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24 Hour Sick Line
Please call the Woodland absence line, 949-515-6862, when your child is not going to be attending school.
Newport-Mesa Recognizes Six Seniors as Part of the Fourth Annual Superintendent Character Trait Awards
Newport-Mesa Unified School District Joins the Orange County Department of Education on One Billion Acts of Kindness Initiative!
California Distinguished School
Kinder Orientation Dates 2016-17
Friday, April 29th 9:00 am - 10:00 am (adults only) - MPR
Fall Kinder Registration 2016-17
Woodland Elementary School
2025 Garden Lane, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
2016-17 KINDER ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
KINDERGARTEN AGE REQUIREMENT
Our enrollment and address verification process this year will be available to you on April 12, 2016. The following are the steps you must follow in order to complete this process.
For Enrollment Information and instruction in April please follow the instructions below.
2. You may access the Student Registration forms online at:
When you have completed your address verification (gold copy) and online registration, please bring both the address verification (gold copy) and your completed & printed online registration paperwork to the office along with:
à Birth Certificate or Passport
à Current Immunization Records only if up-to-date
à A Current Physical is a requirement within 6 months of entry to Kindergarten (March 6th, 2016 or after) . The current physical needs to be signed by doctor and stamped with doctor address stamp.
à The only exception would be due to insurance requirements your child cannot have a physical or immunization until a later date. You will be required to have proof of appointment.
Daily Schedules 2015-16
TK/Kinder Dragons and Wizards
8:15 – 9:35
9:35 – 9:55 – Recess
11:00 –11:45 – Lunch
11:45 – 1:30
1st Grade (Wed. Dismissal 1:30 pm) 2nd Grade (Wed. Dismissal 1:30 pm)
8:25 – 10:00 8:25 – 10:00
10:00 – 10:20 – Recess 10:00 – 10:20 – Recess
10:20 – 11:30 10:20 – 12:00
11:30 – 12:15 – Lunch 12:05 – 12:50 – Lunch
1:45 – 2:05 – Recess 1:45 – 2:05 – Recess
2:05 – 3:00 2:05 – 3:00
1:30 Dismissal Minimum Days
Grades K, 1st and 2nd
All Wednesdays………………………………….….…..…..…..………Grades 1st & 2nd
Back to School Night …………………….….…...…….Thursday, September 24, 2015
Conference Week……………………..…….…....…November 16,17, 18, 19, 20, 2015
Conference Week……………………………..…….…….....March 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 2016
Open House………………………………..…..….…..….…..…Thursday, May 26, 2016
Last Day of School K-2 Student……………....….……………....Friday, June 24, 2016
Non Student Days-No School
Staff Development Day…………………………..……..…...…….…...Mon, Nov. 2, 2015
Veteran’s Day……………………………………....……….…...….…Wed. Nov. 11, 2015
Conference Day K-2……………………………..……….……......….Wed. Nov. 18, 2015
Thanksgiving Recess…………………….…..........….....Wed.-Fri. Nov. 25, 26, 27, 2015
Winter Recess……………………………………....…….….....Dec. 21 – Jan. 1, 2015/16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day…………………………………..…..…… Mon. Jan. 18, 2016
President’s Recess………………………………...…..…..………..…..Feb. 15 - 19, 2016
Conference Day K-2…………………………….………………..……..Wed. Mar. 9, 2016
Spring Recess…………………………………….………………....…….…April 4-8, 2016
Memorial Day……………………………………….………..….…...…Mon. May 30, 2016
Pyramid of Success
Woodland's character education program is based on Coach John Wooden's book, Inch and Miles - The Journey to Success. Throughout the journey, Inch and Miles find out the real meaning of success by meeting fourteen characters in the story who represent the values that will guarantee success. By the end of the journey, Inch and Miles understand that:
Success isn't having trophies or toys.
It isn't a medal or friends of your choice.
What is Success? That's easy to see.
It's trying to be the best that you can be!
Don't worry what others may have or might say.
When trying your best,
Success comes your way.
Thank you Coach John Wooden for allowing us to share your Pyramid of Success with our students.
Woodland School News
Newport-Mesa Unified School District Joins the Orange County Department of Education on One Billion Acts of Kindness Initiative!
Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is joining the Orange County Department of Education’s One Billion Acts of Kindness initiative, which launched this month and will continue until reaching one billion acts of kindness in Orange County.
As the name of the campaign suggests, the goal is to register one billion good deeds throughout Orange County, in an effort to promote civility, character and positive school climates in Orange County — and hopefully beyond.
“This is a wonderful initiative that we wholeheartedly support,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “As educators it is important to look beyond just academics and foster positive school climates to nurture students’ emotional and social well-being,” he said.
All kind acts count toward the goal of one billion, regardless of where they occur. Be sure to record the acts by posting to social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) using the hashtag #kindness1billion, or by visiting the website www.kindness1billion.org and clicking on the designated button. There also is an option for schools and community organizations to submit multiple acts at once.
An act of kindness can be as simple as welcoming a new student to school, picking up a discarded cup along the sidewalk or writing a kind note to a friend or family member. It could be more involved, such as visiting a home for senior citizens, joining a beach clean-up or volunteering at a local animal shelter. Either way, it is about doing something kind with no expectation of reciprocity.
Please join us in spreading kindness and together we can reach One Billion Acts of Kindness. For more information, please visit www.kindness1billion.org.
It’s that time to prepare for the new school year to come. Fulfill school entry and immunization requirements by obtaining your Preschool, Kindergarten and First grade physical exam at no cost*
Please see attached flyer for details.
Additional information regarding school health requirements is available on the Health Services Website.
* Eligibility Criteria Applies
The Gold Ribbon program replaces the California Distinguished Schools program during the two years that California is developing new assessment and accountability systems. The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools while the California Distinguished Schools Program is on hiatus as California transitions to new assessment and accountability systems. Traditionally, the Distinguished Schools Program honored public schools that showed improved student outcomes as measured through standardized testing and reporting scores and additional measures.
The Gold Ribbon program is different from the California Distinguished Schools program in that it focuses on recognizing schools that demonstrate academic progress through the implementation of the new State standards.
The twelve NMUSD schools that were honored with the California Gold Ribbon Award include:
Andersen Elementary was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in closing the achievement gap through their Response to Intervention Program: Scholar Rotations Program. The Scholar Rotations Program has resulted in more than 90 percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in English language arts.
Students at Andersen Elementary consistently rank in the top ten percent of statewide standardized testing. Learn more about Anderson Elementary at http://andersen.nmusd.us.
Davis Magnet School
Davis Magnet School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in closing the achievement gap, engaging parents and community and use of technology through their project based learning, which focuses on improving achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Sample project based learning at Davis Magnet School include a rollercoaster challenge, where students create a rollercoaster to learn about motion and force; develop a bio-waste digester, which teaches students about waste matter, renewable energy, chemistry and more. The project based approach to learning has resulted in 75 percent of Davis students meeting or exceeded English language arts standards and 74 percent meeting or exceeded math standards, based on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium data. These percentages are 39 to 125 percent higher than district, county, and state averages. Learn more about Davis Magnet School at http://davismagnet.nmusd.us.
Eastbluff Elementary was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in closing the achievement gap through their Response to Intervention Program, professional learning communities, data-driven decision making and use of technology.
Since implementation of Eastbluff Elementary’s Response to Intervention problem-solving model and Professional Learning Community model, all students show improvements in proficiency and/or advancement in English language arts and math, narrowing the gap between subgroups. Eastbluff Elementary’s Academic Performance Index for 2013 shows 86 percent proficiency in English and 81 percent proficiency in math.
Eastbluff Elementary has been recognized as a California Distinguished school in prior years and prides itself on continuous improvement with individualized support for students. To learn more about Eastbluff Elementary please visit http://eastbluff.nmusd.us.
Harbor View Elementary
Harbor View Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in closing the achievement gap. The success is attributed to the school’s Response to Instruction and Intervention program, in addition to cultivating an involved and supportive parent community and using hands-on approaches with technology to improving achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
In three years, Harbor View Elementary has seen an increase in California Standards Test scores for English language arts and math, with grades two through four scoring an average of 92 percent in English language arts and 91 percent in math in 2014. Socioeconomically disadvantaged students and special education students also showed an increase in scores, which exceed State averages. Learn more about Harbor View Elementary at http://harborview.nmusd.us.
