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Patty Maher June 12, 2013 at 10:50 am
Well, Tina, now that Novato Patch seems to be free of the libel, I felt it was safe to come back.Read More (Now if that statement doesn't get a photo of me and my bouncy castle posted, I'll be surprised.)
Bob Ratto June 12, 2013 at 04:54 pm
Thanks for this, it was hilarious!...and it brought back a lot of memories. While I like to think myRead More kids are grown up, both they and I know that a wallet depleting (mine, empty now) moment will exist in the future, and it is always more these days than lunch money. Great post
J. Dietrich Stroeh June 18, 2013 at 01:26 pm
This is great. I forgot all the woes of being a busy working parent with children in elementaryRead More school. Thank you for sharing!
Joan February 5, 2013 at 08:51 pm
And exposing developing children to more chemicals to get rid of the lice!!! The cost is not worthRead More it.
Craig Belfor February 6, 2013 at 02:21 am
Sorry to add my imput to this lousey story, but getting the nits avoids the lice, so prevention isRead More easier than curing the symptopm.
Claire February 7, 2013 at 03:10 pm
Good luck with contacting the Trustees and hoping to be heard or for the Trustees to go against theRead More proposal of the District. I cannot remember one single item when the trustees have not unanimously agreed with the recommendation of the District. All I can say is I am fortunate I never had to deal with lice in my house and - better than that - in a year from now I won't have to deal with the District or this Board any longer since I won't have any children in the District anymore. That will be a happy day in my life!
Patty Maher January 28, 2013 at 02:58 pm
You're so funny, Sylvia!
LP January 29, 2013 at 01:30 pm
Patty, in November I too cut my hair and donated to Pantene. A lot of people don't realize thatRead More Locks of Love is for children's wigs only. They do a lot of good work for kids, but having an adult in the family facing loosing her hair I chose to donate to Pantene. It took almost two months to receive my acknowledgement letter that the hair was received, and I am loving my short hair.
Patty Maher January 29, 2013 at 02:33 pm
Are you loving it so much that you're not growing it out again? I ask because I started growing mineRead More out...three days ago. Two more years to go! It's nice to hear of others donating to Pantene. Locks of Love would, of course, take my hair, but I believe they sell it if it has gray, which is why I went the Pantene route. Any way you cut it -- pun intended -- it does feel good to make a difference doing nothing but marking time.
ConcernedNovatoan February 5, 2013 at 09:56 pm
MM, we can agree to disagree respectfully, but I still maintain the NUSD did not demonstrateRead More "due diligence." I think they did a one sided job on it and didn't ask enough questions. I think most of us supporters are not here to convince anyone on the board or NUSD is trying to run the district into the ground. All of us want more choices for our children at the elementary school level. When you look at what is offered at the elementary school level, there really isn't much compared to the high school level. I feel the most important years in a child's education are preK and elementary school years. You give them the tools and foundation to build upon for the future. The one size fits all approach is not working as evidenced by the Hispanic students who fall further behind as they get to middle and high school. And certainly opponents can keep making excuses for the them as to why they don't sign up for the charter school. Perhaps they are content in the direction their children are going, falling further and further behind as they get into middle and high school? You ask "what educator, what teacher, what trustee would deliberately make choices that threaten his or her track record or legacy?" Well there are those teachers who are willing to sign up for the charter school. Talk about sticking their necks out. These are the teachers who believe in the curriculum enough to put the children's future ahead of their own agenda. Only time will tell...
