“NOT YOUR MOTHER’S FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT-THIS ONE WILL ROCK YOU”

Where: San Cayetano Elementary School 514 Mountain View St. Fillmore, CA. Phone: (805) 524-6040
When: Tuesday March 24th 6-7:30PM
Who: All elementary students in Fillmore and Piru. Hosted by San Cayetano’s NASA Team.

Experience being captured as a human bubble, explore sea specimens with the hands-on mobile marine lab, be part of live video-conferencing with Steve at Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena-ask him about the Mars Rover , make a balloon rocket, NASA will have some robotics and all of the listed agencies will have hands-on science activities for the students…

Ventura County Astronomical Society, Dept. of Water Resources, California Oil Museum, UCSB Physics Circus, SBVC Dental Care Foundation, United Water Conservation District, California Condor Recovery Program, Channel Islands National Park..

San Cayetano’s Science Fair Projects will be on exhibit.

 


 
Kay Faulconer Boger
Kay Faulconer Boger

VENTURA: Dr. Kay Faulconer Boger, Dean of Economic Development and Off-Campus Programs, was named the winner of the California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE) 2009 Excellence in Leadership Award. The Award Luncheon will be held in San Francisco in March.
Dr. Faulconer Boger joined the Ventura College team in 1981. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from CSU Northridge, her M.B.A. and Master’s degrees from Pepperdine University and her Ed.D. from the University of Southern California.
The CCCAOE provides leadership for occupational education and economic development professionals involved in workplace development and the enhancement of California’s position within a global economy.
For more information, contact Dr. Faulconer-Boger at 805-654-6368.

 


 

VENTURA: The Ventura College Psychology Club is hosting an interactive event designed to encourage students and the community to think carefully about the short and long term effects of alcohol and substance abuse, right in time for the extended party-time known as Spring Break. The Project will be hosted by the Club on March 27 (Friday) from 8:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. on the lawn between the LRC and the Science Building. Beer Cups are provided and the public is invited to participate by creating a tribute cup to those lost or injured to substance/alcohol abuse, visiting the resource booths and hearing the speakers.
Speakers (all in Room UV-2 – times/speakers subject to change):
• Mike, former addict and current counselor, 8:30 a.m.
• Special Guest, info on DUIs and their aftermath 10:30 a.m.
• Steve, 11:30 a.m.
• David and EMT, 12:30 p.m.
• Steve and David are both recovering addicts and the EMT will be providing information

Resource Booths Available:
• Alcoholics Anonymous
• Khepper House
• Salvation Army
• Oxnard College
• Alanon
• VC Health Center
• Alternative Action Program
• Prototypes Women’s Center
• Participate in a beer goggle obstacle course

For additional information, please contact Professor Lucy Capuano Brewer at 654-6400 ext. 1395 or Public Information Officer Alisa Moore at 654-6462.

 


 

VENTURA: In celebration of National Week of the Young Child, the staff and students at the Ventura College Child Development Center are pleased to invite the public to their “Family Fun Day” to be held at the Center on the Ventura College Campus, Sunday, March 22, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is planned and presented by the students of the Ventura College Child Development instructional program.

The Child Development Center is located on the corner of Telegraph Road and West Campus Way, in Ventura. Free parking is available in the lots next to and across the street from the Center.

The event is for children 18 months old through eight years old and their families. The fees are $4.00 per child, 18 months and older, and $2.00 per adult. Tickets are available at the door. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Food and cold drinks will be available for purchase.

Proceeds will go toward new playground equipment and materials for the children’s center. A great afternoon for children 18 months thru 8 years and their families… Come ready for lots of hands-on play including art, science, woodworking, bubble play, pretend play, and so much more!

For additional information, call Robin Douglas, Child Development Center Supervisor at (805) 648-8930.

 


 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009

5:15 P.M. – CLOSED SESSION

6:00 p.m. – SPECIAL MEETING
BUDGET STUDY SESSION

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 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. CONTINUED »

 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

The unique country atmosphere of Piru Elementary has been upset this past week with the demotion of popular principal Richard Durborow, to a teaching position.

