Activities, programs, awards, meetings, and much more! These are important years, and we know you don’t want to miss a thing. So please be sure to visit our News page often; we’ll bring you the latest news as it happens.
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:
Title IX protects people from discrimination, based on sex, in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX states:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
For more information concerning student rights and complaint procedures, please visit the Title IX section of our Parent Concerns and Complaints page.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more
What is reading? Reading involves identifying words in print, constructing an understanding from those words, and coordinating the identification of words while making meaning, so reading is automatic and accurate.
All Tulare City School District kindergarten through third grade students participate in “Walk to Intervention,” our reading intervention program. Our district’s transitional kindergarten through third grade curriculum focuses on teaching reading components that increase student reading achievement. A couple of weeks into each school year all students in first through third grades are assessed with Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS). If that universal screener indicates any difficulty with reading, students are given the Phonological Awareness Screener for Intervention (PASI) and/or the Phonics Screener for Intervention (PSI) in order to identify their gaps and pinpoint any of their specific skill deficits. The diagnostic screeners are aligned with instructional materials that provide explicit, direct instruction to small groups of students with similar needs for thirty minutes a day, at least four days a week during “Walk to Intervention.”
Students who, determined by DIBELS, are performing at or above grade level in reading are also assigned to small groups during “Walk to Intervention.” These groups of students participate in a variety of activities that allow them to continue to practice applying their reading skills.
Approximately every two to four weeks, students’ progress is monitored using DIBELS, PASI, or PSI and they are again placed in a small group to receive instruction in their lowest deficit skill. This thirty minutes of instruction provides much needed time for students to learn one skill at a time, while transferring that skill to application during reading practice. As the year progresses, kindergarten students are also assessed and placed in intervention groups if needed.
We hope with these measures in place our students will gain the skills they need to become successful, confident, lifelong readers.
Health Services Staff
Healthy schools enhance not just a child’s learning, but his/her potential to live healthy and productive lives as adults. The Tulare City School District health services staff consists of five credentialed school nurses (RN, BSN), including the director of health services and programs, twelve full-time licensed vocational nurses, seven part-time health aides, and one full-time secretary/health aide. The health services staff is at each school site to promote the health and wellness of students through disease prevention, provide early access to health care, and referral for intervention and remediation of specific health problems. The health services staff is vitally necessary in order to provide first aid and triage for illness and injuries, to provide direct services for students with special needs, such as diabetes, seizure disorders, chronic asthma, food allergies, and to provide health counseling and education for students, staff, and parents. Last year the health services staff had over 30,000 student visits in the health offices for illnesses and routine first aid. Students with daily, medical health procedures were seen at least once daily which tally another 9,000 visits to the health office. The health staff did 16,796 student screenings for vision, hearing, and oral health. Of the students screened, 2,045 were referred to seek further medical follow-up in which 1,539 completed follow-up care.
Each year members of the Tulare City School District partner with a local or global organization in our United for Good (UFG) campaign in our efforts to connect to our local and global communities. This year our 15 school sites and departments are coming together to support Happy Trails Riding Academy. Happy Trails is a local organization here in Tulare County that supports and enriches the lives of children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities through equine facilitated therapy. Children and adults at various levels benefit from this therapy through their connection with the horses and the love and support from therapists and volunteers. Therapeutic horsemanship has been proven to provide a unique opportunity for self-improvement and independence in a positive learning environment while offering a challenging alternative to traditional therapy. The board of directors, staff, and volunteers at Happy Trails Riding Academy are committed to providing the finest therapeutic riding program in the country. We are thankful to have Happy Trails right here in our own backyard!
Throughout September and October, you can help support our efforts in uniting for good by purchasing a shirt and/or bracelet at your child’s school site. Ordering information and deadlines are available in the school office. Staff and students will be wearing their UFG shirts every Wednesday throughout the year to show our support and love for Happy Trails.
For more information, please visit Happy Trails Riding Academy website.