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Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, ALL SCHOOLS - Big Calendar Events :), Fifth Grade to Middle School Articulation, Principals and Homepage

All SRCS schools are OPEN 

Friday, Dec. 12.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 12/10/14

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

Dear San Rafael City Schools Families:

We know that Sunday’s earthquake centered in nearby Napa may have caused some anxiety and fear. 

Aftershocks are expected for days and weeks following this major earthquake. Each of our sites have been inspected by our Maintenance & Operations staff. No damage has been identified at any school site.

We want to assure you that schools are among the safest places in an earthquake and want to remind you of the measures we take to ensure the safety of everyone on our campuses. You may not be aware that your child’s school is built to withstand earthquakes. Homes and buildings are built 

following building code standards; however, the Field Act requires California public K-12 school buildings to be  designed to withstand earthquakes. Since the Field Act was implemented, no students in a California school 
building have been harmed during an earthquake.

 

Each school has a comprehensive safety plan that includes seismic events like earthquakes. At the beginning of each school year, students and staff practice safety drills. With the proximity of this earthquake, we will be sure to drill more frequently.

Students are protected from the dangers of earthquakes when they are at school be cause:
• Schools are built to Field Act standards 
• Schools have fire alarm and sprinkler systems
• Schools have a Safe School Plan for emergencies
• Schools are inspected regularly
• Schools conduct emergency drills

Should there be an event on our campuses that causes us to enact our emergency safety plan, parents will be notified by phone, text or email as to how we are handling the crisis and whether students must remain in the 

protective environment of the school for an extended period. Our school employees are legally designated  “emergency service workers”. In cases of emergency we will remain at school to care for all of our children. 

Please make sure that your contact information on your child’s emergency card remains up-to-date. If an emergency should happen while you are out of the neighborhood, school staff will remain with your child for as long as necessary. Your child will only be released to you or those with proper identification who you have designated on your Emergency Contact List on the emergency card.

Keeping your child safe is our highest priority and while we do not expect school emergencies, we are prepared should they happen. If you have any questions, please contact your school office.

 

Sincerely,
Mike Watenpaugh

Superintendent

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/24/14

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, ALL SCHOOLS - Big Calendar Events :), Fifth Grade to Middle School Articulation, Principals and Homepage

Please check the district's homepage, www.srcs.org for the listing of school start and ending times.

 

You can also find a listing for school bus stop pick-up and drop-off times.

 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/20/14

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

Welcome to all students and families!  Wishing you a successful, productive and enjoyable school year!  Please see attached letter.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/20/14

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, ALL SCHOOLS - Big Calendar Events :), Fifth Grade to Middle School Articulation, Principals, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

Students in San Rafael City Schools work with classified school employees from the time they arrive at school until they head home at the end of the day.

We have exceptional classified school employees that support students, staff and families.  California’s Legislature recognizes the important contributions of classified school employees and named the third full week of May “Classified School Employee Week” to honor these contributions

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 5/19/14

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

image-1.jpgThey’re ordinary people on an extraordinary mission — to enlighten a new generation. As they practice their profession, they’ll touch the lives of thousands of our community’s youth. And, in the process, they’ll transform those lives. They’re teachers like the one who changed your life by challenging you to do better than you thought you could …or by being there for you when no one else was. On Day of the Teacher, May 14, you’ll find them on the job…teaching.

CALIFORNIA DAY OF THE TEACHER 2014 - 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 5/13/14

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, ALL SCHOOLS - Big Calendar Events :), Fifth Grade to Middle School Articulation, Principals, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

On Monday evening, the Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Glenn Dennis as the permanent principal at San Rafael High School.  Maggie Heredia-Pelz was also named to a permanent position as Assistant Principal at San Rafael High. 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 4/7/14

Audience: Homepage

March 2014

SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE

LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN

As we move through the various components required in the development of our Local Control and Accountability Plan, we are now recruiting parent representatives for both the Elementary and the High School District LCAP Parent Advisory Committees.  The Statute requires the inclusion of parents, including parents or legal guardians of targeted disadvantaged pupils in the planning and implementation of the LCFF.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/26/14

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, Principals, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

 

What it Means for San Rafael City Schools

To: All Members of the San Rafael City Schools Community

From: Mike Watenpaugh, Ed.D,  Superintendent 

Ever since Governor Brown signed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) into law on July 1, changing the rules on how state money is allocated to school districts and how districts can spend those funds, there has been significant conversation and chatter moving through our school community about California’s new formula and how it will impact San Rafael City Schools. This shift impacts all 1,000 public school districts in California.

The LCFF represents the most historic shift in how California funds public schools in over 40 years. This major restructuring of the state’s school finance allocation methodology is based on the importance of local decision-making, equity, accountability and transparency.  To learn more, please follow the links below and visit the LCFF/LCAP page. 

Overview  & Information

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) &  Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 2/11/14

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, ALL SCHOOLS - Big Calendar Events :), Fifth Grade to Middle School Articulation, Principals, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

These videos were developed to help diverse groups – educators, policymakers, parents – better understand the breadth and depth of the Standards and how they will improve teaching, make classrooms better, create shared expectations, and cultivate lifelong learning for all students. The segments are organized into separate Mathematics and ELA sections, and demonstrate critical concepts related to each. - S

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/28/13

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, ALL SCHOOLS - Big Calendar Events :), Fifth Grade to Middle School Articulation, Principals and Homepage

CSEA Shield Blue.JPGCelebrate Classified Employees Week!

Classified support staff provide those services that support student learning in every position they hold.  Our schools would be unable to function without these invaluable members of our staff.  In addition to the performance of their day to day responsibilities, our support staff finds innovative ways to reach out and connect with students.  They foster a safe environment, while at the same time reaching out to advance learning.  It is obvious our support staff generally care about our students.  Please reach out and acknowledge and thank each and every member of our classified staff.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 5/20/13

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, ALL SCHOOLS - Big Calendar Events :), Fifth Grade to Middle School Articulation, Principals, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

Measures A & B Pass With Significant Community Support!

Voters in the San Rafael City Schools approved the renewal of the district's existing local parcel tax funding set to sunset in June 2014.  

More than 78% of voters endorsed these measures, significantly beyond the needed 67%.  Thank you to every individual who participated in this campaign as a volunteer, a donor, and/or a community supporter.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 5/7/13

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

On Monday, January 28, 2013, the Board of Education approved resolutions for both the Elementary School District and the High School District authorizing placement of ballot measures on the May 2013 election seeking reauthorization of the the existing parcel taxes set to expire in 2014.

All campaign planning, fund-raising and expenditures will now be the responsibility of a community based campaign committee to be chaired by alumnus and related costs and expenditures will be A community-based campaign committee to be chaired by San Rafael High School alumnus and local business leader Patty Garbarino

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 1/28/13

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

RENEWING VOTER-APPROVED LOCAL FUNDING FOR SRCS

Please join a special Board Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. - Board Room, District Offices, 310 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 1/6/13

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage
Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 1/6/13

Audience: Homepage

Dear San Rafael City Schools Families,

 

Most of you have already heard about the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Reports are that many children, parents, and school staff have fallen victim. Though this school is located across the country, tragedies such as this make us think of our own children, and worry for their safety. Please know that here in San Rafael City Schools, we are doing everything we can to prevent events such as these from happening in our schools, and we will be reviewing our procedures to make sure our schools are as safe as they can be. President Obama has issued a proclamation ordering flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset, December 18, in honor of the victims.

Your children may hear about this tragedy, have questions about what happened, and worry about something like this happening to them. Below are some tips about how to talk to your children about violence.

Reassure children that they are safe. Emphasize that schools are very safe. Explain that all feelings are okay when a tragedy occurs. Let children talk about their feelings, and assist them in expressing these feelings appropriately.

Observe children’s emotional state. Some children may not express their concerns verbally. Changes in behavior, appetite, and sleep patterns can also indicate a child’s level of anxiety or discomfort. In most children, these symptoms will ease with reassurance and time. However, some children may be at risk for more intense reactions. Children who have had a past traumatic experience or personal loss, suffer from depression or other mental illness, or with special needs may be at greater risk for severe reactions than others. Seek the help of mental health professional if you are at all concerned.

Limit television viewing of these events. Limit television viewing and be aware if the television is on in common areas. Developmentally inappropriate information can cause anxiety or confusion, particularly in young children. Adults also need to be mindful of the content of conversations that they have with each other in front of children, even teenagers, and limit their exposure to vengeful, hateful, and angry comments that might be misunderstood.

Below are links to resources on the Marin County Office of Education web site that you may also find helpful:

Resources for Coping with Tragedy

Talking with Kids about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

All Safe Schools and Prevention Information  

Common Sense Media Video - Explaining the News to Our Kids

Child Mind Institute Video- Helping Children After Traumatic Events

National Association of School Psychologists - A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Theresa Allyn, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 12/14/12

Audience: Homepage

The Holidays are coming and there is NEW SPIRIT WEAR in stock! How about some Coleman Spirit Wear for that special someone? Spirit Wear will be available for purchase Thursday mornings, starting December 6. Contact Leslie Piper with any questions. Lann_piper@yahoo.com or 309-7471.

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Posted by: Claudia Alvarenga
Published: 12/5/12

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

The District has launched a new webpage on the www.srcs.org district website.  To learn more about the application process, or to read the entire application you can visit https://srcs-ca.schoolloop.com/RTTApplication?no_controls=t

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 11/9/12

Audience: ALL SCHOOLS - Big Calendar Events :), Fifth Grade to Middle School Articulation, Principals and Homepage

4th Annual SUMMERFEST

Saturday, September 29th at San Rafael High School.

This event provides a wide range of activities, performances by students from San Rafael City Schools, great food, and great fun.

This one-day event raises needed funds to support programs and services at every elementary, middle and high school in San Rafael City Schools.

Learn more by visiting HeadsUp. http://www.headsupsr.org

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 9/18/12

Audience: Parents and Homepage

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School attendance is a key factor that contributes to student achievement, starting in the early grades and continuing through high school.

San Rafael City Schools is currently analyzing student attendance across the district and at each of our school sites.  When we have finalized our analysis, we will be publishing student attendance information from the 2011-2012 school year.    

Look for frequent updates about the importance of school attendance!      

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 9/2/12

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

Honk if You Like School!

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This past Wednesday evening, the day before school started, members of the Bahia Vista Elementary school staff ventured out into the local neighborhood to greet students and families - welcoming them Back to School!

This group of enthusiastic educators were warmly welcomed, cheered on, and heard many supportive honks from cars driving by.  

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/23/12

Audience: Homepage

May 11th

Please volunteer this day during art

May 16th

Life Skill Awards for Rayan and Chayden

May 23rd

Open House 6:00pm -7:30

May 29th

Field Trip to the Lawrence Hall of Science 

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Posted by: Ms. Santana
Published: 5/4/12

Audience: Parents, Principals, Staff, Students and Homepage

Congratulations to Juan Rodriquez, current principal of Bahia Vista Elementary School. He has been selected as 2012 Marin County Educator of the Year. Read more about Mr. Rodriguez in this March 23rd Marin Independent Journal article.

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Posted by: Theresa Allyn, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/26/12

Audience: Homepage

On Monday, March 12, 2012, Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, Superintendent of Schools announced the selection of Mr. Juan Rodriguez, as the new principal at Venetia Valley K-8 School, effective for the 2012-2013 school year.

 Mr. Rodriguez is currently the principal at Bahia Vista Elementary School in San Rafael.  Mr. Rodriguez leaves Bahia Vista, having provided leadership at this site for the past eleven years.  Before joining SRCS in 2001, he had prior administrative experience at elementary, middle, and K-8 schools.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/13/12

Audience: Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Teachers and Homepage

29745_Feb_18_schoolbudget_story.gifYou are invited to attend San Rafael City Schools Community Budget Forums. Information about the Governor’s State Budget proposal and its potential impact on San Rafael City Schools elementary and high school district budgets will be discussed. Flyers with information are below.


ELEMENTARY DISTRICT BUDGET FORUM
 Tuesday, January 31, 2012
6:00- 7:30 PM 
Davidson Middle School Library
            
                                                HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET FORUM
                                                                                                                 Monday, February 6, 2012 
                                                                                                                                     6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
                                                                                                           San Rafael High School Library



 

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Posted by: Theresa Allyn, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 1/19/12

Audience: Homepage

San Rafael City Schools will be holding Courtesy Kindergarten Registration dates at elementary school sites beginning January 11th. Click here for registration information and a schedule of the Courtesy Registration date for your local school. For more information click here  for the Student Enrollment & Family Center or call 415-492-3226.

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Posted by: Alex Perez (Sys Admin), District Admin, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 1/6/12

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

Each December, the Board of Education conducts a 'reorganizationi' election for Board President and Board Vice-President.

On Monday, December 12, 2011, the Board acknowledged and recognized outgoing President Linda M. Jackson.  Ms. Jackson concluded her second year serving as Board President.

Trustee Paul M. Cohen was elected by unanimous vote as the Board President for 2012.  Greg Knell was elected as Vice President, also by unanimous vote. 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 12/13/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

The Department of Finance announced today that its revenue forecast was calling for the 2011-12 budget trigger to be pulled but that the effect of this reduction would hit K-12 schools far less than had previously been thought.  The total shortfall is $2.204 billion.  The trigger will result in Tier I cuts to higher education and social service programs. 

Tier II cuts will impact San Rafael City Schools and other districts across California.  To learn more, go to the attached document.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 12/13/11

Audience: Homepage

The Holidays are coming...The first Friday of every month is Coleman Spirit Day...How about some Coleman Spirit Wear for that special someone? There is something wonderful for every member of the family! Questions? Contact Lindsay Mckenzie at  Lindsay@3ringcycles.com or call (415) 847-2414.

 

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Posted by: Claudia Alvarenga
Published: 11/29/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

Due to a last minute administrative resignation, former San Rafael High School principal Judy Colton has been serving as the Interim Principal at Venetia Valley K-8 since school opened in August.

Earlier this month a number of candidates were invited to interview with two panels representing Venetia Valley and the SRCS community.  A number of candidates were forwarded for secondary interviews with the Superintendent's Cabinet.  Although each finalist candidate had many strong qualities and experience, we did not find the candidate that matched the profile created by the Venetia Valley School community.

Mrs. Colton has graciously accepted our request for her to continue as the school principal at Venetia Valley through the end of school in June 2012.

Mrs. Colton brings her extensive K-12 leadership experience and her familiarity with the San Rafael community to Venetia Valley.  Mrs. Colton and Assistant Principal Patty Thompson continue to work in collaboration with district staff, community partners,and  the school community to ensure on-going stability of the K-8 instructional programs, while leading inquiry into 'best practices' to accelerate student achievement.

We will post the Principal Vacancy announcement in early 2012, with an expected start date of July 1, 2012.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 11/29/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

The National Equity Project (NEP) has worked with the leaders in San Rafael CIty Schools since 2008.  

NEP has been instrumental in supporting the district's efforts outlined in our strategic plan, Roadmap to the Future,  working towards ensuring that every student has access to, and receives a quality education.  

Many unfamiliar with our community continue to have the perception that San Rafael City Schools would be described as a “white, affluent” community. Yet, the district’s demographics have shifted dramatically: today 60% of San Rafael students are are Latino, 50% are economically disadvantaged, and 50% are English learners.  Learn more about our partnership with the National Equity Project. 

Partner Profile Video

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 11/29/11

Audience: Homepage

distingbanner2.gifCongratulations Sun Valley!

We are proud to announce that based on student achievement gains, Sun Valley Elementary School has been invited to apply for Distinguished School honors.  Sun Valley is one of only three elementary schools in Marin County to attain this designation for the 2012 awards. (Lu Sutton Elementary and San Ramon Elementary in Novato Unified are the other two)


The 2012 California Distinguished Schools Program directly focuses on California’s students and their entitlement to an equitable and rigorous education. The California Distinguished School Award identifies and honors those schools that have demonstrated educational excellence for all students and progress in narrowing the achievement gap.


In order to be invited to apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria including designated federal and state accountability measures based on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Academic Performance Index (API) requirements.


