November 2015  
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District Update

CSBA Golden Bell Award

Lammersville Unified School District Wins Prestigious Award from California School Boards Association (CSBA)

Congratulations to our Board, Sites, Teachers, Staff, Administrators, Community Members, and Students who participated in the development of our strategic plan that led to this important acknowledgement of the work being done by all in our great district.

The CSBA Golden Bell Awards, now in its 36th year, promotes excellence in education and School Board Governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices of school boards in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs. This awards program highlights best practices in education in all areas of operations, instruction and support services by:

  • Seeking out and recognizing key governance practices that support, sustain and inspire the creation and continuance of exemplary education programs
  • Seeking out and recognizing sustainable, innovative or exemplary programs which have been developed and successfully implemented by California teachers and administrators
  • Recognizing and supporting educators who invest extra energy and time to make a demonstrated difference for students
  • Promoting models with positive student outcomes
  • Focusing on the commitment to ensure that the needs of all students are met

Identifying exemplary programs serves as a way to share information about effective educational strategies. The Golden Bell Awards program also serves to boost confidence in public education by focusing attention on success in our schools. Finally, it enables the California School Boards Association, on behalf of School Governing Boards throughout the State, to express appreciation to dedicated educators who strive to provide a high-quality education that challenges all students to succeed.

Lammersville USD’s award came after a thorough vetting process which included analysis of applications by a panel of education experts and a district verification visit by a representative of the California School Boards Association. The award is in the category of Strategic Planning in the Common Core Era.

In addition to receiving the CSBA Golden Bell Award, Lammersville USD will also receive a $1,000 sponsorship award for the exemplary Common Core program, sponsored by the Associate Business Affiliates.

We couldn’t have achieved this recognition without the wonderful support of all the members of the Lammersville Unified family and community.

To see more about this award program, please see CSBA's website on the Golden Bell Award.

What's Happening

Superintendent's Update:

Dear Lammersville Unified Families,

The attached link is to an article from Ed Source (EdSource provides information, analysis, and research findings about education- It gives a comprehensive overview of the challenges districts are facing in making the transition to the Common Core era in the area of curriculum. Starting last week and continuing into early December our Ed Services team is sending out a series of three webisodes that give an update about how LUSD is attempting to meet this challenge. There will also be a series of Common Core family math nights presented for each individual school community in December as well. The goal of the family math nights is to show parents some of the changes Common Core is bringing to their children’s math experience.
All of our schools are closed next week. Hope you and your families have a nice break and a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Dr. Kirk Nicholas

Upcoming Events:
Altamont School
•Mon-Fri., 11/16-11/20- 1:30-4:00 P.M. Conference Week
•Mon-Fri., 11/16-11/20- 6th-8th Grade Career/College Week
•Thur. 12/03- All Day Trimester Awards, Multipurpose Room
•Mon-Fri., 12/07-12/11- All Day Penguin Patch, Room G-107
•Fri-Fri., 12/04-12/11- All Day Book Fair, Library

Bethany School
•Tue, 12/1 – 3:30pm JV Volleyball: Wicklund at Bethany, Bethany multi purpose room
•Wed, 12/2 – 8:00am-2:00pm Vision Screening, Science room
•Thur, 12/3 – 3:30pm Varsity Volleyball: Bethany @ Wicklund
•Fri, 12/4 – 8:30am & 9:30am Trimester awards ceremonies, Bethany multi use room

Lammersville School
•Mon., 11/23 to Fri, 11/27-Thanksgiving Break. Happy Thanksgiving, all!
•Tues., 12/1-LES ELAC meeting
•Tues., 12/1-LES 5th/6th volleyball at AES @ 3:30 p.m.
•Wed., 12/2- Parent Math Workshop @ 6:30 AES
•Wed., 12/2-LES 5th/6th volleyball at WES @ 3:30 p.m. (makeup game)
•Thurs., 12/3-LES School Site Council @ 3:15 p.m.
•Thurs., 12/3-LES 7th/8th volleyball at AES @ 3:30 p.m.
•Fri., 12/4-Movie and lunch with the Principal @ 11:15 a.m.
•Fri., 12/4-LES Staff Meeting and Professional Development on Student Engagement @ 2:00 p.m.

Mountain House High School
•Thanksgiving Break from 11-23 through 11=-17
•Tuesday, 12/01--Early College Information Meeting for all 2016 incoming Freshmen (current 8th graders).--7:00 P.M., MHHS Multi-Use Room

Questa School
•Mon., 11/30-Fri., 12/4, 6th Grade Student at Outdoor Education Week
•Mon., 12/7- 9:00 A.M. Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe begins, Multipurpose Room
•Tues., 12/8- 3:00 P.M. School Site Council, Library
•Tues., 12/8- 3:30 P.M. 5/6 Volleyball Game, Multipurpose Room
•Tues., 12/8- 6:30 P.M. Questa Parent Math Workshop, Multipurpose Room
•Thurs., 12/10- 9:00 A.M. TK-3rd Grade Student of the Month Assembly, Multipurpose Room
•Thurs., 12/10- 2:10 P.M. 4th-8th Grade Student of the Month Assembly, Multipurpose Room

Wicklund School
•Mon. – Fri., 11/16 – 11/20 – 1:00 pm Parent/Teacher Conferences, Classrooms and Multi-Purpose Room
•Mon. – Fri., 11/23 – 11/27 – all week NO SCHOOL (Fall Break)
•Tue., 12/2 – 8:30 am Grades 1-2 Trimester Awards Assembly, Multi-Purpose Room
•Tue., 12/2 – 9:20 am Grades 3-5 Trimester Awards Assembly, Multi-Purpose Room
•Thu., 12/3 – 3:30 pm BES vs WES 7-8 Volleyball Game, Multi-Purpose Room
•Thu., 12/3 – 5:00 pm Volleyball Team Party, Multi-Purpose Room
•Fri., 12/4 – 9:15 am Grades 6-8 Trimester Awards Assembly, Multi-Purpose Room
•Sat., 12/5 – 10:00 am Breakfast with Santa, Multi-Purpose Room
•Mon. – Fri., 12/7 – 12/11 – all week Holiday Shoppe, Room 216
•Mon., 12/7 – 3:00 pm 5-6 Girls Basketball Tryouts, Multi-Purpose Room
•Mon., 12/7 – 6:00 pm LUSD Math Parent Training, Multi-Purpose Room
•Tue., 12/8 – 3:00 pm 7-8 Girls Basketball Tryouts
•Tue., 12/8 – 5:00 pm 7-8 Boys Basketball Tryouts
•Wed., 12/9 – 5:00 pm 7-8 Boys Basketball Tryouts
•Thu., 12/10 – 3:30 pm Grades 7-8 Science Fair, Multi-Purpose Room
•Tue., 12/15 – 7:00 pm WSF General Meeting, Board Room
•Thu., 12/17 – 8:30 am (grades TK-2), 9:20 am (grades 3-5), 2:10 pm (grades 6-8) Character Counts Assembly, Multi-Purpose Room
•Fri., 12/18 – 8:15 am 1st Grade’s Grinch Day, Board Room

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