Saturday, September 13, 2014

Minimum Day Schedule on Monday, September 15 for Schools Without 100% Air-Conditioned Classrooms

Minimum Day Info

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Weather Updates
San Diego Unified is implementing minimum day schedules at schools without air conditioning in every classroom (See list) on Monday, Sept. 15, due to the continued heat wave in terms of temperatures, humidity and the heat index. The schools on a minimum day schedule are those which lack air conditioning in 100% of the classrooms. Schools with 100% A/C in the classrooms (see list) will have regular day schedule and are expected to operate under our Hot Weather Plan guidelines.
The decision to operate these schools on a minimum day is based on information and guidelines from the National Weather Service (NWS) indicating local temperatures of 95 and higher, with a heat index of 103 and higher – a combination terms by the NWS as “dangerous” health conditions (See the latest regional advisory here) and our strong commitment to the safety and well-being of our students. Analysis conducted by a cross-sectional team at several schools on Friday also informed this decision.
The district will closely monitor forecasted conditions for Tuesday, using these same parameters, to see if a minimum day for these same schools on Tuesday – a decision that will be made by noon on Monday. Again, this is only schools without 100% classroom air conditioning.

Schools on Minimum Day Schedule

Schools on Regular Day Schedule

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lindbergh Schweitzer hosts Resource Fair for parents

The PTA and staff at Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School in Clairemont welcomed returning and new parents to their first day of school by hosting a Family Resource Fair.

Lindbergh Schweitzer Resource Fair The fair was aimed at giving parents valuable information for health care, afterschool programs and childcare, as well as contacts for other services in the community.

“Providing resources that can help our students be successful in their lives is a way for Lindbergh Schweitzer to welcome families and connect them to the community – their neighborhood schools,” said Principal Deanne Rohde.

A variety of local organizations were in attendance, including the Boys and Girls Club, S.A.Y. San Diego, United Cerebral Palsy, the National Foundation for Autism Research, and San Diego Unified’s Special Education Division, among others.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mural drawn by students replaces graffiti in City Heights

Crawford High students spent their summer beautifying the streets of City Heights.

As part of the first pilot project coordinated by the San Diego Cultural Arts Alliance Graffiti Education & Mural Arts Program, 22 students replaced graffiti at the corner of 51st and Polk in City Heights with a hand-drawn mural portraits.

Students painted the mural with help from Crawford teacher Brian Black, local artist Linda Litteral, and community member Lance Reynolds, who purchased the materials needed to create the mural.

Learn more about the project by watching this news clip from 10 News or by visiting the Mural Alliance Project website.
Crawford Mural  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Construction, administrative changes in store for dawn of PB’s new school year

In the News The first week of school is a big deal for all six schools in the Mission Bay Cluster. Students were greeted by new construction projects — particularly at Mission Bay High — as well as a new principal for the Buccaneers, Ernest Remillard. Meanwhile, Tom Yount, a retired former principal at Mission Bay High, is temporarily overseeing the transition at MBHS and at Pacific Beach Middle School, where Remillard was most recently principal. Read more from SD

Thursday, September 4, 2014

District launches redesigned e-newsletter, ‘Unified Vision’

For the past several years, Friday Notes has provided information about the important and exciting activities occurring at our school sites, facilities and district offices as well as timely, relevant information for parents, staff and the community. Now it’s time for a change.
Unified Vision Logo
Keeping with the tradition of Friday Notes, our new e-newsletter will include school and district news, but has been redesigned to also include more feature stories and photos focused on student achievement and district initiatives as well as information about upcoming events. While we were changing the look, we thought a new name might better reflect our district’s Vision 2020 of creating a quality school in every neighborhood.

“Unified Vision” will be published monthly on the first Wednesday of every month. Although it’s distributed monthly, all news will continue to be posted on the district website and on our expanded social media so you won’t miss out.

With students at the heart of every decision, the district’s unifying goal is to prepare youngsters to be successful, positive, contributing members of society. We hope that “Unified Vision” will show you how we are accomplishing that goal every day.

To see the latest edition, visit


Welcome message from Superintendent Cindy Marten

Welcome to the 2014-15 School Year!

Lincoln High First Day 2014 As a teacher, principal and now superintendent, those words carry a great deal of meaning for me. The opening of a new school year offers us amazing opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our students. I am looking forward to the year ahead.

I know the start of the new school year also brings a great deal of excitement to parents and students. Our principals, teachers and support staff have been working hard to make sure the excitement extends from Day One through Day 180. Our focus for the start of the year is developing academic, physical and social environments worthy of all students. This focus is fully aligned with our Vision 2020 of creating quality schools in every neighborhood.

Across the district, from bus drivers to custodians, food service associates to administrative support professionals, principals to teachers, we are all committed to making sure our students are on the pathway to success. We are ready!

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards is at the forefront of teaching and learning. Our principals and teachers have spent time over the summer fully engaged in professional development. The Common Core State Standards will help position all students for the future – THEIR future in which critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and creativity are essential. Students will be better prepared for post-secondary education and careers, and ultimately become actively literate contributing participating members of society.

In addition, we remain cautiously encouraged about the budget passed by the State’s legislators and the reinvestment in public education. Although we still face financial challenges and will continue to be prudent with our dollars, there is hope. The new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) changed the structure of how school districts received funding from the state level. Our district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which involved input from multiple stakeholders, has been approved and will provide a road map with clearly defined metrics that aligns academic priorities with our budget.

The start of a new school year gives us a renewed sense of anticipation, hope and enthusiasm as we work collaboratively to assure that each child in our district receives the best education possible. I look forward to working beside you as we continue making our Vision 2020 a reality.


Cindy Marten

District celebrates official grand opening of Quality Assurance Office

Parents and guardians of children in the San Diego Unified School District, as well as district employees and community members, now have a single number to call and one office location to visit to obtain information and voice concerns about educational matters and activities occurring within the district.

Quality Assurance Office Ribbon Cutting The Quality Assurance Office has been in operation since April, but the district recently celebrated its official grand opening with a ribbon cutting and open house. Superintendent Cindy Marten was joined by Congressman Scott Peters, Chief Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan and members of the various task forces who helped make the Quality Assurance Office a reality.

“Our priority is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that enables students to learn and be successful,” said Superintendent Cindy Marten. “Establishing the Quality Assurance Office plays an important role in keeping the promise made by our Board of Education to provide a Quality School in Every Neighborhood.”

The opening of this office is the culmination of a year-long effort by Supt. Marten in collaboration with multiple stakeholder groups, including the Safe Schools Task Force, Superintendent’s Focus Group and Multi-Agency Task Force, to create a centralized office that responds promptly and objectively to parent, community and stakeholder concerns.

“Our goal is to instill confidence in how our system addresses concerns and build credibility with all community members, parents and stakeholders,” said the office’s Executive Director Carmina Duran.

The Quality Assurance staff includes Duran, as well as knowledgeable Parent Support Liaisons and other staff familiar with district protocol and experienced in handling highly-sensitive situations.

The Quality Assurance Office is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can be reached by phone at 619-725-7211 or by email at Their website,, also offers information regarding protocol for handling inquiries, a flow chart outlining how inquiries are handled and a form to submit inquiries online.