Applications are reviewed by teams of educators from across the state under the direction of the CDE.  Schools who submit complete applications receive a site visit by a team of educators to validate the school’s performance and practices.
Schools selected for recognition are honored as Distinguished Schools at award ceremonies where the State Superintendent of Public Instruction presents each school with a 2012 Distinguished School plaque and flag.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 11/10/11

Audience: Homepage

The ANNUAL BOOK FAIR is coming!  October 31 – November 4. This great event supports the purchase of new books for our library.  Volunteers are needed every day! For more information contact Shino Cline at shinobear@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Claudia Alvarenga
Published: 10/14/11

Audience: Homepage and News
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Posted by: Claudia Alvarenga
Published: 9/30/11

Audience: Homepage, News and All Grades
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Posted by: Claudia Alvarenga
Published: 9/16/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

 

The conference will provide training and professional development in college access and success practices to nonprofit providers, community agencies, organization volunteers and mentors, and school professionals.

A reception honoring the first Marin College Access Champion Award winner will follow.

Conference is free of charge. Food and raffle prizes included. Registration required.

When: - September 30, 2011 (9am to 4pm)

Registration starts at 8:00 in Building 12, Room 100

Location:
College of Marin - Indian Valley Campus
1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato, CA 94949

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT MARIN CAN
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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 9/8/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

Thanks to legislation introduced by our Assemblymember Jared Huffman, the California Assembly has approved AB 47.

On Tuesday of this week, 9/6/11, the California Assembly gave final approval to Assembly Bill 47, by Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), which makes several important improvements to state education policy, including a much-needed fix on how schools are labeled as "low-performing" for the purpose of determining open enrollment eligibility.

Read the Press Release from Assemblymember Huffman's office.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 9/7/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

 

San Rafael High School alumni Ernesto Vilchis is profiled in the September 7th issue of the Marin Independent Journal.  Vilchis was a high school freshman and spoke only about 50 words of English when his family moved from Mexico to San Rafael in 1991.

The transition wasn't easy, but thanks to hard work and support from his teachers at San Rafael High School, Vilchis went on to earn an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and dual master's degrees in public policy and urban planning from Princeton University. Now 34 and a real estate consultant in San Francisco, To read more, CLICK HERE

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 9/7/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

SAN RAFAEL CITY SCHOOLS CELEBRATES GAINS IN STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

San Rafael City Schools received good news today as the 2010-2011 Accountability Progress Report was released today.  These reports based on the Spring administration of the STAR test, is evidence that we continue to see student achievement gains across the district, not only school wide, but also gains with our significant sub-groups.  These measures of sub-group performance improvements illustrate our efforts to close the achievement gap.

This report provides results of both state and federal accountability systems. While both measure student achievement, there are some key differences between the State and Federal Accountability Systems. 

API – Adequate Yearly Progress - This is the state accountability system that measures improvement in student achievement from one year to the next. Under the API system, schools are given credit for improving the overall performance of their students. School growth targets are set based upon the starting point of the school and are re-set each year depending on the level of growth each school site shows.

 AYP - Adequate Yearly Progress - The federal AYP system is often referred to as a "status" model because it rewards schools for the percent of students the school has scoring at the proficient or above level on state assessments. No matter where a school began, all schools are expected to meet the same target at the same time.  Schools who move students from ‘far below basic’ to ‘below basic’ or to basic’, receive no credit or recognition for these achievement gains under AYP.

More San Rafael Schools hit the API Target of 800 or Higher - The State Board of Education has established an API score of 800 points as the state target that all schools and student subgroups should achieve.  Statewide, the percentage of schools overall meeting or exceeding this state target was 49% of all schools attaining this target in 2011.

The San Rafael City Schools Elementary District 2011 API jumped 22 points, landing the elementary district over the 800 mark at 817.  Davidson Middle School (804) and Terra Linda High School (812) now join Coleman Elementary (886), Glenwood (901), and Sun Valley (917) in achieving the state target.

Demonstrating continued improvement, several schools are very near the 800 mark, including; Bahia Vista (793), San Rafael City High School District (786), Venetia Valley K-8 (777), San Pedro (764) and San Rafael High School (761).

Both Laurel Dell (749) and Madrone High School (703) have student populations less than 200 students.  Measurement for these sites becomes a bit more complex with additional data provided later this month.

Today’s comments by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, highlighted the flaws in the federal accountability system (AYP), stating:

 "I applaud the hard work our students, teachers, parents, school employees and administrators are doing to improve—even in the face of severe cuts to school funding," Torlakson said. "At school, after school, and among every significant ethnic group, California’s students are performing better than ever. The failure here is in our politics, not our public schools."

TO VIEW THE DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE AND ADDITONAL DATA, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT BELOW.

 

 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/31/11

Audience: Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

DSC_0065.jpgStudents were welcomed back to school on Thursday, August 18th!  Third Grade teacher Mrs. Parise was among the staff members greeting students at the door to their new classrooms!

Lots of smiles!

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/24/11

Audience: Homepage and Parents

Please use the link below to access the daily schedules for regular school days; early dismissal time on Wednesdays and  early dismissal time on minimum days.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 8/20/11

Audience: Homepage and Parents

Please use the links below to access grade level school supply lists.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 8/20/11

Audience: Homepage

 

District Governance & Leadership Stable - The filing deadline for incumbent candidates for the upcoming November election closed at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2011.  Trustees Linda M. Jackson (Board President), Paul M. Cohen (Board Vice-President), and Greg Knell (Trustee), all filed the necessary candidacy documents for inclusion on the November ballot.

Friday's deadline for incumbent filing passed, with no other candidates 'pulling' candidacy papers indicating interest or intent to run for any of the three board vacancies. 

As only the three incumbent candidates met the initial filing deadline, this race is now closed.  Election to the San Rafael City Schools Board of Trustees will not be included on the November 2011 ballot.  Given this is an uncontested race, the three incumbents, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Knell, and Ms. Jackson will serve an additional 4-year term.

Elected trustees Jon Loberg and Natu Tuatagaloa will remain in place, as both were re-elected in 2009.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/19/11

Audience: Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

dg_186394.gifAs school ended, the filmmakers from Mission Pictures documented the many perceptions and the realities that reflect Davidson Middle School 2011.

Listen to students, staff, families share their experiences with you.

Many thanks to the Dean Witter Family Foundation for fully funding this project.

View the video on the district home page - www.srcs.org

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/19/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

iStock_000007716967Large.jpgThanks to our friends at the Dean Witter Family Foundation, we would like to share with you the first in a series of videos intended to capture the commitment to ensure that every student receives a quality education.

We recognize that for many, 'perception is their reality".  We invite you, and all members of our community to view a glimpse into San Rafael City Schools 2011.

If you would like to learn more, please contact any of our school sites, or the Superintendent's Office, 415.492.3233 - tallyn@srcs.org

To view "The Faces of San Rafael City Schools" - Click here, or return to the district homepage.GRADCAP.jpg

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/19/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

The Board of Education appointed Dr. Ruth Bissell to the site leadership position of Assistant Principal at Davidson Middle School, joining the site's administrative team comprised of Principal Dr. Harriet MacLean and Assistant Principal Kristy Treewater.  Dr. Bissell joins San Rafael City Schools having served as an educator and site administrator in the East Bay.  Dr. Bissell's first day at Davidson was Tuesday, August 9th.  WELCOME!

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Posted by: Theresa Allyn, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/9/11

Audience: ALL SCHOOLS - Big Calendar Events :), Fifth Grade to Middle School Articulation, Principals, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

SRLibrary.jpgThe San Rafael Public Library is proud to offer Tutor.com, professional one-on-one online tutoring for homework for students of all ages and most subjects, from elementary school up through college.  The tutors are screened and are experts in their subject and grade areas.  The service is available 10am-11pm every day.  In addition to the live tutoring, the site offers lessons, worksheets, study guides, videos, standardized test prep resources, career resources like resume templates and interview tips, and more.

To access the service, go to http://SRPublicLibrary.org and click on the red “databases” button near the top of the page.  In the “Children’s and Student Resources” category, click on the link for Tutor.com:

  • If you've used the library's online resources before, enter your last name, library card barcode, and PIN as usual, and proceed to Tutor.com.
     
  • If you have a library card but don't have an online PIN, enter your last name and library card barcode, with no PIN, and when you hit "Submit", you can set up your PIN and then continue on to Tutor.com.
     
  • If you don't have a library card, you can sign up for online use only by going to https://marinet.lib.ca.us/selfreg/srjonline . After you register there, go back to the Tutor.com link on the online databases page and log in with your last name, barcode number, and PIN.

After logging in, you'll be connected to the Tutor.com service. Just remember to use the link from the Library’s website and your sessions are free!

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 7/8/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

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It is my pleasure to share with you the appointment of Kathleen McClure as the district’s new Executive Director for Human Resources, effective July 1, 2011.  Ms. McClure was selected from a candidate pool of over twenty applicants, having successfully moved through a rigorous selection process that included teachers, administrators, classified support staff, parents and community members. The San Rafael City Schools Board of Education approved her appointment on Monday, June 13, 2011. Ms. McClure joins SRCS from the Napa Unified School District.

Ms. McClure’s professional background includes experience as a district human resources administrator, an elementary principal, elementary assistant principal, an English language development teacher specialist, and a bilingual classroom teacher.

Ms. McClure holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Supervision from Point Loma Nazarene College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from California State University, Los Angeles.  

Ms. McClure's appointment comes as the result of the present Executive Director Ken Gallegos announcement earlier this spring.  Dr. Gallegos successfully completed his doctoral degree in April 2011.  At that time, he reported that he planned to seek other educational leadership opportunities.

Dr. Gallegos has made a significant contribution to San Rafael City Schools during his three and one half year tenure.  We wish both Dr. Gallegos and Ms. McClure the best of luck!

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 6/21/11

Audience: Homepage and Parents

The eFridayFolder contains the Parent Bulletin and other documents currently of interest that are available in an electronic version.  Please use the link below to access the eFridayFolder for May 27, 2011.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 5/27/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

Students in San Rafael City Schools have been literally "Running for Reading" over the past couple of weeks.

For the second year, our education foundation, HeadsUp has coordinated "Run for Reading" to raise funds specifically designated to keep libraries open during this period of unprecedented budget cuts from the State.  The celebrity coach for 2011 is SRCS Board Member and SRHS alumni Natu Tuatagaloa seen here supporting students as they pass.  Check out our coverage in both the SF Chronicle and the Marin IJ.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 5/24/11

Audience: Homepage, Exclusive, Information and Parents

Parents of students who will enter kindergarten in 2011 and parents of prospective Coleman students in other grades are invited to join Ms. Reynolds, school principal, for an orientation and classroom observation.  Tours are from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and are for adults only.  Please use the link below to access the Parent Tour Schedule for the current school year.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 5/12/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

Classified Employees: The Heart and Sole of Education - May 15—21, 2011

Since 1986, California has taken the third week in May to honor the invaluable contributions of classified school employees. This year’s theme, "Heart and Sole of Education," is a tribute to how the work of classified school employees exemplifies genuine care for students.

Please share your appreciation and gratitude for the contributions of our classified school employees in the coming weeks, or every single day that you are aware of the contribution these staff members make in the lives of the students in San Rafael.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 5/6/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

May 1 - 7 is designated as National Teachers' Week by the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. -  Tuesday,  May 3rd is National Teacher Day!

Nominate a Classroom Superhero! - They don’t have the cape or the flashy tights, but educators are rising to a superhero challenge every single day. Few people have such an impact on all of our lives, and the lives of our children, as educators.

The Classroom Superheroes campaign allows parents, students, and community members to show educators the support they deserve.  Find out more and then nominate your classroom superheroes at http://classroomsuperheroes.com/.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 5/2/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

Agendas for meetings of the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education can be located at Board Agendas & Board Briefs .

Also posted are "Board Briefs" - highlights from board meetings.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 4/25/11

Audience: Homepage

clip_image002.jpgOnce again San Rafael City Schools is welcoming record numbers of students into all schools in the district.  This 2011-12 Kindergarten Enrollment Update provides information about the placement process and the Short School Option.

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Posted by: Theresa Allyn, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 4/21/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

The San Rafael Public Library is proud to offer Tutor.com, professional one-on-one online tutoring for homework for students of all ages and most subjects, from elementary school up through college.  The tutors are screened and are experts in their subject and grade areas.  The service is available 10am-11pm every day.  In addition to the live tutoring, the site offers lessons, worksheets, study guides, videos, standardized test prep resources, career resources like resume templates and interview tips, and more.

To access the service, go to http://SRPublicLibrary.org and click on the red “databases” button near the top of the page.  In the “Children’s and Student Resources” category, click on the link for Tutor.com:

  • If you've used the library's online resources before, enter your last name, library card barcode, and PIN as usual, and proceed to Tutor.com.
     
  • If you have a library card but don't have an online PIN, enter your last name and library card barcode, with no PIN, and when you hit "Submit", you can set up your PIN and then continue on to Tutor.com.
     
  • If you don't have a library card, you can sign up for online use only by going to https://marinet.lib.ca.us/selfreg/srjonline . After you register there, go back to the Tutor.com link on the online databases page and log in with your last name, barcode number, and PIN.

After logging in, you'll be connected to the Tutor.com service. Just remember to use the link from the Library’s website and your sessions are free!

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/26/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

New Web Resource on School Financial Emergency

The California Department of Education has created a “School Financial Emergency” Web page to help keep the public up to date on the dire fiscal situation facing the state’s public school system.

The public may get the latest information on educator layoff notices, budget cuts, and the state of financial emergency declared by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

For more information, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/re/ht/fe.asp.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/25/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

All new families registering students to attend their school of residence (family resides within the designated attendance boundaries of a specific school) must submit a completed registration packet for each student on or before April 1, 2011 to be considered for placement at their school of residence.

Families living within each school attendance area (who submit registration materials by April 1st) will be placed at their resident school before intra or inter district transfer students are placed as per Board Policy 5116.

Families with students already enrolled in San Rafael City Schools will receive placement information from their child's school before school begins in August.

If you have questions, please contact the District Enrollment Office at 415.492.3226.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/21/11

Audience: Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

Each year the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce selects educators and support staff from the San Rafael and Dixie school districts, the College of Marin, and Dominican University of California to receive the Excellence In Education Award.

Congratulations to:

  • Patricia Else, Teacher, TLHS
  • Thalia Seminario, Teacher, Venetia Valley
  • Stuart Shepherd, Teacher, Madrone
  • Adam Singer, Teacher, Venetia Valley
  • Esta Suen, Payoll Coordinator
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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/17/11

Audience: Homepage and Parents

Coleman's very talented music teacher Mr. Frederick Matthews (who is a member of the San Francisco Opera Company) brings together a fabulous  group of professional musicians and dancers for this event in support of the Coleman music program,  The fun begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Marin Showcase Theater.  You can reserve tickets through the Marin Civic Center Box Office by calling 499-6800 or by filling out an order form in the school office.

Everything will be coming up roses when the curtain opens on the Cavalcade of Stars.  From classical ballet to Flamenco dancers and from Broadway show tunes to classical music, there will be something for the whole family.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 3/11/11

Audience: Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

This week over 80 certificated staff; teachers, principals, counselors, librarians, assistant principals, intervention specialists comprised the positions of the REAL people that were issued a notice that their services "may not be needed for 2011-12".

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/10/11

Audience: Homepage and Parents

Our annual Major Fund Drive is nearing our $50,000 goal! We have already received over $45,000 in donations and pledges.  Family participation is currently at 40%, but we would like to see 100% participation. Suggested donation is $300 per child, but any amount, large or small, is welcome!  Any family that would like to make an anonymous donation that will still count toward class participation should call Martha Nogueira, 485-2420, ext. 208. Go Tigers! Questions? Contact Lotta Smith at ltjs@comcast.net.

Please use the top link below to access the Major Fund Drive donation pledge form and use the second link to see the poster that will track each classroom's participation.
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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 3/1/11

Audience: Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

On Monday, February 28th, the Board of Education received a report on the challenges facing San Rafael City Schools in developing the 2011-2012 budget due to the high level of uncertainty regarding the projected levels of state revenues the district will receive.

The PowerPoint presentation is attached.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 2/28/11

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

What will or will not impact K-12 funding for 2011-12 remains unknown.  Given recent updates from Sacramento, it is critical that members of our school community remain informed and aware.

Attached is a written communication intended to provide a summary of the recent discussions and actions by the Legislature in Sacramento, and what the potential impacts may be for San Rafael City Schools. 

Over the past three years, we have worked to provide timely and factual information to all segments of our community.  We gather information from a number of independent sources such as the Legislative Analyst's Office and School Services of California.  We also review other sources of information from members of the Education Coalition, including:  Association of California School Administrators, California Teachers Association, California School Employees Association, School Boards Association, California Association of Business Officials, California Federation of Teachers, and the California Parent Teacher Association.

I encourage you to be aware of the discussions and actions by our local Board of Education, while gathering information from other perspectives and from other web resources.