Chip Tingle February 24, 2013 at 05:23 am
Since the board's decision was made on the charter proposal, I've intentionally stayed away fromRead More this discussion, as it long ago became bitter, illogical, and disrespectful on multiple levels. Somehow I received a link by email, and I've ended up here again, begrudgingly. I write in response to being addressed directly above for somehow personally attacking Mr. McDonald. I actually cut and pasted his own words here for consideration and discussion, and asked anyone in the proponent community to reach out to him for his own further comment here directly. If this is somehow viewed as a personal or ad hominem attack, we have very definitions of such terms, and I strongly disagree with your definition. Why paste such commentary and political views of a single proponent? Because I believe this kind of thinking is at the heart of the entire charter proposal, one which only came to real fruition when Rancho was reclassified as a neighborhood school so that the school's demographics would gradually, over some 4-5 years of slow implementation, change to reflect the entire population served by the school district and all its schools, a population which is thankfully, hopefully proudly, diverse in ethnicity, native language, culture, religion, etc.... I've been told I'm misreading things....but I've yet to come close to being persuaded differently.
Chip Tingle February 24, 2013 at 05:41 am
Since this article was referenced above, and since I may not be the only one whom missed it, here isRead More a link to the entire M IJ piece: http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_22453022/novato-charter-school-proponents-say-they-are-open
D Rex December 14, 2012 at 03:58 pm
Tancredo sponsored legislation to eliminate H-1B visas for temporary workers in 2005.Tancredo wasRead More the sponsor of a successful, bi-partisan amendment to a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill that would withhold federal emergency services funds from 'sanctuary cities. sendning this guy money, on a teachers salary (or any salary for that matter)....seems, oh, fishy?
Will Johnson December 14, 2012 at 08:47 pm
I'd love to watch the tape back, Tina, to hear Knell's comments again. But, "oops" theRead More district didn't record it. Honest mistake probably. No reason not to want all this great fodder on tape, right?
Will Johnson December 14, 2012 at 09:14 pm
Who's calling who a what? The lady doth protest too much, methinks. (anyone "CulturallyRead More Literate" would immediately understand this reference...) I gave money to the ACLU last year to help overturn DOMA and fight Prop 8. I must be gay. (shhh, don't tell my spouse about all that bathroom toe tapping I've been up to) Core Knowledge and this charter school has a real shot at helping ELL families if only they could get a fair shake at their outreach plan (which is supposed to happen AFTER authorization which is looking a tad unlikely for Tuesday, I'd say). Let's keep doing what we are doing and accept that 2/3rd of our disadvantaged kids are below proficient for Language Arts. A 71% or 75% proficient rate would be a dream come true for these families. If not the charter, what tricks does NUSD have up its sleeve? What is going to happen at Lynwood as we go another year in PI status. Waiting for a parent to pull the trigger law (like in LA) or are we just Waiting for Superman.
Karter December 10, 2012 at 06:29 pm
JBW December 11, 2012 at 12:12 am
1. Deny 2. Yes
Patty Maher December 11, 2012 at 03:55 pm
Our game playing might be all for naught, or it might at least be one week early. According to theRead More review timeline posted under the Proposed Charter School on the NUSD website, tonight "staff will make a presentation to the Board about their analysis of the charter application. On December 18, staff will make a recommendation, and the Board will vote on the charter school proposal." So it looks like we won't hear a staff recommendation tonight.
Audrey November 29, 2012 at 04:34 am
Dale was a huge part of the Lu Sutton community and is missed by all. Thank you Dale for making ourRead More library a warm and inviting place for our students to enjoy. You done good!!
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 November 30, 2012 at 01:25 am
Thank you Patty for such a nice tribute to a wonderful lady. We will miss her very much.
Nanci Boyd November 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm
We loved Dale and will miss her. She was so great with the kids at the school. We were lucky toRead More have her.
Cindy Harris November 8, 2012 at 03:44 pm
Thanks for the reminder that the meeting is tonight.
Patty Maher November 8, 2012 at 04:05 pm
I can't say with certainty when the movement -- following the Rancho conversion attempt -- began. IRead More was not a part of that conversion effort and am not involved in this effort. But I know I heard rumblings about this one as early as October of last year (2011). JBW, thanks for your appreciation. I'm now going to have a motivational poster made up that touts my "relatively unbiased articles." ;)
Novato Federation of Teachers November 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm
The Novato Federation of Teachers' stance on the proposed charter school is available atRead More novatonft.org.
