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Principal's Message

3 months ago

Dear Students and Families:

Welcome to the 2018 – 2019 school year! Our commitment at Camp Lockett Middle School is to provide a Safe, Respectful, and Responsible learning environment that will empower students to become creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and inspired learners prepared for high school, college, and life in the twenty-first century.

I would like to continue the high expectations for our students in regards to academic performance within the classroom, participation in co-curricular activities as well as responsible citizens at school and in the community. I am asking each student to make a commitment to demonstrating Safe, Respectful, and Responsible behavior by being active participants in their learning community.  Doing so will enable all to have a successful and enjoyable school year.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will be fully adopted this year in Math and Language Arts classes; with Science and History coming soon. CCSS makes for a more rigorous approach to learning as students will be challenged to develop their analytical skills, communicate their learning verbally, in writing, and/or in a presentation.  In almost every classroom, students will have access to technology that will allow for more real time collaboration with their peers and increase their 21stcentury learning experiences.

Middle school is a time of a change. It is an exciting time, but it can also be challenging with the increase in workloads and the social adjustment that occur through the course of the day. Camp Lockett Middle School Jr. Redhawks, I encourage you to do the following so you can be successful in your transition and time in middle school:

 

  • Conduct yourself in a Safe manner at all times.
  • Communicate with others in a Respectful and meaningful way.
  • Pose questions, examine possibilities, and challenge yourself to find solutions.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.
  • Make positive choices related to physical and mental wellness; and
  • Contribute to our school community in a collaborative Responsible manner.


Parents, please make time to:

  • Ask your student(s) specific questions about their time at school.  For example, “What was the most interesting thing you did in math class today?” or “Tell me about your science assignment?”
  • Use the Parent Portal early and often.   The Portal will give you relevant information regarding your child’s performance on their homework, a test or quiz as well as their attendance. Your interest and concern in their school progress will motivate them to do their best.
  • Communicate with your child’s teachers and staff members to establish a successful home/school connection. 

We are looking forward to a positive, upbeat school year at Camp Lockett Middle School.  I encourage all students to connect with our school; stand up to mistreatment, vandalism, and to anything you know is not right. Remind yourself you do not have to follow the crowd. Be yourself and even when no one is watching, do the right thing.  Parents, please help us by reinforcing school expectations at home. With your help, Camp Lockett Middle School will continue to be a school community in which every person feels respected, valued, and is encouraged and challenged to achieve at the highest levels.

I encourage you all to be active in our PTSA.  Our partnership is essential for our continued success. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me and know that my door is always open.

I am excited for the opportunity to work with you and your student to provide a productive and safe learning environment that supports student success.  Once again, welcome to Jacumba Middle School!

I am honored to serve as your principal

 

Respectfully,

Gary Brannon

Open Education Symposium

about 1 year ago

MEUSD Press Release – Open Education Symposium

 

Mountain Empire Unified School District to Participate in Open Education Symposium Hosted by U.S. Department of Education and White House

Mountain Empire Unified School District participated in the Symposium on Open Education hosted by the White House and U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology. At the symposium, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the launch of #GoOpen, a movement that aims to encourage States, school districts, and educators to use openly licensed educational materials.

Mountain Empire Unified School District will further its commitment to becoming a Future Ready district by working with a mentor district and an education technology tool provider to replace one textbook with openly licensed educational resources. Mountain Empire Unified School District will become one of the first #GoOpen ambassador districts dedicated to helping other districts transition to the use of openly licensed educational materials.

“Open Educational Resources can open up great opportunities for MEUSD students,” commented Superintendent Kathy Granger. “By harnessing the power of technology, we will be able to utilize the most up-to-date, standards-aligned and engaging resources for our students. We will transition into OER with our upcoming Language arts materials adoption.

“In order to ensure that all students – no matter their zip code – have access to high-quality learning resources, we are encouraging districts and states to move away from traditional textbooks and toward freely accessibly, openly-licensed materials,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. “Districts across the country are transforming learning by using materials that can be constantly updated and adjusted to meet students’ needs.”

The announcements were made at an Open Education Symposium hosted by the Department and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for state and district superintendents and other educators from across the country committed to adopting openly licensed educational materials. They were joined by innovators from education technology companies and nonprofit organizations who have committed to working alongside these districts to create new tools that help educators find, adapt, create, and share resources.

With the proposed policy, the Department joins the U.S. Department of Labor, USAID, State, and other Federal agencies in leading the Administration’s open government initiatives. After the proposed policy is published in the Federal Register, members of the public can submit comments for thirty days at //www.regulations.gov.

“By requiring an open license, we will ensure that high-quality resources created through our public funds are shared with the public, thereby ensuring equal access for all teachers and students regardless of their location or background,” said John King, senior advisor delegated the duty of the Deputy Secretary of Education. “We are excited to join other federal agencies leading on this work to ensure that we are part of the solution to helping classrooms transition to next generation materials.”

The Education Department recently hired its first open education adviser, Andrew Marcinek, who is working with school district leaders, tool providers, nonprofits, and open education coalition members to expand awareness of openly licensed educational resources in PreK-12.

“Openly licensed educational resources support teachers as creative professionals by giving them the ability to adapt and customize learning materials to meet the needs of their students without breaking copyright laws,” says Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology.

Openly licensed educational materials can increase equitable access to high quality learning resources and allow teachers to exercise their own creativity in developing new lessons, modifying and improving lessons to fit their own teaching style and students’ needs, and sharing their materials so teachers and students alike can benefit.

“Switching to openly licensed educational materials has enabled school districts to repurpose funding typically spent on static textbooks for other pressing needs, such as investing in the transition to digital learning,” says Andrew Marcinek, Open Education Advisor at the Department. “We are excited that Mountain Empire Unified School District is committed to taking this step.”

The Open Education Symposium was held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Granger, Superintendent, Mountain Empire Unified School District