YOU ARE INVITED

Where: Piru Community Center
When: Tuesday, January 5th, 2009 from 6:30-8:00pm

Please join us to answer any questions about our proposal, to hear from enthusiastic local parents who have visited a local charter school, and to hear from parents who have their children currently attending charter schools. Come hear why these parents are fully committed to charter schools!

CHOOSE CHOICE FOR YOUR CHILD
CHOOSE TO SUPPORT PIRU CHARTER SCHOOL

For more info go to www.pirucharterschool.blogspot.com or send us an email at pirucharterschool@earthlink.net

ESTAN INVITADOS
Junta Para Escuela Charter de Piru
Para Padres y la Comunidad
Centro de Comunidad de Piru
martes, enero 5o del 2009 6:30-8:00pm
Los esperamos para poder contestar sus preguntas sobre nuestra propuesta, y para que puedan escuchar a padres que están entusiasmados después de haber visitado una escuela charter de la zona y también a padres que ya tienen a sus hijos en una escuela charter. Vengan a escuchar porque estos padres están tan felices de cooperar en la educación de sus hijos en escuelas charter.

We hope you have enjoyed a restful holiday and are now ready to think about plans for the New Year! One of the most important choices you have for the months ahead is your child’s education. We hope you are joining with us in supporting Piru Charter School, and have planned a meeting in the Piru Community Center on Tuesday, January 5th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to answer any final questions about this proposal, and to hear not only from enthusiastic local parents who have visited a local charter school, but from visiting parents who are excited to have their children attending a charter school right now. Come hear why these parents are fully committed to charter schools!

The goals for Piru Charter School continue to be:
Keep Piru School Open
Lower Class Sizes in the Upper Grades
Make Better Choices with Our School Money
Provide for a Possible K-8 Learning Opportunity
Continue Piru School’s Path to Success!

It is our belief that only by choosing to convert to Piru Charter School, can Piru parents be given the choice of schooling options they need in order to assure that every Piru student be given a high quality learning opportunity as they begin life.

Misinformation has been spread about charter schools. Come hear for yourself, the facts in a quiet sharing of information. Next week Piru Elementary will have a chance to choose not be guided by the continued attempts of Fillmore Unified School District , but by the Ventura County Office of Education and Success. Choose choice for your child. Choose to support Piru Charter School!
Tuesday, January 5th 6:30. We hope to see you there!
pirucharterschool@earthlink.net

 


 

There is more to cover than space allows. Our next meeting is open to the public and will be held Monday, Jan. 4th at 6:30 pm in the Fillmore High School Band Room. If you want to get the Fillmore Band Boosters, Fillmore Elementary Schools, FMS, and FHS Band updates, contact us or look for our web site to be up and running next month.

The Fillmore Band Boosters are making every effort to raise upwards of $40,000.00 for high school band uniforms. On December 9th, they held a drawing for an Excursion on the Fillmore and Western Train and a fifty-fifty drawing where $150.00 was raised. Mrs. Delores Pace won the trip for two generously donated by Teresa Wilkinson of Fillmore and Western Railway. The winning fifty-fifty ticket worth $75.00 belonged to Szilvia Beylik, a middle school band parent who graciously donated her prize back to the band uniform account. Thank you Mrs. Beylik! The following day, Mrs. Delores Pace also made a generous contribution to the uniforms account. Another thanks!

Deep appreciation goes to all of the parents who showed up to support their children in band and to parents and Band Booster members who volunteered their time and shivered by the doors selling pre-wrapped goodies. We would also like to acknowledge Fillmore Middle School employees, Mary Ecklund, Johnny, and Ralph Topete for their help and support.

On Saturday, Dec.12 at the Piru Christmas Parade, the Band Boosters President, and four high school band members, Brandy Nisbet, Claire Faith, Grace Simon, and Karissa Tarango braved the rain selling fundraising goodies and collecting donations for dinner for two at El Pescador in Fillmore and another fifty fifty drawing. Mr. Jesus Ortiz, gifted certificates for dinner for two at his popular restaurant. The El Pescador gift certificate was won by a nice lady whose name is safely locked up in the band room, but will be acknowledged next week. This time the fifty- fifty prize went to Debbie Sanchez, who was there as a representative for Relay for Life. The total amount donated was $460.00 giving a nice $230.00 Christmas bonus to Mrs. Sanchez who turned around and gave the money right back to the uniform fund, less her $20.00 investment. Thank you Mrs. Sanchez!
Band Boosters wishes to thank the community of Piru and Mrs. Maria Trokye for their support and for allowing us to set up a booth during the Piru Christmas festival. Talk about a community with heart!  

