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:
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!"
A visit to any of our school sites or our district office on a Wednesday, you will notice that a vast majority of our teachers and staff are wearing a shirt with a bold Superman style logo with the letters UFG running across it. This is not a coincidence by any stretch of the imagination. The letters ‘UFG’ stand for UNITED FOR GOOD, a program adopted by our principals during the 2013-2014 school year. In the first year our middle school students and staffs joined together under the title of “United for Good” to raise funds to assist a small village in Guatemala with resources to build a school and provide needed school supplies for the village children. This initial cause served as the catalyst that has all 15 school sites participating and unified under the United For Good banner and allowed us to have a significantly larger impact in the following years. United For Good has allowed our students to learn about humanitarian causes that affect children, like themselves, both locally and globally.
This year Tulare City School District has partnered with an organization called Shared Space for All. The organization is the brainchild of Garth and Danielle Neufeld whose mission is to provide quality education to the impoverished village of Isaan, Thailand, regardless of gender, age, or social class. The goal of Shared Space for All is to construct an after school facility in Isaan where at risk children are able to be taught and mentored by quality educators. By providing a physical space that is secure, productive and engaging, Shared Space for All hopes to break the cycle of poverty.
The UFG primary form of raising funds has been to sell shirts and wristbands to TCSD employees, students, and the public. This year the District Office and all of our 15 school sites have “stepped up” for local and global education. Each school site has held a fundraiser, and some have held a “walk-a-thon” to raise funds. Cherry Avenue Middle School put a creative twist on their walk-a-thon by having a zombie run, where high school students volunteered to be the zombies, and Cherry Avenue students were allowed to buy “lives” to stay in the game.
United For Good has created a positive atmosphere and attitude of giving that has allowed our students and staff to truly unify and to connect with our local and global community. The effort that started as a relatively small program back in 2013 has now spread to our entire district and community. We hope that you’ll “step up” with us this year, and for many years to come, and be United For Good!
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