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November 5, 2021 Family Communication

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE

Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent

 

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou

Morro Bay High School student, Oshan McGregor, lived out his dream of scoring a touchdown during a recent football game. KSBY ran an inspiring story about Oshan that is a must watch. It revealed much about the character of the Morro Bay High teachers and coaches and the school-wide commitment to all its students, and is a model for all of us to follow. Go Oshan! And go Pirates!

On another note, the FDA and CDC approved COVID-19 vaccinations for 5-11 year-olds. There are many questions from parents regarding this vaccination and I wanted to share an article from the reputable American Academy of Pediatrics regarding their recommendation of the COVID-19 vaccine for younger children. San Luis Coastal continues to follow guidance and recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, SLO County Public Health, and laws enacted by the State of California in relation to vaccines, masks, and all safety mitigation measures. This will allow us to keep our students and staff safe, our schools open, and contribute to our community’s full recovery. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Eric

 

BUSINESS SERVICES

Ryan Pinkerton, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services

 

Lightspeed Testing No Longer Available

We received notification on Monday that the LightSpeed community antigen test sites at the District Office and at Morro Bay High School have been temporarily closed due to low numbers. Please visit ReadySLO.org for testing locations or view the regional screening testing schedule for testing provided by district staff. SLCUSD will continue to seek partnerships with local agencies to support the safety of our community and will provide notification if the sites reopen. 

 

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

Diane M. Frost, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

Camp Experiences are Back!

With COVID protocols in place, our students are beginning to participate in outdoor education camp experiences this year. Each elementary school is planning their trip(s), with Teach Elementary and C.L. Smith Elementary leading the charge!  C.L. Smith 6th graders attended Camp Whittier this week, and the Teach 6th graders went to CIMI (Catalina Island Marine Institute) recently.  These trips are so memorable for our students, combining science education and student bonding experiences. They’ll remember it forever! 

The 6th grade launched to the Catalina Island Marine Institute for an outdoor school experience in marine biology. 

 

Preparing for the zipline adventure. 

 

Secondary PD Day

All secondary teachers attended the district’s Secondary Professional Development Day today. Teachers participated in a host of sessions, including Instructional Strategies to Support English Learners and Assessment in Instruction and Trauma-Informed Social and Emotional Supports.  Vertical Teaming was an important part of the day as well.  Our TOSAs, counselors, and nurses spent countless hours researching and developing the sessions, ensuring that every minute spent by our teachers was impactful when we consider instruction, and ultimately, benefits for our students.  

Thanks goes out to Jane Hawley and the ISLA TOSAs and Student Support Services counseling and nursing teams for their work preparing for this important day. 

 

Elementary Teacher Work Day

Our elementary teachers enjoyed a much needed work day today.  Time was spent evaluating individual student progress and preparing for both report cards and parent conferences.  Teachers were also able to plan for instruction, ensuring targeted lessons that both engage and challenge our students.

 

Parent Forum on Summer Learning - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 

Join us for a virtual meeting on November 9, 2021 from 6:00-7:00 PM  to hear about our efforts to design an innovative summer learning program for 2022 - the Summer Experience.  Your input is a valuable part of our planning process.  We hope to see you there!

 

Vaccinations for Ages Five and Older

Vaccination for COVID-19 is available for children ages five and older under FDA Emergency Use Authorization. Local vaccine appointments can be found here.

 

iInnovate

Check out the iInnovate November Newsletter to see all the cool things our students are doing!