Patty Maher November 7, 2012 at 10:48 am
Amy, with regard to your first point, wasn't Rancho told by the district to not fill some openingsRead More because there would be PI transfers coming in? I seem to recall at least some of those openings could have been filled from the waiting list had Rancho not been told to stand down.
Amy Oclassen November 7, 2012 at 11:41 am
Yes, Patty, that is true. But I can remember no year when that many openings came available over theRead More course of one year. Our office manager tells me that 10-12 generally open up over a year (not including the ten 4th grade slots that are available every fall).
Patty Maher November 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm
I know the last two years of doing the directory, I've been amazed at the turnover compared toRead More previous years.
Roger October 31, 2012 at 10:39 pm
Patty, thanks for your alert on the District's legal workshop tomorrow on the charter process. DoRead More you know if workshops are typically on TV?
Patty Maher October 31, 2012 at 11:03 pm
I know the last one was not recorded. I don't know about tomorrow evening's. I will try to find outRead More for you.
Dexter Kaziff October 29, 2012 at 07:42 pm
It's awesome that when someone disagrees with Tina she thinks it's just one person using 10Read More different names....She'll now accuse you of being Educate the Community, Answer Me, Ex Principal, and that you are an agent of the "SONS propaganda machine". So funny. It's like a train wreck. I hate to read it, but I just can't stop. I think Oliver Stone should make a movie about it....
Marys Mama October 29, 2012 at 07:51 pm
Dexter (or whoever you are .... dum dum dum dum ... cue the scary music, are you REALLY Dexter?!?!)Read More ... you are absolutely spot on. Train wreck, car crash, gruesome scene ... but you can't help yourself and gotta take a peek. And then you wish you hadn't, right? :) Tina, flattery will get you nowhere with me. I don't know the SONS dudes but am humored by your suggestion that I could simply be another incarnation of the founding group. What do you think the SONS dudes are - two bunnies that just multiply like crazy?! AGAIN ... you are criticizing a couple of volunteer parents for creating mayhem ... and then YOU type some pretty strong things yourself: "SONS has taken information and distorted it to the point of it becoming a trigger for fear and anger rather than a dialogue about facts." Please don't blame them. I haven't even BEEN to the SONS website (cross my heart, I haven't). I just know that I have kids in public schools and I am not pleased with this diversion. So stop with your assumptions, stop with YOUR misinformation and DEFINITELY STOP with your strong language/habit of hurling some pretty massive accusations at SONS. Thanks, Tina ... assuming that's who YOU really are .... of course :)
ConcernedNovatoan November 1, 2012 at 04:36 pm
Wow, I just wish there was a more reasonable level of reading comprehension with some posters.Read More Furthermore, they seem not to have anything more to add to the DISCUSSION other than fanning the flames.
Amy Oclassen October 31, 2012 at 04:50 pm
Sure - as long as everyone who posts on Patch anonymously includes their online name on the tag asRead More well.
Roger November 1, 2012 at 12:11 am
Peter, I are glad you are open to some of Amy's compromise ideas. Maybe you could mention support ofRead More such ideas at the district workshop 11/1/12 at 5pm.
Great Kids, Great Schools November 1, 2012 at 12:40 am
Double Dog, Dare you....
Patty Maher October 24, 2012 at 04:54 pm
Here I go spamming threads again: public hearing on charter set for Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6 p.m. toRead More 8 p.m. http://novato.patch.com/blog_posts/public-hearing-on-new-charter-on-nov-8
Tina McMillan October 24, 2012 at 07:38 pm
Starling It is these two individuals that finally came out from hiding behind the SONS website whenRead More they posted their names. I have posted corrections to the website as have others and they have been repeatedly deleted. The corrections are links to the state website. It is fine to post accurate information but when you devote an entire website to bad mouthing an effort in which families, community members and teachers are involved, you have to wonder what makes them capable of deciding that their opinions are more important than CA charter laws.