Together we can identify the necessary solutions to bridge these on-going challenges. I look forward to our work together.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 2/25/11

Audience: Homepage

All San Rafael City Schools will be closed for mid-winter break beginning Monday, February 21 through Friday, February 25, 2011.  Classes resume Monday, February 28, 2011.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 2/15/11

Audience: Homepage and Parents

Kindergarten enrollment packets for the 2011-2012 school year are now available in the Coleman School office at 800 Belle Ave.  Students must be five on or before December 2, 2011 in order to register for next school year's kindergarten.  Parents are invited to pick up packets between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and to sign-up for the Coleman mailing list.  Information about Coleman events and other information of interest to new Coleman families will be mailed to parents who are on the mailing list.   

Packets are not available by mail, but the forms contained in the packets can be downloaded from the San Rafael City Schools website.  For information about Coleman's Neighborhood Registration on February 9, 2010, call 485-2420, ext. 201.  For information on kindergarten placement time lines call 492-3236.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 1/23/11

Audience: Homepage and Parents

Healthy “Yummy” Meals for your Family

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, 6-8 pm

Coleman Multi-Purpose Room

Michelle Stern, author of What’s Cooking, and Susannah Wallenstrom, MPH, RD Nutritionist – and Coleman parent – will share information on how to prepare healthy family meals and eliminate some dinnertime struggles.  Dinner and childcare(ages 5+) are available.  This is a free event with donations to HeadsUp strongly encouraged (a $75/family value).

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 1/21/11

Audience: Homepage

January 10, 2011 - Late this morning Governor Brown announced his proposed state budget for 2011-2012.  It is very encouraging to hear the state’s governor publicly acknowledge and say that schools have been cut enough and that they have “borne a disproportionate share of budget reductions in recent years.”

However, the ‘devil is in the details.’  To maintain the current level of Prop 98 funding, California voters must approve the extension of several temporary taxes.  Such a proposition would likely appear on a June ballot, with a June 30 deadline for the Board to approve and adopt a fiscally solvent budget for the coming year.  

In addition, cuts are proposed to programs administered by the California Department of Education, it is unclear what fiscal impact these cuts may have on San Rafael City Schools.

Given this uncertainty of 2011-2012 funding, San Rafael City School will need to move through worst case scenario planning for the fourth consecutive year.  We will have to make cuts as if we do not have the dollars from the  proposed ballot initiatives. This means more staff layoffs and cuts to student services.

Based on what we know today, this means we will have to develop two different budgets, one given passage of the tax extension, and one given the tax measure fails. 

Looking forward, as  we receive more specific information about what Governor Brown’s 2011-2012 budget does and does not include, we will provide regular updates  to the members of our school community.

We will again be scheduling Budget Forums throughout the community for both the Elementary and the High School Districts to collect ideas, suggestions and recommendations for further adjustments and/or reductions in funding.  We will also be posting Budget Updates on the District’s homepage; www.srcs.org

 

Sincerely,

Michael Watenpaugh, Ed.D.

Superintendent

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 1/10/11

Audience: Homepage

Best-selling author Barbara Coloroso will be in Marin County on February 8, 2011.

 

Prepare for an evening packed with practical advice on how to use the stuff of everyday family life—chores, mealtime, sibling rivalry, toilet learning, bedtime, allowances, and more—to help children become self-disciplined and responsible and develop integrity and compassion. Barbara will address ways to raise children who will neither be bullying nor be bullied and who can act in their own best interest, standing up for themselves and exercising their own rights while respecting the rights and legitimate needs of others.

 

About Barbara Coloroso

Barbara Coloroso is a bestselling author and an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on bullying, parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution, and restorative justice.

For additional information see registration information on the attached flyers.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 1/5/11

Audience: Homepage

It is officially 2011!  Many have pledged New Year’s resolutions.  History shares the perspective of other individuals about the start of a New Year:

·     A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. - Anonymous

·     “Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits.” - Anonymous

·     “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”  ~Oprah Winfrey

Warm wishes to all San Rafael City Schools community for a bright and successful new year.  Every day our staff enhances the opportunity for each student to experience a rewarding and prosperous New Year.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 1/5/11

Audience: Homepage

The Marin County Office of Education will present a workshop to educate parents and school staff on the impact of social networking, both good and bad, on our children. Digital media and technology play an enormous role in the lives and learning of our children. Kids today spend 45 hours per week with media and technology and some media messages and content can be harmful or inappropriate for kids of different ages.


This workshop aims to empower parents, teachers and children to take control of technology to ensure a safe learning environment. Age-based media reviews and information will be provided so that parents can make smart choices about the media in their student’s lives.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 1/4/11

Audience: Homepage, Exclusive and Parents

The Coleman Fathers’ Group is being honored by the California School Boards Association (CSBA) with the highly respected Golden Bell award for Parental Community Involvement.  The award will be presented at a special ceremony during CSBA’s Awards Luncheon at the Marriot Hotel in San Francisco on Saturday, December 4, 2010 from noon to 2:00 p.m.  The event is held in conjunction with the California School Boards Association’s Annual Education Conference.

The Coleman Fathers’ Group started informally, as a group of dads who wanted to become more involved in their children’s school.  Five years later, they now meet monthly and coordinate projects from construction to cooking to fundraising events such as the 4k/7k Run for the Gold through the historic Dominican neighborhood that surrounds the school.     

The goal of the Fathers’ Group is to offer fathers from Coleman’s diverse school community the opportunity to work together in support their children’s education.  Dads recruit other dads and meet informally at restaurants.  They design fundraisers and projects uniquely suited to their talents.  All funds are given to the PTA.  Through the Fathers’ Group, dads become acquainted with other dads and form bonds of friendship.  The dads are now a daily, highly visible presence at school that crosses ethnic and socioeconomic groups. The camaraderie of the dads extends to the student body and the school community in general.   This grassroots movement encourages parents in the diverse Coleman school community to take ownership and to participate fully in the education of their children. 

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 12/13/10

Audience: Homepage

Each December, the Board of Education conducts an annual re-organization meeting where the trustees elect a Board President, a Board Vice-President, and designates individual board members to represent the district and school board on various local and county committees.

Linda M. Jackson, the current 2010 Board President and Paul M. Cohen, the current 2010 Vice President, were unanimously re-elected to serve a consecutive second term for 2011.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 12/13/10

Audience: Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Teachers and Homepage

HISTORY WAS MADE THIS WEEK IN MARIN COUNTY!! Congratulations to the San Rafael High School Boys Cross Country Team, 2010 California Division IV State Champions! These young athletes are to be commended for their hard work this year as they captured the Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) Championship, North Coast League (NCS) Championship and now the State! The coaching staff are also to be commended for their dedication and leadership to this fine group of young men. GO DAWGS!!

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Posted by: Theresa Allyn, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 12/2/10

Audience: Homepage

Coleman is supporting the Marin Food Bank by participating in the Annual Holiday Food Drive.  Please bring non-perishable food to school through December 13.  Collection boxes are located in each classroom, and there is a barrel in front of the school.  Student Council thanks everyone for their generosity! See attached flier for details.

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Posted by: Kim Press Pauline Stone
Published: 11/19/10

Audience: Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

The California School Boards Association (CSBA) has announced that The Coleman Dad's Club has been selected to receive a  "2010 State Golden Bell Award". 

CSBA is a statewide organization comprised of school board members from across California.  Each year, CSBA invites schools and districts to apply for statewide recognition for programs that have a positive impact on students, schools, and communities.  This competitive process requires that the majority of panel members selected to review applications determines finalist candidates for statewide recognition.

A validation team from CSBA then visits each finalist nominee across California to validate the application.

Coleman's validation visit occurred earlier this month, and it was announced at the conclusion of the visitation that the Coleman Dad's Club would receive this statewide honor.

Representatives from the Coleman Dad's Club, members of the Board of Education, and the Superintendent will attend the awards presentation on December 5, 2010 in San Francisco.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 11/18/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

The Dean Witter Family Foundation has awarded grant funding to support educational endeavors in San Rafael City Schools.

At the invitation of the Dean Witter Family Foundation, Superintendent Michael Watenpaugh and Davidson Middle School principal Harriet MacLean met with the Foundation's Board of Directors.  Dr. MacLean provided members of the foundation board with an update specific to the GearUp for College Grant coordination at Davidson Middle School.  In 2009, the Dean Witter Family Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to Davidson in support of this program.  We are pleased to announce that for 2010, Davidson's $25,000 funding has been renewed.

The Foundation awarded $10,000 to San Rafael City Schools specifically targeted to enhance district communications and to develop and provide informational materials reflective of our schools and our District. Among the specified funding goals is to dispel many of the myths that appear to be perpetuated about district schools, programs and student achievement.

San Rafael City Schools greatly appreciates the support of the Dean Witter Family Foundation.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 11/18/10

Audience: Homepage

The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) annually recognizes select students who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives, yet through dedication, perservance and hard work have excelled in school. The award titled "Every Student Succeeding" is awarded on a regional basis. ACSA Region 4 is comprised of Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

Jose Zepeda a 2010 graduate of Terra Linda High School, was presented the Region 4 "Every Student Succeeding" award at the recent ACSA 2010 Leadership Summit in San Diego, by Terra Linda High School Principal, Lars Christensen.

Jose completed his studies at Terra Linda High School with a GPA of 3.5 taking a number of rigouous AP and Honors courses; was an active partipant in AVID, serving as a peer tutor; and was a member fo the Nicaragua Service Club. Jose is an exceptional young man who is admired for his perseverance and academic achievments.

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Posted by: Theresa Allyn, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 11/15/10

Audience: Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

logo.pngSan Rafael City Schools has been in partnership with the National Equity Project (formerly BAYCES) for the past few years.  Our strategic plan, Roadmap to the Future, outlines the vision for our students, our district, and our community.   San Rafael City Schools and the National Equity Project believe that every child has a right to a quality education.  To ensure that we can deliver on the promise that each child gets the full benefit of a quality education, we must embrace and put into practice new approaches and new kinds of leadership. 

As a profession, we KNOW more today about teaching and learning than we ever have.  The challenge we face is applying this knowledge. Providing a quality education for every student requires changing school and district culture and creating the conditions for student success.

This is hard work.  Our partnership with the National Equity Project provides sustained, embedded support to our Board, our site and district leaders, and our staff to make more effective decisions and take more effective action in our day-to-day work of providing a quality education for all children.

San Rafael CIty Schools is highlighted in a video that was presented as a part of the national launch of the National Equity Project.  To view the video, you can visit, FEATURE VIDEO at the National Equity Project.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 11/9/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

web-imagine-education-cover.jpgThe Fall 2010 issue of Imagine, Marin Philanthropist Magazine, published by the Marin Community Foundation (MCF), focuses on "The Challenge Among Us" - the Education Achievement Gap in Marin County. 

"Creating an equitable school district is like building an airplane in mid-flight."- This is an accurate quote that Superintendent Michael Watenpaugh shared with writer Barbara Tannenbaum when they first met in the summer of 2010.  As a District we sense that the "plane's infrastructure" is coming together, our team is working cohesively, and we are certain that our 'plane' will fly far and high!

As a District we are appreciate of the focus that the recent issue of "Imagine" magazine featuring the work being done in San Rafael City Schools. It is a reflection of the collaboration, cooperation and trust that we continue to develop to make decisions that are in the best interest of each and every student. 

With the strong support of the Marin Community Foundation (MCF), we are reaching students before they enter Kindergarten.  We are providing targeted resources and support to dramatically increase the number of children who arrive to their first day of Kindergarten, truly "kindergarten ready."

We accept where each and every student is on the spectrum of 'school readiness' - accepting responsibility to take children where they are and to accelerate their learning where they will find themselves regularly working with grade level peers, and meeting our stated goal of literacy by grade 3. 

We are grateful for the visionary insight of the Board and staff of the MCF to take a strong stand and commitment to closing the achievement gap for children of color and socio-economically disadvantaged youth.  To learn more, download Imagine, on the link listed below.

This publication is available in a PDF format, and can be downloaded here.

Imagine-MCF, Winter 2010

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 11/9/10

Audience: Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Teachers and Homepage

Congratulations to Claire Joyce!  Claire was the winner of the Marin County Spelling Bee for 2010!  Claire is a 6th grader at Davidson Middle School.  She was deemed the county champion after her last competitor failed to correctly spell “sequester” and “cholesterol”.   Davidson Middle School will recognize Claire at an Honor Roll Assembly to be held at the school.  She will also enjoy celebrating her achievement going to lunch with Davidson’s administrators. 

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Posted by: Theresa Allyn, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 11/8/10

Audience: Homepage, Exclusive, Parents and Staff

If you aren’t already registered for the Dads' Group Golf Tournament, make plans to play next year because the tournament is sold out.  What an exciting new opportunity from our Dads to have fun, get some exercise, and  enjoy the company of our wonderful community!  Thank you, Dads.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 11/3/10

Audience: Homepage, Exclusive and Parents
Be sure to visit our Book Fair in the school library between Friday, October 29 and Friday, November 5.  The Fair is open before and after school for your convenience. We have a great selection of books from early reader picture books to popular chapter books, the latest juvenile novels and books in Spanish, too.  Proceeds from the book fair will help fund books for the library and classrooms. Help us make this fair the BEST our school has ever seen!
 
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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 10/28/10

Audience: Homepage and Parents

Students who would like to have their school pictures re-taken should bring their original picture order to school on October 27.  Students who have not yet had their picture taken should place their order online or bring their order to school with payment on October 27.  If you have questions about make-up pictures, call Lifetouch at 800-339-1541.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 10/20/10

Audience: Homepage and Parents

Please use the link below to access the School Lunch Menu for October 4 through November 10.  The most recent School Lunch Menu is always available on the Food and Nutritional Services page.  To get to the menu go to the SRCS homepage and select the drop-down menu for "Departments" that is just under the top banner.  Click on "Food and Nutritional Services" that is on the drop-down menu.  There is a link to the most current menu in the left-hand column of that page.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 10/19/10

Audience: Homepage

On Monday, October 25th the Board of Education will recognize and honor those teachers who have accrued permanent status.  Teachers receiving tenure are identified on the attached document.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 10/18/10

Audience: Homepage and Parents

Movie Night is this Friday, October 15.  The Dads' Group will be firing up the grill, and fourth and fifth grade students will be selling desserts to raise money for Outdoor Education.  There will also be a recycled book sale and a PTA meeting.  Be sure to dress warmly.  We also suggest that you bring low beach chairs and/or ground cover.  This is a really fun event for the whole family.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 10/14/10

Audience: Homepage

Escuche, Comparta, Proteja - Este taller informativo es una respuesta rápida a los trágicos eventos que afectan a nuestra comunidad escolar. Designado para padres y tutores, este taller le proporcionará recursos, herramientas y estrategias para identificar la depresión en los adolescentes y prevenir el suicidio. Haga clic en la información adjunta.

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Posted by: Marta Biton, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 10/13/10

Audience: Parents, Principals, Staff and Homepage

The October 2010 San Rafael Mothers' Club Newsletter features the article, "Bringing Back the Community School, Venetia Valley K-8:  A Community School with Heart.

Parents of Venetia Valley students, Laura Daniels, Nicole Kepnes, Tori Head and Nicole Klock have provided exceptional information about Venetia Valley.  Each of these parents can speak from their own personal experience, as each has children attending the school.  To access the full article, you can download it on the link below.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 10/8/10

Audience: Homepage

Congratulations to Terra Linda High School student Whitney Krupp!  Earlier this week Whitney was presented with $10,000 scholarship check from the Nordstrom Company.  Principal Lars Christensen reports that Whitney's check was not only a significant dollar amount, but also was four feet long!

Kudos to Whitney, and many thanks to the Nordstrom Co.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 10/8/10

Audience: Homepage and Parents

On Tuesday, October 12, our neighbor Dominican University will host the final gubernatorial debate.  Beginning at 3:30 p.m. personnel from Barbier Security will begin directing parking on the Coleman Campus.  Parking on the access road behind the kindergarten rooms will remain available for Coleman parents to pick up students from the multi-purpose room who are in the childcare program.  Other parking lots and possibly other areas of the campus will be unavailable in order to accommodate attendees at the debate.  School dismisses that day at 12:05 p.m. due to parent-teacher conferences which should be concluded by 4:00 p.m. at the latest. 

Street Closures: The City of San Rafael is planning to close Grand Ave. between Jewel and Linden on October 12 from 2:00 p.m. until midnight making it necessary to take a detour when going to and leaving from the school.  In addition, all of Acacia and Olive Avenues will be closed from 8:00 p.m. on October 10 until 6:00 a.m. on October 13.  Please plan your driving routes accordingly.