Kaiser Elementary uniquely serves students in grades three through six and was selected as a Gold Ribbon School for their success implementing their Read All Day (RAD) Program. The RAD program includes various tiers of instruction, grounded on new state standards, student assessments to determine the tier of instruction that best suits each student’s need, and creating a community culture of reading.
The RAD program has resulted in a 24 percent increase in student reading proficiency. Based on 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium data, English learners exceed state averages by nine percent, socio-economically disadvantaged students exceed state averages by 11 percent and special education students exceed state standards by 18 percent. To learn more about Kaiser Elementary please visit http://kaiser.nmusd.us.
Killybrooke Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in implementing a college and career readiness program centered on universal achievement (as a No Excuses University school) and technology integration.
Killybrooke has made great strides in increasing achievement of all students and closing the achievement gap for English Learners and socio-economically disadvantaged students, through six systems designed to help all students achieve, with technology (including 1:1 Chromebooks for students in grades 3-6) used as a tool to maximize student learning.
Assessments show improvement, with Academic Performance Index increasing from 667 to 867, English language arts proficiency increasing from 27 percent to 67 percent, and math proficiency increasing from 31 percent to 75 percent. Student scores exceed County and State averages. Learn more about Killybrooke Elementary at http://killybrooke.nmusd.us.
Lincoln Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in implementing their Full STEAM Ahead Academic Support Program, which emphasizes rigorous curriculum in science, technology, engineering, arts and math instruction.
Teachers’ commitment to cost-effective educational technology resources has contributed to students not only mastering basic skills, but also being excited to learn with contemporary approaches to teaching and closing the achievement gap.
Overall data shows that proficiency has improved at Lincoln Elementary in both English language arts and math. Results from the 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium testing also show that Lincoln students exceed state averages for all traditionally low-achieving subgroups. Learn more about Lincoln Elementary at http://lincoln.nmusd.us
Mariners Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their approach to creating a culture of Innovation, centered upon student and teacher leadership and use of technology.
Classroom environments are becoming more inviting at Mariners Elementary, not just through the implementation of technology, but also through piloted programs such as the use of yoga balls instead of chairs and 1:1 Chromebooks in grades 4-6. Students are taking leadership roles and guiding younger students on the playground, as well as serving as “techsperts” to assist other students and teachers with the use of new technologies.
Teachers also are continuously improving their skills to keep up with changing educational technologies to ensure welcoming learning environments and maximize student engagement. Learn more about Mariners Elementary at http://mariners.nmusd.us.
Paularino Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in creating a culture of universal achievement through their program, Reading Our Way to College. Paularino Elementary became a No Excuses University school to inspire students to attend college and also implemented an Accelerated Reader program to encourage students to read independently.
Implementation of these reading programs and other programs, focused on improving students’ character virtues- such as fairness, responsibility, respect, caring, trustworthiness and good citizenship- have resulted in a 21 percent decline in the number of students reading two or more years below grade level. To learn more about Paularino Elementary please visit http://paularino.nmusd.us.
Pomona Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their reading instruction program, which uses small group dynamics to deliver adaptive reading instruction for students to achieve academic success. Students that require intensive intervention are placed in groups as small as two, while students who have mastered grade level foundational skills receive teacher support to move beyond grade level expectations.
The reading program, which is flexible and adjusted throughout the year, has resulted in ten percent more students scoring at benchmark reading levels. STAR testing data showed an 18 percent drop in students reading two or more years below grade level. Learn more about Pomona Elementary at http://pomona.nmusd.us.
Sonora Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their No Excuses University: We are College Bound program.
The We are College Bound program is designed to close the achievement gap between students in traditionally low-achieving sub-groups by implementing continuous data assessments to develop individualized academic intervention plans and address social-emotional and behavioral needs of students.
Sonora Elementary has twice been named a California Distinguished School and a Title 1 Achieving School. Learn more about Sonora Elementary at http://sonora.nmusd.us.
Woodland Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their Early Literacy Skills Development Response to Intervention Program, which focuses on developing early childhood skills and identifying individual learning styles.