The Fillmore Unified School Board took action this past week, in closed session, with 5-0 voting to end Mr. Durborow’s role as principal at Piru and move him to a classroom position.

A petition, with 118 parent signatures, has been signed in support of Durborow, and upset parents filled the board room at the March 10th meeting, protesting the demotion.

Parents are questioning the timing of this action in connection with Durborow’s support of converting Piru Elementary into a charter school. Durborow has made no secret of his support for the charter school system, stating in the Ventura County Star [March 12, 2009], “We’ve been open about the desire to go charter.” And in his support of teachers who “want to go charter,” Durborow stated, “I’m absolutely dedicated to that effort.”
Durborow released a statement to the Gazette on Wednesday, March 18, “I am very disappointed in the decision making of the Fillmore Unified School District. It is appropriate for schools to consider becoming a charter school. Piru Elementary will continue to reach higher and put children first.” CONTINUED »

 
Presented by Ventura College East Campus and Santa Paula High School

VENTURA: Santa Paula High School and Ventura College are teaming up to present Junior Parent College Night on Wednesday, March 25 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. in the Santa Paula High School auditorium. Parents of high school juniors, especially, are encouraged to attend to receive essential information regarding financial aid, counseling, choosing a college and major, and requirements for getting into college. Sophomore and freshmen parents and students are also welcome.

The program will begin in the high school auditorium at 6:15 p.m. Parents and their students will then break into smaller groups to attend workshops (in either English or Spanish) on financial aid and college choices and requirements. These informative sessions will be presented by Ventura College counselors and financial aid specialists and there will be time set aside for questions. Childcare will be available in the Career Center and light refreshments will be served.
Please make time to get the information that you and your students will need to make informed decisions about their future.

For more information or questions, please contact Glenda Learn, Career Center Director, at 525-4406 ext. 2030.

 

San Cayetano is pleased and proud to announce that one of their robotics teams "Team Blue" won 1st place today for Southern California in the elementary division at the JPL Robotics Competition today. There were twenty one teams entered from elementary school to high school and San Cayetano had the second highest score in the whole competition . . . Go San Cayetano!!!

 
Middle School students enjoyed their annual Civil War Day expositions, Friday. Everything from period food, medical technology, weapons, and camp life were demonstrated.
Middle School students enjoyed their annual Civil War Day expositions, Friday. Everything from period food, medical technology, weapons, and camp life were demonstrated.
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Veronica Morris owner of Water Art Design stands with the San Cayetano Robotics students in T-Shirts that she created for the team. Two teams of four students will compete on March 17th at JPL in Pasadena. The students worked after school starting in January and the students picked which of their peers would represent them at the competition. Fillmore Sunrisers Rotary donated funds to take care of transportation and incidentals for the one day competition . This is truly exciting for San Cayetano to be part of this new adventure.
Veronica Morris owner of Water Art Design stands with the San Cayetano Robotics students in T-Shirts that she created for the team. Two teams of four students will compete on March 17th at JPL in Pasadena. The students worked after school starting in January and the students picked which of their peers would represent them at the competition. Fillmore Sunrisers Rotary donated funds to take care of transportation and incidentals for the one day competition . This is truly exciting for San Cayetano to be part of this new adventure.
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March’s San Cayetano Peacebuilders are shown with Fillmore Middle School principal Todd Schieferle.
March’s San Cayetano Peacebuilders are shown with Fillmore Middle School principal Todd Schieferle.
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San Cayetano students show off their Personal Success Award certificates.
San Cayetano students show off their Personal Success Award certificates.
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Miranda Vasquez won the Perfect Attendance Award for March.
Miranda Vasquez won the Perfect Attendance Award for March.
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On Tuesday, March 10, 2009, San Cayetano School recognized good citizenship and character at their Peacebuilder Assembly for the month of March. Mr. Todd Schieferle, principle of Fillmore Middle School, came to speak to the students about what a good citizen is and how being a good citizen can help not only the students, but others around them in their community. Roman Torango and Ian Overton, the San Cayetano ASB President and Vice-President assisted Mr.Schieferle in handing out the Peacebuilder certificates. The Peacebuilders for March are: Bailey Dietz, Soraya Negrete, Ray Thompson, Emma Ocegueda, Matthew Henschel, Jennifer Martinez, Mariah Garcia, Eva Vieyra Saldana, Trevor Scott, Shyleen Chavez, Alex Venegas, Jorge Hernandez, Joel Garza, Stephanie Magana, Arturo Garcia, Anabel Herrera,Tyler Stump, Sandra Gonzalez, Abby Sanchez, and Angelica Mercado. At the upper grade assembly, Roman then announced to the students that the Rainbow Foundation is sponsoring the San Cayetano Character Counts Award of a $100.00 savings bond. Sara Uridel, was chosen by the fourth grade teachers as a model of outstanding behavior, responsibility, and kindness to the other students. She was recognized with a certificate and the savings bond. To conclude the assembly, Ian reminded the students 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 two new bicycles. Miranda Vasquez won the Perfect Attendance Award for March.

