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KAISER KNIGHTS C.A.R.E.!

Kaiser Elementary School is the home of the Kaiser Knights – noble in thought, word, and deed. Our mission is to build a “community of life-long learners" who consistently demonstrate Common sense, Accountability, Respect, and that Everyone matters (C.A.R.E.). As a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (P.B.I.S.) school, our students, staff, and families are united in providing Kaiser students with a foundation for success as students and young people in an ever-changing world.

You will find that our expectations are high and that they are matched by our support in achieving them. It is our intention that when Kaiser students move up to intermediate and high school, they will be powerful thinkers with a strong knowledge base, skill set, sense of creativity, and commitment to community. In other words, Kaiser Knights are 21stcentury global citizens who C.A.R.E.! As we progress through the year, you can anticipate hearing and seeing more and more evidence of C.A.R.E. at Kaiser!

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Countdown, Blue Gate, and the App

 

It's difficult to believe that Winter Break is just weeks away! During this exciting time of shortened days along with seasonal activities and anticipation, we recognize how precious time is. The school year is in full swing and every minute of instruction counts. Teachers have scheduled busy days and projects that will come due just before the break. We look forward to seeing your student every day between now and the 23rd!

 

For all who have been using the blue gate near the cafeteria, please bear with us! You will notice that after the bus riders arrive, the blue gate will be closed and the rolling gate that faces Santa Ana Avenue will be open until 8:20 sharp. Any students who do arrive after the bell need to go to the school office to check in. ANY PARENTS ON CAMPUS AFTER THE BELL MUST EXIT THROUGH THE OFFICE. The blue gate is reserved for emergencies. We have students on campus who attempt to run away at times. We do not want them to know that this gate is a way off campus. Thank you for helping us protect our Kaiser Knights!

 

NMUSD has a new app! Please be sure add it to your phone! You'll be able to get Kaiser-specific info about everything from reminders about upcoming school events to our whereabouts in the event of an evacuation event. Simply search for NMUSD in the App Store!

 

Enjoy Skate Night and the Book Fair this week!


 

Kaiser School News

11/22/16

From the office of John C. Drake 
Director, Curriculum and Instruction

The Math Pilot Steering committee, working with elementary site representatives, has been hard at work in preparation for the implementation of the math pilot programs in the classrooms. 

The first six week pilot cycle will begin in select classrooms at each site during the last week in November and will continue through the middle of January. Parents of students participating in the pilot process were notified of their child’s participation during conference week. 

Please click here
 to for the steps that have been take in preparation for the start of the first pilot cycle.

As next steps, the site pilot team representatives will be meeting in early December for their second full day of building their collective understanding around the shifts in mathematics instruction.

 

Actualización matemática elemental

De la Oficina de John C. Drake
Director, Currículo e instrucción

El comité de dirección de Matemáticas piloto, trabajando con representantes comerciales elementales, ha estado trabajando duro en la preparación para la puesta en práctica de los programas piloto de matemáticas en las aulas. 

El primer ciclo piloto de seis semanas comenzará en algunas aulas en cada lugar durante la última semana de noviembre y continuará hasta mediados de enero. Los padres de los estudiantes que participan en el proceso experimental fueron notificados de la participación de su hijo durante la semana de conferencias. 

Por favor, oprima aquí
 para las medidas que se han tomar en preparación para el inicio del primer ciclo experimental. 

Como próximos pasos, los representantes de los equipos piloto sitio se reunirán a principios de diciembre para su segundo día completo de la construcción de su conocimiento colectivo en torno a los cambios en la enseñanza de las matemáticas.

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11/15/16

Newport-Mesa Employee “Super-Star” Awards

“Reaching for the Stars”

 

Going far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect…

This is what excellence is all about.

It comes from striving, maintaining the highest standards, paying

attention to the smallest detail, going the extra mile.

Excellence means caring – it’s making a special effort to do more.

Celebrating Excellence!

 

Nominations are now being accepted
for Employee Superstars.

Nominations need to be received

by Friday, December 9, 2016 to be considered.

 

Know someone deserving of recognition? Make their day and complete the Online Nomination Form at:

www.nmusd.us/superstar.

Your nomination can be made public

or you can also submit it anonymously. All nominations are

then forwarded to the Superstar Awards Selection

Committee. The committee selects nominees twice a

year to be recognized at Board meetings. Recipients honored

at the Board level receive a pin, certificate and a personally

engraved star.

 

A good tip – To make your nomination stand out above the rest, be specific about the individual’s unique and compelling contribution(s).

 

The online nomination form is available at:

www.nmusd.us/superstar.