Blessings to all and a Happy New Year!
Band Booster President, Debbie Galarza

 


 
Bridges After School Program at Mountain Vista put on a great Nutcracker sampler for their Christmas show this year. Coordinator Chantee Campos choreographed the dances with the help of Kianna Tarango. Sheila Campos made all the costumes from scratch. The other staff members also helped put this together which include Jolene Palacio, Brittany Holmes, Nicole Acosta, Susie Murillo, and Pricella Becerra. The staff did hair, make-up, music, and props. The props were made by Tressa Saviors. Thirty five students from the program participated. Many of these students would never have the opportunity to participate in dance or theatre so this was a great experience for them. The kids were amazing, and very much into their character. They brought tears to our eyes. Staff, students, and volunteers all did an awesome job with this performance. They plan on doing this again next year by adding more dances. Way to go Bridges After School Program at Mountain Vista! Submitted by Chantee Campos.
Bridges After School Program at Mountain Vista put on a great Nutcracker sampler for their Christmas show this year. Coordinator Chantee Campos choreographed the dances with the help of Kianna Tarango. Sheila Campos made all the costumes from scratch. The other staff members also helped put this together which include Jolene Palacio, Brittany Holmes, Nicole Acosta, Susie Murillo, and Pricella Becerra. The staff did hair, make-up, music, and props. The props were made by Tressa Saviors. Thirty five students from the program participated. Many of these students would never have the opportunity to participate in dance or theatre so this was a great experience for them. The kids were amazing, and very much into their character. They brought tears to our eyes. Staff, students, and volunteers all did an awesome job with this performance. They plan on doing this again next year by adding more dances. Way to go Bridges After School Program at Mountain Vista! Submitted by Chantee Campos.
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Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 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
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Mountain Vista’s ASB Class organized a canned food drive. With the help of the all the classes they were able to collect close to 300 items, which will be given to a local service club and distributed locally in Fillmore.
Mountain Vista’s ASB Class organized a canned food drive. With the help of the all the classes they were able to collect close to 300 items, which will be given to a local service club and distributed locally in Fillmore.
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David Sanchez, President of the California Teachers Association and a former Kindergarten Teacher in Santa Maria, visited with the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association to discuss the federal “Race To The Top” and the state of California’s fiscal situation. Pictured (l-r) CTA President David Sanchez, FUTA President Theresa Marvel taking diligent notes and Kim Mina, CTA Primary Contact Staff at the Oxnard Regional Field Office. The state President of CTA had just come to Fillmore via Washington DC where he was in conference with the Secretary of the Dept. of Education and legislators regarding the issues that he spoke to FUTA about. Sanchez left Fillmore for another meeting in Sacramento regarding not only our local concerns but also the current state of educational affairs in California.
David Sanchez, President of the California Teachers Association and a former Kindergarten Teacher in Santa Maria, visited with the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association to discuss the federal “Race To The Top” and the state of California’s fiscal situation. Pictured (l-r) CTA President David Sanchez, FUTA President Theresa Marvel taking diligent notes and Kim Mina, CTA Primary Contact Staff at the Oxnard Regional Field Office. The state President of CTA had just come to Fillmore via Washington DC where he was in conference with the Secretary of the Dept. of Education and legislators regarding the issues that he spoke to FUTA about. Sanchez left Fillmore for another meeting in Sacramento regarding not only our local concerns but also the current state of educational affairs in California.
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The Fillmore Fire and Sheriff Departments barbecued lunch for the students at Sierra High School on Friday, December 11th. Pictured (l-r) is Sheriffs Sgt. Dave Wareham, Deputy Jerry Petersen, Captain Tim Hagel, and Fillmore Fire Chief Rigo Landeros.
The Fillmore Fire and Sheriff Departments barbecued lunch for the students at Sierra High School on Friday, December 11th. Pictured (l-r) is Sheriffs Sgt. Dave Wareham, Deputy Jerry Petersen, Captain Tim Hagel, and Fillmore Fire Chief Rigo Landeros.
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California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, Calif., Dec. 16, 2009 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce a $300,000 grant award from the National Science Foundation to Dr. Ching-Hua Wang, Director of MS in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Program and Special Assistant to the Provost at CSU Channel Islands, and colleagues from San Diego State and Chico State Universities. The grant will be used to develop ethics education content for three different PSM fields: Biotechnological Science, Computational Science, and Environmental Science and to integrate the content into the Professional Science Master (PSM) programs within the CSU system.