Tina McMillan October 24, 2012 at 07:53 pm
Diane Ravitch is against all charter schools. She does not take the time to look at the positiveRead More impact on public education and in particular on the evolution of curriculum design and how the common core standards in combination with Core Knowledge Curriculum can be combined to create a system that is backed by research. Take a look at the 3 year NY study in the article by Sol Stern. The global statement that all charters are ineffective is a lie. Look at Novato Charter School and you will see how a Waldorf public charter has changed the lives of children and families for 16 years. No matter how hard you may try to completely negate the positive aspects of the public charter effort, we have local evidence to the contrary.
Great Kids, Great Schools October 17, 2012 at 07:28 pm
The behavior exhibited around this issue remains troubling to an admitted outsider. Whether charterRead More is the correct course or not and whether CK is the proper curriculum or not has not been properly researched. There has been no gap analysis of the current curriculum offered by the NUSD. There has been no evaluation of the multiple pedagogic choices available. Proper buy in by all constituents has not been achieved. This has been rushed and is not good for the kids or community. I hope the District makes the right choice for the long term success of all the children and schools in Novato. Meanwhile we will remain with our choice of economic sacrifice and stay in Private.
Suzanne October 19, 2012 at 05:07 am
Going private has greater negative impact than charter on the district
Suzanne October 19, 2012 at 05:26 am
As engaged parents looking for the best possible education for their children move out of Novato, itRead More isn't good for our schools, our local businesses or our local economy. Strong public schools, high test scores and education options can attract and retain familes to Novato and keep the community strong. There may be some cost to the district for this charter school, however, there may be a far greater cost to the community long term if we keep losing families who are moving further south in search of better schools.
Tina McMillan October 12, 2012 at 08:41 pm
Novato schools do not have the funding to provide transportation. I just heard of several schoolsRead More in the Sacramento district having to stop bus service. If it is an unrealistic expense for a district school then it will be an impossible expense for a charter that receives and even lower per pupil funding. The questions is how children get to school right now and how many people with diverse socioeconomic means live near the Hill campus. Hill seems optimal if the district was considering restructuring because it wouldn't result in a closure if some of the current programs were to move to a campus that has fewer students. It wont be the two remaining middle schools, they are already impacted. I don't know if San Marin is as full as Novato High but Marin Oaks and NOVA are for older students. Some of the other programs occur after school and so they could remain. This is all speculation and guesswork but once there are numbers and a budget then finding an appropriate campus that best utilizes the districts existing resources seems like the next step.
Will Johnson October 13, 2012 at 12:23 am
Mike - did your parents pay because they didn't think the Novato public schools would give you aRead More good education or did they chose a religious or Catholic-based education? Charter schools cannot by law be religiously based. I am not asking you or any other Novato parent to pay for my child's education. Trust me, I pay and pay and pay. If I choose to go charter (and actually I am on the fence about this whole thing) my child's ADA would follow. How is that you paying for my kid's education? I could afford to go private. Instead I choose to stay in the system and work hard for our public schools, charter or neighborhood. All the dire consequences you talk about - larger class size, closing a school, not to mention a shortened school year - are all on the table now regardless of a charter school. Just check out the NUSD website. I hate to see people try and blame these things on a charter and not on the crappy State and District budget realities. I personally wish that all the energy being expended on this charter conversation could be harnessed to get out the vote on props 30 and 38. If these don't pass we are all looking at devastating cuts.
Ross Ingels October 29, 2012 at 02:50 pm
Since its launch, www.saveournovatoschools.com has received approximately 2000 visits with overRead More 16,000 page views. We have received over 200 parent signatures representing nearly 500 students from all of our schools. There is clearly a growing concern among NUSD families about the effects the proposed charter school will have on our district. Please take a moment and visit www.saveournovatoschools.com to learn more about the opposition effort and sign the online petition. It is also important to write the NUSD Board at charter@nusd.org AND attend the public hearing on November 8th from 6-8PM at the District Office.