 

Questions about the Superstar Program?
Contact V-Esther Caldwell in Classified

Personnel at vcaldwell@nmusd.us

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11/7/16

Click here for the quarterly publication of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Community Newsletter!

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10/28/16

The safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance at Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD). The District has plans and processes in place to respond to unfortunate and unplanned events and to communicate accurate and timely information with you.
 

All NMUSD schools have safety plans, which outline emergency procedures for natural and man-made disasters. Safety plans are regularly reviewed and updated in collaboration with emergency responders and local law enforcement, including school resource officers. School resource officers are local law enforcement officers from the City of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach police departments, who are on many of our school campuses to provide security and crime prevention services.
 

Schools regularly participate in safety drills, threat assessment, and emergency response trainings with students, local law enforcement and first responders. Safety drills prepare staff and students for a variety of potential situations. Some examples include earthquakes, fire and intruder/active shooter.
 

The safety drills include procedures for a lock down, shelter in place, drop/cover/hold, run, hide, act, and evacuation. Every school and District facility also has emergency supplies in multiple locations and various individuals responsible for ensuring that there are adequate and properly maintained supplies and equipment.

Examples of some of the essential items include:

  • First aid

  • Food and water

  • Flashlights, radio and batteries

  • Portable toilets

  • Blankets

For large scale events involving multiple schools or regional incidents, the District collaborates beyond local governments, law enforcement, first responders, and utilities. NMUSD follows California’s Standardized Emergency Management System and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Incident Management System. These systems include emergency management collaboration among county, state and federal agencies, and community organizations on a cohesive approach to emergency response.

 

Every situation is unique and may include distinctive response approaches and communication methods. Parents may expect communication via email, phone call, news postings on the District and school websites, social media postings, and mobile app alerts. The District also works closely with local media to disseminate information to keep parents and the community informed as best as possible, always keeping in mind that the safety of students and staff is the priority.

 

It is common knowledge that viral information disseminates quickly. One inaccurate text or social media post can trigger a full speed rumor mill and create unnecessary panic. The District has a responsibility to provide accurate and timely information and will do its best not to perpetuate misinformation. This is especially important during an emergency when the situation (and subsequent information) can change rapidly.

 

Depending on the emergency, the first communication that parents and community members can expect to receive is the basics. If these questions can be answered, communication may include: what happened, when it happened, what the district is doing about it and how to stay informed. Updates may include information regarding changes in dismissal times or transportation, the location of the parent re-unification area, incident updates, and other important information.

 

Tips for parents:

  • Do not go to the school or call the school during an emergency. School administration

    will be focused on keeping students and staff as safe as possible. In some instances, additional presence on campus also may impact law enforcement’s investigations and searches.

  • Contact your school and ask their staff to familiarize you with your school’s comprehensive school safety plan.

  • At the conclusion of an emergency, be sure to bring your identification to the re-unification area in order for your student to be released to you.

  • Be active in your child’s education: ask questions, get involved- join the PTA, school foundations, parent advisory councils, etc.

  • Stay connected - provide current contact information to your child’s school, check district and school website news feed, follow district and school social media accounts, and download the district mobile application.

Tips for students:

  • Take emergency drills seriously.

  • Follow teacher and site administrator instructions.

  • See something, say something. This is the best deterrent to potentially harmful

    situations.

For more information or questions regarding school emergency response, please contact your child’s school.

 

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7/1/16

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On July 1, 1966 the Costa Mesa Union School District, Newport Beach City School District and the Newport Harbor Union High School District unified to become the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD).

 

For more than five decades Newport-Mesa Unified School District has created lasting memories and nurtured the talents of its students. NMUSD is a leader in educational innovation; delivering a rigorous, broad-based curriculum through exceptional, high-quality instruction supported by a team of dedicated educators and support staff.

 

Throughout the District’s rich 50 year history, it has strived to help students find their passion, purpose, and potential, to prepare them to venture into the future in careers, college and active citizenship. Whether through academics, arts, athletics or other interests, NMUSD has opportunities to match every student's talents and interest.

 

While much has changed in education throughout NMUSD’s 50 year history, the District takes pride in continually evolving and adapting to changing educational needs. NMUSD has exceptionally bright and forward-thinking students, teachers, staff and leadership team that remain committed to ensuring that students are well-prepared for future successes.   

 

“Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “We appreciate your unwavering commitment, support and partnership as we look forward to continued success,” he said.

 

Stay connected throughout the 2016/17 school year, and join NMUSD in celebrating this milestone anniversary, as the District shares some fun facts and highlights of its 50 year legacy of excellence, www.nmusd.us/anniversary.