VOTE ON NOVEMBER 2 !

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 10/4/10

Audience: Homepage and Parents

The deadline to sign up online for your family to be in the Coleman Directory has been extended to September 30.  Please use the link below to access the online form:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D57J7HT

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 9/25/10

Audience: Homepage

On Monday, September 27, 2010, the Board of Education meeting agenda will include a Discussion Item regarding Board Policy 1330, Use of Facilities.  Representatives from the District Facilities Use Committee, as well as members of the community may attend and provide public input and comment.  The agenda for the September 27, 2010 meeting can be found on the link below.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 9/24/10

Audience: Homepage and Parents

You are invited to join together with your neighbors, friends, and family to help solve our schools' budget challenges, have fun, and make a difference for our children and our future.  Please use the link below for more information.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 9/20/10

Audience: Homepage

Last Friday, September 17, 2010, our community experienced yet another auto accident involving high school students allegedly driving under the influence, resulting in the untimely death of at least one teen, and two others in the hospital in critical condition. 

The tragedy that occurred this past Friday near Stafford Lake in Novato, during the student lunch period, is another jolting awakening, and yet another reminder of the number of teens in our greater community that choose to drive a car while under the influence.  The accident on Friday adds to a disturbingly long list of such accidents involving teen drivers in Marin County.

As a school district, we have been proactive in educating students and families through programs such as "Every 15 Minutes" and other student, parent, and community public service messages highlighting the cautions and dangers of driving under the influence. 

We have traditionally reinforced this messaging as we approach Homecoming, Prom, and other evening events where the use of alcohol and/or drugs may be more prevalent.  The messages we continue to deliver, to audiences we believe are most impacted, may not be as effective as we hope they are or will be.

Our friends, colleagues, and neighbors to the north of San Rafael, are now grieving the loss of at least one teen life, a young adult who had yet to graduate from high school, pursue college or career, to experience a lifetime of experiences with his/her peers.

Last Friday's tragic incident must be our call to action.  We must re-engage our students, our families, and members of our greater community to determine how we will respond here in San Rafael. 

I have been in contact with each of our high school and middle school administrators over this past weekend.  We invite you to help determine what we want for our community.  What are the commitments and actions we can make together to stem the risky behaviors and decisions our students are making?

If you have ideas, suggestions, or recommendations, please contact the administrative staff at any of our high schools, or please contact me directly. 

Our thoughts and best wishes are with the families of the students involved in Friday's accident, as well as the Novato Unified school community.
 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 9/20/10

Audience: Homepage

The Coleman Directory is compiled and distributed by the Coleman PTA to facilitate communication for Coleman families.   This year, for the first time, parents can enter the information that they want in the directory online, but you must do so by Sept. 17.  This is very cool so don't delay! Please use the link below to enter your family’s directory information online:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D57J7HT

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 9/15/10

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Posted by: Theresa Allyn, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 9/14/10

Audience: Homepage

Congratulations!

On Monday, September 13, 2010, the California Department of Education released the 2010 Academic Performance Index scores.  Every school in San Rafael City Schools demonstrated increases in student achievement over 2009.

To learn more, you can download and review the 2010 API District Press Release.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 9/13/10

Audience: Homepage

Students in grades K-12 are invited to enter an essay or draw a picture depicting, "How do you build a community?"

Learn more about suggested topics, prizes and how to enter by downloading the attached information.

 

 

 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 9/10/10

Audience: Homepage

Two ways to earn/win great prizes!  If you purchase raffle tickets, you may win one of three terrific prizes!

Win a Lance Duke Scooter!  - Win $1,000 Cash!  - Win an IPad! 

Sell raffle tickets and earn:

An IPod Nano or a Sony Playstation 3!

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 9/10/10

Audience: Homepage

All parents are invited to attend the Back-to-School Night scheduled for the school where their child attends.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/31/10

Audience: Homepage and Exclusive

Please plan to join us for Back to School NIght on September 2 (see the schedule below). Back to School Night is the most important parent event of the school year because it is the initial opportunity for parents to increase their understanding of our school programs, curriculum, daily routines, homework policies, discipline procedures, and grade level expectations.   The evening is planned for adults only.

                                    Grades K-2
          6:15 PM  Parents Meet in Multipurpose Room
          6:30 PM Classroom Presentations 
                                     Grades 3-5
          7:00 PM Parents Meet in Multipurpose RooM
          7:15 PM Classroom Presentations

              SCHOOL DISMISSES AT 12:05 P.M. FOR ALL GRADES.
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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 8/27/10

Audience: Homepage

The Marin Community Foundation announced on Monday, August 24, 2010, $2 Million in Grants for Early Childhood Education Efforts.  San Rafael City Schools is one of four Marin County school districts where the Foundation is focusing support under its five-year $35 million commitment to close the achievement gap in Marin.   Bahia Vista, San Pedro and Venetia Valley schools have been selected to receive funding by the Foundation.  Additional information can be found in the press release issued by the Marin Community Foundation. 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/26/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

The Marin Community Foundation announced on Monday, August 24, 2010, $2 Million in Grants for Early Childhood Education Efforts.  San Rafael City Schools is one of four Marin County school districts where the Foundation is focusing support under its five-year $35 million commitment to close the achievement gap in Marin.   Bahia Vista, San Pedro and Venetia Valley schools have been selected to receive funding by the Foundation.  Additional information can be found in the press release issued by the Marin Community Foundation. 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/24/10

Audience: Homepage and Exclusive

All Coleman families are invited to the annual Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, August 25 at 6 p.m.   The Dad's Group will be scooping ice cream outside the multi-purpose room.  The ice cream, which is free to students and their immedicate family, has been donated by Three Twins.   Parents will vote to approve the PTA budget which will allow the start of our enrichment programs such as Music, Art, and P.E.   This event is a good opportunity for parents to meet, mingle and learn more about volunteer opportunities at Coleman.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 8/22/10

Audience: Homepage, Exclusive and Parents

Again this year families whose children attend SRCS will have the opportunity to share the school supplies shopping experience with their students!  Children love to shop for school supplies, and they seem to take better care of materials for which they have shopped. Please use the link below to access the supply list for your child’s grade level. Lists go home in report cards and are also posted over the summer in the display case near the school office.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 8/20/10

Audience: Homepage and Exclusive

Please use the links below to access electronic versions of the forms and documents that are listed.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 8/19/10

Audience: Homepage

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HeadsUp and San Rafael City Schools

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

To learn more, visit the HeadsUp website at

http://www.headsupsr.org/

 

 

 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/17/10

Audience: Homepage

Dear Members of the San Rafael City Schools Community:

Welcome back! We start the academic year with all the energy and enthusiasm of new beginnings.  This is the 150th school year kickoff in the City of San Rafael since 1861, the year that public schools were added to the City charter.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/17/10

Audience: Homepage and Exclusive

August 17:  Class lists will be posted in the office window after 5:00 p.m.

August 18:  Kindergarten Orientation for kinder students & their parents is at noon.

August 19:  Welcome back to school!  School starts at 8:45 a.m. for all students.       

                      Kindergarten dismisses at 1:40 p.m.

                      Grades 1-3 dismiss at 3:08 p.m.

                      Grades 4 & 5 dismiss at 3:12 p.m.

The PTA invites parents to gather for coffee in the library right after the bell rings on the first day of school. 

August 20:     The K-1 Family Picnic at Gerstle Park will start at 5:00 p.m.   The Fathers’ Group will be barbequing and providing beverages.  Bring your favorite salad, other side-dish, or a dessert to share.    

September 2:  Back to School Night

                                    Grades K-2
          6:15 PM  Parents Meet in Multipurpose Room
          6:30 PM Classroom Presentations 
                                     Grades 3-5
          7:00 PM Parents Meet in Multipurpose Room
          7:15 Classroom Presentations
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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 8/13/10

Audience: Homepage

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New Entry San Rafael High School

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Preparing for the Opening of Short Elementary School

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Work in Progress! - New Middle School Classrooms at Venetia Valley!

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/12/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

Due to continued enrollment growth, preparations continue for the re-opening of Short Elementary School in the Gerstle Park neighborhood of San Rafael.  Short School will open and house students and staff for the 2010-2011 school year. 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 8/9/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

San Rafael City Schools is proud to announce the appointment of two new principals. Ms. Kit Pappenheimer has been selected as the next principal of San Rafael High School, and Ms. Cindy Jaconette has been selected as the new principal of Venetia Valley K-8 School. Both of these administrators have proven track records as educators who have worked across California with communities of rich cultural and linguistic diversity.

“These candidates rose to the top in terms of their experience and talents as leaders for our schools,” Superintendent Michael Watenpaugh said of these two new principals to San Rafael. “I know they have the skill to take our schools to the next level and improve student achievement while working with their respective communities and parents.”
 
Both candidates participated in an extensive and rigorous selection process. After successfully moving through the paper-screening process, the candidates were invited to meet with two separate and distinct panels comprised of approximately 30 individuals. These panels included teachers, parents, students, classified staff, school administrators, community members and agency partners. A limited number of candidates were recommended to move forward as a finalist candidate for each position. Contact was made with many individuals who had supervised and/or worked with each of the finalist candidates. After completing additional interviews with the Superintendent’s Cabinet, the Superintendent and a representative of the Board, it was determined whether or not the candidate and the school were a “match” for each other. Further inquiries were made to validate the candidate’s skills, experiences, and leadership style. This selection process concluded on the evening of Monday, June 28, 2010, when these two candidates were recommended to the Board of Education. 
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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 6/29/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell released the results of a survey of local educational agencies to find out how state budget cuts to public education are affecting them.

"The survey results make clear that school administrators are making heartrending decisions to balance their dwindling budgets while trying valiantly to keep students' best interests in mind," said O'Connell. "65% of districts that responded to this survey made cuts to building and school grounds maintenance, 58% cut funding for instructional materials, and 58% reduced funding for district administration. 40% of respondents have reduced the number of teachers; reduced or eliminated summer school; increased class sizes; and cut art and music classes, closed libraries, eliminated school nurse positions, and canceled sports programs.

 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 6/10/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

Education Coalition policy experts hosted a budget briefing today to announce their support of
the Assembly budget proposal and to oppose the Governor’s May Budget Revision, which cuts more than $4.1 billion from California’s schools and students according to the Legislative Analysts’ Office.


The Governor’s proposed budget would further reduce revenue limit funding, the general purpose support for schools, by $1.5 billion. This represents a cut of about $250 per student. The Governor also proposes cuts of $1.4 billion to child development programs, $28 million to county offices of education, $550 million from the K-3 Class Size Reduction program, and $206 million from virtually all K-12 programs to impose a negative cost-of living adjustment.


The Assembly budget proposal honors the commitment made less than a year ago by the Governor and the Legislature to California’s students, does not suspend or manipulate the Proposition 98 Constitutional funding guarantee for public education, and does not impose more cuts on schools that have been devastated by $17 billion in cuts over the past two years.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 6/7/10

Audience: Homepage and Parents

This is the last Friday Folder for 2009-10 school year.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 6/4/10

Audience: Homepage, Exclusive and Parents

International Festival

SILENT AUCTION BIDDING BEGINS JUNE 3: The International Festival is just one week away. Bidding begins for the International Bazaar items on Friday, June 3.  We've got fabulous vacation home rentals, wine tasting tours, outings with favorite teachers, parties and dinners offered by Coleman families, an amazing collection of handcrafted art, and more!  Get ready to SHOP! 

INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
 
11:15 a.m.:  Kindergarten Classes gather in the music room
11:30 a.m.: Kindergarten Classes to the stage
North America
This Land is Your Land
Thanks to the Farmers
 
11:30 a.m.:  First Grades gather in the music room
11:45 First Grade Classes to the stage
Brazil
 
12:00 noon:  Taiko Ren Japanese Drumming
 
12:30 p.m.: Second Grades gather in the music room
12:45 Second Grade Classes to the stage
Ireland
Old Michael Finnegan
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
 
1:00 p.m.:  Taylor House of Karate 
 
1:00 p.m.: Third Grade Classes gather in the music room
1:15 Third Grade Classes to the stage
Cuba
Cuba Libre
 
1:15 p.m.: All students K-5 gather to perform
All students sing
Let There Be Peace on Earth
 
1:45 p.m.: Irish Dancers
 
2:15 p.m.: Mexican Ballet 
 
2:30 p.m. Fourth Grades gather in the music room
2:45 Fourth Grade Classes to the stage
Iceland
Rock Rap
It’s a Volcano
 
2:45 p.m.: Fifth Grades gather in the music room
3:00 Fifth Grade Classes to the stage
Greece
Strose To Stroma
Greek Dance
 
3:30 p.m.:  Thriller Dancers
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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 5/28/10

Audience: Homepage

Principal Judy Colton announced to her staff this past week that she will not be returning to SRHS as principal for the 2010-11 school year. Ms. Colton will be reducing her work load to part-time, working as Special Projects Director at the District Office.

We have already initiated the recruitment process for a new leader at SRHS.  We expect to attract a diverse array of experienced and talented school leaders who will seize the opportunity to apply for this coveted leadership position. 
 
In the next couple of weeks, we will provide two different community input meetings for interested staff, students, parents and community members.  We want to hear from the SRHS community the characteristics and qualities wanted in the next principal.  This information will aid in the selection of candidates to interview, as well as who is the best match for SRHS at this time.  We will post additional information about the selection process on the district website, www.srcs.org.
 
1.                   What are the qualities and characteristics desired in the next principal?
2.                   What are the issues he/she will face?

If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, you may also email your comments to SRHS Principal Input
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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 5/21/10

Audience: Homepage

How to Teach Self - Protection skills to your child

A Parent - Child Workshop

Saturday June 5, 2010 at Glenwood School, see the attached flyers for details

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov, District Admin, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 5/21/10

Audience: Parents and Homepage

How to feed healthy, "yummy" meals to your family on a budget

June 2nd at Sun Valley - See the attached flyer for details

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov, District Admin, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 5/21/10

Audience: Homepage, Exclusive and Parents

Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Our Fathers’ Group will be cooking grilled chicken sandwiches and hotdogs. The movie is "Secondhand Lions" starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall. The movie will start as soon as it’s dark enough probably around 8:30 p.m. Bring beach chairs and blankets. Waterproof ground cover is also recommended. In the event of inclement weather, we will move the event to the multi-purpose room.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 5/18/10

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov, District Admin, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 5/7/10

Audience: Homepage

This year's Day of the Teacher theme is "California Teachers: Creating Brighter Futures." It's important to remind the public that California's future depends on today's students succeeding. And if we are to ensure the success of those students, we must have the resources needed to provide a quality education.

“Day of the Teacher” arose out of legislation co-sponsored by CTA and the Association of Mexican American Educators.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 5/4/10

Audience: Homepage

The Marin County Association of California School Administrators (MCSAA) have named Dr. Harriet MacLean as the Marin County Middle School Principal of the Year for 2010.

Dr. MacLean is completing her 2nd year as principal of Davidson Middle School.  This honor as bestowed by her administrative colleagues in Marin County, is reflective of the professional esteem she has earned in a very short period of time.  Dr. MacLean's commitment to her students, her staff, and members of the DMS school community are known and recognized throughout Marin County.

Dr. MacLean continues her focus at Davidson to:

1.  Ensure that each and every student is provided a rigorous and robust academic program that challenges them, yet also provides the necessary supports to accelerate student learning.

2.  Inviting and creating a place for every parent to be involved in their child's education at Davidson.  Parent engagement and support takes many shapes at Davidson.  Parents are viewed as invaluable partners.

3.  Creating community.  Davidson students come from all neighborhoods throughout San Rafael.  Regardless of a student's address, ethnicity, gender, home language, or socio-economic status, every student and their family are welcomed and supported.  Creating community creates equity for all students.

San Rafael City Schools is proud of Dr. Harriet MacLean's many contributions, and of her designation as the Middle School Principal of the Year. 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 4/30/10

Audience: Homepage, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins and Teachers

Check out all the exciting activities planned for Earth Week at Coleman School.

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 4/11/10

Audience: Homepage

Please join us at the San Rafael Community Schools Summer 2010 Information Fair!


This is a chance to learn about summer camps, classes and other activities in our community. Opportunities and summer activities for children, teens and families will be showcased in the gym and courtyard at Davidson Middle School on Tuesday, April 20 between 4:00 and 8:00 pm. Representatives from community organizations such as the YMCA, Summer Odyssey, Camp Doodles and the MYC (Marin Youth Center) and more, will be there to offer information and flyers on their summer 2010 programs. See you there!