The two-year PSM programs are innovative and rigorous, combining graduate education in science and technology with industry-relevant education in business, management, communication, and law. The ethics education program will be used throughout the CSU campuses and the National Science Foundation would also like the program disseminated to other campuses in the nation. Currently, there are over 120 Professional Science Master programs in the United States.

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Camarillo, Calif., Dec. 16, 2009 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will welcome back to the campus 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Professor Muhammad Yunus on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010.

The University will host several campus activities during Dr. Yunus’ visit. His book, Creating a World without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism, was selected for the CI annual Campus Reading Celebration. At a morning event, Professor Yunus will discuss the book and review social projects with CI faculty, staff and students.

At 4 p.m., the general public will have an opportunity to join students from CI, Ventura, Moorpark, and Oxnard Colleges at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza to discuss social business and the new-found corporate interest in social business.

The University expects a sold-out event and encourages the general public to buy tickets as soon as possible to assure a seat for this event. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza at http://www.toaks.org/cap/tickets/events/event.asp?eventID=1514

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Camarillo, Calif. Dec. 15, 2009 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) announced the receipt of a $250,000 grant for its Nursing Program. Funding was provided by the Foundation for California Community Colleges and Kaiser Permanente Fund for Health Education at the East Bay Community Foundation, through collaboration with the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care (CINHC) and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

The grant was one of seven awarded to California community college/university partnerships to develop model programs for fast track transitions from an associate nursing degree (ADN) to a bachelor nursing degree (BSN) program. This program will create a better educated nursing workforce as well as increase the quality of healthcare throughout the state.

CI is collaborating with Santa Barbara City College, Ventura College, and Moorpark College to discuss streamlining curriculum to make sure that all course prerequisites to continue on to a BSN would be met at the community college level and that all lower level general education requirements are also completed at the community college. This process allows students to move smoothly into upper division work without delay. Graduating with a BSN allows nursing students many more career options, such as public health nursing, and allows students to move directly into a Master’s program if he or she wishes.

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California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, Calif., Dec. 15, 2009 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) recently was recognized with an honorable mention in the 2008 Campus Votes Challenge. The Challenge, administered by the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, was originated to encourage voting participation in the 2008 presidential election by college and university students nationwide. More than forty undergraduate colleges and universities participated.

Tisch College’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) released figures indicating that the national average for voter turnout among the nation’s 18-24 year old college students was 59.7 percent. The seven winners of the 2008 Campus Votes Challenge had a turnout of over 70 percent. The 15 institutions receiving honorable mention, including CI, had a turnout of over 60 percent.

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Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2009
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 CONTINUED »

 
Kenneth Chambers on the far right, was the highest Jog-A-Thon money earner at San Cayetano. Kenneth collected $160. His prize for winning was to invite three friends for lunch at Elkins Golf Course with the principal. His three friends were Ty Wyand, Nathan Alverdi and Christopher Cisneros. All the boys are in first grade. All monies collected from the Jog-A-Thon go into the ASB Fund to pay for the classroom field trip. Way to go Kenneth!
Kenneth Chambers on the far right, was the highest Jog-A-Thon money earner at San Cayetano. Kenneth collected $160. His prize for winning was to invite three friends for lunch at Elkins Golf Course with the principal. His three friends were Ty Wyand, Nathan Alverdi and Christopher Cisneros. All the boys are in first grade. All monies collected from the Jog-A-Thon go into the ASB Fund to pay for the classroom field trip. Way to go Kenneth!
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Camarillo, CA. - The annual California State University Media Arts Festival was held Nov. 7 at CSU Fullerton. Student entries from various campuses in the 23 campus CSU system were submitted to the Festival, out of which 30 finalists were chosen for award competition within nine categories: Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Interactive, Music Video, Narrative, Television, Feature Screenplay, and Short Screenplay.

