Rubik Sheth, with the NASA Advanced Thermal Group Crew and Thermal Systems Division, visited San Cayetano last week, as part of the Space Kids program. Shown is a science project demonstrating micro gravity.
Rubik Sheth, with the NASA Advanced Thermal Group Crew and Thermal Systems Division, visited San Cayetano last week, as part of the Space Kids program. Shown is a science project demonstrating micro gravity.
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Mariah Perez
Mariah Perez

Last week several events took place at our high school. Fillmore high school pep squad had a competition and took third out of six. Girls basketball JV and Varsity had a amazing game against Saint Bonnie. However both teams lost by a short amount; JV 44-43, Varsity 55-52. Girls Varsity also had a game against Oak Park, sadly Fillmore lost. Boys Varsity basketball had an awesome week as well taking home three wins against Villanova, Grace Brethren, and our rivals Santa Paula. Way To Go Flashes!!! Boys varsity soccer played Oak park, Bishop Diego, and Malibu: Fillmore defeated all three schools. Great Job Boys! Girls Varsity soccer played against Oak Park, Nordhoff, and La Reina, however; Fillmore lost to all three schools. Fillmore High School also had another movie night Friday with the classic movie Grease. It ended up being a very successful night. Keep up the good work Flashes!

 


 
Pictured is 5th grader Alex Turcios asking a question live to the Astronauts currently on the International Space Station. His question was “How do you shower in space”? San Cayetano had five students attend the live downlink event at Vintage Magnet School in North Hills on January 27th.
Pictured is 5th grader Alex Turcios asking a question live to the Astronauts currently on the International Space Station. His question was “How do you shower in space”? San Cayetano had five students attend the live downlink event at Vintage Magnet School in North Hills on January 27th.
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Pictured are the finalists from San Cayetano’s spelling bee . The student at the microphone is our 5th grade winner Priscilla Carbajal who will go on to compete at the next level in Santa Paula.
Pictured are the finalists from San Cayetano’s spelling bee . The student at the microphone is our 5th grade winner Priscilla Carbajal who will go on to compete at the next level in Santa Paula.
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Sonja Flores, the coordinator of House Farm Workers, gave a presentation to the San Cayetano Elementary students about farm worker housing.
Sonja Flores, the coordinator of House Farm Workers, gave a presentation to the San Cayetano Elementary students about farm worker housing.
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As part of their service learning, second grade students at San Cayetano School raised money to donate to the non-profit organization House Farm Workers. This organization supports the development of safe, decent, and affordable housing for farm workers in Ventura County. On January 29, 2010, Sonja Flores, the coordinator of House Farm Workers, came to give a presentation to the students. As part of her presentation, students were able to view a documentary that portrays the stories of children from farm workers in Ventura County who have moved from substandard housing into the safe and affordable housing that has been developed in Ventura County. Ms. Flores gratefully received the donation for House Farm Workers from the students at the end of her presentation.

 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2010
5:15 P.M. – CLOSED SESSION
6:00 P.M. - REGULAR MEETING
627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA

AGENDA
5:15 p.m.
I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
II. ROLL CALL
III. PUBLIC COMMENT ON NONAGENDA ITEMS, PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the Board. State law prohibits the Board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.
IV. CLOSED SESSION
The Board of Education will meet from CONTINUED »

 
Pictured above are Alondra Gaytan with her Little Banely having breakfast at the One Step Center.
Pictured above are Alondra Gaytan with her Little Banely having breakfast at the One Step Center.
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January is National Mentoring Month, this week we are featuring Fillmore Middle School Mentoring program which is School based mentoring program at Fillmore Middle school for youth in Fillmore and Piru, High School Students mentor before school, after school and during lunch. The program currently serves 140 youths for school base mentoring. Our high school mentors(Bigs) are trained volunteer students who assist middle school students with homework, social skills and encourage them to keep a positive outlook in life. The mentors(Big)meet once a week with their Littles, and attend educational field trips once a month.

