Welcome to Del Sur
Doug Johnson , Principal
Regular Office Hours: M-W & F, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
School Hours: M, T, W, F 8:30 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Thurs: 8:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.
May 2, 2016
Thank you parents of our third, fourth, and fifth grade students for helping your child perform at their optimum level on this year’s SBAC assessments. We have completed the first computerized English Language Arts assessment. We still have three more tests to go during the month of May. Thank you for your help in preparing your child to perform at their optimum best by getting them to bed early and providing them a nutritious breakfast before the day of their test.
I am excited to report that over 98% of our students met or exceeded their individual Accelerated Reader seven week goal that just concluded on Friday, April 29. Students who met their goal were treated to a celebration IMAX assembly titled “How to be more awesome”! Thank you parents for supporting your student through the reading challenge time frame.
About this time of year, parents begin to give thought to who their child’s teacher might be the following year. I would like to explain the process we use for placing students into classes. In early June, I will be holding lengthy meetings with each grade level team to begin the process of making initial placements into classes. Our resource specialist will be a part of each placement meeting. The Poway Unified School District has as its Core Mission, “All Students Learning”. To realize this value and achieve the best result for the maximum number of students, our school district subscribes to the practice of heterogeneously grouping students. Research into students’ learning supports the practice of creating classes that are relatively balanced with high, average, and low achievers, boys and girls, etc. Our goal is to create classes that are as equal as possible. The following criteria will be used to create “balanced” or heterogeneous classes:
Balanced boy/girl ratios
Balanced distribution of student abilities
Balanced distributions of students with identified learning problems or special needs
The clustering of identified GATE, Resource students, and ELL students into workable groups for support
Equal class sizes with no more than 25 students in TK, 26 in grades K and 1, 27 in grades 2 and 3, and 33 in grades 4 and 5.
Separation of students that have a history of not working well together
The nature of the teacher, i.e., their specialized training, skills, interests, or presentation style
Much time and effort is spent by me and the staff toward achieving a “balance” in each classroom. Each student’s current teacher completes a profile describing the student’s academic performance data, on-task behavior, ability to work independently, special program participation, class conduct, and other students that they should not be in the same class. We are fortunate to have an outstanding teaching staff that works closely with parents to meet the unique needs of each and every student. We find that most students can perform well with any number of teachers.
If you wish to share additional information with me that might be useful in making an effective placement for your students, please see the office for a form which provides a forum for communicating to me your child’s unique characteristics, health concerns, family situation, learning style, specific interest, and any qualities that enhance learning for your child. The deadline for completing this form regarding placement is Wednesday, June 1. Please DO NOT make a request for a specific teacher. Due to the extreme difficulty of balancing classes, we cannot honor parent requests.
Del Sur Summer Reading Program
Returns with two different sessions of
Superhero Training Camp
Students entering 2nd - 6th grades in the fall
June 27-July 1st 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
July 25 – July 29th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
*For more information and to register please see the attached form
2016-2017 New Student Enrollment
New Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Students – Enrollment opens on May 12th 2-6pm and ongoing everyday 9am – 12pm
New 1st – 5th Grade Students – Enrollment opens on May 13th 9am - 12pm and ongoing everyday 9am-12pm
Heritage Night is Friday, May 20, 2016
Heritage Night Family Project Fun!
Our 2nd annual Heritage Night will be held on Friday, May 20th from 6:00-8:00PM. We are so excited to have the opportunity to celebrate all of the wonderful cultures that make-up our Del Sur community! We will have 20 countries represented and we hope you can join us for Country Booths, Multicultural Arts and Crafts, Language and Literature Stations, Multicultural dance performances & music, and our newest addition, an International Food Court!!! You don't want to miss out, so mark your calendar!
In addition, your child has an opportunity to participate in a few Heritage Night projects. The first is a Heritage Night Poster Project, and the other is an International Paper Doll Project. Children are encouraged to celebrate their own family heritage with both educational projects. The poster project and the paper doll project directions are attached. Students will receive a ribbon and certificate for their participation. Please turn-in the projects to your child's teacher before May 20, 2016.
If you have questions, or if you're interested in representing a country for the event, please contact Mrs. Hilary Balanon, the Heritage Night coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Michelle Rivera, a compassionate activist and our 4th EXPLORER SPOTLIGHT! In her spare time, Michelle helps educate her peers while raising awareness about the fair treatment and inclusion of people, like her little sister Sophia, with Down Syndrome. Here is her inspiring story . . .
Our final contest of the year is underway, as we "Race to the Finish." This is a class contest with the top three classes winning gift cards for their teachers. The contest ends Wednesday, May 25th. Thank you for all of your support this year for the contests, and good luck to all!
REMINDER: Expired Box Tops and Labels for Education without the UPC code do not count! Please NO staples.
The 2016-2017 New Student Enrollment Forms will be available after May 1st on http://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Enrollment/ENROLLMENT.aspx
See You on Campus,
The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact the Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406, 858-521-2800, extension 2761.