Tina McMillan August 23, 2012 at 05:26 am
Thanks for the link to the petition. Please consider writing an article on Mr. Tucker's behalf andRead More posting it on Patch. I am sure that other parents of former students would support this class's choice to keep Mr. Tucker as their Film and Video teacher. It is hard enough to teach High School, if your students like and respect you that is 99% of the job. Mr. Tucker was my son's elementary teacher at PV. I am glad that he is still working in the district. He is a good man and a good teacher.
Tina McMillan August 23, 2012 at 05:28 am
Jeffrey please consider running for school board again. We need your willingness to look beyond theRead More conventional.
Craig Belfor August 23, 2012 at 11:35 am
How about this petition? 1) Reduce the board to 3. If the workload is too high for fewer members,Read More tell them to meet more often. Since their pay and benefit package makes a brain surgeon envious, I don't think they'll jump to another job soon. 2) Require that all school board members have at least 10 years classroom experience. Nothing compares to knowing what you're talking about. This could be a great job for a retired teacher. No double dipping allowed, like in all of the other government jobs. Do it because you want to. 3) Have a rule that there cannot be more administrators in the system than teachers, like there is now. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. 4) Consolidate the entire county. Lay off redundant positions. Private business does it. We need to run a tighter business, or our kids will suffer and pay. Expect the usual opposition from the usual bureaucrats that ride the gravy train now.
Chip Tingle October 8, 2012 at 04:00 am
Judging by the petition and information forms I've seen published here on the Patch so far, it seemsRead More easy to tally numbers of potential students from each existing Novato school showing interest in this new charter. Wouldn't it be in the best interests of the entire community to know even preliminary numbers so as to forecast potential losses of students at each existing site? I've read today a quote form Dr. Cunningham speaking of a potential school closure and teacher layoffs, and would appreciate any more available information and/or commentary. Tina, your look at the Waldorf charter school is interesting, but how about presenting any available original numbers for students coming from existing school sites at the time of Novato Charter School's opening? I'm basically ignorant of Novato Charter's entire opening procedures and history, and I'd again appreciate more information or links to follow up.
Chip Tingle October 8, 2012 at 04:11 am
Tonight as I read more about this entire proposal and its progress, I can't help but wonder how theRead More same amount of collective time, energy, resources, and passion might be focused on the students whom need it the most, instead of a new charter school. I realize I must sound naive and idealistic, but isn't this the kind of collective energy that could truly make a difference for many, many students struggling or at risk? Isn't this the kind of energy that creates after-school programs, more tutoring, language assistance, class aides, etc.....all to lift any existing school out of "PI" status for good? They call me a dreamer, but I'm not the only one....
Tina McMillan October 8, 2012 at 01:55 pm
Chip The school is being created to help ALL students. The district receives additional funding toRead More help the students who "need it the most". Why not create a school that serves everyone and let parents make a difference the same way they have at Novato Charter School. Chip it isn't naive and idealistic if you have the drive and want to focus on a specific group of learners. You are welcome to contribute, create and otherwise support any effort that you want. What you can't do is dictate how other people choose to do the same. Charters are available to everyone. They are not intended to exclude any group of learners. This program will address learning needs for children with IEP's, ELL, ED, GATE, and all the rest. It is for the entire community.
Tina McMillan August 14, 2012 at 01:15 pm
It is difficult to make broad generalizations about charters. The Novato Waldorf Charter hasRead More experienced teachers who wanted an opportunity to teach a different curriculum. The two teachers from the district that talked to parents about Core Knowledge both have many years of experience. I think you will find that teachers may choose a Charter for different reasons, but primarily a belief in the curriculum and the belief that they can be successful at educating students from that platform. Teacher layoffs will continue until we get a decent budget. Charters do not draw money from bond measures. They are eligible for alternative funding sources. The district is losing students to private schools and nearby charters in Sonoma county. A Core Knowledge charter may bring students back to the district.
