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Family Communication - May 19, 2023

Upcoming Events

  • May 19, 7:00 p.m. - San Luis Obispo High School Drama Presents: Sense & Sensibility
  • May 20, 7:00 p.m. - San Luis Obispo High School Drama Presents: Sense & Sensibility
  • May 23, 7:00 p.m. - LAMS/SLOHS Sounds of Summer Choir Concert
  • May 24. 7:00 p.m. - MBHS Band Concert @ Cal Poly PAC
  • May 24, 7:00 p.m. - Golden Tiger Awards
  • May 25, 5:30 p.m. - Del Mar Open House
  • May 25, 5:30 p.m. - Pacheco Open House
  • May 25, 6:00 p.m. - SLOHS Athletic Spring Awards
  • May 26, 9:00 a.m. - Tiger Olympics
  • May 29 - Memorial Day
  • May 30, 5:00 p.m. - SLCUSD Board Meeting
  • May 31, 5:00 p.m. - SLOHS Powder Puff Game
  • June 2, 1:30 p.m. - Laguna Middle School 3-Mile Run Fundraiser


Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent

As we approach the end of another academic year, I want to take a moment to reflect on our journey together and remind everyone to remember where we were just two years ago. It's crucial to recognize and celebrate the progress we have made since then.

Two years ago, our school community faced unimaginable challenges. We were navigating through uncertain times, adapting to new ways of learning, and striving to stay connected despite physical distancing. It was a period that tested our resilience and forced us to find innovative solutions to ensure the continuity of education.

But today, as I look around and witness the incredible growth and accomplishments of our students, the unwavering support of our parents, and the dedication of our staff, I can't help but feel an immense sense of pride and gratitude.

There is much to celebrate within our school community. Academically, our students have shown remarkable progress, overcoming obstacles and embracing new learning methods. They have demonstrated their ability to adapt, engage, and excel, both in the classroom and beyond. Their achievements, big and small, deserve recognition and applause.

Equally noteworthy is the support we have received from our parents and guardians. Your commitment to your children's education, your active involvement in their learning journey, and your resilience throughout these challenging times have been truly inspiring. We are immensely grateful for your partnership and the incredible role you play in our students' success.

And let us not forget the dedication and tireless efforts of our exceptional staff. From teachers to administrators, support staff to custodians, each one of you has played a vital role in creating a safe, nurturing, and enriching environment for our students. Your unwavering commitment to their well-being and growth has been the cornerstone of our achievements.

As we look back on how far we have come, let us also look forward with optimism and hope. The lessons we have learned and the resilience we have developed will continue to guide us on our path to excellence. Together, we can build an even stronger, more inclusive, and forward-thinking educational community.

So, I urge everyone to take a moment to appreciate the progress we have made. Look around and see the growth, the accomplishments, and the untapped potential within our school community. Let us celebrate the present, for it is a testament to our collective strength and determination. 

Last night, during the San Luis Obispo High School AVID Senior Celebration, Principal Rollin Dickinson spoke about the importance of circling back to find the light within us. For it is within this light that we discover our potential and the best versions of ourselves. I believe this to be true. Look inward and celebrate!

Thank you for your unwavering support and for being an essential part of our educational journey. Together, we will continue to create a bright and promising future for our students.

With gratitude,



Diane M. Frost, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Service

Mental Health Awareness Month
Our sites have been celebrating Mental Health Awareness month. SLO High’s counselors put out information to students and teachers throughout last week to promote wellness. Take a look at the information they shared here. LOMS students received information from their counselor through their advisory period (linked here). Morro Bay students had a week of activities including therapy dogs, painting rocks, and a month of mental health challenges (linked here).

Laguna Middle School promoted community connections with Transitions Mental Health Associates coming to campus at lunch as well as promoting the new text hotline feature of TMHA: (800)783-0607 call or text 24/7. Our elementary schools had lessons on supporting one another and hosted lunch activities to spread kindness and well-being like these hosted at CL Smith and Los Ranchos.