 

The Space Shuttle Café is landing at San Cayetano on March 24th for the Second Annual Family Science Night. Come be part of this fun filled evening of hands-on science activities. This event is open to all local elementary students. You may pre-order dinners or just buy when you arrive. All of the activities are no cost. This family centered evening is sponsored by San Cayetano staff and the NASA Team. Mountain Vista Parents will host a bake sale at the event. Some of the events include: balloon rockets, human bubbles, gliders, and the following agencies will be here with activities: Ventura County Astronomical Society, Dept. of Water Resources, California Oil Museum, UCSB Physics Circus, Mobile Marine Lab, SBVC Dental Care Foundation, NASA-JPL, United Water Conservation District, California Condor Recovery Program and Channel islands National Park. Come join us for a great evening. Dinner begins after 5PM and the activities are from 6-7:30PM.

 

Many parents have chosen to take advantage of the afterschool program, Bridges, offered in Fillmore Unified School District. Now in its third year, the program serves over 400 students, providing a safe place from the moment school gets out until 6:00 PM. It is possible because of the California After School Education and Safety Grant known as ASES.

The staff of 24 energy driven young people are motivated to put together a high quality program, many hoping to go into education as a career. The program focuses on homework and academics with a hands-on, entertaining emphasis that is different from the school day. The SPARK PE program has been implemented at the sites and the kids are using equipment they would not have had. We have also added a Language Arts program called Lit Art at the elementary schools and Choices at the Middle School. As well as a social component called Second Steps that talks about how to get along and solve problems. CONTINUED »

 
Check Please
Check Please
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Dr. Fritz
Dr. Fritz
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VENTURA: The Ventura College Theatre Department will present four one-act plays directed, produced and acted by student thespians at the Ventura College Theatre on the weekends of March 26 (preview show), 27, and 28, and April 2, 3, 4, and 5. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. Admission to the final dress rehearsal to be held Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. is free and open to the public. In addition to the free preview performance, the performance on Thursday, April 2 at 8pm is also free to the public. Tickets are $7.00 general admission and $5.00 for students, staff, and seniors. Tickets are available at the door one half hour prior to each performance.

The four one-act plays are:

• Always by Jon Jory, directed by Chris Hull, a story of the joy and excitement that a budding relationship entails and the seemingly inevitable effects of time;

• Ten Thousand Cigarettes by Alex Broun, directed by Hillary Asbury, an exploration of the addiction, fantasies, and consequences of smoking;

• Check, please by Jonathan Rand, directed by TJ Mora, a series of dinner dates that couldn’t get any worse; and

• Dr. Fritz; or the Forces of Light by David Ives, directed by Kevin Bass, a tourist’s adventurous journey to find the mysterious Dr. Fritz, who supposedly can cure anything.

