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:
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.
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.
State assembly bill 341 required that all commercial customers that have four cubic yards or more of waste disposal per week to put a composting program in place by 2016.
So, the work began. In February 2014, the City of Tulare Solid Waste Division reached out to Tulare City School District to collaborate on ways to divert waste headed for the landfill to go towards recycling and composting efforts. Harvest Power, an existing composting facility, got on board with taking food scraps along with compostable items such as milk cartons. Mid Valley Disposal signed on to pick up recyclables that you would recognize to go in a blue bin. In October 2017, the Solid Waste Division reported that an average of 329.4 tons of Tulare City School District’s food scraps/compostable materials have been diverted from the landfill to be processed and reused as compost. In 2014, 225.62 tons of food scraps were sent to compost, and 33.54 tons of recyclable products were reclaimed. That means 103.78 fewer tons of food scrap/compostables avoided the landfill and instead went to Harvest Power to be regenerated into valuable products like mulch, garden soil, organic fertilizers, even surprising materials like sand or baseball diamond infield mixes! Harvest Power has been pleased with our recycling efforts.
The start of the 2017-2018 school year also kicked off a new campaign of using 100% biodegradable paper trays. Not only does this mean that plates and leftovers get redirected to compost, but a dramatically reduced amount of polystyrene trays end up in landfill. Polystyrene, more widely known as styrofoam, is a petroleum based product that is unable to biodegrade, can’t be recycled, and has been known to leach toxins when heated. Cities across the United States have started banning the use of this product and Tulare City School District’s Nutrition Services is ahead of the curve by voluntarily removing it from our production.
The added bonus of using the biodegradable paper trays is that mealtime has become more efficient. Food leftovers don’t need to be separated from the tray, meaning clean-up time in the cafeteria just got simpler. This means more time to eat and more time to play. Now who doesn’t like the sound of that?
“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.