Dual Enrollment Update
Dual Enrollment is also known as concurrent enrollment. In SLCUSD, we are very proud of our partnership with Cuesta Community College. Dual enrollment refers to a student taking courses concurrently at two separate institutions. This process provides high school students the opportunity to take college classes and earn college credits while in high school. Dual enrollment includes College Career Access Pathways (CCAP) and enrichment/substitution courses. In SLCUSD we offer a variety of courses that students are able to take which earns them community college credit. Each year we update our partnership with Cuesta Community College and seek Board approval. Please see below the full list of approved course for the 23-24 academic year:


SLOHS Course 

Cuesta Course Name and  Course Number

Ag Speech Communications

Intro to Ag Computer Applications

AGB 210

Ag Systems Management

Intro to Sustainable Agriculture

AGPS 246

Cul Arts II A/B

Culinary Arts Fundamentals I

CUL 210

Cul  Arts Hosp & Management A/B

Culinary Arts Fundamentals II

CUL 220



SLOHS Course 

Cuesta Course Name and  Course Number

Ag Business /Marketing A/B

Ag  Sales and Communication

AGB 204

Intermediate Graphic Design

Foundations of Digital Imaging Art

ART 256

Auto II A

Internal Combustion Engines

ATCH 152

Auto I

Auto Maintenance and Light Repair

ATCH 166

AP Computer Science A  A/B

Intro to Computer Science

CIS 201

Eng  Drawing and Design II A/B

Engineering Drawing

ENGR 226

Eng Drawing and Design III A/B

Detailed Design with Solidworks

ENGR 228

Exploring Computer Science A/B

Intro to Engineering

ENGR 248

AP Environmental Science A/B

Intro Env Science

ENVS 200

Intermediate Film/Video Production 

Intro to Motion Picture & TV Prod

FTVE 223

Metal II A/B

Survey of Welding


Metal III A/B

Metal Fabrication

WELD 277



MBHS Course 

Cuesta Course Name and  Course No

Engineering and Design III

Engineering Drawing

ENGR 226



MBHS Course 

Cuesta Course Name and  Course No

Advanced Graphic Design

Foundations of Digital Imaging Art

ART 256

Advanced Auto A/B

Internal Combustion Engines

ATCH 152

Intro / Intermediate Auto

Auto Maintenance and Light Repair

ATCH 166

Engineering Robotics and Tech II

Intro to Engineering

ENGR 248

Advanced Film/Video

Intro to Motion Picture & TV Prod

FTVE 223


NEW CCAP Courses

PBHS Course 

Cuesta Course Name and  Course No

Career Planning

Career Planning: Comprehensive

PEDS 110



District Approved Substitution Course List 

Effective June 1, 2023


SLCUSD Credits Issued

Cuesta Substitution Course

Hancock Substitution Course

Social Science

Amer Govt P

10 Total Credits        

(5 American Govt and 5 Elective Credits)

POLS 202

POLS 103

Economics P

10 Total Credits

(5 Economics Credits and 5 Elective Credits)

ECON 200           

ECON 101 and ECON  102

US HistGeog P A/B

10 US History Credits

(in addition, 5 Elective Credits for each course)

HIST 207A and 207B

HIST 107 and HIST 108

WdHistCulGeo P A/B

10 World History Credits

(in addition, 5 Elective Credits for each course)

HIST 204A and 204B

HIST 104 and HIST 105



10 English Credits


Nothing Approved for Substitute


HlthFm Lvg P

10 total Credits

(5 Health  and 5 Elective Credits)

HEED 202

Nothing Approved for Substitute

High School Health & Physics Adoptions
The Board recently approved curriculum adoptions for our high school health and college prep physics courses. The newly adopted curriculum for high school Health will be Comprehensive Health Skills for High School (Goodheart-Wilcox) The adopted curriculum was selected and approved by the Board after an extensive review process that involved our high school health teachers, site and district leadership as well as community feedback. We selected this curriculum because it aligned with the California Health Framework (2008) and the California Healthy Youth Act (2016). In addition, the staff felt that it best engaged students and emphasized the importance of keeping the lines of communication open with parents and trusted adults and promoted health balancing behaviors. It also teaches students to evaluate the accuracy of health related information and to seek reputable resources. 