Quesadillas, Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Cookies, Music and More!!

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov, District Admin, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 4/9/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, Fifth Grade to Middle School Articulation and Homepage

The Standardized Testing and Accountability Reporting (STAR) tests will begin in the next couple of weeks for students in Grades 2-11. These assessments will be given during the following "testing windows"

  • April 20, 2010 - May 18, 2010 for Grades 9-12

  • April 26, 2010 - May 24, 2010  for Grades K-8

The California Department of Education provides printed parent guides containing samples of the STAR Program released questions. You can also find additional information about STAR in San Rafael City Schools in the Curriculum Instruction section of the district's website.

Please check your child's school website for any changes in the daily schedule.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 4/9/10

Audience: Homepage, Exclusive and Parents

Families who  live in the Coleman attendance area  and  who completed their child's 2010-2011 registration  by  April  1, 2010  will be advised regarding placement by April 15, 2010.  Families enrolling after April 1 for the 2010-2011 school year will be advised regarding placement no later than August 1, 2010.

The enrollment office is located at 310 Nova Albion Way and is open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

neighborhood kindergarten pre-registration

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 4/8/10

Audience: Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

 

San Rafael Elementary Teachers and District Reach Tentative Agreement
 
 
Negotiations teams for the San Rafael Teachers Association (SRTA) and the San Rafael City Elementary School District met on the afternoon of April 7, 2010.
 
SRTA Chief Negotiator Kim Goodhope, and Ken Gallegos, the District’s Chief Negotiator announced that the parties had reached a tentative agreement on all outstanding issues being discussed.
 
Tentative agreement was reached on a temporary increase in K-8 class size for the 2010-2011 school year and an increase in the District contribution towards health and welfare benefits. These collaborative agreements meet the interests of both the district and the association, and will aid in closing the projected $1.3 million budget deficit for the 2010-2011 school year.
 
SRTA will be scheduling a ratification date after the spring break holiday week. Upon ratification, the agreement will be presented for approval by the Board of Education.
 
 
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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 4/8/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Principals, Staff, Teachers and Homepage

The SRCS and SRTA Negotiating teams reached agreement regarding a retirement incentive for SRTA members.  The deadline to submit an Intent to Retire will be Friday April 30th at 4:00 pm.  Detailed information regarding the incentive will be e-mailed to SRTA members.  Please do not hesitate to call the Human Resources Office with any questions at 492-3206.

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Posted by: Karen Moncayo, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 4/8/10

Audience: Homepage

 Parents and teachers are invited to join students in a variety of activities planned for each day of the week here at Coleman School.  Find book, website and activity resources as well as a schedule of planned events by clicking on the "Earth Day" link under the "Programs" tab above.

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Posted by: Nancy Kemper
Published: 4/8/10

Audience: Parents, Principals, Students and Homepage

May 25th from 6-8 pm a free public forum will be held at MCOE on topics including: Alcohol Drugs, Sex and the Law, Teens Cyber Safety, Violence and Teens - Cyber Bullying, Marin County's Social Host Ordinance.
 

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Posted by: Laura Milholland, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 4/7/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Parents, Principals, Staff, Teachers and Homepage

Congratulations to Laurel Dell teacher Molly O’Donoguhue!  Molly has been selected to participate in the 2010 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program in Mexico! This is a high honor bestowed by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.  Only fifteen individuals were selected for participation across the United States.  Molly is the only candidate from California!
Hooray Molly!

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE FULBRIGHT-HAYS SEMINARS

The number of Spanish speakers in the United States continues to rise every year. The teaching of Spanish in the U.S. school system has become increasingly important, particularly since a growing number of state educational systems are introducing the teaching of Spanish at the elementary school level. For many educators and students who are native speakers of English, understanding and speaking the Spanish language has become an important part of daily life. This seminar will focus on the Spanish language and the history and culture of Mexico. The seminar represents one of the activities that support the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Secretariat of Public Education in Mexico and the U.S. Department of Education.

This program provides a unique opportunity to gain an insider´s perspective and understanding of the history, values and challenges that shape Mexican culture while giving participants a chance to practice Spanish as they deepen their knowledge on the origins and the impact of current issues such as migration and globalization. By visiting both rural and urban settings, participants will be able to mingle and share new experiences with local teachers, artisans, specialists and common people who construct contemporary Mexican society.

The seminar will begin with a pre-departure orientation in the United States and combine visits to indigenous communities, archaeological sites, schools, museums and markets with readings and lectures by specialists. As an integral part of the program, the seminar will also explore different expressions of Mexican folklore such as the production of handmade handicrafts, traditional cuisine, music, medicine and religious practices.

By the end of the seminar, participants will have a first-hand approach to local problems and expectations, allowing them a wholely different perspective on Mexico they’ll be able to share with their students and fellow teachers all over the country through their final projects.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/31/10

Audience: Homepage
SAN RAFAEL CITY SCHOOLS
SPRING CLOTHING DRIVE
 
DROP OFF FROM
MARCH 22ND TO APRIL 2ND
AT A SCHOOL NEAR YOU
 
We are looking for spring and summer clothes for children ages 0-18 years old. We are in need of gently worn clothes that are clean, undamaged and less than four years old. Your donations will be delivered to families in need with a child enrolled in a San Rafael city school.
 
Please deliver your clothing donations to the front office of any San Rafael school, adresses are on the webpage below.  Maps to each school can be found in the school's About Us Web Section
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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov, District Admin, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/29/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

Imagine 4,000 San Rafael public school children with no school libraries. Devastating budget cuts are threatening our elementary and middle schools, with every library clerk potentially on the chopping block for 2010-2011. Who will open the library doors? Keep books on shelves? Teach important research skills?

The good news is our kids can be part of the solution -- simply by lacing up their sneakers!
 
 HeadsUp, San Rafael’s Public Education Foundation, is partnering with students for a district wide run for reading. All children can collect pledges, physically train and run laps. The goal is to raise at least $100,000. It’s the kind of event that can fill kids with pride and instill a lifetime love of exercise. Look for pledge forms coming home in early May!
 
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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/22/10

Audience: Homepage

Please join us in celebrating San Rafael City Schools' recipients of
the SR Chamber's Excellence In Education Awards:
 

Leslie Saperstein, San Pedro Elementary
Stanley Njoroge, San Pedro Elementary
Barbara Segal, SRHS Madrone
Ann Dill, Bahia Vista Elementary
Lisa Johnson, Venetia Valley Elementary
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Posted by: Laura Milholland, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/19/10

Audience: Homepage

The Board of Education approved the school calendars for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year, as well as the following 2011-2012 school year.  Mark your calendars!  The first day of school for elementary, middle, and high school students is THURSDAY, AUGUST 19TH!

The school calendars for both years are available for download at the link below

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/14/10

Audience: Homepage, Exclusive and Parents

game night

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 3/11/10

Audience: ALL SCHOOLS - Big Calendar Events :) and Homepage

Congratulations to the Davidson 7th and 8th Grade Basketball teams!  These two teams have advanced to the Marin County Middle School Championships for the first time ever.

All are invited to cheer on the Davidson Cougars at the Marin Middle School Basketball Championships!  Don't miss it!

Thursday March, 11, 2010 at Kent Middle School, Kentfield
 
5:00 p.m. - 7th Grade Davidson vs. White Hill Middle School
6:00 p.m. - 8th Grade Davidson vs Mill Valley Middle School


View Larger Map"For Directions Click Here

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/10/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

See the SRCS homepage!  Program Manager Cindy Bader has been selected as the President of the California Activity Directors Association!

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/7/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, ALL SCHOOLS - Big Calendar Events :) and Homepage

San Rafael City Schools needs to close fields from time to time, for repairs, maintenance, or following inclement weather.  Each school website will have a new link in the right side column where you can access this information. 

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov, District Admin, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 2/26/10

Audience: Homepage

Sacramento - February 25, 2010 -  San Rafael City Elementary School District governance leaders in Marin County took center stage at the California Middle Grades Alliance Annual recognition ceremony and were recognized for their outstanding support for middle grades education.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 2/26/10

Audience: Homepage, Exclusive and Parents

For a limited time, Coleman families will again be able to order permanently engraved, 8” by 4” bricks that will be installed in the Tiger Terrace Garden by our Father’s Group. Bricks cost $100.00, and each brick can accommodate three lines of text with up to 20 characters per line (including spaces between words). Use the link below to access the order form which must be returned by noon on March 26.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 2/10/10

Audience: Homepage

The Governor's proposed budget for 2010-11 identifies the need for San Rafael City Schools to prepare for further budget reductions for the coming school year.  It is estimated that we must cut approximately $750,000 from the Elementary School District and approximately $300,000 from the High School District.

Additional information is available on the attached file.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 2/10/10

Audience: Homepage

Davidson Middle School is front page news in the February 7th edition of the Marin Independent Journal.  Reporter Rob Rogers provides an overview of the significant positive changes that have been implemented over the past two years by the Davidson staff, parents and school community.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 2/8/10

Audience: Homepage

On Monday, February 7th, the Board of Education approved the third reading and approval of Board Policy 5111.1, District Residency, with an accompanying exhibit that outlines the Timeline Intersections for Intra/Inter district transfers.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 2/8/10

Audience: Homepage, Exclusive and Parents

Coleman School Neighborhood Story Time
 
 
Due to illness, Neighborhood Story Time is cancelled until further notice.
  

 
 
 
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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 2/5/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

 

The California Middle Grades Alliance (Alliance) has recognized Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Watenpaugh and the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education for our district’s strong and visible support for middle grades education in San Rafael and in California.  Board President Linda Jackson and Superintendent Watenpaugh will accept this honor on behalf of San Rafael City Schools at the 2010 Recognition Luncheon to be held the last week of February 2010, during the Annual Conference of the California League of Middle Schools in Sacramento.

 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 2/4/10

Audience: Homepage

VV GLAD 3Venetia Valley teacher Lisa Johnson's classroom now serves as a "demonstration classroom" for teachers being trained in Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD).  Venetia Valley, our K-8 school, is hosting a series of staff development trainings for San Rafael City Schools teachers, as well as teachers from Novato Unified and the Dixie Elementary District.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 2/3/10

Audience: All Staff, Loop Help Group, Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

Student enrollment in our K-8 elementary school district continues to grow.  Our 2009-10 Kindergarten class is the largest grouping of students in the system, followed by 1st grade and 2nd grade.  With this level of student enrollment we have maximized our current school site facilities to a point where we anticipate that we have a need for additional classroom space for the coming 2010-11 school year.

To address these faciity needs, the Board of Education has taken action to prepare Short School in the Gerstle Park neighborhood for student occupancy in August 2010.  Our current plan is to house preschool, kindergarten and first grade students at Short School.

The Elementary School District has another closed school site, McPhail School, located on Vendola Drive in the Santa Venetia neighborhood.  During the 1990's this site was sold, however the buyers ultimately were not able to make the agreed upon payments and the District foreclosed on this property.  This unused school site has served as storage space for classroom, school and district furniture and equipment.  To date, the Board has authorized the removal of hazardous materials and a further evaluation of the buildings on site.  The District continues to adhere to all State and Federal guidelines specific to any work initiated at McPhail.  Both the District's legal counsel, as well as property and liability carriers provide guidance and advice.

There is significant public interest related to the potential uses for the McPhail School site.  To date, no determination or decision has been made.  As McPhail is a public school site, any action must be approved by the Board of Education in a public meeting, and placed on the agenda at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. 

Over the past 24 months District staff and a sub-committee of the Board have met informally with representatives from the County of Marin, Marin Open Space, WildCare, local youth sports groups, as well as private developers. 

The Board and the District are committed to keeping open the lines of communication with our neighbors in Santa Venetia, as well as our County of Marin representatives, and all members of the San Rafael City Schools community.

 

 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 2/3/10

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage
 
Beginning in November, the Board of Education began the process of updating and revising three Board Policies related to student enrollment and school of choice.  Both the Intradistrict and Interdistrict Transfer Policies have been revised and approved.  Key changes are identified below:
 
Board Policy 5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment
  • Aligns deadline dates for application and notification with other related policies
  • Establishes April 1st as deadline for new intradistrict transfer requests
  • Parents may select a single school for intradistrict consideration
Board Policy 5117 - Interdistrict Attendance
  • Aligns deadline dates for application and notification with other related policies
  • Specifically identifies the establishment of space considerations for approval or denial
  • Requires the annual re-verification of employment related interdistrict transfers
  • Identifies the priority order of how interdistrict student transfers may be denied based on lack of available classroom space or other non-discriminatory reasons
Board Policy 5111.1 - District Residency (Agendized for Adoption on February 8, 2010)
  • Clarifies required documentation necessary to prove residency within the boundaries of San Rafael Elementary School District
  • Aligns timelines and deadline dates for enrollment in the neighborhood school

Full copies of Board Policy 5116.1 and 5117 can be located in the section

Board Policy Manual

 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 2/3/10

Audience: Homepage, Exclusive and Parents

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Marin Rod and Gun Club

2675 Francisco Blvd. East

(415) 456-8142

6:00 - 11:00 p.m.

  NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR.

The crab pots are being pulled. Yum-yum!!!

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 1/28/10

Audience: Homepage

As San Rafael City Schools begins to work on our 2010-11 budgets, we are facing a financial situation likely to be even more difficult than this year's.

 
Most analyses of the governor's proposed budget and the state's financial situation say that schools will have to make do with even less next year.
 
There are several independent resources that can help you understand and explain this extremely complex situation, from the basics of how California's school finance system works to detailed analyses of the governor's budget proposal and ongoing news and policy updates.

Links and files outlining the State's fiscal crisis and budget outlook are listed below.
 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 1/24/10

Audience: Homepage, Exclusive and Parents

After school recreation classes begin new sessions during the second week in January.  Please use the link below to access class descriptions in the new brochure.  For more information call the San Rafael City Recreation Department at 485-3333.  Online registration is available at http://eplay.livelifelocally.com

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 1/11/10

Audience: Homepage

Residency - Intradistrict Transfer - Interdistrict Transfer

Among the items included on the Board agenda for Monday, January 11, 2010, will be updates and recommended revisions to three Board Policies related to student enrollment and school of choice.  Three interconnected policies will be reviewed by the Board;

  • Board Policy 5111.1 - District Residency
  • Board Policy 5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment
  • Board Policy 5117 - Interdistrict Attendance

Recommended revisions are to align these three policies, and to provide parents, families and staff with clear and explicit protocols and procedures for K-8 enrollment.

The January 11 Board Agenda will be posted on line no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2010.  After that time, additional information can be found at Board Agenda.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 1/7/10

Audience: Homepage

The Food Service Department is in the process of updating the software that tracks student meals.  Beginning in March, parents will be able to make payments to student accounts on-line at Nutrikids.com.  Look out for information coming home with your student that will explain the process.  At Coleman, Glenwood, Laurel Dell and Sun Valley Schools, parents will no longer have to order lunches on the monthly order sheet.  Simply put money on the students account and student can eat any day!

 

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Posted by: Elena Dibble, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 1/6/10

Audience: Homepage

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, December 14, 2009, the Board elected:
    Linda M. Jackson as Board President, and 
   
Paul M. Cohen as Board Vice-President
for 2010.

Members of the Board and staff acknowledged and recognized Natu Tuatagaloa for his leadership as the Board President for the past two years.
 
Please join us in congratulating Linda and Paul, and in recognizing Natu for his service.
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Posted by: Laura Milholland, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 12/16/09

Audience: Homepage

Please read the December letter from the Superintendent regarding current information on H1N1 flu and precautions, including "How to Tell if a Child Needs Urgent Medical Attention."
H1N1 Flu Letter -    English    Espanol

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Posted by: Laura Milholland, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 12/15/09

Audience: Homepage and Parents

We are pleased to announce that Whole Foods has recently started its own scrip program to support local schools. If you purchase Whole Foods gift cards through the Coleman Elementary PTA, they contribute up to 4% back to us. If you shop at Whole Foods, please consider ordering a gift card to cover your regular grocery bills.  Use the link below to access a Whole Foods Gift Card Order Form.