Prior to this program, the focus was on below proficient students, who were most at risk of struggling with reading and English language arts skills. The current program addresses all students’ needs, including the nearly 40 percent in the “bubble” group, which are students needing to increase from basic to proficient levels. Results of the intervention model show that kindergarteners struggling with letter and sound recognition increased their skill level by 60 percent. Scores for students in the “bubble” group increased 125-160 percent. Learn more about Woodland Elementary at http://woodland.nmusd.us.
Early College High School
In 2015, the first year of the California Gold Ribbon Program, the California Department of Education recognized NMUSD’s Early College High School (ECHS) with a Gold Ribbon Award. ECHS partners with Coastline Community College to offer students the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and a year or more of transferable college credit.
With a 100 percent graduation rate, ECHS offers smaller classes, on-campus college classes, dual-credit classes, easier transition to higher education and financial savings of completing college credits in high school.
ECHS is top ten ranking among all public high schools Orange County and has the highest California Department of Education rating of 10/10, for seven consecutive years. Learn more about ECHS at http://earlycollege.nmusd.us.
Classified employees are nominated by principals and district directors in the following six categories; Child Nutrition, Maintenance and Operations, Office and Technical, Instructional Assistant, Support Services and Security, and Transportation. Nominees must meet the following criteria:
NMUSD congratulates the following 2016 Classified Employees of the Years:
Laura Chirinos, Child Nutrition
Ms. Laura Chirinos has worked for the NMUSD for nearly 20 years and has served as a Nutrition Services Specialist III at Estancia High School for the past nine years. She is responsible for planning and coordinating the production of more than 1,000 meals daily.
Ms. Chirinos is a fast learner, quickly promoted because of her ability to assimilate the wisdom gained from working at multiple schools throughout the district. She has incorporated this broad knowledge to satisfy the unique dietary needs of students and build strong relationships with her co-workers who often seek her guidance and advice. She has created a positive and welcoming atmosphere for students and a fun and a collaborative work environment for her colleagues and encourages the staff to further their education and work experiences so they too can be promoted.
Jean Paul Vigneault, Maintenance, Operations and Facilities
Newport-Mesa’s Classified Employee of the Year from the Maintenance, Operations and Facilities team, Mr. Jean Paul Vigneault, has consistently proven himself to be an exceptional employee who regularly goes above and beyond to ensure the safety and security of staff, students and the public. With his extensive knowledge of custodial operations and standards, he has established himself as an invaluable asset, able to fill in for virtually all custodial positions throughout the district. In addition, he is always willing to assist anyone who asks, is known for doing the right thing no matter the circumstance, and is widely admired throughout the school community for his foresight and compassion.
Wayne Wescott, Office and Technical
Highly regarded for his tenacity, self-motivation and exceptional customer service, Office and Technical Support Technician Mr. Wayne Wescott, has impressively advanced his position within the District throughout his twenty-one years of employment.
Collaboratively leading a team of technicians, he has helped package and deploy hundreds of business and instructional applications to thousands of computers throughout more than thirty schools and multiple district offices. His distinguished work on automated software deployment of the latest instructional and business applications have proven crucial to the success of District-wide operations and positively impacted both employees and students. Consistently updating his skills and knowledge, he regularly leads training sessions for information technology staff and has proven to be of immeasurable value to the schools and the overall District.
Jesse Murray, Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance
Mr. Jesse Murray, a special education instructional assistant at Corona del Mar High School, is an exceptional employee who provides consistent encouragement and motivational support for both students and staff. He frequently chaperones student outings and actively participates in school fundraisers, events and rallies. He has become a household name within the Corona del Mar school community.
Known by many families as a mentor and friend to special needs students, he is able to manage and inspire with a sense of accountability and empathy. In addition, this consummate professional is the aide everyone desires to have in their classroom because of his vital data collection abilities, flexibility and reliability, as well as his dedication to and affinity with students. Mr. Murray is the quintessential role model for what an effective student-focused leader should be.
Vicki Martini, Support Services and Security
With an outstanding reputation and greatly respected in her field, Vicki Martini has had an immense impact in the community during her twenty-four years with the district.
