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CECA Archery Team claims the #1 and #4 archers in the Nation!

May 2019 –  8th grader and second-year archer, Dillon Griswold, gave spectacular performances at the Regional, State and National competitions ranking in the number one spot for all three and securing the National Championship with an amazing 357 points out of 360. Matthew Griswold ranked 4th in the Nation with a score of 351. These impressive wins were enough points to grant CECA as a school, a 2nd place National placement. Eight of CECA's other team members ranked from 17th through 84th place in the National competition. 



April 23, 2019 –  Congratulations to the 2019 YCJUSD Classified Employees of the Year who were recognized at the April 23rd Board meeting! Arisve Barriga, Bilingual Parent Engagement Specialist,  Educational Services; Jenny Morton Child Nutrition Lead from Wildwood Elementary; Michelle Knapp, Attendance/Clerk Typist from Valley Elementary; Jennifer Kelly, Health Assistant from Calimesa Elementary; and Patrick (Sean) Heeney, Skilled Maintenance Irrigation from Maintenance, Operations and Facilities. We appreciate all they do to support our students, staff, and families.


April 4, 2019 - Students from YCJUSD receive awards following the 37th annual (SIM) Science and Engineering Fair. The San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono Counties (SIM) Science and Engineering Fair is an annual competition of science projects designed, developed and displayed by elementary and secondary students from schools in each county. 

Award Recipients:

Selena Wisegarver - Dunlap ES, silver medal                    Rhett Bogh - Mesa View MS, bronze medal            Kadence Button - Ridgeview ES gold                        Russell Koger Ridgeview ES silver                            Matthew Fogel - YHS, bronze medal; NOAA Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award recipient

Matthew Fogel from YHS receiving the bronze medal and NOAA Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award.

Russel Koger from Ridgeview Elementary receiving the silver medal.

Wildwood Family Astronomy Night 

3/14/19- Over 100 people were in attendance for Wildwood’s Family Astronomy Night.  With the assistance of the San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomy Club, as well as Mike Matteson from YHS, the night was out of this world.

PVMS Students Accept the gramMARCH Challenge 

Mar. 1- Students at Park View Middle School take on the English gramMARCH challenge to write using proper grammar, full sentences and use entire words in all forms of written communication. To kick off the challenge, PVMS held a festival where the English classes created games in correlation to the challenge. Students had so much fun learning English!   

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STEM Family Night Challenge @ MVMS March 5! 

When:   March 5, 2019
Time:   6pm to 8pm
Where:  Mesa View Middle School 

2019 Kindness Certified  School District

We are proud to announce that all Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District schools are Kindness Certified! Thank you for making such a positive difference at your school, your community and in our world. There's no doubt about it, your KINDNESS MATTERS! It is our desire to revisit Kindness week every year. 


Feb. 4 - Families had a fun night exploring STEM related activities at Family STEM Night! Thank you to the families who came out in the rain and participated. 

Celebrate the Great Kindness Challenge

January 28 - February 1

PVMS Morning Greeters greeting their fellow students

RES students working together!

ECEC students ready for class

Helping out a friend

                 Lending a helping hand!

YHS Thunderbird Marching Regiment @ Disneyland

Jan. 23, 2019 - The YHS Thunderbird Marching Regiment participated in the Disneyland Community Arts Showcase for the 7th year in a row. Our students did a great job representing the school and community!  

YHS Linked Learning Academy Enrollment 

High school students from outside of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District who are interested in being included in the Linked Learning Academies Lottery Process for Registration for the 2019/2020 school year must have their transfer paperwork into Educational Services at the District Education Center by April 15, 2019. Any transfers received after the date of 4/15 will either be placed in the academies if space is available or on the waitlist for the chosen academy. If you have questions, please contact Heather Aguilar at  


The Soles 4 Souls shoe drive was a huge success. Our middle school and high school students collected over 2,500 pairs of shoes! 


The California PBIS Coalition provides recognition awards for outstanding work with Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to improve the culture on a school campus for students and staff.  PBIS is a systems-based, multi-tiered framework for establishing the social culture and behavioral and academic achievement and success.  The framework is evidence-based and data-driven. 

Evidence-based features of PBIS:

  • Prevention
  • Define and teach positive social expectations
  • acknowledge positive behavior
  • Arrange consistent consequences for problem behavior
  • On-going collection and use of data for decision-making
  • Continuum of intensive, individual intervention supports both academically and socially
  • Implementation of the systems that support effective practices

In the YCJUSD, school sites have been participating in PBIS training and framework implementation for the past nine years at all grade levels. A recent awards ceremony was held at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga which was hosted by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ (SBCSS) PBIS program division. 

YCJUSD schools receiving recognition from the California PBIS Coalition and SBCSS are as follows:

  • Bronze Level Recognition:  Park View Middle School
  • Silver Level Recognition:  Calimesa Elementary School, Dunlap Elementary School, Valley Elementary
  • Gold Level Recognition:  Wildwood Elementary School

YHS Adopt a Family
Various clubs, organizations, classrooms and community members help support YHS families in need through the Adopt a Family program each year by providing gifts and food for the holidays. YHS counselors and administrators loaded their vehicles and made deliveries to over 20 families. 

