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Jane Smith


On behalf of the Board of Education, it is with sadness and a heavy heart we share the passing of Board Member Jane Smith.  Jane served the students, employees, and YCJUSD community until her passing on May 27, 2019.  She leaves a legacy of exemplary leadership, advocacy for education, and passion for supporting our employees and students.



2019 school site teachers of the year


Congratulations to the YCJUSD Teachers of the Year who were recognized at the May 21st Board Meeting: Linda Castro from Calimesa Elementary; Kirsten Allen from Chapman Heights Elementary; Bret Baker from Dunlap Elementary; Heather Douglas from Ridgeview Elementary; Denise Hatfield from Valley Elementary; Karen McClain from Wildwood Elementary; Christine McLaughlin from Competitive Edge Charter Academy; Sara VanWaardenburg from Mesa View Middle; Wendy Montgomery from Park View Middle School; Shane Strickland from Yucaipa High School; Colleen Thomas from Green Valley High and Marcia Stewart from Yucaipa Adult School. 


2019 YCJUSD retirees


Congratulations to the YCJUSD retirees who were recognized at the May 21st Board Meeting: Linda Shulz, Teacher from Valley Elementary; Leslie Musgraves, Elementary Teacher from Ridgeview Elementary; Fred Walker, Campus Monitor from Yucaipa High; Audrey McManus, Lead Custodian from Yucaipa High; Annette Carlisle, Elementary Teacher from CECA; Catherine Hertel, Independent Study Teacher from Green Valley; Karen Smith, Elementary Teacher from CECA; Cara Prentiss, Principal from Green Valley; Kathryn Roman, Elementary Teacher from Wildwood Elementary; Petra Cano, Yard Duty Aid from Calimesa Elementary; Michele Peters, Elementary Teacher from Ridgeview Elementary; Guadalupe Parra, Child Nutrition Worker;  Randy Peters, Social Studies Teacher; Denise Hatfield, Elementary Teacher from Valley Elementary; Manny Monarrez, Lead Custodian from Park View Middle; Hector Perez, Lead Custodian from Calimesa Elementary; Corinne Walborn, Registrar from OVEC/GV; Norman Pierce, Computer Systems Analyst from Technology; Ruth Roberts, Elementary Teacher from Ridgeview Elementary; Gail Brown, Sp. Ed. Instructional Aide from Oak View and Sherri Black, Assistant Supt., HR. 


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. 


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2019 YCJUSD cLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR

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.


2019 SIM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR

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. 


FAMILY STEM NIGHT

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 heather_aguilar@ycjusd.us  


SOLES 4 SOULS SHOE DRIVE

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



YCJUSD SCHOOLS RECEIVE RECOGNITION FROM THE CALIFORNIA PBIS COALITION AND SBCSS



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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  • The YCJUSD Organizational Leadership Team got together for a nice team building event sponsored by our ACSA chapter! As you can see, our talent and camaraderie extends beyond a school year...teamwork makes the dream work⭐️
  • A very happy retirement to Ms. Sherri Black and Mr. Norman Pierce... thank you for your dedication and passion for student achievement in YCJUSD! You have made a positive difference 🤗
  • Thank you Superintendent Binks for hosting the District end-of-year BBQ ! Great energy, great raffle, great food and spectacular people😀
  • Our YCJUSD distinguished leadership are excited for the 2019 YHS commencement to begin🎓🇺🇸
  • SBCSS County Superintendent Mr. Ted Alejandre gave a warm welcome to the Yucaipa-Calimesa community and the YHS Class of 2019🎓at the commencement ceremony tonight
  • Beautiful 5th grade Promotion Ceremony and Awards today at Chapman Heights Elementary School. Congratulations Chargers!
  • Chapman Heights Elementary School 5th grade teachers personalized the last day of school for their parents at the end of the promotion ceremony today!
  • The ACSA Leadership Conference for Regions 12 and 19 was this past weekend. This is the YMT Charter, ACSA Region 12 Board for 2019-20 (minus John) and we all learned so much this weekend to get ready for next school year in order to support our colleag...
  • YCJUSD Appreciating Classroom Employees (ACE) week with all shadowing participants!
  • The Appreciating Classified Employees (ACE) program occurred all week in YCJUSD...amazing stories resulting from shadowing experiences were shared at the ACE luncheon yesterday. CSEA members are truly the heartbeat of our schools! We appreciate all of...
  • 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...