For additional information, call Professor Jay Varela at the Ventura College Theatre department at 805.654.6400 ext. 3194 or by email at jvarela@vcccd.edu. The general information number for the VC Theatre is 805.654.6392.

 

VENTURA: In celebration of National Week of the Young Child, the staff and students at the Ventura College Child Development Center are pleased to invite the public to their “Family Fun Day” to be held at the Center on the Ventura College Campus, Sunday, March 22, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is planned and presented by the students of the Ventura College Child Development instructional program.

The Child Development Center is located on the corner of Telegraph Road and West Campus Way, in Ventura. Free parking is available in the lots next to and across the street from the Center.

The event is for children 18 months old through eight years old and their families. The fees are $4.00 per child, 18 months and older, and $2.00 per adult. Tickets are available at the door. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Food and cold drinks will be available for purchase.

Proceeds will go toward new playground equipment and materials for the children’s center. A great afternoon for children 18 months thru 8 years and their families… Come ready for lots of hands-on play including art, science, woodworking, bubble play, pretend play, and so much more!

For additional information, call Robin Douglas, Child Development Center Supervisor at (805) 648-8930.

 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 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 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 08-09-07 CONTINUED »

 
Deputy Ragsdale demonstrated self-defense strategies to The “S” Club.
Deputy Ragsdale demonstrated self-defense strategies to The “S” Club.
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Fillmore High School has approved a new club for the students, The "S" Club. The "S" Club of Fillmore High School 's objectives are: 1.To be of service to the school and community. 2. To cooperate with school authorities in creating a school environment with high standards and ideals. 3. To prepare members to assume leadership in the business and professional world.
The "S" Club motto is Service, Leadership and Friendship. The "S" Club will allow the girls to be of service to the school and the community while developing their leadership skills and building friendships.
The "S" Club is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Fillmore. This group of business and professional women is dedicated to causes concerning women and girls! The members of the "S" Club will be meeting and getting to know the women in the Soroptimist Club, as well as networking with other Soroptimist clubs around the country and the world!
Now more than ever, girls need the support of the community to be successful. The club is girl driven and there will be plenty of opportunities for the members to use and develop their leadership skills.
Our first speaker was Deputy Erika Ragsdale, the topic was self defense. The response from the students has been great. Over 23 girls attended our first presentation by Deputy Erika Ragsdale, the topic was self defense. Deputy Ragsdale was informative, captivating the attending of all the members present. She welcomed questions from the group, demonstrated some self defense strategies and stressed to the girls to always be smart, use our common sense and do things in groups, never alone.
The "S" Club will be meeting during lunch time in room 45. Mrs. Juarez is our advisor. Please contact her or Pres. Oralia Herrera at magnoliares@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

 
Capture Yourself in a Bubble

Come to San Cayetano’s Second Annual Family Science Night on March 24th from 6-7:30PM. This is a free event for all elementary students in Fillmore and Piru. The purpose is to engage students and their families in free hands-on science activities. The San Cayetano NASA Team and school staff are hosting this great event for the students in our local community. The Space Shuttle Café will be here at 5PM to serve dinners all evening. If you wish to pre-order a dinner, please come to the San Cayetano school office. Come see our science fair, video-conferencing and robotics. Make a balloon rocket and measure and impact crater! These things and much, much more! We look forward to seeing you on March 24th.

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is continuing its commitment to community disaster preparedness education by reaching out to the schools in Ventura County.

On February 27th, Sheriff Bob Brooks sent 170 letters addressed to Ventura County elementary and middle schools principals encouraging them to join the effort in promoting disaster preparedness and assisting the children of our community in becoming educated, trained and better prepared. A Ready Kids Activity Book was also enclosed with instructions on how to obtain free copies for children enrolled in the schools. The Ready Kids Activity Book was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in an effort to educate children on how to prepare for and respond to emergencies. CONTINUED »