CSU Channel Islands (CI) announced that four students from its Art Program received place recognition for their films: Charlotte Ferguson, Director and Producer, Second Place for her Interactive entry, Velouria Vodka; Kellam Cunningham, Director, and Luke Sommer, Producer, Second Place recognition for their Television entry, Xtreme Dog Walking; Katherine Thompson, Director and Producer, Third Place recognition for her Interactive entry, KMTdesign.com. The finalist projects were screened at the Festival and Rosebud Award (first place) winners were announced.

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Fenton Avenue Charter School is one of the oldest and most successful charter schools in the State of California.  Located in Lake View Terrace, in the San Fernando Valley, becoming an independent charter school transformed the campus from a school with test scores in the early 90's in the single digits, to becoming a California Distinguished School with test scores that exceed virtually all the other regular public schools in the northeast San Fernando Valley.
Fenton Avenue Charter School is one of the oldest and most successful charter schools in the State of California. Located in Lake View Terrace, in the San Fernando Valley, becoming an independent charter school transformed the campus from a school with test scores in the early 90's in the single digits, to becoming a California Distinguished School with test scores that exceed virtually all the other regular public schools in the northeast San Fernando Valley.
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Piru parents, teachers and students listen as Fenton Charter School Director Irene Sumida explains why becoming a charter school will benefit Piru students, like it has benefited the students of their school.
Piru parents, teachers and students listen as Fenton Charter School Director Irene Sumida explains why becoming a charter school will benefit Piru students, like it has benefited the students of their school.
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Fenton Charter School Family Center Director Tony Peña and Fenton parents share why they are so happy that their children attend a charter school, and say why they think it would be better for Piru children, too.
Fenton Charter School Family Center Director Tony Peña and Fenton parents share why they are so happy that their children attend a charter school, and say why they think it would be better for Piru children, too.
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Piru visitors tour the primary grade science lab at Fenton Charter School, while Fenton students are working cooperatively on a project about ecosystems.
Piru visitors tour the primary grade science lab at Fenton Charter School, while Fenton students are working cooperatively on a project about ecosystems.
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Piru visitors see Fenton Charter School's upper grade science lab, where students are learning about the geology of the sea floor.
Piru visitors see Fenton Charter School's upper grade science lab, where students are learning about the geology of the sea floor.
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Every classroom at Fenton Charter School is equipped with a modern teacher workstation, where the teacher can present information on the LCD projector, control all the students' computers, and speak through a sound amplification system, so that all students can clearly hear, as well as see, every lesson.
Every classroom at Fenton Charter School is equipped with a modern teacher workstation, where the teacher can present information on the LCD projector, control all the students' computers, and speak through a sound amplification system, so that all students can clearly hear, as well as see, every lesson.
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Are charter schools private? Do they charge money to attend? Do they provide fewer programs and services than regular public schools? Rumors and myths about charter schools have been spread around the Piru and Fillmore communities since nine Piru teachers submitted a petition to the Fillmore USD on September 16th to convert Piru Elementary into an independent charter school. On the day before Thanksgiving, a group of seven Piru school parents took a break from their holiday meal preparations to spend the morning finding out the facts for themselves by visiting a real charter school. They went, along with a small group of Piru teachers, to visit Fenton Charter School, in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Only 37 miles from Piru, Fenton is one of the oldest charter schools in California; it started in 1994 as one of the first independent conversion charters in the state, and its demographics almost exactly mirror those of Piru School: 87% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch, 54% are in the English as a Second Language program, and come from a primarily Hispanic community. The visitors were greeted by Fenton Director Irene Sumida, who started at Fenton as an assistant principal before it became a charter school. “Districts tend to treat all schools as if they are the same,” Ms. Sumida told the group. “Why should you be treated that way? If your school is isolated from the District, don’t you (parents and teachers) know what is best for your school?”

Also leading the tour was Tony Peña, the director of the Family Center at Fenton Charter School. Here parents come during the day to take ESL classes while a daycare and preschool is provided for their young children. Mr. Peña explained that he grew up in the neighborhood and attended Fenton before it was a charter, going on to Maclay Junior High and San Fernando High School, then returned to Fenton to work at the school before it became a charter, and has been working there since 1992. He still lives nearby, and both his daughters attended Fenton Charter School. He made the point that becoming a charter is so popular with the neighborhood parents that“98% of parents (at Fenton) prefer keeping their kids in a charter school (when they leave Fenton), and I was one of those parents.”