Middle School Mentoring allows matches to continue from elementary school through Middle School therefore the length of the match is longer and creates a more memorable and positive experience for Big and Little.

Amelia Aparicio, Alicia Rodriguez and Norma Magana make up the site based team.

 

Although it rained the entire week Fillmore High School still kept busy. However, Boy’s soccer was unable to play due to the weather, so games will be rescheduled for another day. Despite the rainy weather, girl’s soccer was still able to play. Both JV and Varsity lost to St. Bonnie, with the Varsity being 5-1. Varsity also lost to Nordoff 2-1 but JV was able to win. Wrestling had a match against Malibu and won 72-6…Way to go team! Girl’s basketball played Nordoff and Oaks Christian. Both teams lost to Oaks Christian. However, Varsity did defeat Nordoff with a score of 55-42. Boy’s basketball played this week against Nordoff and Villanova. All teams won with the exception of Frosh losing to Nordoff. Fillmore High School Pep Squad will compete this Sunday in Long Beach at the Cheer Pros competition. Lets Go Flashes!

 

Ventura College East Campus at 105 Dean Drive in Santa Paula has GED Preparation software and books available for use at no charge. This computer-based, self-paced program includes practice in all the areas of the GED exam including language arts (reading and writing), social studies, science and math.

Any member of the community desiring to prepare him or herself to take the GED high school equivalency exam is welcome to use the program and check out additional GED instructional support textbooks for home study.
There is no charge to use the computer software or the accompanying textbooks. All that is required is to fill out a Ventura College student application (at no charge) in order to obtain an access number.

Erika Hurtado, instructional lab technician, is available to assist anyone interested in getting started. The computer lab is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact Sabrina Canola at the East Campus at 525-7136 extension 6585.

 
Pictures from the Piru Elementary PowerPoint presentation submitted to The Fillmore Gazette by Andy Arias. The presentation was shown to Ventura County Office of Education Board Members during their January 25th board meeting.
Pictures from the Piru Elementary PowerPoint presentation submitted to The Fillmore Gazette by Andy Arias. The presentation was shown to Ventura County Office of Education Board Members during their January 25th board meeting.
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VENTURA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
The Board Meeting will be held at the
VCOE Conference & Educational Services Center
Board Room
5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo
(805) 383-1900
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
AGENDA NO. 10-02
Date: Monday, January 25, 2010

OPEN SESSION 6:00 p.m.
A. CALL TO ORDER
1. Pledge of Allegiance.
Moment of Reflection.
2. Roll Call and Acknowledgment of Guests.
3. Approval of Agenda.
B. PUBLIC COMMENTS
C. HEARINGS
None.
Times are approximate and are provided for convenience only. CONTINUED »

 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

The Fillmore Unified School District is accepting applications for Interdistrict Transfers for the 2010-2011 school year. Applications are available at the District Office, 627 Sespe Avenue beginning February 1, 2010 and are due by March 1, 2010. Applications will be granted on a first-come, first served basis for those with qualifying reasons as stipulated in the FUSD Board Policy.

 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2010
6:00 P.M. – SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA

AGENDA
6:00 P.M.
I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
II. ROLL CALL
III. PUBLIC COMMENT ON NONAGENDA ITEMS, PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the school board. State law prohibits the board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.
IV. CLARIFICATION OF AGENDA AND TIME ALLOCATIONS FOR DISCUSSION ITEMS
V. CLOSED SESSION
The Board of Education will meet at 6:00 p.m. to consider matters appropriate for Closed Session in accordance with Government Code Sections 3549.1, 54956.7 through 54957.7 and Education Code Section 35146. Student Discipline Matter Pursuant to Education Code 35146 Personnel Matters
VI. RECONVENE TO REGULAR SESSION Any Action From Closed Session
VII. FUTURE MEETINGS
February 2 5:15 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
February 16 5:15 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
March 2 5:15 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
March 30 6:00 p.m. Joint Board/City Council Meeting – City Hall
VIII. BOARD CLOSING COMMENTS AND AGENDA BUILDING
IX. ADJOURNMENT
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Superintendent's Office at (805) 524-6038. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the district to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. [In accordance with Government Code 54961 and Board Bylaw 9320(a).]

