CUSD update: CHS library makeover, 2022-2023 calendar, teachers and students rewarded for arts and languages ​​of the world

School board administrators from the Coronado Unified School District met Thursday, June 9 at district offices where the board approved the 2022-2023 school calendar, approved the expanded learning opportunities program plan, and approved the contract for the renovation of the CHS library. But not before a few moments of celebration.

The CHS band entertained community members with a medley of music.

The advanced students of the CHS group, led by Matt Heinecke, presented the room with a collection of Beatles songs from the Cirque de Soleil musical, Love, as well as 1920s standards by Duke Ellington.

The board recognized recipients of the Arts Empower Ovation Awards, which were created by the San Diego County Board of Education to ensure that every child has access to arts education. The “Arts Empower Creative Leader” prize was awarded to four people: Cyndi Fuhrmann, teacher of the VAPA Village; Laura Hill, CHS art professor; Linda Kullmann, performing arts teacher at CMS, Village and Strand; as well as Kris McClung, founder of the Coronado School of the Arts. Karrie Jackson, art teacher at Coronado High School and Shane Schmeichel, director of special programs at CUSD, both received the “Artful Visionary” award.

The Arts Empower Ovation Awards recognize teachers for their role in teaching the visual and performing arts.

In addition, 47 students received the California State Biliteracy Seal for excelling in languages, from Filipino and Gaulish to French and Spanish. Retired Director of Learning Claudia Gallant said while working with the district in 2015-16, the Bi-Literacy Seal was a new but very promising initiative.

The Biliteracy State Seal recognizes students who have achieved a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages ​​in addition to English.

“[Biliteracy] was important to me and our district as a measure of academic achievement, as a 21st skill of the century and as a life skill,” said Gallant. “There’s nothing like being able to converse with people in their own language. It builds bridges, and I think our world really needs it.

The CHS women’s lacrosse team was also recognized for their CIF Championship, beating Bishop’s in the final game.

The CHS women’s lacrosse team was recognized for their victory at the CIF.

In comments from board members, trustee Whitney Antrim said CUSD’s legacy is a place where all students learn and grow. She congratulated the CUSD students for their successes over the past few years.

“I want to thank every student at CUSD for their courage over the past two years, for their resilience. They are outstanding,” Antrim said. “Everywhere I go at CUSD, I see children grounded in their truths, led by incredible educators. Who they are is not up for debate.

Administrator Esther Valdes-Clayton asked for a moment of pause and reflection to remember the victims of the Uvalde school shooting. On a related note, Superintendent Karl Mueller said the district will hold summer interagency training to strengthen school facilities and create safe and secure learning environments. The trainings, which will focus on site safety plans, will take place on school campuses with the Coronado Police Department and the Coronado Fire Department. The work also includes strategic camera placement and implementing Coronado Police Department safety recommendations, according to Mueller.

“It is important that the partnership continues to grow stronger and that we all work collectively to prioritize the physical and emotional safety of our students,” Mueller said.

Mueller also shared that he attended “Laramie Project: Ten Years Later,” a CoSA theater production that chronicled the rebuilding of a community in Wyoming after the murder of a gay college student. He said it was important for the community to remember that in 2011, when the CHS staged a performance of The Laramie Project, the production drew protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church. But the Coronado Council of Churches has lined up to step in and support the students and the production.

“The Coronado Council of Churches came to this performance in solidarity and stood up in support of our students,” Mueller said. “It was a very special and powerful moment.”

Regarding academic recovery, Mueller said he was happy to share that the summer school was meant to serve all students who were looking for remedial measures. The summer school will be free and will focus on the areas of math, language arts and biology, according to Mueller.

Several community members spoke, including school board candidate Scot Youngblood. He shared data from a recent Harvard study that demonstrated the negative consequences of distance learning on the education of students, especially those who are economically disadvantaged.

Laura Wilkinson, resident and mother of two, said she was concerned about the economic ramifications of bowing to community members who seek to impose their values ​​and change Coronado schools.

“I want to implore you to ignore those who want to change Coronado schools, which are already the best performing,” Wilkinson said.

She said if people are concerned about equity, diversity and inclusion, they should look no further than over the US Navy fence. Wilkinson quoted a Navy document that said, “As Marines – uniform and civilian, active and reserve – we cannot tolerate any form of discrimination and must engage in open and honest conversations with each other and take measures “.

“If it’s good enough for the US Navy, it’s good enough for CUSD schools,” Wilkinson said.

In Board Reports, Senior Graduate Declan Dineen presented his final report as President of the SBA. He thanked the board for the privilege and shared that he would attend Colby College in Waterville, Maine, most likely studying economics. He introduced the new SBA President, Luke Johnson, who would take over next year. He said he couldn’t imagine a better equipped person for the job.

The board voted to accept the annual audit for the year ending June 30e, 2021, and also approved the Federal CUSD LCAP Addendum Annual Update. Trustees also voted to approve the 2021 CUSD Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Plan, which will provide scholarships to CUSD families for child care, as well as before and after school tutoring for CMS students. and CHS.

The board also approved the tentative agreement between CUSD and its employee organizations, the Association of Coronado Teachers (ACT) and the California School Employees Association (CSEA). Highlights of the deal include an 11% pay raise for the ACT and CSEA, according to Assistant District Attorney Donnie Salamanca.

“We’re one of the few school districts in the county that fixed this early in the game,” Salamanca said. “I think it’s a testament to the trust and collaboration between the district and the employee groups.”

In addition, the board voted to approve a contract for the renovation of the CHS library. The upgrades are expected to be complete by the start of the 2022-23 school year, according to Mueller, and will ultimately transform the space. Updates include new charging stations, places where students can zoom in for a class at Southwestern College, new flooring, new paint, LED lighting, study rooms, collaboration spaces and Moreover.

Finally, the board approved the adoption of new AP Chemistry textbooks at CHS and approved the 2022-2023 school calendar.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors will take place on June 23.

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