We regularly check the air quality index levels by using the Real-time Air-quality Advisory Network (RAAN) monitoring system for information on how to modify outdoor physical activity. This guidance can help protect the health of all children, including teenagers, who are more sensitive than adults to air pollution. Air quality flags are displayed daily with the forecasted level. Due to the possibility that the air quality can change, you can go to the RAAN widget links below to check current conditions throughout the day:
The 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grade art students completed several projects using a variety of mediums throughout the course of this school year. Most of these projects are currently on display at one of four student art exhibitions throughout Tulare.
Third grade focused on elements such as line, shape, and color and worked with mediums such as tempera paint, copper wire, copper metal, and technology. Fifth grade students also worked with copper wire, copper metal, and technology along with paper, water color, and oil pastels. Between these two grade levels, you will see some monoprints, 3D organic compositions, Kandinsky-Based technology pieces, repousse/chasing techniques, and wire manipulations of various images and bugs.
Building on these mediums, 7th and 8th grade students learned how to further manipulate these materials through blending techniques and using the practice of grid-art for precision and proportion. The middle school students were also able to work with plaster and clay, creating sculptural (3D) pieces for the exhibitions. Graphite, acrylic paints, foil, wood, and pantyhose are some other mediums used throughout these exhibitions. These secondary students were able to create hand, arm and face molds, organic sculptures, life-size pop-art, celebrity portraits, animal drawings, abstract pieces of various mediums, and artist-inspired compositions.
Throughout the year each Tulare City School District art teacher incorporates a bit of art history and the variety of art-related careers that are available for our students.
The Advancement Via Individual Determination’s (AVID) mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness and success in a global society. Tulare City School District (TCSD) has had AVID elective classes at our middle schools for over fifteen years.
Research shows that two years of middle school AVID has a positive impact on student’s course taking patterns and academic performance in high school. Tulare Joint Union High School District’s 2016 graduation data shows that over 90% of TCSD students, who participated in AVID in middle school and high school, went on to a post-secondary education.
With the great success of our AVID students, educators began to explore how these highly effective strategies could be used schoolwide to impact all students. TCSD has been providing support for implementation of AVID strategies schoolwide, at middle schools, through teachers’ attendance at the AVID Summer Institute, and ongoing professional development.
Based on the success of AVID strategies at the middle school level, TCSD began a pilot of AVID elementary at Wilson School in 2014. AVID elementary is designed to be embedded into the daily instruction of all elementary classrooms, across entire grade levels, to impact schoolwide structures. Like AVID secondary, AVID elementary essentials focus on student success skills, organizational skills, and WICOR lessons (emphasizing instruction on writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to learn in all content areas.)
We are proud to acknowledge that Wilson School was selected as an AVID showcase school in its third year of implementation! Wilson school hosted its very first showcase on February 16, 2017, where superintendents, principals, and teachers from throughout our county and neighboring counties, along with the state and regional AVID directors, came to see the amazing things AVID is doing for the students at Wilson School. The results of an effective execution of the AVID essentials by the principal and his staff were evident for all to see.
We are excited to say that Tulare City Schools will have full implementation of AVID in grades 4-6 on all campuses by 2020. As a result, we know we will positively impact all of our students on their journey to college and career readiness and success in a global society.
For more information about AVID implementation at your school site, contact Debbi Parker or Colleen Ross.
On January 14-15, 2017, Tulare City School District (TCSD) provided a staff development opportunity of a lifetime to its entire district’s tk and kindergarten staff. TCSD chartered a bus full of early childhood educators and administrators to the annual kindergarten conference in Santa Clara. Teachers had the opportunity to attend class sessions to learn about research based strategies to help our youngest learners. They also had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other early childhood educators throughout the state of California. The teachers that attended came back from the conference rejuvenated, excited, and eager to put into practice all of the new strategies that they learned.
When teachers were asked about their highlight of the trip Bertha Avitia from Alpine Vista kindergarten stated, "Tulare City School District is growing a team of incredible pk1 teachers! Attending the conference inspired grade level teams to gain a commitment to our vision as to where we are going with the teaching and implementation of a developmentally appropriate pk1 curriculum. This conference also helped pk1 to connect with other California teachers who exhibited, exemplified, and modeled developmentally appropriate teaching practices for young children. It was a perfect opportunity to do some personal bonding as well!"