Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent
San Luis Coastal kicked off the 2022-2023 school year this week. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge our dedicated teachers, support staff, administrators, and the Board of Education for their tremendous efforts and preparation in making this a successful year.
With the end of summer, comes the beginning of the school year routine and the morning rush. It might look something like this for many of us: You’re running late, there’s just no time to eat before the day begins, and you feel a bit nauseous, moody, and generally irritable. While most of us have access to high-quality food, for many in our community, this is not the case.
Across the nation, food insecurity is sadly commonplace. Nearly 4 out of every 10 children in San Luis Coastal qualify for Free and/or Reduced meals as a result of their parents’ income level. This represents over 3,000 students who may worry about having access to enough food.
Governor Newson recently announced free meals to all California K-12 students including breakfast and lunch. We are thrilled to live in a state that honors the fundamental importance of basic nutrition and its impact on learning, achievement, and wellness.
In San Luis Coastal, we are fortunate to have Ms. Erin Primer as our Food and Nutrition Services Director. Since the early days of the pandemic, San Luis Coastal’s Food Services Team has served nearly three million student meals - including boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms for families in need. Ms. Primer’s vision has catapulted our food program into the spotlight by earning the National School Boards Association Magna Award for Program Excellence, California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award for Farm to Table, and special visits by the First Partner of California Jennifer Siebel Newsom, United States Congressman Salud Carbajal, and State Senator John Laird.
The quality of the meals we serve reflect the love and respect we have for our students. More and more students are eating school meals regardless of their parents’ income levels. I wanted to share this week’s Food Services’s interview with KSBY.
As always, please know that I am grateful for the tremendous support from our parent community.
Together, we can do amazing things for our kids.
Diane M. Frost, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Elementary Innovation Labs: Entry Task Support
The San Luis Coastal Education Foundation has funded two instructional aide positions to facilitate entry tasks in our elementary innovation labs. Entry tasks are simple lessons designed to build teacher and student familiarity and confidence with specific resources in the innovation labs. The new instructional aides will be at sites every week and teachers will bring their class to the lab at least eight times over the course of the school year. The instructional aide will lead the students through the entry task while the teachers remain in the lab circulating and supporting student engagement. The instructional aides are Sasha Jefferson and John Torres. Mrs. Jefferson has been an instructional aide in SLCUSD for many years and has worked at both Pacheco and Baywood. She will be working at Pacheco, Baywood, C.L. Smith and Hawthorne. Mr. Torres is a recent graduate of Cal Poly and is interested in a career in education. He will be working at Del Mar, Sinsheimer, Bishop’s Peak, Los Ranchos, and Monarch Grove. When you see them at your school site, please give them a warm welcome. If you have any questions about the innovation lab or entry tasks, check with your principal or the iINNOVATE TOSAs, Katie Peters and Sara Garcia. We are grateful to the Education Foundation for this support.
Academic Intervention Teachers Wanted: Bilingual (Spanish) and English
We have openings for teachers with multiple subject credentials to work part-time in our elementary schools as Academic Intervention Teachers (AIT). These positions are 135 days, anywhere from 2-6 hours a day, paid teacher hourly. The AITs work with small groups of students to accelerate their literacy skills. If you or someone you know might be interested, please encourage them to apply. Applications are done via Edjoin and close soon: English and Bilingual.
Bear Sighting at Baywood
Baywood Elementary Principal Kirstin May dressed up as her school’s mascot on the first day of school to greet students and parents. Way to go Kirstin!