 
A special thank you to those 75 Fillmore High School youth (some of whom are pictured above)  who volunteer to make a difference in the lives of a younger child. The youth meet weekly to do homework, arts and crafts, or to talk about something of interest or simply share how their week has gone.  In addition the youth go on trips together (on February 15 they are going to the LA Zoo).  The youth are supervised by program staff; Amelia Aparicio for Mountain Vista, Sespe and the Boys and Girls' Club; Norma Magana and Alicia Rodriguez at Fillmore Middle School.  The program started matching high school youth with 5 - 12 year old elementary and middle school students in 2000. In 2003 the Fillmore/Piru Mentor Program  joined Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ventura County. The high school youth are called Big Brothers or Big Sisters and the elementary or middle school youth to whom they are assigned is the Little Brother or Sister. The cost to match a high school
A special thank you to those 75 Fillmore High School youth (some of whom are pictured above) who volunteer to make a difference in the lives of a younger child. The youth meet weekly to do homework, arts and crafts, or to talk about something of interest or simply share how their week has gone. In addition the youth go on trips together (on February 15 they are going to the LA Zoo). The youth are supervised by program staff; Amelia Aparicio for Mountain Vista, Sespe and the Boys and Girls' Club; Norma Magana and Alicia Rodriguez at Fillmore Middle School. The program started matching high school youth with 5 - 12 year old elementary and middle school students in 2000. In 2003 the Fillmore/Piru Mentor Program joined Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ventura County. The high school youth are called Big Brothers or Big Sisters and the elementary or middle school youth to whom they are assigned is the Little Brother or Sister. The cost to match a high school "Big" and elementary "Little" is approximately $1500 per match. Studies have shown that the longer the match the greater the experience for both the "Big" and the "Little". Most high school students are signed up to be a mentor in their Freshmen year and they are encouraged to continue on through all four years of high school. If you are interested in donating to the program or would like to know more, please contact Lynn at 907-6576.
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There was tense anticipation as 32 students competed to earn the title of Mountain Vista School Spelling Bee Champion. Luke Myers, champion, won in the 8th round with the word “accomplice.” Micha Hartzell is runner-up. The next stage in the competition is a Region Bee in February. That winner will compete at the County level; and the County Spelling Bee Champ will continue to the national competition in Washington, D.C.
There was tense anticipation as 32 students competed to earn the title of Mountain Vista School Spelling Bee Champion. Luke Myers, champion, won in the 8th round with the word “accomplice.” Micha Hartzell is runner-up. The next stage in the competition is a Region Bee in February. That winner will compete at the County level; and the County Spelling Bee Champ will continue to the national competition in Washington, D.C.
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Above, one of the Alpacas that were shared with the students at Fillmore Middle School.
Above, one of the Alpacas that were shared with the students at Fillmore Middle School.
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Courtesy of Dustin Boschee, Tony Hurtado

When the alpacas came to FMS we learned many things. Here are a few of them. One fact we learned is that the white spot gene is fatal and 9 out of 10 alpacas with that gene would be deaf. We also learned alpacas have 74 chromosomes. Also we learned that having a white fleece is a dominant trait. Alpaca breeders breed for the softest microfibers in their fleece. Alpacas are a member of the camel family.

Alpacas also have some protection strategies. One of them is they spit when threatened. Alpacas also have two sharp nails on their toes so that they can climb up the mountains in Peru and Chile. Alpacas also take turns sleeping throughout the night to avoid predators. Alpacas have thick fleece to stay warm. Those are some protection strategies of alpacas.

