Dear Parents and Guardians,
We had an exciting 2017-2018 school year! Let us celebrate that for the fifth consecutive year, 100% of our seniors graduated and 100% of our seniors were accepted into 4-year colleges. This has become our tradition at Palomares Academy. We look forward to the continued success of all our students. This past summer, 18 rising seniors completed 120 hours paid internship with NAMM which is part of Optum; they participated in improvement science and human centered design projects. Their professionalism and creativity were extremely impressive. Our students represented our school and our community very well. We are so proud of their accomplishment.
For the 2018-2019 school year we are excited to reopen our remodeled Student Support Hub, Library, Maker’s Spaces, and to showcase 12 classrooms that have been partially or fully refurnished. We continue to offer NAF, PLTW, and CTE courses. This year, we are excited to announce that we have added a computer science coding classes to our elective offerings. Palomares Academy earned model academy status for the 17-18 school year and we showed growth in our achievement scores. We will continue deepening our practices in PBL and data driven instruction. Our instructional focus areas are: Literacy, Student Engagement via QuadD and PBL, and Formative Assessments. To support college and career readiness, we are looking forward to the 1:1 chrome book device roll out. We are fortunate that through the SIG grant, we are able to gather resources for our students. I am looking forward to a year of growth and learning in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.
Reminder that the first day of school is Thursday, August 9, 2018. Middle school students wear a white collared polo shirt and tan, navy, black khakis or jeans without rips/tears for uniform. For all students, basketball shorts, leggings, joggers are reserved for PE to support our college and career/professionalism culture. Textbooks, PE clothes, locks, and schedules will be available the first day of school. In support of our transition to 1:1 devices for 21st Century Learning, we will continue enforcing CA EdCode 48901.5 that all cellular phones be off and out of plain site during school hours; this is to prevent cyberbullying/distractions that negatively impact student learning. For emergency purposes, if students need to contact family, our front office is available. Please refer to the parent student handbook for more specific language:
An African proverb wisely recognizes that it takes a village to raise a child. We look forward to your partnership and engagement in school activities as volunteers, as parent participants in parent group/meetings, and/or as members of our Palomares Academy Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). I encourage you to join our PTSA. Our PTSA is active and is a wonderful way to support our school. Research has shown academic growth for students whose parents are involved in the school that they attend. Lastly, to support our focus on literacy, I ask for your support to encourage and promote reading at home for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. Reading 20 minutes a day has been proven to make gains in student vocabulary and literacy. Registration is now done online. If you need assistance, we are available on campus to help. Thank you for your on-going support. If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to call (909)397-4539.
Dr. Camille Ramos-Beal, Principal