Karter August 14, 2012 at 03:10 pm
like the generalizations you make about teacher layoffs and students leaving? Please, not to beRead More snippy, but I've done my homework. High teacher turnover at charters is a fact, and it concerns us as we look at schools. You are obviously a supporter, and we haven't decided yet, but to be honest if your demeanor is indicative of the school, we will pass. Why the need to constantly attempt to rebuff any post is beyond me.
Dexter Kaziff August 14, 2012 at 05:11 pm
Kudos Karter.
Sylvia Barry August 9, 2012 at 05:24 pm
This sure is great news. I always wonder about the same when my kids were in school - especiallyRead More since I type much faster than write :-) Other forms, such as departmental, college and career/counseling, athletics, sports teams, PTA/PTSA, Boosters, etc, even if they might be site/subject specific, some parameters can be put into Aries allowing the different entities to pull common information out of the system and just fill out the unique fields. And yes, if all can be entered online would be super! The above is when I am wearing my past IT systems design/project management hats and the experience gathered while I volunteered for Sinaloa Middle/San Marin High schools.
BJL August 14, 2012 at 08:21 pm
An amazing amount of paper and waste in my opinion. I can't believe the tree killing example weRead More are providing for our youth. The amount of time to process all these documents from assembling and then processing is yet another waste. Mark is spot on! How many hours/days does it take to "process" 1500+ packets, 420,000 documents just Novato HS for each student? 1/2 that cost could have be used to provide web form pages.... Solution : The students in the computer class build the form pages and get them working up on the Aeries web site. This would be a great example how your work actually gets used in the real world for our students....
Janna Barkin August 18, 2012 at 01:37 am
OK so I called the San Marin Office the morning of freshman orientation and what I was told was thatRead More they really do want us to fill out the green cards at least for freshman so they have some record on paper. The fact is the internet goes down and if it does, they have no way to access emergency information. So, I filled out the cards again. Yep
Tina McMillan July 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm
If everyone posting would identify themselves then we would be more likely to refocus on issuesRead More rather than individuals. The personal attacks are not appropriate. It is unfortunate that anonymity seems to make it easier to malign members of the community who care deeply about education. I will gladly discuss curriculum, the concept of diversity in school choice and the new Core Knowledge Charter, on these posts. My comments throughout have been about diversity in curriculum and design. They are not a criticism of the traditional education model. Charter, Magnet and Traditional are all public school choices. NUSD's projected enrollment for 2011/12 is 7,736 students.. I believe there is room in Novato for diverse approaches to education. Having another charter school is a positive contribution to the existing system. It is not a criticism of that system.
Mark Schoenbaum July 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm
I support the charter school effort
Roger July 26, 2012 at 11:25 pm
Tina, thanks for the information. You are so nice to take your time to answer all these questions. IRead More feel much more informed on the subject now. My two kids went to San Ramon, then one graduated from St. Vincent and the other is now at San Marin. I am all for more choices....that is sort of a basic trait of this country.
Dexter Kaziff June 18, 2012 at 04:47 pm
Yes Tina..but why should we have to support a new charter school that is only going to benefitRead More people who are unhappy with their neighborhood school? Put it to a vote of all of Novato and it loses big time. If you want something different for your child, more power to you. But you should be willing to pay for it.