At the Fenton Family Center, in the middle of the school’s campus, Mr. Peña introduced us to four of the parents who were taking ESL classes there, while their young children attended preschool right next door. They chuckled when asked if they were required to pay for services and were emphatic to stress that no fees are required from parents for any services. They all agreed with him that because Fenton is a charter school, it provides more services to the children and parents, from parent ESL classes, afterschool programs, more technology for the students, and a bigger voice for parents in how their school is run, and how the funds are spent. As Mr. Peña emphasized, because Fenton is an independent charter school, the money for the children’s education comes directly to their school, and the charter doesn’t “have to share (it) with the District office.”

Ms. Sumida and Mr. Peña showed parents the clean, neat facilities, the well-provisioned cafeteria, and some of the 900 computers on the Fenton campus, introduced them to the four full-time technology specialists who keep those 900 computers up and running, guided them through Fenton’s own TV studio, which also serves as their school’s board room for council meetings, and took them through the science labs, art room and several regular classrooms, which have no more than 25 students. The lower grade classes get an aide for three hours daily, and the upper grades for 1.5 hours daily. At the end of the tour, the parents agreed that being a charter allowed Fenton the opportunity to do great things for kids, and hoped that other Piru parents would take the opportunity to visit charter schools, like Fenton, so they could see for themselves what becoming a charter could mean for Piru Elementary. Several of the parents offered to take back other interested parents who might like to visit Fenton Charter School for themselves. To reach them, please send an email to pirucharterschool@earthlink.net
So what did the Piru parents learn from this trip? Charter schools are free, public schools, just like regular public schools, they do not charge money to attend, and charter schools provide MORE services and programs than regular public schools. These parents saw what the parents at Fenton already know: charter schools are better equipped to respond to the desires of parents in order to meet the needs of their children.

 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 2009
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 5:15 to 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. If the Board does not complete Closed Session discussions at this time, the Board may adjourn to Closed Session at the end of the regular meeting. DISCLOSURE OF ITEM(S) TO BE DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION School District Pupils (Education Code 35146)
o Expulsion Case Number 09-10-07 Conference with CONTINUED »

 
Sixth grade Indians arrive for the feast at Piru School. Parents, students, and staff gathered Friday, November 20 for the second annual Piru Thanksgiving Celebration. Over one-hundred family and community members joined Piru School’s staff and students to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Feast. The Piru cafeteria staff of Sherry McCary, Alysha Duncan, María Villarreal-Rivas, Ms. Maribel Soliz, Brenda Peterson, and  Karen Victor put an extra effort into preparing this lunch to make it possible for so many to share a special meal together. Students made placemats for the seasonally decorated tables and ASB members waited on the tables. Classified and Certificated staff served over 450 meals then joined their classes for the feast. From the happy and contented faces, the celebration was appreciated by all who attended.
Sixth grade Indians arrive for the feast at Piru School. Parents, students, and staff gathered Friday, November 20 for the second annual Piru Thanksgiving Celebration. Over one-hundred family and community members joined Piru School’s staff and students to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Feast. The Piru cafeteria staff of Sherry McCary, Alysha Duncan, María Villarreal-Rivas, Ms. Maribel Soliz, Brenda Peterson, and Karen Victor put an extra effort into preparing this lunch to make it possible for so many to share a special meal together. Students made placemats for the seasonally decorated tables and ASB members waited on the tables. Classified and Certificated staff served over 450 meals then joined their classes for the feast. From the happy and contented faces, the celebration was appreciated by all who attended.
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Liz Wilde and Piru students enjoy their pre-holiday feast.
Liz Wilde and Piru students enjoy their pre-holiday feast.
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A group of 4th and 5th grade students at San Cayetano School have been working twice a week with students from all four of the first grade classes. The 4th and 5th graders have been working on skills such as letter names and sounds, compound words, sight words, addition, and oral sentences.
A group of 4th and 5th grade students at San Cayetano School have been working twice a week with students from all four of the first grade classes. The 4th and 5th graders have been working on skills such as letter names and sounds, compound words, sight words, addition, and oral sentences.
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The older students have enjoyed being able to work with their younger buddies as they themselves have improved their speaking skills and confidence. The younger students have enjoyed having the older students interact with them in a positive manner while they have worked on fundamental skills in reading and mathematics.
The older students have enjoyed being able to work with their younger buddies as they themselves have improved their speaking skills and confidence. The younger students have enjoyed having the older students interact with them in a positive manner while they have worked on fundamental skills in reading and mathematics.
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The purpose of the organization is the children. To make a commitment and give up some personal time to perform at the groups highest level and serve. That consists of all welcomed and invited who choose to do so.