Matt Davidson gives back to Best Buddies

Yucaipa's own Matt Davidson, of the Chicago White Sox, returns to Yucaipa High School to give back to Yucaipa's Best Buddies program.  Watch as Matt and other major league players play a friendly game of baseball with Yucaipa's Best Buddies.

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YCJUSD Teacher of the year!

YCJUSD 2018-19 Teacher of the Year is Lisa Topoleski.

Inaugural Forum for Healthy Minds

Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (YCJUSD) is proud to join with the community to raise awareness of and support mental health issues and suicide prevention.  It was a day full of great workshops and an incredible resource fair designed to promote Healthy Minds and Hope within our community.

Community Emergency Response Training
Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training
Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training
Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training

Congratulations to Green Valley High School for Being Named a Model Continuation School by the California Department of Education!

YCJUSD employees completed the first in-district Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training on February 3rd.

Students from the YHS Law and Public Safety Academy assisted by being "victims" during the mock disaster scenario that ends the training.  Thank you to district trainers Lucia Hudec and Julie Beck for coordinating the successful event.

Participants of CERT training

Participants of CERT training

Community Emergency Response Training
Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training

Click on the video above to see the 2018 YHS girl's soccer playoff video.

2017-2018 California League of Middle Schools (CLMS) Region 10 Educator of the Year Finalist

Congratulations to Park View Middle School teacher Brittany Bay for being selected as a finalist for the CLMS Region 10 Educator of the Year. She is an educator who exemplifies educational excellence and has made significant efforts to implement elements of educational reform at Park View Middle School. Mr. Tucci, Park View Middle School principal wrote the following in Ms. Bay’s nomination letter, “There is no other team player at PVMS who exemplifies the willingness to reach out to students in a variety of ways to help them connect to their school. Her excitement for the connection with kids is unmatched at our school." 

CLMS Region 10 Educator of the Year event

CLMS Region 10 Educator of the Year event

CLMS Region 10 Educator of the Year event

CLMS Region 10 Educator of the Year event

CLMS Region 10 Educator of the Year event

CLMS Region 10 Educator of the Year event

Gold Bell Award – A Night in the Trenches

Congratulations to Yucaipa High School teachers John Taylor and David Paul for earning a California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell. The CSBA Golden Bell Awards promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices of school boards in school districts and county offices of education throughout California.

Teachers John Taylor and David Paul
Teachers John Taylor and David Paul

A Night in the Trenches is a simulated experience for students in Yucaipa High School. From 5 p.m. until the sun rises the next day, two teams of students go on “missions.” Activities include fighting battles, spying on each other, plotting stratagems and binding each other’s “wounds.” A winner is determined based on points earned for the missions. They have only their uniforms and some rations (no phones!) for the whole night. Students who have experienced this event say that it’s life-changing; some decide that history will be their college major, and most show increased interest in, and therefore achievement in, their European and US History courses.

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  • Amazing first grade Spring Sing last night at Wildwood ES. Mrs. Davidsmeier and Mrs. Correa’s classes were so proud to perform for their families! Good job to all!
  • Congratulations to the Wildwood Elementary School Rotary EarlyAct Club for a fantastic fundraiser called “Project Fluffy” which raised over $5000 for the Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS). Amazing what this young group of leaders accomplished...
  • YHS seniors Joanna, Seth and Adam finished helping us clean and organize the emergency bunker today! Great students doing good for the community 👍Thank you
  • Congratulations to our own YCJUSD Lily Solis for being recognized at the 2019 SBCSS Child Welfare & Attendance recognition ceremony today! So proud of all you do for our students and community 👍
  • Thank you to Adam and Joanna from YHS for helping to clean out, inventory and organize the emergency bunker at the district office! Preparedness is key!
  • At the San Bernardino County Assistant Superintendent Network Meeting, Colton Joint Unified School District’s Superintendent, Jerry Almendarez, shares about the Education Innovation Alliance
  • Congratulations to YHS sophomore Matthew Fogle for receiving the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership award and scholarship today at the Calimesa Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Awards Tea!
  • Congratulations to YHS senior Brooke Alejandre who received a scholarship from the Calimesa Breakfast Lions Club today at the Calimesa Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Awards Tea!
  • Congratulations to Trenton Luther, YCJUSD Senior on receiving so many recognitions and a great scholarship at the Calimesa Chamber Scholarship Awards Tea this afternoon!
  • Thank you Calimesa Chamber of Commerce for a beautiful Scholarship Tea this afternoon for our youth 👍Happy to meet up with Mayor Linda Molina, Calimesa and Barbara Alejandre, SBCSS 😊
  • Yucaipa High School AVID teacher, John Devries, at the Senior Recognition Awards Ceremony at CSUSB last weekend. Congratulations to senior Dharma Hall, a Dell Scholarship awardee!
  • Dr. Stephanie Houston, CRY-ROP Superintendent, thanked all of the student’s families in supporting them...YCJUSD is proud to partner with CRY-ROP and all of the good things they do for students!