The newly adopted curriculum for high school College Prep Physics will be CA Science Dimensions Physics in the Universe by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The adopted curriculum was selected and approved by the Board after an extensive review process that involved our high school Physics teachers, site and district leadership as well as community feedback. We selected this curriculum because it best aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and provides opportunities for students to engage in relevant, hands-on learning experiences. This newly adopted curriculum will integrate science and engineering practices, provide relevance, authenticity and support scientific inquiry and accuracy.


Ryan Pinkerton, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services


Bond Measure Work
Measure D
We are winding down the final projects for Measure D at our two comprehensive high schools.

At Morro Bay High School, we recently held a grand opening for the new kitchen, commons/MPR, and theater. The final projects are Building C Classroom Building and Library, along with the back parking lot near the pool and automotive classroom and replacing the field lighting and stadium bleachers.

At San Luis Obispo High School, we are completing the final punch list of items in the lower middle portion of the 100 Building (kitchen, commons/MPR) and will have it open for Fall 2023. We moved classes back into the upper section after winter break. The final projects are the North 100 Building (library, career center, and classrooms), as well as the quad area.

The rain this year has pushed our construction timelines, but we look forward to the completion of these projects and celebrating them with the public next fall. We will have public tours available again in the fall.

There are a few projects left that we would like to complete at both MBHS and SLOHS. We are awaiting some state funding that we applied for with the modernization of the sites to fund those improvements.

Measure C
We kicked off our Measure C work and look forward to making some excellent upgrades to our remaining sites. The Board of Education has approved the Phase 1 projects and we are putting together site plans with architects for each school site. The amount of work at each site does vary based on need/age of facilities.

Current Phase 1 Projects:
Pacific Beach High School
We are putting together plans for an entire new campus that will include new Career Technical Education classrooms, as well as kitchen facilities. It’s time to retire the 1940’s Army barracks that currently house the school.

Roofing, HVAC, paint, fire alarm, ADA pathways, asphalt, athletic fields, and fencing are the “envelope” of the school projects that we are starting with. These items, along with renovating the main restroom facilities throughout the campuses, are the starting points at both middle schools. Exterior fencing will begin this summer.

Elementary Sites
“Envelope” items such as roofing, HVAC, fire alarms, and painting are all part of the Phase 1 projects at each site. Some schools have had some of this work completed under Measure D, but we will be picking up the rest of the schools with Measure C. The other focus will be Transitional Kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms at each site, along with playground facilities and shade structures for those programs. As we expand TK throughout the district, we need to ensure we have proper facilities for those students and staff. We will be adding new modular classrooms or modernizing current permanent buildings to add these needed spaces. 

Some of our schools are in need of major improvements right out of the gate on top of the TK/K and “envelope” projects described. Those sites include Bishop’s Peak, Pacheco, and Baywood Elementary Schools.

Fencing and Fields
We have a separate fencing plan that is going to begin this summer. This work will complete most of the perimeter safety fencing throughout the district that we have been putting in. Specifically, the work involves fencing at Bellevue Santa Fe, Los Ranchos, Sinsheimer, C.L. Smith, Teach, LAMS, and LOMS. Our goal will be to have one entry point at each campus once the school day begins. We will open gates and continue to have public access to sites at night and on weekends.

The grounds and maintenance department has put together a list of all fields in the district and will begin renovating them based on the greatest need. As each field is completed, they will move down the list of sites. Our fields are not only used by our students, but also for a variety of community activities and events. We look forward to improving our playfields.

As we finalize the Phase 1 projects, we will update the Measure C website to share the work being completed, along with the budgets and timelines associated with the work. We thank our community for funding these needed Measure C projects.