PVA Collects Supplies for Guatemala

October 18, 2012

PVA students have been collecting supplies to send  to Guatemala with Mrs. Palovchik. We are excited to share items with the children and families coming to the clinic and can’t wait to see the pictures.

Glogster Competition JCS-Pine Valley Academy

November 2, 2011

The 8th grade class recently completed their competition to create the best Glogster poster on the American Revolution in history class and elements of the periodic table in science class. Each Glogster is an interdisciplinary project, providing the student with an English score, as well. Glogster is a computer-based website that allows students to create on-line posters using graphics, videos, sounds, music, and text.

Students were provided a grading rubric and topics on the American Revolution to complete their project. They were also provided rubrics outlining expectations for their Glogster on the Group A elements of the periodic table.

The class reviewed the history Glogsters to determine semi-finalists in the competition. The class voted and selected the top ten Glogster creators: Hannah Soule, Lexi Lockett, Kyley Inman, Joey Goodrich, Stephany Nolazco, Caitlin Butts, Alana Custer, Matt Aragon, Sherie Bullock, and Briana Black.

The Glogsters of these semi-finalists were forwarded on to the San Diego Academy Middle School of Julian Charter where 8th grade students used the scoring rubric to determine the top three places in two categories – Style/Personality and Overall Scoring. The top three winners for Style/Personality were: 1st place – Lexi Lockett, 2nd Place, Joey Goodrich, 3rd Place – Stephany Nolazco. Winners for Overall scoring were: 1st Place – Joey Goodrich, 2nd Place – Sherie Bullock, and 3rd Place – Lexi Lockett. Please join us in congratulating our Pine Valley Academy on their excellent work creating Glogster posters!

Alexis Lockett and Joey Goodrich

Lexi Lockett & Joey Goodrich

Sheri Bullock and Stephanie Nolazco

Museum of Tolerance Grant

October 24, 2011

Pine Valley Academy was recently awarded a grant from the Museum of Tolerance and the Liechtag Family Foundation to pay for transportation and admission to the world famous Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. The museum is a human rights and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today.  The grant will enable 47 students and chaperones to travel to Los Angeles on November 30 to visit the museum and learn from the experiences provided there while also incorporating ideas and discussions with the curriculum content for their history classes.

Character Interpretation- in History Education

October 24, 2011

Pine Valley Academy recently hosted a performance of “Revolutionary Women”, a one-woman, interactive play that explores the issues and events that led to the American Revolution. During this play students met and interviewed three characters from the revolution including Deborah Sampson, who impersonated a man to join in the revolutionary war. Students were able to learn about history through interpretation and gain different insights about women and life in this historic period. The play was performed by Darci Tucker, Teaching Artist with the performance company American Lives, History Brought to Life (www.americanlives.net ) and was made possible with the support of the San Diego County Office of Education and the Teaching American History in the Schools grant Program.

Community Service at Work

September 29, 2011

Pine Valley Academy will deliver warm beanies and socks to the Barrio Logan Homeless Shelter again in December 2011. Last December staff and students had a great experience  in helping the homeless of San Diego. If you would like to be a part of making beanies or donate socks, see Mrs. Masters after school. She will be showing students how to make beanies. Our goal is to make 200 beanies and 200 pairs of socks. We appreciate our staff, students and parents who have been busy already to help reach our goal.

Photo: Staff, students and parents deliver beanies to Homeless Shelter, December 2011.

Pine Valley Student Earns Scholarships

January 11, 2011

JCS is pleased to announce that Corrine Hufford has been accepted to Alaska Pacific University with a $2,000 scholarship and to the University of New England in Maine with a $12,000 scholarship. Corrine is waiting to hear from other universities before making her final decision. We know that she will excel.

Pine Valley 11th Grader Accepted into West Point’s Summer Leaders Seminar

January 7, 2011

James Goodrich, an 11th grader at the JCS Pine Valley Academy,  was accepted to West Point’s summer program for 11th grade students.

James will be doing daily exercise, attending classes in physics and engineering, and will also marching and playing sports. James will be studying hard because his goal is to be in the top 45% of the class. Students who are in the top 45% during the summer program get invited to attend West Point right out of high school. JCS wishes you good luck James. We know you can do it!

Last Week to Purchase Prom Tickets!

April 12, 2010

Prom is nearly here! This year prom will be held on April 23rd at the Del Mar Hilton. Tickets will be $65.00 per person and are now on sale for all students in grade 9-12. Ticket sales will close at the end of this week. Please see the attached Student Packet for dance contract, guest contract, attire information, and additional information about the evening.