If you have any questions, please contact
Hannah Goh at momntwins@comcast.net or
Andie Triolo at andie1024@comcast.net
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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 12/4/09

Audience: Homepage

General Meeting Parent Education Night

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 – 7:00 p.m.
San Rafael High Library

 Join us for an evening with Jeffrey Leiken, M.A. internationally recognized speaker and professional mentor for teens and families, and learn how you can open the lines of communication with your kids.
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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 12/3/09

Audience: ALL SCHOOLS - Big Calendar Events :) and Homepage

Student enrollment in San Rafael City Schools continues to grow, with the expectation that our K-8 enrollment will continue to grow in the 2010-11 school year. 

At the November 16th meeting of the Board of Education, the Board received data, information, and legal guidance regarding San Rafael City Schools Board Policies/Rules and Regulations for:

  • 5111.1              District Residency
  • 5116.1              Intradistrict Open Enrollment         
  • 5117             Interdistrict Attendance – Elementary Schools

 

The Board will continue public discussion regarding these policies at their meetings scheduled for Tuesday, December 8, 2009, and Monday, December 14, 2009.  Meeting agendas and backup materials can be located at  Board Agendas

 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 11/30/09

Audience: Homepage and Parents

Scholastic Book Fair

WHEN:  Nov 13 - Nov 20
WHERE:  Library

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Coleman on Friday,  November 13 through Friday, November 20!  The book fair theme is Read Around the World.  Look for international flags and landmarks around the campus, and check out our website at: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/coleman.

  • There are several reasons why you should stop by Coleman's Book Fair.The Book Fair is important because 50% of all sales go straight back to the school in the form of books for our classrooms and library.
  • The event gets the students excited about reading! We are all looking forward to having published authors at our school. During our annual Authors’ Festival, Steven Riley will visit Coleman on Friday, November 13, and Dashka Slater will be speaking with our students on Wednesday, November 18.
  • The Book Fair is a great time to get a jump on holiday shopping.
The Book Fair will be open during our annual Beatnik Coffeehouse on Thursday, November 19 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Enjoy refreshments; a chance to shop the book fair after school hours; and poetry presented by Coleman students.  

 

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 11/13/09

Audience: Homepage

H1N1 free vaccination clinics have been scheduled in Marin County.  The first will be held THIS Saturday, November 14, 2009 in San Rafael.  An updated flyer and a letter with the latest H1N1 information is attached.   

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 11/13/09

Audience: Homepage

This week Dr. Watenpaugh and other Marin County Superintendents met with Dr. Fred Schwartz, Public Health Officer with the Health and Human Services Department, County of Marin.  Dr. Schwartz provided a real time update specific to reports of individuals in Marin County who are reporting flu-like illness, and reviewed the already established and released procedures, protocols, and guidance specific to schools and the 2009 H1N1 flu.  Attached is a summary of the information presented.

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 11/6/09

Audience: Homepage

Raising Healthy Teens: 

Overcoming the Mental Health Challenges of the Transition to Adulthood

 

Key Note Speaker:  Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools

Emcee: San Rafael Officer Joel Faye, PsyD

     

Saturday, November 7, 2009 9 am – 3 pm

Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags,

San Rafael, CA 94903

 

Program for Families, Educators and Other Consumers

 

Admission free to the public ($10 suggested donation) but need to reserve a space!

For information or to reserve a space call (415) 459-5999 ext. 101.

 

“Crossing the Street in Cyberspace: How Families Can Be Safe in the Digital Culture” Essential information about Teenage Cyber Culture and Digital Technology, including Cyberspace Addiction, Gambling, and Pornography.  Presenter:  Joanie Gillispie, PhD, Faculty, Berkeley City College, Dominican University, and UC Berkeley Extension.

 

“Teens, Drug Use, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)” Teens use drugs to self-medicate, feel good, improve performance, and/or feel included by peers.  Learn how to identify compulsive drug use, what causes it, and what teens can do about it from an REBT/SMART Recovery perspective.   Presenter:  Michael Edelstein, PhD, author of the award winning Three Minute Therapy, a self-help book for overcoming common emotional and behavioral problems, specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and addictions.

 

“How to Help Vulnerable Students Navigate the Course from High School to College” One in five high school juniors and seniors struggles with serious mental health conditions, chemical dependency problems, or overwhelming personal challenges. This presentation reviews proven methods to help these students overcome their challenges and successfully navigate the transition to independence.  Presenter: Michael A. Freeman, MD, author, psychiatrist and clinical psychologist, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF School of Medicine.

 

Marin Teen Mental Health Board Panel Moderator: Diane A. Suffridge, PhD Clinical Director, Family Service Agency of Marin

A one-hour session in which a student panel will talk about their experiences and the personal challenges they face as teens.

 

A Resource Exhibition by Conference Sponsors and Participating Community Partners will be open throughout the day.

 

CONFERENCE SPONSORS:  National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Marin, Silvio H. Cheda Charity Trust/San Rafael     Elks Lodge #1108 Visions Adolescent Treatment Center Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Marin Community Mental Health Services -     MHSA Family Education Fund Huckleberry Teen Health Program Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center

 

PARTICIPATING COMMUNITY PARTNERS:  CHADD of Marin, Marin CAMFT, Marin Community Mental Health Service, Marin County Office of Education, Marin Interfaith Council, Mental Health Board and the Parents Education Network (PEN).

 

Raising Healthy Teens is presented by CIP on behalf of the Marin Mental Health Alliance: (Catholic Charities CYO, Community Institute for Psychotherapy, Family Service Agency of Marin, and Jewish Family and Children’s Services). All proceeds from conference related sponsorships and CEU fees will go to support the Marin Alliance for Psychiatric Services (MAPS), a collaborative program providing sliding scale medication evaluation and follow-up to low- and moderate-income uninsured adults.

  

Admission free to the public ($10 suggested donation) but need to reserve a space!

For information or to reserve a space call (415) 459-5999 ext. 101.  You may also register online at www.cipmarin.org
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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 11/5/09

Audience: Homepage

Last week, the Board of Education congratulated those teachers who have achieved permanent status as tenured teachers with San Rafael City Schools. This multi-year process is a time for both the District and for each individual teacher to determine is this the right fit? Site and district administrators observe these new teachers in action; teaching, interacting with students, parents, their colleagues and other members of the school community. Ultimately, a decision is made regarding the recommendation for tenure. We are proud to welcome these educators into our district 'family'!

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Posted by: Laura Milholland
Published: 11/3/09

Audience: Homepage

San Rafael City Schools participated in the national effort marking October as the Month of the Young Adolescent.  Successful events were held at both Davidson Middle School and Venetia Valley K-8.

 

SHADOW DAY at DAVIDSON - Community leaders attended three periods with individual middle school students, seeing firsthand what it is like to be back in a middle school classroom and observe the positive and exciting learning that is going on in the classrooms!  See a sampling of comments from the adults who attended listed on the attachment below.

CHALLENGE DAY at Venetia Valley  - Leaders from the community and all 7th and 8th graders participated in Challenge Day  A powerful day designed to increase the self awareness and confidence of adolescents. With adult guidance, the Challenge Day activities address some common issues seen at most schools, including cliques, gossip, rumors, negative judgments, teasing, harassment, isolation, stereotypes, intolerance, racism, sexism, bullying, violence, homophobia, hopelessness, apathy, and hidden pressures to create an image, achieve or live up to the expectations of others

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 10/29/09

Audience: Homepage

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Do you have emergency kits? Do you have a plan? Are you informed? Procrastinate no longer! The Coleman PTA is offering disaster kits for sale that will help you begin your personal disaster preparedness. If you purchase your kit by Nov. 6, Earth Shakes will donate 20% of a basic kit or 12% of a deluxe kit to the PTA. For more information and to access an order form, use the link below.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 10/29/09

Audience: Homepage

San Rafael City Schools continues to be in close communications with the Marin County Office of Education, the Marin County Department of Public Health and other agencies to provide information about H1N1 and seasonal flu. In turn, the County Health Department is working closely with the California Department of Public Health and the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor developments in California, nationally and internationally. FOR MORE INFORMATION DOWNLOAD ATTACHED FILE

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 10/27/09

Audience: Homepage and Parents

Plan to have Sunday dinner with your family and friends at the Panama Hotel and Restaurant from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on October 25 at the Coleman School Dine and Donate event.  You will enjoy a delicious meal and the company of Coleman community friends while the Panama Hotel and Restaurant donates 20% of the cost of your dinner to the Coleman PTA. Use the link below to access the flier that you may bring to the event or just mention when ordering dinner. Reservations are recommended. 

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 10/19/09

Audience: Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

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11 am to 3 pm - 177 N. San Pedro Road

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 10/16/09

Audience: Homepage

 

Together, businesses, community members and YOU, our parents and students, raised $120,000 at Andy’s Summerfest to get librarians and counselors back into our schools!

 

A Special Thank You to Andy Bachich of Andy’s Market, and Summerfest Committee Chairs, Kara Romanik, Cristine Dewey, Nicole Burak, Sue Murphy Judy Tuatagaloa for their dedication hard work.

We hope everyone had a great time at the sunny and eventful daytime Festival: 

Who got dunked?  Mike Watenpaugh, Superintendent, Natu Tuatagaloa, School Board President, Shae Atkinson, Coleman Teacher, Liz Block, Laurel Dell Principal, CJ Healy, SRHS Teacher, Jim Hallroan, Glenwood PE Teacher, Tom Kordick , DMS Teacher, Julie Harris, Sun Valley Principal, Bob Marcucci, Glenwood Principal..all hit the water!

Who kissed a Pig? Congratulations to Bob Marcucci, Principal of Glenwood School, for kissing the cutest pink piglet along with runner-up Julie Harris, Principal of Sun Valley School.

Congratulations to Summerfest Essay Winners:  Lila Hoeh, 1st grade, Sun Valley School; Sara Mejia, 5th grade, Bahia Vista School; Georgia McMillan, 6th grade, Davidson Middle School

 

Thank you to the awesome daytime Festival Bands:

The Danny Click Band and Knight Drive

 

And at the evening concert, a very special thank you to  . . .

Tommy Castro, Elvin Bishop, Pablo Cruise, Bonnie Hayes, Michael Pritchard

They rocked for our kids and our San Rafael Community and created a magical night for all!

 

Please thank our supporters on behalf of our kids when you patronize their businesses:


Event Host and Main Sponsor

 Andy’s Market

Sponsors

Wells Fargo Bank

Ghilotti Construction

Shamrock Materials

Moresco Distributing

Northgate Mall

PGE

Rifkind Law Group

Sol Food

The Dutra Group

Tony's Fine Foods

Turner Construction

Anspach Financial Group

4th Street Graffiti

Base Brands

Bank of Marin

Bel Marin Animal Hospital

Berry Wilkinson Law Group

Betelnut Restaurant

Big Jim’s BBQ

Bradley Real Estate

Clover

County Supervisor Hal Brown

County Supervisor Susan Adams

Craig’s Warehouse

Crayons Juice Drink

Dale Cox

Dirt Bag Clothing

Dr. Robert Griffen

Dr. Terry Cosgrove

Dr. William Schmohl and Dr. Jasmine Gorton

East San Rafael Vet Clinic

Fredric C. Divine Association Inc.

Junior's Pony Rides

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lil Poppers

Little Explorers Petting Zoo

Marin Outdoor Boot Camp

Marin Sanitary Service

Michelle Gonzales DDS

Parton Sell Rhoades

Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin

Practical Martial Arts

Ragghianti Freitas LLP

Redwood Pet Clinic

Renegade Productions

Ross Valley Pet Clinic

Rotary Club (Mario Ghilotti of Ghilotti Brothers)

Row 11

San Geronimo Valley Veterinary Clinic

Spotlight Design and Printing

State Farm Insurance

Swimmarin

Sysco

TB Sports

Tamalpais Bank

Taylor's House of Karate

Terra Linda Vet Hospital

Alex's Dry Cleaning

Mayor Al Boro

Sandra Madison Reinhardt, CPA

Veterinary Services Jerry M. Owens, DVM

 

Honorary Event Committee

County Supervisor Susan Adams

Mayor Al Boro

County Supervisor Hal Brown

Assemblyman Jared Huffman

County Supervisor Steve Kinsey

Senator Mark Leno

 

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 10/15/09

Audience: Homepage

Jim Welte
Marin Independent Journal
October 5, 2009

As she matched words like "cauldron" and "scouted" with definitions and related illustrations, 8-year-old Landy Chi-Chable had an unmistakable glimmer in her eye - the light bulb was flickering on.

Landy, a third-grader at Coleman Elementary School in San Rafael, has struggled with reading and has been receiving one-on-one tutoring to assist her. As she built momentum through words and sentences, the glimmer in her eye was matched by that of Judy Ziegler, a 67-year-old retired mother of five and Landy's reading tutor at Coleman.

"I learn something every day that I'm here," Ziegler said. "This has just worked out much better than I could have imagined."

Ziegler is one of 40 Marin residents age 55 and older who are participating in Experience Corps Marin, a two-year-old subsidiary of a national program that was founded in 1995 as a way to engage people over 55 in their communities' social challenges.

"We've had some wonderful volunteers," said Coleman Principal Ruth Reynolds. "And I'm seeing a bond develop, with tutors working with a particular teacher each year or even staying with a particular child moving into a new grade."

Experience Corps Marin, which launched in January 2007, is funded by grants and Northern California Presbyterian Homes Services. In September the Department of Justice awarded a $2.8 million grant to the national Experience Corps organization, which will share funds with Bay Area chapters.

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Judy Ziegler helps Coleman School student Landy Chi-Chable, 8, with her reading as part of Experience Corps Marin, a tutoring program that pairs retired volunteers with students who need extra help. (IJ photo/Frankie Frost)

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 10/7/09

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Heads Up will be participating in Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record” as they continue the quest to set a new world record for the greatest number of people reading the same book on the same day.  On Thursday, October 8th, we will join hundreds of thousands across the U.S. to read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” An on-line community book drive will be created inviting students, parents, and community members to support the book drive intended to provide every Kindergartener and many of our public pre-school students in the San Rafael school district, with a copy of the special edition book (English and Spanish available).  Each $10 donation will purchase the book for one of our students, with $3.00 going directly to HeadsUp. 
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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 9/26/09

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Coleman and Laurel Dell students will kick-off  Andy's  Fest with a choral performance under the direction of Frederick Matthews. Coleman students in grades 2-5 who are performing at Andy's Fest should arrive by at least 10:45 a.m.  for the 11:00 a.m. sing. 

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 9/23/09

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Please use the link below to access a downloadable version of the Coleman Parent/Student Handbook for 2009-2010.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 9/10/09

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Helpful information for teachers, parents and familes as they prepare for Back-to-School nights this month.

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Posted by: Rebecca Rosales
Published: 9/8/09

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Come to Play!      Come to Support!

Come Together!


On September 26, join us at Andy’s Summer Fest to benefit San Rafael City Schools to raise funds to maintain elementary music programs and to restore librarians, counselors, and 5th Grade Outdoor Education teacher stipends. 


This event is an extraordinary effort that supports ALL San Rafael City schools.  Your support will contribute funds to deal with our unprecedented budget cuts and we need YOU!

DAYTIME


Come during the day and bring your family to enjoy games, a petting zoo, jump houses, barbecue, a beer garden, and two music stages that will feature student performers from each of the San Rafael District schools as well as local bands.  Entrance to the daytime event is free!


EVENING

Come back that evening to listen to internationally-acclaimed Blues Artists Tommy Castro and Pablo Cruise play in a tent next to the Bay.  Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets

Join our entire San Rafael City Schools community--parents, teachers, staff, administrators and students in supporting the event:

     Get your Tommy Castro and Pablo Cruise tickets ($50 for General Admission, $200 VIP Tickets which include an invitation to meet Tommy Castro at a fully-catered reception by Sol Food and a VIP Parking Spot.  To purchase: Brown Paper Tickets - They’re selling fast

  • Contact your School’s HeadsUp Liaison to volunteer to help out on the day of the event (Box on Left with HeadsUp Liaison List) or contact Kara Romanik at 415-370-4617
       
  • Sponsor a Jump House or a Game—a $500 Donation will get you great advertising for your business at the event.  Your business’ name will be prominently featured on a banner over a game or jump house.  Contact Cristine Dewey for more information 415.455.8277
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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 9/8/09

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Please plan to join us for Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 10 to meet your child’s teacher and to find out about exciting plans for the coming school year.  The schedule is as follows:

6:15 p.m. - Grades K-2 General Meeting in MPR
6:45 p.m. - Grades K-2 Classroom Presentation
7:00 p.m. - Grades 3-5 General Meeting in MPR
7:30 p.m. - Grades 3-5 Classroom Presentation
 
SEPT. 10 IS A MINIMUM DAY – SCHOOL DISMISSES AT 12:05 p.m.
Back-to School Night is an adult only event. 
No childcare will be available.
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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 8/30/09

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Please come register for our Adult Education classes! We will hold 3 night of registration, Aug. 31st, Sept. 1st, and Sept. 2nd. All 3 registration nights will be at Madrone High School beginning at 7:00.  There will be a short test to take to determine the ESL level. There is a $25 administration fee that must be paid upon registering for classes. We look forward to seeing you at registration and having you as a student in our program this year!

