January 2018 Newsletter
We Welcome posters in a window
A message from the Superintendent
We welcome all. You are safe here.

You may have noticed the posters, seen above, at your school. Our schools are safe spaces. Under federal and state law, all children have the right to attend public school, regardless of the immigration status of the students or their family members. On January 11, 2017, our Board of Education voted unanimously to become a “safe haven” school district. Last September, the Board approved a resolution to protect and support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program participants. The young people who have been protected by DACA are commonly called “Dreamers.” We have many Dreamers here in our community. Let us support each other and continue to ensure that all of our children can dream big, persevere, and thrive.

Diann Kitamura
Superintendent
IMPORTANT - No school on these days:
Monday, January 15 - Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday, January 30 - Teacher Professional Development
Schools get new phone numbers
New phone jpeg
All of our schools and district offices are getting new phone numbers – and phones – as part of a phone system upgrade paid for by Bond Measures I & L. Some schools have already received their new numbers, others will get them in early 2018. Principals will be sharing phone information with their schools. Why the change? The school district is moving from three outdated phone systems to an integrated system that will work better in emergencies and with the new clocks/speakers in classrooms. With the new system, each school will have a main phone number, and teachers and staff will have extensions. When you call a school, you will be able to use a directory to search for the person you want to find. Old numbers will forward all calls to the new numbers through the end of this school year.
Kindergarten registration, charter school application
Backpacks
It's time to register for kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year. Santa Rosa City Schools has one- and two-year kindergarten programs, and many schools offer before and after-school child care. Visit your neighborhood school to register. Learn more on our website or by calling (707) 528-5272. If you are interested in a charter school, for kindergarten or any other grades, applications are being accepted through February 13th. Tours are available by appointment. Contact the charter schools to learn more.
English Language Learner Master Plan
ELL reclassification
Imagine trying to learn a new language while also trying to keep up academically with students who already know the language. That’s the position our English Language Learners (ELLs) are in.
In all of our schools, educators will be getting together in 2018 to make sure that English Language Development (ELD) for our ELLs is an important part of our changing curriculum under the new California State Standards. This work is part of the district’s new English Language Learner Master Plan, developed last year by educators, parents, and community members, and approved by the school board in August 2017. Parents who would like more information can contact their school principal or SOLL (Supporting Our Language Learners) Counselor.
Advanced Learner Program and Services
Our district is in its first year of implementation of the new Advanced Learner Program and Services (ALPS) in our elementary schools. This plan replaces the previous GATE plan (Gifted & Talented) with a shift towards providing all kindergarten through 6 th grade students the opportunity to engage in advanced creative and critical thinking skills. For more information, see the  ALPS Plan , approved by the Board of Education in April 2017. An informational meeting will be held at 5:30pm on Feb. 21st at the District Office to discuss the plan and its implementation. All parents are welcome.
January 24th public hearing on election change
Thank you for sharing your thoughts as our district transitions to a by-trustee area election system. It's not too late to learn more and let us know what you think! The final public hearing and board vote on trustee area boundaries is Wednesday, January 24th. Maps with three different scenarios for what those trustee areas might look like are now available on our website and in our schools. For more information, visit the By-Trustee Area Elections page on our website. You can also provide your comments through this quick form:
High school math changing
High school math materials
The traditional model of Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 is changing to the integrated model of Math I, II and III. Learn what it means, the timeline for the transition, and how our students will still have access to higher-level math such as Calculus and other advanced courses. Please join us at one of these information sessions: Tuesday, January 16 at 6:00pm, Hilliard Comstock Middle School Library, 2750 W. Steele Lane; or Monday, January 22 at 6:00pm, Santa Rosa Middle School Library, 500 E Street.
State launches CA School Dashboard
After a preview last year, the California Department of Education has recently launched the California School Dashboard, a website that provides information on schools and districts with the aim of helping all students succeed. The information includes six state performance indicators and four local indicators. The Dashboard replaces the state's former accountability system, the Academic Performance Index, which gave schools a single score based on standardized tests. In the Dashboard, our district is called Santa Rosa Elementary-High. Charter schools are listed separately. The new accountability system shifts the focus from punishing underperforming schools to helping all schools improve.
8th graders: applications due for UC@EA
UC@EA grads
Eighth graders: Would you like to attend Sonoma State University for free during your junior and senior years of high school (like the grads seen in this picture)? Applications are now being accepted for University Center at Elsie Allen. Students attend Sonoma State University in their junior and senior years of high school, saving more than $20,000. UC@EA students have gone on to Harvard, Stanford, MIT and UC Berkeley, to name a few. Applications are due February 1st. Shadowing opportunities are available. Visit the  Elsie Allen High School website for application information.
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Santa Rosa City Schools
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Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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