Tina McMillan June 19, 2012 at 12:35 am
Dexter, "You" don't have to support the charter school. If you read the state websiteRead More link the charter can come about with community support from parents who choose to be involved. All it needs is a sufficient number of families to make it fiscally possible to begin. There is no loss to any district that has Charter and Magnet schools. If anything it makes our districts more attractive to families who are moving here. The law does not require a vote of all Novato for a Charter to be created. All of Novato didn't vote on our Novato Waldorf Charter and it has been a wonderful community asset. We are fortunate for the sweat equity parents put into that school. The hours and the fundraising on top of the money supplied by the state continue to be a part of the charter movement. It took real passion for our Waldorf Charter to succeed. Remember the charter movement is funded by the state and we do pay for it with tax dollars. If you want to learn more read the links below. http://www.lao.ca.gov/handouts/education/2006/Charter_School_Policy_080106.pdf http://www.edsource.org/iss_charter_policy.html
TAK July 11, 2012 at 05:19 pm
North Bay Educational Foundation to Hold Public, Informational Meeting about New Core KnowledgeRead More Pre-K to 8th Grade Charter School Planned to Open August, 2013 in Novato. Presentation to Include Core Knowledge Curriculum, Charter Admissions and Enrollment Planning; Consideration for Intent to Register Signatures will be Gathered. WHEN: Sunday, July 15 2012, 4:00pm WHO: North Bay Educational Foundation (NBEF) WHERE: Best Western Novato Oaks Hotel in the Oak Room (behind Burger King and Next to Wild Fox in Ignacio) at 215 Alameda Del Prado
Michael Christian May 23, 2012 at 02:08 pm
The key to jobs, and a prosperous community, is education. College graduates earned an average ofRead More $1,053 per week in 2011 and had an unemployment rate almost half that of high school grads, who earned an average of $638 per week. This pay gap continues to grow. Despite those statistics, CA (and TX) the nations most populous states continue to slash education budgets. This is the equivalent of devouring the seed corn. A reduction in Board size is not a referendum, its just makes sense to right size, share in the cuts, and pass that along to our kids. Consolidation of districts, represented areas or other "re-alignments" will only cost more money today. Money we don't have. A move from 7 to 5 is an easy step towards some savings and efficiencies.
ZorbaGT May 31, 2012 at 01:46 pm
sign this to lower nusd board seats from 7 to 5 to save money and time....Read More http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/nusd-school-board-reduction.html
Tina McMillan June 2, 2012 at 02:17 am
Yes, it's time to reduce the board size so that it reflects both what we need and what we canRead More afford.
Patty Maher May 8, 2012 at 02:24 pm
It is absolutely ridiculous that so many parents don't call or send notes. Not surprising, mind you,Read More but ridiculous. Having staff spend time chasing that information down takes away from them being able to go after truly unexplained absences, not to mention tending to all of the other tasks they need to do. As for the making of calls early in the day being standard throughout the district, that was not the case but it is now.
Maria Pia May 10, 2012 at 11:36 pm
Ahhhh, memories of my childs high school years and me being called to the office because my childRead More had an"excuse" note....yep...all forged, and not even close to dear moms (me) signature. Didn't match what office had on file. School personnel can not be our childrens babysitters either, but stuff like this is gonna happen.
Sylvia Barry May 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm
Great job, Patty, for calling this out. Nice job, NUSD, for quickly implementing a standardRead More operating procedure.
Sylvia Barry April 19, 2012 at 04:48 pm
I am with you, Patty. Action is always the best policy! I am really surprised to find San MarinRead More does not auto call until after 4PM though as I had gotten personal calls a couple of times when I dropped off my son late due to doctor appointments - but that's a couple of years ago.
Patty Maher April 19, 2012 at 07:28 pm
Thanks, Jeffrey. I'm sending my own missive as well.
Patty Maher April 20, 2012 at 01:32 pm
Karen, it appears the elementary schools are all on top of getting calls done right away. I pleadRead More "utter ignorance" in not realizing that it's not been the same at the middle schools and high schools. I think we're in need of a uniform policy, for sure. And I've asked Dr. Cunningham and the Trustees to consider one sooner rather than later.
Chip Tingle March 29, 2012 at 03:25 pm
Patty and others: Maybe I'm somehow missing any reporting here on the Patch, but I'm wondering whatRead More the latest news is now that Chona has returned to San Jose seemingly for the remainder of this year. Personally, I applaud her courage for coming back to face and deal head on with the many issues she must face there at San Jose and within NUSD's administrative power structure. Thanks for letting me/us know what's up.
