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We at Centralia Elementary School District (ESD) take tremendous pride and responsibility in our work to ensure the best future possible for our scholars through the implementation of strong foundational programs to support their literacy, numeracy and all skills essential for quality #thefutureisnowCESD education. The awesome opportunity to serve and prepare our scholars is what compels our employees to continuously strive to implement rigorous and innovative programs that will provide our children the necessary skills, attitude and aptitude for success in high school and beyond.
The first day of school is August 8th. We are set to welcome close to 4,400 students to our schools. This is one of my favorite days as it sets a tone of positivity and possibility for all. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Cabinet, staff and myself, I welcome all new and returning families to the start of what promises to be another exciting year of learning in the Centralia ESD. Your decision to enroll your children in our schools is one that we celebrate and honor.
While the State of California continues its discussion of accountability systems, Centralia ESD continues to focus on rigorous instruction that has consistently resulted in our District earning higher percentages of proficient/advanced students as compared to Orange County and California in the areas of Language Arts and Mathematics. This is evidenced by having 25% of our schools earn a California Distinguished Schools honor in 2017/18 and 88% of our schools get recognition from the Educational Results Partnership in 2017/18 for the efforts of these schools to narrow the achievement gap. Innovation and creativity in our students is developed through the specialized programs. Two schools use the Engineering is Elementary curriculum and focus on this strand. Two schools have dedicated performing arts programs, including choir and dance. One of our schools is an AVID school and has partnered with local colleges for college and career experiences. One school is focusing on global literacy including the development of eco science. All of our schools focus on helping our children tap into their potential.
Renovation and modernization is happening at all district schools, thanks to the very supportive passing of Measure N in 2016 by our local community. Through these bond moneys, all 5th/6th grade classes have been modernized with flexible seating, enhanced audio systems, expanded technology displays, new carpeting, and 1:1 student Chromebook systems. These enhancements will support our classrooms to more effectively design instruction around collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. Other Measure N efforts taking place this year are the modernizations of the main offices at Raymond Temple and Miller School, additional portable buildings at Miller School and a new staff parking at Danbrook School.
Thanks to grants and partnerships, we also have a few specialized projects happening at some of our schools. Specifically, Danbrook and Centralia will each receive new solar shade structures through a partnership with Anaheim Public Utilities. These two schools, along with San Marino School, are also receiving new lighting fixtures under Proposition 39.
Our Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC), located at Danbrook School, is ready to serve all families who are in need of additional assistance. The center partners with UCI to provide free physicals, immunizations, and other medical services to students who qualify. Additionally, the NRC partners with Healthy Smiles to provide free dental exams and sealants to qualifying students. This walk-in center assists parents in applying for Medi-Cal for Families, Kaiser Permanente Child Health Plan and California Kids. Information is provided regarding the Cal-Fresh program, Housing, ESL adult classes, information for obtaining a GED certificate, counseling services, recreational classes for children, emergency shelters for homeless/displaced families, food distribution services and low cost medical and dental clinics. Additionally, WIC visits the NRC once a month to provide vouchers for women and infants. Please refer any family who is in need of additional support to (714) 228-3235.
Our schools encourage and support parent participation in School Site Council/English Learner Advisory Council, and the District English Learner Advisory Council. Please see your school principal if you are interested in joining these valuable parent advisory groups. I further encourage each family to support our school parent groups, such as PTA or PTSO and get involved in school activities. Your children truly appreciate seeing you during special school events! Centralia ESD enjoys positive and successful results educating your children because of our combined efforts to ensure student success. This success is due to the dedicated efforts of our staff, community partners, and parents whose ongoing support of our efforts each year to provide a quality educational program that prepares our students for college and career readiness and students who enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done.
Our schools are ready. Everything is in place. We are looking forward with anticipation for the upcoming successes and great things that we know will be taking place this year in the Centralia School District! Once again, on behalf of our Board of Trustees, all staff and myself, I welcome you to the 2018-19 school year!
Norma E. Martinez
Centralia School District