Our favorite part of meeting the alpacas was being able to pet them and feed them. We also liked the feeling of their fleece because it felt like a marshmallow. Another part we liked was that we got to feel the products produced from the alpaca fleece. Some of the products we got to touch were socks, scarves, and beanies. We want to thank Jared Warren and his family for bringing their alpacas to Fillmore Middle School for the entire day. Every seventh grade student had the opportunity to learn about alpaca genetics. ALPACAS RULE!!!

 
Josh Overton with the January Peacebuilders/Character Counts recipients.
Josh Overton with the January Peacebuilders/Character Counts recipients.
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On Monday, January 11, 2010, San Cayetano School recognized good citizenship and character at their Peacebuilder Assembly for the month of January. Mr. Josh Overton came to San Cayetano to speak to the students about what a good citizen is and how displaying good character could enrich the students and others in the community around them. Each teacher chose a student from his or her class whom showed excellent character and peace-building skills. Julian Calderon and Christina De La Mora, the San Cayetano ASB President and Vice-President, assisted Mr. Overton in handing out the Peacebuilder Awards. The Peacebuilders for January are: Sara Arroyo, Amber Cervantez, Daisy Jimenez, Ariana Felix, Juan Galindo, Addy Almanza, Jonathon Rosales, Enrique Felix, Mariana Acevez, Victor Jimenez, Noah Stoessel, Aiyanna Simental, Bryant Herrera, Jose Acosta, Kirah Collins, Johana Garcia, Jose Romero, Elizabeth Magana, Johan Hernandez, Anthony Morales, and Josue Morga. Julian and Christina then announced to the students that the Rainbow Foundation is sponsoring the San Cayetano Character Counts Award of a $100.00 savings bond. Mr. Overton presented the Character Counts Award to a deserving first grade student. Noelani Sanchez was chosen by the first grade teachers as a model of outstanding behavior and kindness to the other students. To conclude the assembly, students were reminded to turn in their Perfect Attendance tickets. Each month all students who come to school, each day, on time, are given an orange raffle ticket. The students place their tickets in a box and one ticket is drawn. The student whose ticket is drawn is given a backpack full of supplies. Each month, the tickets will be put into a larger box that will be kept until the end of the year. In June, Mrs. Marholin, the principal, will draw from the tickets to give away new bicycles, an I-pod shuffle, and three large stuffed animals. Celeste Mendez from Mrs. Pelkey’s first grade won the Perfect Attendance Award for the month of January.

 

Last week we had many sporting events take place at Fillmore High School. Boys and girls soccer played Carpinteria last Wednesday; boys frosh lost 2-0, boys JV tied 1-1, and boys varsity lost 2-1. Girls soccer JV lost 3-1 and girls varsity lost 7-0 . They also played against Oaks Christian and boys varsity lost 2-1 and girls varsity lost 9-0. Girls Basketball played this week against La Reina; both teams won, Varsity 43-41 in overtime. Varsity girls also played Villanova this week and defeated them 60-49. As of now Varsity is 2-1 in league and JV is 1-1 in league. Boys Basketball played this week against Oak Park; all teams lost. Frosh and Varsity played later in the week against Grace Brothren, both teams won, the final score of the Varsity game was 74-43. Bishop Diego was their final game of the week; Frosh won, JV lost, and Varsity won 60-44. Wrestling also had a weekend match, please read next week for scores. The pep squad competed this Sunday in Long Beach against 6 teams from different counties. We came in first place and also took home Grand Champions which means that we had the highest score out of all the school teams at this competition. The formal was also a success. Students danced the entire night to DJ Divine from Q-1047. Lets go Flashes!!!

 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010
5:15 P.M. – CLOSED SESSION
6:00 P.M. - REGULAR MEETING
627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA

AGENDA
The public may review or request a copy of support materials provided to the Board Members where the word materials appears.
5:15 p.m.
I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
II. ROLL CALL
III. PUBLIC COMMENT ON NONAGENDA ITEMS, PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the Board. State law prohibits the Board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.
IV. CLOSED SESSION
The Board of Education will meet from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. to CONTINUED »