Patty Maher March 29, 2012 at 03:59 pm
Hey, Chip. Chona had a sit-down with Brent on Monday. Here's the story:Read More http://novato.patch.com/articles/family-takes-priority-as-san-jose-principal-gives-notice. I think that's the latest news there is.
Chip Tingle March 29, 2012 at 05:39 pm
Thanks Patty! I had missed this one, and appreciate the info, however whitewashed as it seems to meRead More (how's that for blunt?). I applaud Chona Killeen for many, many reasons, hopefully more of which will come to public light soon for the sake of all in the community. How many grossly mishandled personnel situations are somehow forgivable and tolerable in our school district? In the text speak lingo of my streetwise, teenaged private music students.....WTF?! (I'll deserve it if my own kids start using this one on me)
Lee Hamovitz March 31, 2012 at 02:09 pm
Support the Lynwood GATE program: Please join us at:Read More http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-the-NUSD-Lynwood-GATE-Program/196454017136386
Chip Tingle March 31, 2012 at 04:32 pm
I copy this recent note below to PUBLICLY CHALLENGE the NUSD administration to do what they say theyRead More will do, to mean what they say, to say what they mean....you know.....how we would we teach our kids to do.....right?! Re: [LWGATE] GATE Informational Meeting and updates I wish I could say I felt differently, but I have little doubt the district admin is moving ahead with their plan to discontinue the LW self-contained program, and simply not saying so openly. After years of watching them work their magic, I've come to understand this is how they conduct their daily business. Again, I truly hope I'm wrong, but I would advocate starting from a position of little trust, then hopefully trust being earned step by step. My two cents as a concerned dad of two daughters in the system, and husband of a 13 year veteran teacher in the district.
Novato Chess Club May 18, 2012 at 03:52 pm
The best education comes from the home....and engaged parents who spend TIME with their kids.....
Tina McMillan March 18, 2012 at 04:23 pm
continued As far as handing over Novato to the county that opens up a whole other host of problems.Read More Novato has one of the largest districts in the county. Next to San Rafael we have the largest population of English language learners. We need to assess other programs that are successfully educating ELL and ED kids and model ourselves after them. The only one I could find to date is in Victorville CA. It is called 6th Street Prep School. Over 90% of their students are ED. It is primarily a school for ELL students. It is not language immersion but a hybrid that provides all education occur from 8am until 3pm. It reminds me of elementary school in Ohio in the sixty's. If this program is as successful as it looks on paper we could set up a comparable model here in Novato. We could keep Rancho, Lynwood GATE, Waldorf Charter; all successful models. The reality is that we don't need to fight amongst ourselves; we do need a board and a superintendent that are willing to move beyond status quo. Their lack of vision, e.g., the $88,000 spent on a boundary study, is what holds us back.
Tina McMillan March 18, 2012 at 04:24 pm
Thanks for the reminder!
Tina McMillan March 18, 2012 at 04:36 pm
http://www.marin.edu/ivc/index.html From what I have read IVC does not belong to Novato, it belongsRead More to Marin Community College District. It isn't a freebie as far as relocating the High Schools to one campus. COM is implementing ongoing plans to revitalize the campus. You should check out the newest building. Though aesthetically bland, practically speaking it is wonderful. The classes include a fantastic multimedia/digital arts program that dovetails with MSA. Here is a sample of what programs they offer: "Over the past four years College of Marin's Indian Valley Campus (IVC) has served as a vital resource for workforce training featuring a variety of programs, including Solar Technology, Automotive Technology, Automotive Collision Repair Technology (ACRT), Environmental Landscaping and Organic Farming, Water Management, Administration of Justice, Business, Business Office Systems, Computer Information Systems, Court Reporting, Dental Assisting, Early Childhood Education, Emergency Medical Technician, Machine and Metals Technology, Medical Assisting, Multimedia, and the Marin Regional Simulation Center. These programs provide high-quality learning opportunities for students of all ages interested in pursuing a career."
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