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GATE Testing

October is the month to begin the process for GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) testing for 3rd – 6th grade students. Teachers are looking at the students’ behaviors and working to determine if they are able to see evidence of gifted characteristics with any of the students in their classroom. For a list of these GATE characteristics, please go the http://web.nmusd.us and then click on Programs and scroll to GATE.

 ALL 3rd graders are eligible for GATE testing if the parents give permission.  For a 4th – 6th grader to qualify for testing, the student must first be recommended by their teacher or their parent. See your child’s teacher about requesting testing.  Keep in mind however, that to proceed with testing, the student must meet the following guidelines:

  • If tested prior to this year in NMUSD, they must have a score that is at least in the 80%     

  • A student cannot take the test a 3rd time

  • If tested, the student will take the same test as prior year

     

School Events Calendar

Today: 12/7/16
12:00 AM Fall Book Fair
7:30 AM GATE Parent Meeting
7:45 AM Student Council Meeting
1:45 PM After-School Enrichment - Singing (MPR)
1:45 PM After-School Enrichment - Tae Kwon Do (meet at the lunch tables)
1:45 PM After-School Enrichment - YOGA (Rm P10-MOVED TO LIBRARY)
1:45 PM After-School Enrichment - Clay Club (Rm P11)
2:55 PM After-School Enrichment - Flag Football (field)

For Emergencies

Follow critical safety messages when needed at @KaiserKnights on Twitter.

Alkaline Battery Recycling Program

Each year, Kaiser Elementary School participates in the Costa Mesa Sanitary District's Alkaline Battery Recycling Program Fundraiser.  The school that collects the most batteries (in pounds) will receive $1,000.

 

We are collecting alkaline batteries only (N, AAAA, AAA, AA, C, D, 9 volt).  There is a battery collection container on the counter in the School Office.  If you drop off 9 volt batteries, please place a piece of tape on the metal terminals before placing them in the collection container.

 

Last Collection Date:  Friday, April 7th

Aeries Parent Portal

Click here to access Aeries Parent Portal

Click for instructions on "how to":

Please note:

  • 3rd grade parents/guardians, if your child has transferred from Woodland, please use your existing account from last year.  If you have forgotten your password, please click on the "forgot password?" link.
  • Student Home Telephone Number may be your cell number.
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The California Department of Education (CDE) awarded Kaiser Elementary with the California Gold Ribbon Award, in recognition of their outstanding educational programs and practices that contribute to closing the achievement gap.

 

Kaiser Elementary uniquely serves students in grades three through six and was selected as a Gold Ribbon School for their success implementing their Read All Day (RAD) Program. The RAD program includes various tiers of instruction, grounded on new state standards, student assessments to determine the tier of instruction that best suits each student’s need, and creating a community culture of reading.

 

The RAD program has resulted in a 24 percent increase in student reading proficiency. Based on 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium data, English learners exceed state averages by nine percent, socio-economically disadvantaged students exceed state averages by 11 percent and special education students exceed state standards by 18 percent.

Online Flyers

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Kaiser's Common Core Corner

Websites for Home Use

Reflex Math:  Click here for Reflex Math.  Each teacher has their own log-in and the student uses their student password.

Renaissance Learning ( Accelerated Math ):  Click here then use six-digit student ID and birthday for password. Also, you can check your student's AR progress at this site.

Typing Club:  https://nmusd.typingclub.com  Use six-digit student ID and birthday for password.

Lexia:  http://www.lexialearning.com - Use same username and password as they do at school.

SWUN Math: To use the Swun website at home, please go to www.swunmath.com. Click on Students. To practice math facts, select BTBF. To download Swun homework pages and watch videos, select Resources. You will be prompted to enter a Class Name.  Simply enter nmusd immediately followed by your child's grade level (example: nmusd3).

Student Login for Swun Math Video & Homework Access:   Click here for instructions.

State Test Training Test Sitehttp://caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html  On the "Please Sign In" page, click on "Sign In." NO ID number or other information is necessary.  On the "Is This You?" page, choose the grade level and select "yes."  On the "Your Tests" page, you will see 3 options for math and another 3 for language arts: Training Test, Practice Test, and Performance Task (see descriptions of these below). Choose the one you'd like to try, and off you go!

 

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, practices, and employment shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within a school under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent.  Any school employee who witnesses an incident of unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, retaliation, or bullying, shall immediately intervene to stop the incident when it is safe to do so.  Compliance Officer Contact Information: Russell Lee-Sung, Associate Superintendent, Chief Human Resources Officer, 2985 Bear St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-424-5041