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Posted by: Karen Allen
Published: 8/28/09

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A Flu Prevention Information
parent meeting will be held on

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
at 7:00 p.m.

at the Marin County Office of Education
1111 Las Gallinas, San Rafael, 94903

Information being shared will include
steps being taken by
Public Health and the schools,
parents’ role in prevention and treatment,
outlook for the flu season,
and vaccination availability.
Translation services will be available
in Spanish.
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Posted by: Laura Milholland
Published: 8/26/09

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Our surge in student enrollment continues as we open school. For the fourth consecutive year, our K-12 enrollment is greater than last year. We are happy to welcome almost 200 new students in grades K-8, and approximately 60 high school students to San Rafael. 

Please join us in welcoming our new students and their families! 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 8/24/09

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San Rafael City Schools is pleased to welcome several new teachers to both our elementary and high school districts. Due to our student enrollment growth, we have been able to rehire almost every teacher and certificated employee that received a layoff notice last fall. Please join us in congratulating:

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 8/24/09

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On the first day of school for elementary students, we will welcome 560+ Kindergarten students – the graduating high school class of 2022!   Our incoming Kindergarten class has the highest grade level enrollment of students than any other grade level in San Rafael City Schools.  
 
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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 8/24/09

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As we prepare for the opening of the 2009-10 school year, our schools have received a number of inquiries about “what is a combination class?” and “how does it work?” Working together with our professional staff, we have prepared the following information to help parents and members of our community with common and agreed upon language about what a combination class is and is not.

 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 8/24/09

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Listen to the KQED  FM broadcast of "Forum" from Friday, August 21, 2009.  I  was an invited panelist to talk about the opening of the 2009-10 school year and the impacts of the State Budget cuts.  LINK

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 8/23/09

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NEW, EARLIER SCHOOL HOURS:

All Coleman students will be early birds this year since school will be starting 10 minutes earlier than last year. School will start at 8:45 a.m. for all students. Please use the link below to access the new daily schedule.

  REMINDER: Since the first day of school, August 26, is a Wednesday, dismissal will be at 1:40 p.m. for all students.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 8/20/09

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Dear Members of the San Rafael City Schools Community:  

Where did the summer go?    Last month, we watched as the Governor and the Legislature worked to come to a budget agreement to close California's $26.3 billion deficit. The final agreement, coupled with the previous year's cuts, reduced spending for kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) education by a staggering $18 billion.

As school reopens for 2009-10, we will confront the brutal reality of the budget cuts we had to make to balance the district's budgets.  The 2009-10 school year will open with increased class size, reduced support services, reduced administrative support, reduced instructional materials and supplies, and those classroom, site, and district level changes necessitated by the lack of adequate funding.  MORE

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 8/17/09

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Parents, do you have fond childhood memories of new school supplies? The State of California has for many years generously funded the purchase of school supplies a practice that has deprived children and parents of the excitement that comes from purchasing supplies in preparation for the first day of school. This year will be different.   State funds for the purchase of classroom supplies have been greatly curtailed once again providing the opportunity for families to enjoy the shopping experience of acquiring supplies in preparation for the start of a new school year.  Your child may bring these supplies during the first week of school in his or her backpack.   

 

Below are links to grade level supply lists that include the supplies that your child will use individually as well as some suggestions for additional supplies that families might donate in support of the classroom in general.   Have a good, old fashion summer vacation, and we will see you for the first day of school on August 26.  

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 6/17/09

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·Class lists will be posted Friday, August 21 at 4:00 pm

·Kindergarten Orientation is Tuesday, August 25 at noon 

·Classes start Wednesday, August 26. Parents, please join us for a back-to-school coffee in the school library.   ·If you are moving or have a question about bussing, school lunches, etc., please call the Enrollment Office at 492-3226 during the summer.  

·SAVE THE DATE for Andy’s Summer Festival with Tommy Castro on Sat., Sept. 26.  From 11 am.-4 pm students will be performing.  Tommy Castro and friends will perform 7 pm.-11 pm.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 6/17/09

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From:  Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, Superintendent

As Superintendent of Schools, one of the best parts of my job is attending high school graduation ceremonies. During the last week of school I participated in both the Madrone and Terra Linda High School graduations. (As graduation ceremonies for SRHS and TLHS occur at the same times, I attend each school’s graduation ceremony every other year)  At each event, I had the chance to watch from the sidelines as the coordinated components of graduation unfold; the bustle of pre-graduation activities, students and staff donning their caps and gowns, the band setting up, proud parents, friends and family members arriving, all under the watchful eye of the high school administration, keeping their fingers crossed that all goes as planned.

 

Standing on the sidelines, I stepped away from the ever-present budgetary conversations that live in my head, and watched the class of 2009 prepare for the big event.  Our unprecedented fiscal challenges are well known and have occupied much of our time, energy and focus.  Yet, standing nearby were the graduates of San Rafael City Schools.  Each student’s journey to this place, at this time, was different. Many have been students in San Rafael since starting school in kindergarten.  Others joined this graduating class at various points in time.  Regardless of their entry point, each student came to our schools, with their own personal story, life experiences and school experiences, they all came together at this one point in time as members of the graduating class of 2009.  MORE

 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 6/10/09

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 San Rafael City Schools Office of the Superintendent    

6/4/09  

For the past many months, it has appeared that the grim and dramatic budget reductions impacting Revenue Limit school districts had left Basic Aid districts unscathed.   The San Rafael High School District is a Basic Aid school district as we receive the majority of funding from local property tax revenues. The collected property taxes for the San Rafael High School District exceed the amount of funding that the High School District would receive from the State, making it a “Basic Aid” school district.   The continuing failing State revenues, and the looming deficit, has caused legislators to look at every possible means of balancing the budget. Basic Aid school districts are now a part of the conversation.    

POTENTIAL IMPACTS TO BASIC AID DISTRICTS – There is considerable conversation at the State level that Basic Aid school districts will share in the statewide budget reductions.  It appears that the potential is for Basic Aid school districts to contribute an “equitable share” in comparison to Revenue Limit school districts.    Presently there is no specific plan, process, or timeline as to when this decision will be made. We are hearing ‘rumblings’ that an “equitable share” for a High School District may be approximately $220 per ADA (Average Daily Attendance). For San Rafael High School District, this would equate to approximately $500,000 in lost revenues for the 2009-2010 school year.  

PROPERTY TAX REVENUE PROJECTIONS– In addition to the projected loss of funds via an “equitable share”, it is also important to remember that our High School District revenues area based on property tax revenues. In the present economic climate property tax revenues are declining, meaning the assumption is that we will receive less funding for 2009-2010 than we did in 2008-2009. The statewide growth rate projections for property tax revenues continue to plummet. Statewide averages are outlined below:  

  • September 2008 –     Growth rate projected at 5%
  • February 2009 –        Growth rate projected at 2%
  • May 2009 –              Growth rate projected at 0%

  We will continue to monitor the Legislature and provide updates specific to the High School District, and Basic Aid school districts.   

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SUMMARY OF STATE BUDGET ACTIONS

SEPTEMBER 2008 – MAY 2009    

THE STATE BUDGET – A Reminder of Where We Have So much has happened in a relatively short period of time in regards to the State Budget. Here is the summary version:  

September, 2008

  • Balanced budget approved – budget was balanced for 9 days

February, 2009

  • $42 billion deficit
  • Balanced budget approved for 2008-2009 and 2009-2010
  • Total 7% cut (revenue limit and categorical combined)
  • Budget approved based on projected revenues, ballot initiatives

May, 2009

  • “New” deficit based on downturn in state revenues failure of ballot initiatives
  • Governor identifies deficit as $21.3 billion
  • Legislative Analyst’s Office determines actual deficit is $24.3 billion

 Total Deficit Over Two Years = Approximately $60 billion    

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 6/5/09

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The combination of the Governor's announced May Revise and the failure of the May 19th ballot initiatives creates further reductions to our revenue in the San Rafael Elementary District...READ MORE

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 6/2/09

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Weekly Parent  Bulletin of  Coleman School Events and News

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Posted by: Ruth Reynolds
Published: 5/29/09

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Please come to

COLEMAN SCHOOL'S OPEN HOUSE  

Thursday Evening May 21, 2009  

6:30 to 8:00 PM  

This will be a minimum day for grades K- 5 (all students).

Dismissal will be at 12:30 PM  

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 5/19/09

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Saturday May 30, 2009

              Music Director - Frederick Matthews 

11:15     Kindergarten gathers in the music room

11:35     Kinder Classes – North America - Stage 1 

 

11:35     First Grades gathers in the music room

11:50     First Grade Classes - Israel - Stage 1

 

12:05     Second Grades gather in the music room

12:20     Second Grades – Italy - Stage 1  

 

12:20     Third Grades gather in the music room

12:35     Third Grade – Egypt - Stage 1 

 

12:50     Fourth Grades gather in the music room

1:10      Fourth Grades – Brazil - Stage 1  

     

1:10      Fifth Grades gather in the music room

1:25     Fifth Grades – Hawaii- Stage 1 

 

1:40     All students to stage (Grades 1- 5)  

2:00     Coleman Salutes Children of the World 

 

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 5/13/09

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Reminder STAR testing this week!

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Posted by: Ruth Reynolds
Published: 5/11/09

Audience: Ruth Reynolds, Homepage and All Grades

Weekly Coleman Bulletin

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Posted by: Ruth Reynolds
Published: 5/4/09

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We have created a Swine Flu Information page in the Parents and Community section. 

Please check back regularly to see the most recent developments.

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Posted by: Randy Hust
Published: 4/29/09

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Please join us on Thursday, May 28, 2009 to celebrate our Golden Bell Recipients!  The program will begin promptly at 4:30 in Angelico Hall at Dominican University. Following the Comcast Presentation and acknowledgement of each recipient, guests are invited to join the honorees afterward in Caleruega Hall for light refreshments. Reservations are required and need to be made by May 2nd. 

See the attached flyer for details and registration information

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Posted by: Patty Thompson
Published: 4/23/09

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Every day members of our school community seek factual and timely information about how San Rafael City Schools is impacted by the state fiscal crisis. 

There are many questions that are asked often, yet when these "answers" are shared, we hear a wide range of "right" answers.  During these challenging times, it is important for staff, parents and community members to have access to timely and factual information.  

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 4/21/09

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Despite the distraction of the State fiscal crisis and a faltering national economy, students and staff in San Rafael schools continue to achieve and succeed.

Our elementary school teachers recently completed their conference week where students, parents and teachers come together and share thoughts on the growth of each individual student. In our high schools, students, counselors and teachers are already hard at work developing class schedules and potential placements for next year. Our seniors are counting the days until graduation, as they begin to make plans for next year. Many students report being accepted at their first choice college or university. Other students are in the midst of job and career exploration, while many are considering all of their options. Needless to say, it is an exciting time for our youth.
In both the high school and elementary school districts our students continue to flourish and demonstrate remarkable achievements.

Our teachers, administrators and support staff remain dedicated to creating an environment for our students to learn and grow. Recognizing we have challenges ahead, San Rafael City Schools remains committed to providing students with the best possible educational experience.

We value your continued engagement, interest and support!

Mike
Michael Watenpaugh, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 4/9/09

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Two additional Elementary Budget Forums were held on

  • Thursday, April 2 at Davidson Library, 7 PM
    280 Woodland Avenue
  • Monday, April 6 at Bahia Vista Multi Use Room, 7 PM
    125 Bahia Way (Spanish translation for this meeting)

The presentations can now be downloaded here.

These presentations are also available on the Budget Watch page of the SRCS Website.

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 4/5/09

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Please read attached April 3 parent bulletin

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Posted by: Ruth Reynolds
Published: 4/2/09

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It’s the time of year when parents, teachers and staff let our School Site Council (SSC) know how we view the educational experience at Coleman.  This is an important opportunity for you to tell the SSC what you think.  By filling out the SSC Survey and providing comments, you continue to help shape decisions about what happens at Coleman.

This year we’re going green! In an effort to reduce the use and cost of paper, we are providing the SSC Survey online.  Please select SSC SURVEY 2009 link under "Attachments:" below to begin filling out the survey.

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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 3/25/09

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San Rafael is the home to several Rotary Clubs. San Rafael City Schools is grateful to our local Rotarians for their continued support and fiscal contributions.

Teacher Mini-Grants
Each year the Rotary Club of San Rafael provides our elementary school teachers with the opportunity to complete an application for a $500 mini grant.

The grants are meant for special projects that provide new ideas and opportunities that enrich the students classroom experience. This year the Rotary Club of San Rafael awarded over $11,000 to our teachers.

Grants purchased math materials, science supplies, document cameras, web-based educational resource services, literacy center materials and much more.

Scholarships
For 40 years San Rafael Rotary Clubs have been an ongoing source of student assistance for graduating seniors of San Rafael High School. Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael offers a $6,000 award; Rotary Club of Ignacio offers the Wilburn Scholarship of $10,000; and Rotary Club of San Rafael is offering 4 schlarships totalling $19,000 dollars.

High School Books
Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael donated over $2,300 dollars to San Rafael High School's library. The money was used to purchase new fiction books. In early March the Rotarians held their meeting in the library, where students spoke to the membership about the importance of the library and what it has meant to their educational experience in high school.
 

Davidson Middle School Landscaping Project
We are enjoying the "fruits of the labor" of the Work Day at Davidson Middle School last May. Rotary Club of San Rafael Harbor, in conjunction with Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael, Rotary Club of San Rafael, and the Davidson Dad's Club worked together in an effort to enhance the landscaping at Davidson Middle School.

San Rafael City Schools is grateful to organizations like the Rotary Clubs in our community for their dedication to actively involving their membership in furthering the opportunities of the young people in our schools

 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 3/23/09

Audience: Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

A familiar face to most in the elementary school district is retired principal Kathy O'Keefe who was at Glenwood.

Mrs. O'Keefe has "jumped into the shoes" of Madrone High School principal, Karen Levin Allen, serving as the Interim Principal while Mrs. Allen is on leave to have her first baby! 

Welcome back Mrs. O'Keefe and congratulations to Mrs. Allen! 

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 3/23/09

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The SRHS Drama Department will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's  “Oklahoma!”   opening on Thursday, March 12th and playing for five performances through Sunday, March 15th. 

This award winning musical marked the first collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.  It was a huge departure from the standard musicals of the time (1943) because of its unique subject matter (farmers and cowboys from the Oklahoma territory); its daring musical arrangements, and a death in the second act.  Against all odds, “Oklahoma!”  became one of the most beloved American musicals of all time, winning the Pulitzer prize, and running on Broadway for a record number of performances.  On the surface, it’s a simple love story between Laurey and Curly, two hard-headed, proud people who refuse to admit their feelings for each other, and a dangerous antagonist who is obsessed with the girl.  But surrounding and interwoven into their story, is the story of America in 1903; a time of enormous changes that demanded hard work, risk, personal sacrifice and hope. 

San Rafael High School drama director, Barbara Segal, has assembled a talented cast for this musical, showcasing the talents of many of SRHS finest performers.   Seniors Kevin Allen and Cassie Mech  play Curly and Laurey, with Aunt Eller’s role being shared by Vicky Delgau (Fri., Sat. night and Sunday) and Bonnie Kate Wolf (Thursday and St. matinee).  Senior, Eli Paris, will be playing Curly’s nemesis, Judd Frye.

Anne Lerner-Wright is the Musical Director for the show, with a full orchestra of SRHS music students providing the accompaniment to such memorable songs as “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,”  “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, and “People Will Say We’re in Love”.

Tickets for all shows will be available in the SRHS student store and at the door.  Student tickets are $8 for all performances, Adult tickets are $15 and senior tickets are $12.

SPECIAL MATINEE:  A specially priced ticket of only $5 will be available exclusively for San Rafael City Schools Elementary and Middle school students at the Saturday, March 14 matinee performance ONLY, when accompanied by an adult.  Groups are welcome!   Performance times and dates are:  Thursday, March 12, Friday, March 13 and Saturday March 14 at 7:30pm, and Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 15 at 1pm.