Prom 2010 Student Packet

If you have any questions regarding prom please, contact Connie Masters at cmasters@juliancharterschool.org.

Prom 2010 “Shanghai Moon” Tickets Available March 22

March 17, 2010

Prom is nearly here! This year prom will be held on April 23rd at the Del Mar Hilton. Tickets will be $65.00 per person and go on sale for seniors and juniors March 22nd. Any remaining tickets will go on sale on April 5th for students in grades 9 & 10.  Please see the attached Student Packet for dance contract, guest contract, attire information, and additional information about the evening.

Prom 2010 Student Packet

If you have any questions regarding prom please, contact Connie Masters at cmasters@juliancharterschool.org.

June 2010 Graduation Ceremony Information

December 7, 2009

Dear Graduates, Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe that the second semester is almost here and that it is already time to begin thinking about graduation. We will be sending out another letter to your home in February providing more detailed information about the ceremony, but wanted you to have time to begin planning.

Ceremony Location: This year the graduation ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at the California Center for the Arts, located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd, Escondido CA 92025. The ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m and graduates must be there no later than 2:45 p.m.

Caps and Gowns: By mid-January, you will receive a letter and an order form from San Diego Graduation Supply, the local Herf-Jones representative. The cap and gown will cost approximately $32.00. The tassel is provided with the cap and gown. The order form from Herf-Jones will also have information on other graduation supplies. To participate in the graduation, you are only required to purchase the cap/gown/tassel kit.

Graduation Announcements: We do not have a school specific graduation announcement. You need to order them yourself. As a courtesy, San Diego Graduate Supply will be providing you with information about their generic announcements. You may order from them or any supplier you chose, you are under no obligation to buy from them.

Photos: Information on the photographer will be sent out in the next letter; however as in the past a photographer will be at the ceremony for cap and gown photos.

Grad Night: Information will be provided in the next letter sent to your home and on our website.

Best wishes for your future,

Lisa Simmons and Elena Hanley
Academic Counselors
Julian Charter School

2009-2010 Budget Reductions

October 22, 2009

Dear Parents,
As you are probably aware, the effect of California’s budget crises has impacted schools greatly, and Julian Charter School is no exception.  Over the last month, the JCS Board and Cabinet have worked diligently to bridge a $1.5 million funding deficit and budget shortfall, while ensuring that the integrity of JCS programs is maintained in the manner in which you have come to expect for your child. Despite the cuts JCS remains strong and viable, however it is with sincere regret and heavy hearts that we announce the effects of our budget reductions.

School Restructuring: As part of the budget reduction process, we have worked on re-organizing the structure of the school to be more efficient and streamlined and less administration heavy.  We’ve looked at each ‘tier’ of the school, began cuts at the top and moved our way down. This included reducing benefits, classified support positions, the annual step increase for staff, tightening up the student/teacher ratio, right-sizing positions, and removing an administrative layer of support from site based programs (Academy Advisors and Learning Center Coordinators). Remaining staff will pull together to take on the duties of the positions that were eliminated, and in some instances a more cost-effective lower level position was instituted. We have reduced support staff at sites when students are not present; restructured some of the classified positions to “part-time seasonal” and downsized whenever possible.

In addition, in order to allow JCS to continue serving the majority of our current 2130 students, we are planning to close our North County Academy on October 30th. Due to continued low enrollment it is no longer financially feasible. The majority of students will shift locations to being served at our Murrieta High School and Middle School Academy or move to the home study program.

I am so proud of our staff for their understanding of the current economy, and their willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure that Julian Charter School remains strong and healthy, weathers this crisis, and continues to serve students in the manner that our students and families are accustomed.

I would like to once again assure you that JCS is strong and stable, as long as we make the difficult decisions necessary to weather this economic storm.

Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or suggestions.  We greatly appreciate all of the support that parents have shown through volunteering, donations of supplies and monetary donations, and by trusting us with the education of your children.


Jennifer Cauzza
Executive Director
Julian Charter School

President Barack Obama to Make Historic Speech to America’s Students

September 4, 2009

On Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 9:00 a.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST), President Barack Obama will deliver a national address to the students of America. During this special address, the President will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.

Starting this Friday, you can visit www.ed.gov/iamwhatilearn to find out more.

Some of our facilities may choose to air the broadcast in their classrooms. Please check with the site coordinator for more information.  If a site is airing the address, then students may choose to not watch and do something else or parents may choose to not send students to school that day and have them work at home.

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