Dear Parents of Mecca Elementary School-
As you have continued to notice, our solar panel construction project continues in both our staff parking area, as well as north playground. This is an ongoing project that is set to be completed little by little. We continue to ask for your support, especially in the mornings during drop off times. Our staff parking area continues to be off limits for the most part, and we have limited parking for our staff. We encourage you to drop off your students at the drop off area and not take any of the limited parking areas along the sides of the streets surrounding our school. Doing so allows our staff to use those spaces for parking. We hope this project is completed soon so we can all return to normalcy. The end result will be solar panels, as well as shading for both of the mentioned areas.
Our annual Father-Daughter dance is scheduled for Friday, February 16th. This is a great event, and we encourage our girls to participate with their male guest: father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, adult brother, etc. We are working on keeping this event more traditional, and the event will only be for daughters and their male guest. We will not make it a family event as we have done in the past. We thank you in advance for respecting our plans with this event, as we want to maintain its original intent.
Our English learner students will begin the ELPAC test this month of February. Eighty-two (82%) percent of our students are considered English learners, and they are required to take this test. We will have a parent informational night that will explain the importance of the ELPAC, as well as provide an overall understanding of its components on Thursday, February 8th. Please join us so you can be informed about how this test impacts your child, as well as our school. This is a very important test! If you have questions about this test, or about whether your child is an English learner, please contact Ms. Noelia at 760-848-1783.
We are closely monitoring our student attendance and we are not meeting our goal of having at least 95% of our students in school on a daily basis. Our average attendance rate for the month of January was 94.6%. We notice there is an increase in student absences on both Mondays and Fridays. Send your child to school, unless he/she is sick or there is a verifiable emergency. Did you know? If your child is absent two times a month, that is 10 times a school year, which is already considered chronic absenteeism. Every day of learning counts! We work hard to maximize your child’s learning, and each day your child is absent affects his/her learning. Please work with us to improve our attendance rate!
I thank you in advance for your support and cooperation thus far. I know that by working together we will continue to have a great year! Please feel free to stop by the office if you have any questions or concerns.
Ms. Gracie Gutierrez
The USDA Summer Meals Program provides kids and teens in low-income areas free meals when school is out.
Lactalis and No Child Hungry teamed up to donate over 16,000 meals to United Way of the Desert. These meals then made their way to the East Valley where they were distributed to thousands of residents.
The Flying Doctors & CV Medical Volunteers host the Free Health Fair forFamilies without insurance. They provide free medical services such as; mammograms, Chiropractic services, physical therapy, dental and vision &hearing services.
On Thursday, September 14th we held an event giving members of the community the opportunity to speak with the principal about issues impacting the school. This time was used to have a conversation about what it means to have a positive school culture.
Valle del Sol Elementary School held their Back to School Night on Thursday, August 31 and it was well attended by numerous members of the VDS community. The parents first met the VDS staff in the cafeteria and then proceeded to the teachers' classrooms where they became familiar with the academic and behavioral expectations for the students.
Toro Canyon Middle School held its Back to School Night. Over 300 families were in attendance. The evening began with a presentation from Principal Charlie Housewright on the power of family relationships in learning. Toro Canyon is a home for the students of the community where care and love go hand-in-hand with learning.
This being the third Thursday of the month, we held our monthly Tasa de Cafe con el Director parent meeting on September 21, 2017. This event is held from 8:10 AM to 9:00 AM in our Teacher's Lounge.
On September 19, 2017 Fifth and Sixth Grade students at Mountain Vista Elementary had a presentation from District Attorney Mike Tripp along with representatives from Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The topic of the presentation was "Making Good Choices". Students were presented with information about appropriate behaviors in and out of school, bullying, cyberbullying, appropriate use of technology and the consequences that could occur if bad choices are made. Follow up visits to individuals occurred for a question and answer session. Students and staff found the presentation to be very informative. Our Bobcats vowed to follow the "Bobcat Code of Honor".
Students at Mecca Elementary School had the opportunity to participate in running for a student council position. Prior to delivering the speeches, the participants learned about civic responsibilities, which included leading by example and the right to vote. Both fifth and sixth grade students were required to demonstrate eligibility to participate by turning in a petition that clearly indicated they met the requirements of being a student who was academically sound, exhibited positive signs of good citizenship, and expressed their goals for the position of their interest in an essay. The speeches were top notch and our attending audience listened attentively. The ASB election process proved to be a learning experience for all students involved and those elected to represent their peers will have multiple opportunities throughout the year to develop their leadership skills.
One of the best parts of a site administrators job is sharing the gift of reading and literacy. This particular day was 'Read like a Pirate' day. I was lucky enough to be able to read a book about pirates searching for all of the letters in the alphabet. Of course, we began with "aRe"
On Monday, September 18th, John Kelley students Omar Perez, Maycon Velasquez, Giselle Valencia, Nohely Angel-Segoviano, Rosario Ibarra and Judith Perez represented the school's student body as they presented Mr. Brian Daly and Linda Cott from the American Red Cross with $556.00 dollars. John Kelley Blazers participated in a coin drive to raise funds to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. This is a testament to the care and compassion of our students for those who lost their homes, personal belongings and security. Our Blazers were happy to help with the relief effort for those affected in Texas.
The Educational Service Department came to recognize teachers that scored in the top 10% of their respective grades on the spring 2017 English Language Arts and Math State Test. Teachers were very happy to be recognized for their hard work and dedication. Many of them stated this was also a personal challenge to continue to improve as they educate the awesome students at CMA. We look forward to working with our school parents in improving student achievement.
A film crew from RCOE visited all day to document thoughts and reflections on our Teacher of the County, Mr. DeToya. The crew interviewed Mr. DeToya, colleagues, students and me. They will edit the footage into a four-minute montage to be presented during the May awards ceremony for County recognitions. Go Mr. DeToya! We wish him the best as he competes for State Teacher of the Year.