encourage critical thinking, analytical writing, and real-world problem solving. These are skills students need to be successful in school and in life.

They replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program and encompass the assessments and alternative assessments for English language arts and literacy, mathematics, and science.


Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez|Communications||619-725-5598




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Unified Celebrates Opening of New Family Welcome and Enrollment Center to Provide One-on-One Assistance to New Families

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District, Aug. 23, 2016


San Diego Unified Celebrates Opening of New Family Welcome and Enrollment Center to Provide One-on-One Assistance to New Families

New facility will provide walk-in support and personal assistance to new to district families with questions about their neighborhood school and other enrollment options


WHAT: New Welcome Center facility will provide walk-in assistance to new to district families, many of whom are military, providing information about their quality neighborhood schools as well as schools with special programs such as IB, STEM/STEAM, foreign language study, and visual and performing arts.  Staff is multilingual.


WHEN: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


WHERE: Eugene Brucker Education Center, Family Welcome and Enrollment Center, Annex 12, 4100 Normal St., San Diego, CA 92103.


DETAILS: Families new to San Diego Unified School District will benefit from personalized assistance in obtaining information about enrollment opportunities for students including neighborhood school information and Choice options. Online pre-enrollment into the neighborhood school is available in the facility, as well as information about other options.  Helpful staff will be on hand Monday through Friday to answer enrollment questions and assist families in getting information on programs and offerings on over 175 campuses in the district. 


The new facility will feature computers available for parents to use, as well as a hands-on look at the technology available at their neighborhood school.  Interactive Promethean boards will feature the district and school websites that provide specific information about each school.  Display monitors will stream photos of pupils and activities at elementary, middle, and high schools.  The Welcome Center will serve as a one-stop-shop for information, where families can come for one-on-one support. Representatives will be available to assist families in English and Spanish, and the Center also has staff who speak French and Japanese.


SPEAKERS: The Director of Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options, Marceline Marques, will be available for Q-and-A.


VISUALS: Media tours of the new facility along with interviews with Welcome Center representatives will be available on an appointment basis from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please confirm your attendance by Tuesday August 23 at 5 p.m.

CONTACT: Isabella McNeil, San Diego Unified School District, 619-341-2343

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2nd Annual San Diego Unified School Police “True Blue Buddies” Yearlong Mentorship Program Kicks-Off with Back-to-School Shopping Spree

August 17, 2016

2nd Annual San Diego Unified School Police "True Blue Buddies" Yearlong Mentorship Program Kicks-Off with Back-to-School Shopping Spree
WHAT: The second annual San Diego Unified School District Police Department True Blue Buddies event will pair 30 deserving students from Porter Elementary School with San Diego Unified School Police Officers for a $100 back-to-school shopping spree at Target.

WHEN: Monday, August 22, 2016, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Porter Elementary School, 4800 "T" St., San Diego (92113)
Target College Grove, 3424 College Ave., San Diego (92115)

DETAILS: Third through Fifth grade students from the Southeastern neighborhood school will receive a $100 Target gift card to spend on new clothes and shoes to start off the new school in style as well as a brand new backpack. The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Each student will be partnered with a member of the San Diego Unified School Police Services and San Diego Police. Students were invited to participate based on need, including low income and homelessness. The event is being supported by the district's Children and Youth in Transition program, San Diego Unified School Police and the College Grove Target store team. The True Blue Buddies program will expand to other school sites and different events in the future.

The 2nd annual Back-to-School shopping spree serves as the kick-off event to a yearlong mentorship program that includes various events over the school year, including educational workshops and Holiday gatherings. The primary goal of the mentorship program is to provide support through small group mentoring, as well as to help facilitate and build positive relationships with Police Officers at an early age.

SPEAKERS: Superintendent Cindy Marten, San Diego School Police Chief Rueben Littlejohn, Porter Elementary School Principal Lillie McMillan, Target Community Outreach Representative Jessica-Marie Thrift, San Diego School Police Officers and Porter Elementary Students will also be available for interview.

9:05 a.m. Press Conference
9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Students arrive at Porter Elementary School and are paired with their Buddy
9:35 a.m. Students and their buddies board the yellow school bus
9:45 a.m. Bus leaves Porter Elementary with Police escort
10 -11 a.m. Shopping at the College Grove Target Store
11 a.m. Return to Porter Elementary
11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free BBQ lunch and activities, including a magic show.

Media Inquiries: Isabella McNeil, San Diego Unified School District, 619-341-2343<>


Isabella McNeil
Information Services Specialist
Communications Department
4100 Normal Street, Room 2145
San Diego, CA 92103 619.725.5578
Phone: (619) 725-7146

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Post Special Meeting Notice and Agenda: CTEAC

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·         Notice of Special Meeting and Agenda: Career Technical Education Advisory Committee (CTEAC)—Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 8:00 a.m., Junior Achievement BT Training Room
Committee Meeting Information:   


Please forward to staff as appropriate and print notice and post in a prominent, publicly accessible location at your site.


Thank you.


Melissa Hudson

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board of Education

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA 92103-2682

Office: (619) 725-5550

Fax: (619) 297-5624

"The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives." - Robert M. Hutchins

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: SDUSD Summer Commencement at SeaWorld to Recognize 130 Graduating High School Seniors

August 3, 2016

Summer Commencement Ceremony to Recognize Class of 2016 Graduates
San Diego Unified is proud to congratulate Over 130 high school seniors who worked hard throughout the Summer to earn their high school diploma.

WHAT: More than 130 district students who were unable to attend June graduation ceremonies with their high school class will get the chance to walk in San Diego Unified's annual Summer Commencement Ceremony.

WHEN: Friday, August 5, 2016 3 p.m.

WHERE: SeaWorld's Pets Rule Stadium, located at 500 Sea World Drive 92109.

DETAILS: Students from all of the district's 18 high school campuses will participate. Each student's name, as in the traditional ceremony, is read aloud as they make their way across the stage in their caps and gowns. The special summer ceremony has been a district tradition since 2005.

Before this late-summer ceremony was established, students would eventually receive a diploma by mail but wouldn't be able to participate in a graduation ceremony. This ceremony allows seniors who needed additional time to complete credit requirements needed for graduation to be recognized. High school graduation requirements include 44 semester credits, a 2.0 or higher grade point average, science and math course requirements.

SPEAKERS: Board of Education Vice President Richard Barrera will deliver the commencement address. Board Members Kevin Beiser and Sharon Whitehurt-Payne will deliver opening remarks. Area 2 Superintendent Lamont Jackson will welcome the graduates and introduce the speakers.

VISUALS: Students in caps and gowns walking across the stage to receive their diplomas.

Media Inquiries: Isabella McNeil, San Diego Unified School District, 619-341-2343<>

Isabella McNeil
Information Services Specialist
Communications Department
4100 Normal Street, Room 2145
San Diego, CA 92103 619.725.5578
Phone: (619) 725-7146