Konocti Unified elementary faculty principals talk about applications and insurance policies – Lake County File-Bee

(Standing from Left:) Jessica Taliaferro principal of East Lake Elementary Faculty, April Ellis, principal at Pomo Elementary and Tammy Serpa, principal of Burns Valley Elementary, communicate on the Thursday Morning Decide’s Breakfast in Clearlake. (Nikki Carboni for the File-Bee).

CLEARLAKE— This week on the Decide’s Breakfast visitor audio system and principals Tammy Serpa, Jessica Taliaferro and April Ellis introduced an replace on present operations on the county elementary colleges. The principals centered on the promotion of the social and emotional well-being of scholars, doing so by addressing particular person variations, being culturally responsive and exhibiting respect for every youngster.

Taliaferro, principal of East Lake Elementary Faculty positioned in Clearlake Oaks, opened the presentation stating, “Our objectives for our youngsters, and also you’ve heard me say this earlier than, youngsters are our primary, they arrive first. Each choice we make is what’s greatest for that youngster.” The faculties make the most of a multi-tiered system of assist when intervening with a scholar’s teachers or behaviors. Every system is structured like a pyramid whereby corrective motion begins on the backside, tier 1, and works as much as tier 3 if earlier actions weren’t adequate.

Ellis, principal of Pomo Elementary in Clearlake, defined that academically all college students start in tier 1 receiving lesson plan construction, gradual launch and accomplice speak. If a scholar begins to fall behind, they’re positioned in tier 2 the place they get additional assist with outlines and notes. Lastly, if a scholar continues to be falling behind, they are going to be positioned in tier 3 the place they take part in corrective studying and trainer led intervention teams. Ellis shared, “Corrective studying has actually helped with our college students, we’re seeing superb progress and progress particularly with covid children (who) have been behind.”

The identical system is used for conduct associated interventions the place each scholar begins in tier 1 with a plethora of assist together with golf equipment, reward applications like scholar of the month, optimistic helps and a counseling curriculum taught schoolwide. Tier 2 is a step additional and entails guardian conferences, counseling, and detention, whereas the ultimate tier is extra severe and might contain outdoors companies like behavioral well being and youngster protecting providers in addition to different recess and suspension or expulsion. Ellis shared “That’s why it’s on the backside, it’s the very last thing we go to, we attempt every little thing else first.”

Enrollment is highest at Decrease Lake Elementary at 753 complete college students adopted by Pomo Elementary at 738, Burns Valley at 532 and lastly East Lake Faculty at 254 college students. The college affords an award system for constant attendance giving out random small prizes on the door throughout drop off or larger prizes like a free spherical of mini golf for good attendance all month. Serpa, principal of Burns Valley Elementary Faculty in Clearlake, stated “We need to guarantee that children need to come to high school, that’s sort of the hook proper? No one needs to go if it’s not a spot that’s pleasant or in the event that they don’t have delight of their facility.” To be able to present that the colleges facilitate a large number of golf equipment, enrichments, after faculty actions, and incentive applications. The faculties additionally maintain well being gala’s, assemblies, profession gala’s, spirit week and heritage week the place children study different cultures. Lately Burns Valley held their first faculty dance full with DJ and a few college students appeared in formal apparel.

Becky Solato, Konocti Unified Faculty District Superintendent, reminded the group that not solely are the principals coping with attendance points with college students, but additionally with employees. “They’ve wherever from 5, to some days at the highschool we’ve 22 adults out,” stated Solato. Clearlake resident Jeffrey Dryden requested “When that does occur, what’s the protocol for find out how to deal with a lacking employees member? 22 is lots of people to be absent from a single campus on a single day. Ellis responded, “On the elementary ranges our vice principals and we’re counselors, we’ll go in and train a category or two… We’re going to educate children whether or not employees reveals up or not.”

The Decide’s Breakfast is held on the Clearlake Senior Middle each Thursday morning at 7 a.m. A number of breakfast choices can be found, however buy will not be required to attend. Subsequent week’s visitors shall be a panel of Decrease Lake highschool and Konocti Schooling Middle College students discussing alternatives at their respective colleges. Extra data could be discovered on their Fb web page.

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