She is a strong supporter of youth organizations and a volunteer for numerous events and fundraisers. Ms. Martini also has been masterful at building collaborative relationships throughout the district as well as the community at-large. She has established work training programs and facilitates student job placement at local businesses, nurtured beneficial relationships with multiple county and state agencies and attends local Better Business Bureau and Chamber of Commerce functions to promote, support, and build partnerships for District programs. This vast network of resources has been assembled all in the service of students, culminating in far-reaching results that ultimately empower students to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living and integration into all aspects of society.
Lucky Nguyen, Transportation
Newport-Mesa’s Classified Employee of the Year from the Transportation category, Lucky Nguyen, is known for his commitment to his job and the students with whom he interacts daily. His attentive, friendly, and approachable demeanor is instrumental in providing excellent service. He recognizes when students are struggling and is more than willing to proactively provide extra care when needed.
The ultimate team player, he consistently volunteers wherever and whenever a need arises, including at the School Bus Roadeo Competitions, and is regularly sought out by his fellow drivers for his friendly and effectual advice. He has not missed a day of work in more than five years, exemplifying his remarkable dedication to his job, as well as to all with whom he interacts. This is part of the reason NMUSD consistently receive compliments on his exceptional service.
Partnership with Local Police Department Results in Identification of the Individual Involved with a Social Media Threat
Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD), like many school districts has been impacted by the mobile application, Ogle. Ogle allows users to submit photos, make comments and post information without censorship and in total anonymity. Earlier this month two NMUSD schools were made aware of school threats made via the Ogle application. Today, as a result of the strong partnership and collaboration with NMUSD, the Costa Mesa Police Department identified the individual involved with the threat.
The threat, posted on the social media application earlier this month, resulted in proactive safety measures immediately implemented by Costa Mesa High School staff, district personnel and law enforcement. No evidence has been discovered that would suggest there was an imminent threat to the students or staff. The Costa Mesa Police Department’s investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Nicole Brown at
“We are extremely proud of our staff and local law enforcement placing a high priority on student safety,” said NMUSD Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro.
NMUSD does not believe that there is a practical use for the Ogle app and that it is largely being used to spread harmful, hurtful and negative messages. The District does not believe that it adds any value nor does it deliver any positive benefits for students.
We urge parents to carefully monitor student’s online presence and use of this app and any other social media. We respectfully ask parents strongly consider removing this app from student’s phone. NMUSD continually reviews district-owned devices to ensure that such applications are not installed.
We commend the dedicated efforts of our staff and the Costa Mesa Police Department and appreciate their commitment to ensuring a safe environment focused on student learning.
We would like to make you aware of a problematic mobile application called Ogle. Ogle is designed and marketed for students to post videos and/or pictures about themselves, other students and their school campuses. The application allows users to submit photos, make comments and post without censorship and in total anonymity.
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District believes that there is no practical use for this app and that it is largely being used to spread harmful, hurtful and negative messages. We do not believe it adds any value nor does it deliver any positive benefits for our students. The schools in our district (and many others) are being affected by this application. The Ogle app, like many other social media, can become an avenue for cyber-bullying, harassment, violence and other issues.
We urge parents to carefully monitor student’s online presence and use of this app and any other social media. We respectfully ask that you strongly consider removing this app from your students phone. We continually review district-owned devices to ensure that such applications are not installed.
There are offensive, insulting and even threatening posts on the Ogle app. While we partner with local police departments to research the validity and origination of threatening claims, we urge your support in the following:
We appreciate your help in partnering with us to ensure a safe environment focused on student learning.
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Woodland's Art Enrichment Program
Woodland is keeping the ARTS alive! Our enrichment art program was successful thanks to Mrs. Faye and our school PFO! Our student art pieces were submitted to our annual Knights and Dragons Carnival for silent auction which raised money for our school!
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, practices, and employment shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within a school under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent. Any school employee who witnesses an incident of unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, retaliation, or bullying, shall immediately intervene to stop the incident when it is safe to do so. Compliance Officer Contact Information: Russell Lee-Sung, Associate Superintendent, Chief Human Resources Officer, 2985 Bear St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-424-5041