For further information, please call (415) 485-2309 x6205.

 

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 3/13/09

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Thank you for making time to meet with your child(ren)'s teacher to learn more about his or her needs and how you can best support learning. Monday is a non student day for grades K - 12, a teacher work day for K - 5 schools, and a professional development day for grades 6 -8. Tuesday through Friday are minimum days. Please see your schools minimum day schedule for times.

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 3/13/09

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Please join us in congratulating. . .
- Shaun Bond, San Rafael HS
- Emily Busch, San Rafael HS
- Ruth Reynolds, Coleman ES
- Christina Stroeh, Terra Linda HS
They will be honored at an event on March 19th.

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Posted by: Laura Milholland, District Staff, San Rafael City Schools
Published: 3/13/09

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Marin Science Seminar Presentation: "Cartoon Physics - How Scientists and Artists Make Pixar Films" Pixar films are known for their characters and stories, but how is the film actually made? This talk will describe the various applications of math and science behind the art, from animation and simulation, through shading and lighting, to mastering for the audience.

March 11, 2009 at TLHS room 7:30 - 8:30 Room 311

Rod Bogart joined Pixar in 2005 after spending ten years as a
software engineer at Industrial Light Magic. He has a M.S. from the University of Utah, where he specialized in computer graphics. At Pixar, Mr. Bogart is in charge of color science at the studio, overseeing the technology for creating the final distributed masters of the movie.

 

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 3/10/09

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California's public schools, colleges and universities are facing more than $11 billion in state budget cuts.
These cuts are going to impact an entire generation of kids and alter public education for years to come.
March 13 is the deadline for school districts to issue preliminary pink slips to California's teachers. Last year, more than 10,000 teachers got pink slips and nearly 5,000 lost their jobs. And this year could be much worse.

Please join us on Friday, March 13 and Stand Up for Schools.

Wear pink on Friday, March 13 to show your support for public schools, students and educators.
 

Click on the attached file below to open a frequently asked questions sheet about Teacher layoffs, prepared by our Human Resources Team.

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 3/4/09

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Meet the Administration, Teachers and learn about the School Community Resources at the Davidson Library on Thursday, March 5th from  6:30 -8:00 p.m.

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 3/2/09

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California is in the midst of an unprecedented fiscal crisis that will mean massive cuts to K-12 education for the current and future school years. Like school districts across the state, we are grappling with the sobering task of finding ways to reduce expenditures in what is already a “bare bones” budget. Unprecedented Enrollment Growth For the past three years, we have experienced unprecedented growth in Kindergarten enrollment, enrolling over 500 kindergarten students each year. We expect that our 2009-2010 K enrollment will be at least 500 students. District wide, our K-2 student enrollments are larger than the upper elementary classes that precede them. Larger student populations at lower grades necessitate more classrooms as students move from grade to grade. We are faced with “small” groups of 4th and 5th grade students moving through our schools, with significantly larger K-2 classes following them. This unexpected enrollment growth requires additional classroom space at individual school sites, and throughout the school district as a whole. We are currently reviewing and analyzing the available classroom space at every campus. As we collect facilities information and review our projected K-5 student enrollments, we will be able to ascertain our need for classroom space. Given the dramatic budget cuts we are expecting, we must consider A.M./P.M. Kindergarten as an option to maximize available classroom space. State Fiscal Crisis = Budget Cuts The state fiscal crisis has already had a negative impact to our district budget. For the current school year (2008-09), the Governing Board had to make about $1.2 million in painful reductions to balance the budget. Most of the reductions occurred away from the classroom and included items such as eliminating district office and administrative positions, curriculum specialists focused on closing the achievement gap, support staff, bus routes, as well as reducing supply and staff development budgets. The cuts had both immediate and long-range implications, and all of last year's reductions diminished services to students or impacted our ability to plan and prepare for the future. These difficult decisions have been followed by news that we need to make even deeper cuts for this year, and that next year's budget will be worse than the current year's budget. We project the need to cut at least $2 million from the K-8 Elementary budget. Given this colossal hit to our budget, we must carefully review and consider all current and future expenditures. As we plan for increased enrollment and the need for additional classroom space, the fiscal impact may be too great for the district to re-open Short School, or lease/purchase additional portable classrooms. We have no choice but to consider the possibility of A.M./P.M. Kindergarten if we do not have the necessary classroom space, and/or the fiscal resources to add classrooms. Additionally, we are reviewing our costs related to home: school transportation. As budget information becomes available, we will be evaluating if the district can continue to provide this non-mandatory service. How and When Will a Decision Be Made? How Will I Know What Happens? No decision has been made about shifting to A.M./P.M., Kindergarten for the coming 2008-2009 school year. The final budget decisions are still pending. Any proposed decision will be widely and publicly noticed for proposed action at a public meeting of the Board of Education. Community forums to provide information about the budget crisis and to gather ideas are being scheduled for early February. This series of forums will be specific to either our K-8 Elementary District, or for out 9-12 High School District. Forum dates, times and locations should be announced next week. We will also be developing and implementing an on-line survey of our parents and community to gather information about funding priorities and ideas for cost savings. We will all need to think beyond the "usual suspects" when it comes to developing a plan for the coming year(s). Reductions of $2+ million dollars, in the Elementary District alone, cannot be accomplished without considerable sacrifice. We Want and Need Your Help! Please stay involved and learn all you can about public school finance. We have posted information about the District's budget and other related items on the “Budget Watch” section of our district’s website, www.srcs.org. For the long term, remember that in California we have been below the national average in per-pupil funding for over two decades even though we have among the highest standards and the most challenging student population in the nation. In the long term, our legislature needs to reconsider the entire process for funding public education. The often-repeated mantra that we must "live within our means" is only appropriate if we know that our means will provide the type of education our students will need to succeed in the future For the short term, send any ideas you have for cost savings or revenue enhancements to us at suggestionbox@srcs.org. Please have patience and understanding. This crisis was not caused by a lack of fiscal integrity at the local level. Nor was it caused by the public education system in California. What we are experiencing today is the result of years of under funding. For decades public schools have reduced services, especially support services such as counselors, nurses, administrators, librarians, as well as clerical, custodial, maintenance, and grounds staff, with most of these reductions unseen by the local community or general public. Some might say that public education has done “too good” a job of hiding the effects of prior year budget cuts. With the magnitude of the cuts on the horizon, every program and classroom will likely feel the impact. The budget picture for the next few years is dark and gloomy. However, the talent, commitment and quality of our teachers, administrators, and support staff will remain, and we will continue to strive to do our best for our students and community

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Posted by: Dr. Michael Watenpaugh
Published: 3/1/09

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Dear Members of the San Rafael City Schools Community:
On Thursday, February 19, the state crafted a budget deal. The deal includes cuts for schools that are mid-year cuts for 2008-09 and establishes our 2009-10 budget from the state.
 
We are diligently assessing what the signed budget means in specific dollars and cents to San Rafael City Schools.  By getting next year’s budget outlined, we can plan for staffing reductions needed to keep pace with the program changes proposed.  We believe that our early estimates for needed reductions remain accurate.  However, as has been said before, “the devil is in the details.”

As information becomes clearer, our goal is to provide clear and specific examples of what the components of the state budget look like for our schools and our district.  Outlined below are the key components as announced.

TEMPORARYSTATE REVENUE INCREASES
The overall proposed budget solution includes $15 billion in cuts, $14.4 billion in temporary revenues, and $11 billion of borrowing. 

  • A sales tax increase of 1.0 percent
  •  Increase in the Vehicle License Fees of up to 1.0 percent of the car's value
  •  Reduction of the dependent care tax credit
  • Income tax surcharge of 2.5 percent

To enact these proposals a statewide special election will need to be held on May 19 of this year.
Voters will be asked to approve the passage of a modified spending cap. If voters approve the spending cap, then the revenues will stay in effect through the 2012/13 fiscal year. If voters do not approve the spending cap, then the revenue will stay in effect for only 24 months after their enactment.
 
REDUCTION IN SCHOOL FUNDING
Current year (2008-09) K-12 funding cuts totals$1.88 billion. It eliminates the current year 0.68% revenue limit COLA, provided for last September. This agreement does not make the entire cut through a revenue limit reduction. The remainder of the reduction is split 50/50 - with half coming from revenue limits (a little over 1% additional cut) and the remainder through a 15% ($944 million overall) cut to over 50 categorical programs.  For the current year, the state will fund 92 cents on the dollar.
 
For 2009-10 the cost of living increase of 5.02% that is due schools under Proposition 98 has evaporated in this deal. Full funding per student is reduced to 87 cents on the dollar. To help offset these cuts, the budget deal provides some flexibility in grant-funded programs.
 
CATEGORICAL PROGRAM CUTS FLEXIBILITY
The budget agreement protected many programs that the legislature believes are priorities. The categorical programs are divided into three groups or Tiers.
 
Tier I Categorical Programs (No Reduction or Flexibility)
•    Child Nutrition
•    Economic Impact Aid
•    Proposition 49 after school programs (ASES)
•    Special Education
•    Quality Education Investment Act
•    Home-to-School Transportation
•    K-3 Class Reduction is considered a Tier I (no reduction); as far as flexibility however there is flexibility in the application of penalty provisions (so keep reading, we address this below)

Tier II Categorical Programs
15.45 % Reduction in 2008-09 and 4.5% Reduction in 2009-10 with no flexibility.
•    Partnership Academies
•    State Testing
•    English Language Acquisition Program
•    Agriculture-Vocational Education
•    Charter School Facilities Grants
•    K-12 High Speed Network

Tier III Categorical Programs
15.45 % Reduction in 2008-09 and 4.5% Reduction in 2009-10 with flexibility to transfer these program dollars to any “educational purpose” including general fund and special education. The flexibility stays in place for 2008-09 through 2012-13.
 
Basically all other state funded categorical programs including all block grants, community day school funding, SB 1802 Counselors, GATE, Instructional Materials Funding, International Baccalaureate, ROP funds, School Safety Funds, Supplemental Hourly Program funds, School Improvement Funds (this represents a substantial portion of School Based Coordinated Plan funds that are allocated to schools), Pupil Retention/Promotion Block Grant, Professional Development Block Grant (i.e., teacher in-service days that are built into the SRTA salary schedule), and Art and Music Block Grant funds.
 
K-3 Class Size Reduction Flexibility
There is no change to the statutory requirements of the K-3 class size reduction program. The change occurs in the penalty provision should a class exceed the current 20.44 to 1 ratio. The following changes to the penalties will remain in effect, we think, for at least three years:

•    Up to 20.44 – No penalty
•    20.45 to 21.44 - 5% penalty (currently it’s a 20% penalty)
•    21.45 to 22.44 - 10% penalty (currently it’s a 40% penalty)
•    22.45 to 22.94 - 15% penalty (currently all funding is lost at this level)
•    22.95 to 24.94 - 20% penalty
•    24.95 or more is 30% (with no cap)

One issue that we are still working through is the application of the penalty. We are not sure how it will be applied. But it appears that if the district increased class size to as high as 30 students that some level of funding would still be provided --- up to 70%. This is an area we will be researching over the next several weeks.
 
Prior-Year Categorical Reserves
The budget deal authorizes districts to access ending fund balances as of June 30, 2008, (from the 2007-08 school year only), from most restricted, categorical program accounts - to use for any educational purpose. Some categorical programs are protected and will remain restricted and bound by regulations for their specific use:
•    Economic Impact Aid (EIA)
•    Special Education
•    Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA)
•    California High School Exit Exam Supplement Services (CAHSEE)

The budget agreement makes several other changes in an effort to assist school districts in mitigating mid-year reductions:

Routine Maintenance Reserves - Reduces the amount that school districts are required to set aside in routine restricted maintenance accounts from 3% to 1% of their General Fund budgets, for the current year plus 4 years.

Deferred Maintenance - Eliminates the local 1/2% statutory match for deferred maintenance, for the current year plus 4 years.
 
The budget agreement makes no changes to current law requirements for:
1) Number of instructional days/minutes,
2) Minimum general fund reserves for economic uncertainties (3% for most school districts); or
3) Suspension of state mandates.
 
BUDGET STABILIZATION
ACA 3X 1 (Niello), which will appear on the May 19 ballot as Proposition 1B, establishes a state rainy day fund. This would allow the state to set aside one-time income from capital gains and other one-time tax improvements to be used to fund outstanding obligations rather than create new programs or services. The rainy day fund would be spent in the following order of priority:
           1. Outstanding Proposition 98 obligations
           2. Debt service
           3. One-time infrastructure or other capital outlay purposes
           4. Additional debt retirement
           5. Unfunded liabilities for vested non pension benefits for state annuitants
           6. Transfer by statute to the Budget Stabilization Fund
 
Over the next several weeks and months we will be reviewing our staffing and funding sources and trying to come up with the best budget that we can, during these dire times, to continue to provide services for our students.
 
It is apparent that the state’s 42 billion dollar budget gap has been “patched” – and now we need to identify what impact that has on our budget, and how much bigger our fiscal problems have become.  We continue to further analyze what the specific impacts will be to San Rafael City Schools.  We hope to have this analysis completed as we receive more detailed information from Sacramento.
 
Thank you again for your patience and support.

Mike

Michael Watenpaugh, Ed.D.
Superintendent
 

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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 2/23/09

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A musical  extravaganza... Members of the SF Opera & Orchestra will come to Marin Civic Center Showcase Theatre to perform selections from The Classics, Broadway, and Favorite Songs from the Past, Including a special performance by the Marin Girls Chorus....
$45.00 per person includes  champagne and dessert reception.
$25.00 for children 5-15 yrs old.   

For information and to charge by phone: 415-499-6800.  

Performance benefits Coleman Elementary School Music Program.
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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 2/4/09

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The state of California faces an unprecedented budget crisis that will impact the services and opportunities that San Rafael City Schools can provide for our students, staff and community. This survey is intended to provide information to the Governing Board and Superintendent about the perceptions of parents, staff and the community.  The information will be used to help guide the Board in making decisions about the budget recommendations that will be prepared by the Superintendent.

Please be aware that the links below will take you to separate surveys. One for the High School district and one for the Elementary district, they are slightly different due to the nature of funding sources for these two districts.
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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 2/3/09

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San Rafael City Schools is encouraging parents and community members to attend one of the scheduled community forums in February to discuss the impact of the current State budget crisis on local education. The state of California is in a very serious financial crisis, and our school districts and our community face an extremely grim financial situation.

The community forums will provide the district with opportunities to share greater detail about these fiscal challenges and to hear input from the members of our school community related to the preservation of valued programs in our local public education system.

These forums have been organized so that staff or parents from all of our schools have several scheduled dates and times to attend.

Please click the link below to open the Flyer with dates, times and locations.

Spanish translation will be provided at all Community Forums.
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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 2/2/09

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On January 26th, all teachers K -12 will have the opportunity to continue the work of building Professional Learning Communities in our schools, supported by nationally recognized educators.  This opportunity, open for all Marin County teachers, has been made possible by a grant from the Marin Community Foundation, working together with the Marin County Office of Education.
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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 1/13/09

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SRCS is offering a courtesy, pre-enrollment opportunity on the Coleman campus for the 2009-2010 school year. This one-day, pre-enrollment event will be open to families of students who will enter kindergarten in 2009-2010 and who live in the Coleman attendance area. If you live in the Coleman attendance area and have a child who will enter kindergarten next school year, plan to register in the Coleman School library on January 14, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.. In order to register your child, you will need two verifiable proof of residency documents.
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Posted by: Phyllis Archer
Published: 1/6/09

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Coleman and Sun Valley Elementary Schools' staff are among the first in our district to participate and complete the Guided Language Acquisition and Development (GLAD) training.  Based upon their success, we will be training all K-5 teachers in these powerful instructional strategies that support and benefit all children in every classroom!  Principals Ruth Reynolds and Julie Harris and members of their teaching staff will make a presentation at our next Board Meeting, December 8, 2008!
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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 12/8/08

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As you can see, there is a new website being built for Coleman School.  The new website system being used is called Schoolloop.  It will allow teachers to build websites much more easily than our past system allowed.  Teachers can work on any internet connected computer, PC or Mac, using Safari, Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Stay tuned for more information, and please go to our former website if you don't find what you are looking for here!
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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 10/20/08

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Don't forget to go online and buy your tickets for this weekend's concert!

The Tommy Castro Band will be entertaining us, a great chance to meet other Coleman School supporters, and have a night out!  See the attached flyer for more information about how to order tickets.
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Posted by: Sarah Zykanov
Published: 10/20/08