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.
Spring is the time for planting a garden. School gardens are a great way to connect students with how many of the things they learn in the classroom relate to real world experiences and careers. In Tulare City School District there are many elementary and middle school sites that grow a school garden. At all these sites students are learning about science, math, language arts, ways to help their community, and life skills while they are working in their school garden. The examples below are just a small glimpse of what is happening at each school’s student garden.
Wilson Elementary School
Wilson teachers have created lessons connecting the school garden to multiple subjects. Wilson students of Mrs. Glazebrook’s 5th grade class participated in a project based learning (PBL) that used math, language arts, science, and their school garden. This was during the benchmark unit (English language arts) on "cultivating natural resources." They tied in reading, writing, science, and math standards around planting our vegetables and building a new garden plot for planting corn and the "three sisters" according to the Native American culture (corn, beans, and squash). Students learned that Native Americans used to grow three crops together in a symbiotic relationship. In math students measured a quadrilateral to find its perimeter, area, and volume in order to help build a planter bed and fill it with soil to cultivate, grow, and harvest the “three sisters” crops. Students needed to find measurements and cost of materials in order to complete this project. Students also worked in teams to create digital one-pagers, highlighting one of the crops in the garden.
The Wilson school community is all able to enjoy their garden. The third grade students do a unit on earthworms and release those worms into the school garden. The second grade team does a unit on butterflies and will be able to go look at an ecosystem that supports the life cycle of butterflies.
Alice G. Mulcahy Middle School
Mulcahy students have incorporated engineering and planning in their school garden by planning and determining what, when, how, and where to plant items to get the best yield. They have also incorporated math and science to determine the needs of each plant and what is required to produce a healthy plant. They have seen how nature can determine what and when you can plant. This became real last year when their planting time was pushed back because of all the rain that was received in January and February. Students then realized how farmers have to adjust and how uncontrollable factors can affect their business. Students are also creating some of their own compost through the use of their worm farm and using their weather station to track ideal growing conditions. Students have finalized their thinking and embedded language arts through research projects incorporating the school garden. The vision for Mulcahy’s school garden is to expand the beds and watering system to allow all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes to have their own garden bed. Many students have demonstrated leadership abilities through their garden experiences.
Pleasant Elementary School
The main use of Pleasant School’s garden is to teach kids about basic plant biology, plant life cycles, and proper maintenance of a garden. A couple times a year, the students and supervisors will harvest the vegetables grown in the garden and hold a farmer's market type of sale outside so that parents can buy vegetables for their families and help the garden club students raise money for more plants and vegetables. It has been a great way to connect to the community, and the students love seeing the fruits of their labor! Pleasant Elementary School also has an annual salad day where the kids in the garden club pick the lettuce they've planted and make salads to eat. Students get a quick lesson in nutrition and get to enjoy all of their hard work.
Frank Kohn Elementary School
Frank Kohn Elementary School joined forces with UCCE UC CalFresh and Master Gardener program to promote healthy eating and nutrition education within their school garden. UC CalFresh nutrition educator Marina Aguilera and master gardener Pam Beck, worked with Mrs. Lardner and Mrs. Munk to start a school garden at their site. Frank Kohn Elementary School began planting on February 22, 2018, just in time for students to watch vegetables grow before the end of the school year. The students planted rainbow carrots, radishes, marigolds, lettuce, and orange carrots. Mrs. Lardner’s second grade class and Mrs. Munk’s kindergarten class jumped with joy as they learned that they would be planting vegetables in their new school garden. Nutrition educator Marina Aguilera taught the students the important nutrients that a plant needs to successfully blossom. With the guidance of Mrs. Beck, the students learned how to properly plant their vegetables into their garden. Each student had the opportunity to make five holes in their section and placed two seeds in each hole. The students shouted, “I love playing with dirt!” as they planted the seeds they were given. Students also had the opportunity to learn about two different types of mints -spearmint and chocolate mint. Students used their sense of sight, smell, and hearing which engaged their interest further. The goal is to use the school garden to engage students to learn the importance of nutrition and health. Students learn responsibility by maintaining their garden so that the soil is ready for vegetables to grow. Students have held discussions about healthy foods while learning the science of plant growth. As students continue with the school garden they will also learn about agriculture and will have the opportunity to watch their marigolds and vegetables grow!
Cherry Avenue Middle School
This year is the first year of Cherry Avenue’s School garden project. This project is a joint venture with the Tulare City School District and the Tulare Joint Union Agricultural Department. Cherry Avenue was able to offer an agricultural science elective (Mrs. Caetano) this year featuring the school garden. Cherry Avenue Middle School has been able to install a greenhouse, raised beds, walkways, borders, and plant an orchard. One of the goals in establishing a garden at Cherry Avenue was to have it become a community garden. This year the industrial arts class (Mr. Rocha) has built and installed the raised beds. Industrial arts students have also built and installed the shelving in the tool shed. The Pinterest math class (Mrs. Trapletti) is in the process of designing and building mosaics for the rose garden and orchard. Mr. Turner volunteered his time and talent helping make their “So where does your food come from?” unit come to life. In addition, several other Cherry Avenue teachers on their staff have offered suggestions and volunteered to help with the garden as they move forward. The vision of the Cherry Avenue school garden is to have a spring garden started soon. It has been exciting for Cherry Avenue students and staff seeing this school garden project come to life.
Announcing the newly released TCSD Speech and Language Department website! The Tulare City School District Speech and Language Pathologists have created an exciting resource for parents to use to assist children with speech and language needs. The website has a wealth of resources, including at-home practice for fluency, articulation, and language skills. Please check out the resources at the Speech and Language Department website.
Speech and language is a special education service provided to students who need help with communication. School speech and language pathologists are highly skilled and qualified to diagnose and provide therapy for children who have many different kinds of communication disorders.
Tulare City Schools has started a transition to a more helpful form of grade reporting called standards based grading. This type of reporting method precisely identifies what standards students know and can do, as opposed to simply averaging grades, which can sometimes mask what a student has and has not learned. We are excited to begin the pilot process in select 1st through 6th grade classrooms this year. Then, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, we will be using standards based grading district wide in grades 1-6. For further information and additional resources, please visit the Student Academic Progress page.