We assessed students on their knowledge of California’s Standards at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. We will mail home parent reports regarding students’ progress and performance soon. Please take a few minutes to watch a video for instructions on how to read these reports. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school principal.
July is the time to learn about engagement and Kagan Structures – at least for forty-four teachers from across Tulare County. In the traditional classroom, the teacher could be the hardest working person. At Kagan, we think that's backwards. Students should have the opportunity to work just as hard! The more they interact with their peers and with the curriculum, the more they'll learn.
Kagan Structures require every student to participate frequently and approximately equally. Kagan Structures close the achievement gap by creating dramatic gains for struggling students. But the gains are not bought at the expense of high achievers; they too are engaged in a richer, more interactive learning environment. As brain-research is proving, meaningful engagement is just a better way to reach and teach all students.
Teachers spend five days learning how to implement the structures through hands-on activities based on research facilitated by certified Kagan trainers. It’s all about engagement!
Back in January, Jennifer Marroquin, director of early childhood education, applied for two of Tulare City School District's state funded preschool programs (Wilson and Garden) to participate in the Tulare County Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) program. The QRIS program is one in which the state is working on providing a rating system for preschools. Preschools can earn a one, two, three, four, or five star rating. There are a number of requirements and guidelines that teachers and instructional aides are required to address in order to get a five star rating for their program. Five stars are difficult to achieve, but extremely coveted. External raters from Tulare County came out to review what our preschool programs were doing in the following areas: interactions with students, the developmental tasks teachers are utilizing within their classrooms with students, opportunities offered for parents to be involved, etc. Wilson and Garden's final review with the Tulare County QRIS program managers occurred on June 1 and both Wilson and Garden preschool scored five stars! With the five stars the local QRIS is awarding a substantial amount of money to both programs. A plaque will also be presented to both Wilson and Garden. This five star rating is good for two years and after that time is up, these programs will be reviewed and evaluated again.
The teachers and instructional aides at both of these sites worked diligently to achieve this five star rating. Mrs. Marroquin was extremely proud of both Wilson and Garden staff's for their tireless efforts to create such a quality preschool program for young learners in Tulare. The governing board will honor the staff from both Wilson and Garden at the June 14 board meeting for all of their hard work. Applications for Maple, Lincoln, and Alpine Vista to be a part of the Tulare County QRIS program will be submitted in the fall of 2016.
We all want the best for our kids, right? Summer can be a wonderful time to enjoy great activities and reconnect with more family time, but we don’t want our kids to experience the “summer slide.” Tulare City School District (TCSD) has a great resource that you can use throughout the year to keep our kids reading. Visit the TCSD digital library today to tour the resources available there to help you and your child. Read more>>>