Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent
I wanted to share a brief video of master musician Yo Yo Ma performing Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prelude. According to one commenter, “The meaning of life is somewhere in this masterpiece.” So true.
I believe music and the arts are essential to finding peace and meaning in our world. My hope is to build lasting partnerships in our local community and the San Luis Coastal Education Foundation where San Luis Coastal students have more opportunities to discover the beauty of the performing and fine arts. With our newly renovated high school facilities, this is the time for us to embrace such enlightened things and provide our students with the gift of the arts.
Students are thriving in San Luis Coastal! Our schools are engaging kids both academically and with a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Here are a few shining examples from Morro Bay High School and San Luis Obispo High School.
Diane M. Frost, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
SLCUSD Summer Experience 2022
Thank you to all of the families who partnered with us this year to make the Summer Experience program a success for our students! Whether you were one of families of the nearly 2500 students who participated in Summer Experience or not, you can click here to see some interesting facts about this year’s program. You can also check out the short video of our program and get a glimpse of what might lie ahead in 2023. Lastly, check out our Summer Experience website that is now linked to our district school’s webpage.
Universal Screening Baseline Results
Our students were screened in reading at the beginning of the year using assessments nested within the FastBridge system. The purpose of screening is to identify students who might be at risk of reading difficulties, find trends in Tier 1 instructional needs, and establish a baseline to watch growth throughout the year. Here are the results that were shared with the board at Tuesday’s meeting.
Start with Hello Week
This week our Elementary campuses celebrated START WITH HELLO week! This program is developed to celebrate inclusivity, kindness, and empower students to end social isolation by starting with HELLO. Developed by the Sandy Hook Promise organization, this is one of many programs aimed towards ending violence in schools by fostering skills that help identify students who might be socially isolated, lonely, or need support from a trusted adult on our school campuses.
START WITH HELLO was celebrated in our elementary schools through engaging and meaningful activities for students to participate in, such as:
- “Say HEY!” days where students wore name tags and said hello to each other in kind ways.
- Learning different ways to say hello - like a high five, a fist bump or a head nod.
- Classroom lessons and videos encouraging students to reach out to trusted adults about someone they were worried might be lonely or isolated.
- Books shared about kindness, including others, and speaking out
- Lunchtime activities like SMILE and Mix it Up - Sit with Someone new!
It was a fun week filled with smiles, fun, and learning. The goal was to teach kids to be aware of those students that might need some extra support whether it be from a friend or a trusted adult on campus.
Kayla Townsend, Bishop’s Peak Elementary Counselor shared, “[Start with Hello] has been an amazing opportunity to build relationships and strengthen skills. Students have loved finding fun ways to introduce themselves, mixing up with new peers at lunch and recess, and dedicating time to building connections with their school. One teacher even shared, “Since we had name tags on Monday, I have had so many students actually come up and say Hello or Good Morning- it's amazing!"
Elementary Athletics for Achievement Launch
We are excited to announce that the Elementary Athletics for Achievement program has launched at all 10 of our district’s elementary schools! Over 500 5th & 6th grade elementary students are participating in the after school program this fall, which includes sports practices and competitions, leadership development, and academic support. The Fall Season sports include Flag Football (Co-Ed), Girls Volleyball, and Cross Country (Co-Ed).
Developed in partnership between SLCUSD and the San Luis Coastal Education Foundation, the Elementary Athletics for Achievement program aims to use sports as a way to connect students to their schools and to develop academic, leadership, and social skills. 26 staff coaches from our elementary schools and 40 college student fellows from the Cal Poly and Cuesta #CaliforniansForAll College Corps are coaching the teams and teaching leadership development.
We look forward to offering additional seasons of sport to our 5th and 6th graders as the school year unfolds. Winter and Spring seasons will include Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys & Girls Basketball, Track (Running Events), Boys Volleyball, and more. We welcome your 5th and 6th grade students to get involved in our upcoming seasons!