The beginning of the school is always filled with excitement and fantastic positive energy. We have been extremely busy over the summer months preparing this year's opening. We are fortunate to work in a district that is strongly supported by dynamic parents and our community-at-large. We have been able to make major changes during the last two years that are greatly benefiting our children by the tremendous support from our parent groups. Our talented staff is energized and they continue to seek exciting programs for children at all levels. We are confident that the innovative spirit that exists at all five of our schools will expand throughout this school year. We have added three dynamic new administrators who have already embraced our spirit of innovation. These three individuals are:
Gerri Fippin - Gerri joins our staff as Principal of Soquel Elementary School. Ms. Fippin has received outstanding administrative training from Scotts Valley Unified School District. She served as the Director of Student Services for the past three years. Gerri’s proven track record is outstanding and her extensive curriculum background will have an immediate impact in our commitment to improve our instructional programs.
Kerry le Roux - Kerry joins our staff as Principal of Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School. Ms. le Roux is a seasoned administrator with outstanding job experience. Kerry’s passion to develop a collaborative and comprehensive learning center for students and staff is top notch. Her extensive curriculum background is an added bonus to her collaborative leadership style.
Michelle Kennedy - Michelle joins our staff as the new Supervisor of Business Services. Michelle's extensive financial background in school finance will have an immediate impact...[ Read more ]
During the summer a dynamic dedicated team (six staff members) from New Brighton Middle School led by Principal, Mr. Craig Broadhurst, were trained in AVID strategies. AVID is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. The AVID program has existed for 30 years and has a long track record of excellence. Implementing the AVID program at New Brighton will centralize our efforts to significantly change the lives of students. By identifying students who will be the first generation to go to college in their family is a major paradigm shift in establishing pathways for children who typically do not think about a college education. The AVID curriculum is just outstanding!! It is our goal that we will implement these strategies throughout our district for every child during the next two years.
We have launched an intensive early literacy program that will enable our students to gain and master the essential skills that are required to become proficient readers. In cooperation with Imagine Learning we have development a partnership that will allow each and every transitional kindergarten and kindergarten student to be instructed on a daily basis in the area of early literacy. This comprehensive program will provide us, as educators, critical information regarding the individual strengths of each child as well as information for further instruction that a child may need. An added bonus to the Imagine Learning software program is giving our parents the capability to review current lessons that their child is studying and provide suggestions to assist their child at home to become a better reader.