As stated and mentioned before FOP'S sincerely thanks and appreciates the tremendous support of the Piru and Fillmore community for always supporting us and our fundraisers. This has allowed us to be able to have educating Field trips, the first out door school camp trips teaching respect and inspire wonder, educating and rewarding field assemblies, bus transportation's, High School Scholarship's, Ice cream socials, prizes for children for rewards, class parties, computer supplies, books, paint supplies and materials for projects, school farm necessities, printers, laminator, nurse office supplies, fun festivities with everyone and more. Despite all it has been so rewarding to have been apart of all that his been accomplished.

Teachers and staff that have been so truly recognized and greatly honored. Where would we and the world be with out these great mentors.

Due to the current situation FRIENDS OF PIRU SCHOOL has been under tight scrutiny. FRIENDS OF PIRU SCHOOL has a huge job now to try and re earn the trust of parents and community. I know from personal experience that we as a group can survive and strive forward. It will just take time and everything will be better with FAITH, HOPE, PATIENCE, HOPE and the WILL.

Sincerely,
FRIENDS OF PIRU SCHOOL
Katharine Warring Ponce

 

Several weeks ago we asked the Piru Neighborhood Council for the opportunity to have a half hour on their agenda to present our plans and hopes for creating a charter school in Piru for next school year. We were told that we could be placed on the November 18th meeting agenda, and planned to make a formal presentation and answer questions.

However, at the end of last week, we were informed that the format of our appearance must be changed. We would not be allowed to make a presentation, instead we would simply answer questions put to us from those in attendance. Then we learned that one of the minority of teachers at Piru who opposes the charter petition would be given his own table, and the opportunity to answer the same questions, as well.

Everyone should be given an opportunity to address the Neighborhood Council, and that includes us. However, the weekend before the meeting, the presentation had been changed into some sort of debate. We must decline such a meeting, as it is our goal, especially after the way the District conducted their meetings at Piru School, to lower the amount of conflict in the community.

It would not be of benefit to our children nor the community to continue such confrontation and accusation. Instead, we welcome opportunities to share information, clarify facts, answer questions and correct misinformation. We are convinced that allowing Piru School to become independent by converting into a charter school will most greatly benefit Piru's children and the community, and we are willing to stake our careers, our seniority and our job security upon it, because we believe the benefits to the children far outweigh our personal risks.

Hace varias semanas hemos pedido al Piru Neighborhood Council para la oportunidad de tener una media hora en su programa a presentar nuestros planes y esperanzas para la creación de una escuela chárter en Piru para el próximo año escolar. Nos dijeron que podríamos el 18 de noviembre hacer una presentación formal y responder a preguntas.

Sin embargo, al final de la semana pasada, nos informaron que hay que cambiar el formato de nuestra apariencia. A nosotros no se les permitiría hacer una presentación, en su lugar solamente pudieramos simplemente responder a las preguntas de personas en asistencia. A continuación, nos hemos enterado de que uno de la minoría de los maestros de Piru quien esta opuesto a la petición de la Carta se diera su propia mesa y la oportunidad de responder a las mismas preguntas.

Estamos de acuerdo que todo el mundo debe tener una oportunidad para abordar al Piru Neighborhood Council, y eso incluye a nosotros. Sin embargo, al fin de la semana pasada, antes de la reunión, la presentación se había cambiada en algún tipo de debate. Nosotros debemos rechazar tal reunión, ya que es nuestro objetivo, especialmente después de la forma en que el Distrito llevó a cabo sus reuniones en la escuela de Piru, para disminuir la cantidad de conflictos en la Comunidad.

No sería de beneficio para nuestros estudiantes ni la Comunidad para continuar tal confrontación y acusaciónes. En su lugar ,agradeciremos las oportunidades para compartir información, aclarar los hechos, responder a las preguntas y correctar información errónea. Estamos convencidos de que permitiendo que la escuela de Piru llegue a ser independientes en convirtiendo en una escuela chárter beneficiará más enormemente a los niños de Piru y la Comunidad, y estamos dispuestos a riesgar nuestra carrera, nuestra antiguedad y nuestra seguridad en el empleo en él, porque creemos que los beneficios a los niños superan nuestros riesgos personales.