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Red Ribbon Week at CUSD

The week was filled with activities and celebrations for Red Ribbon Week 2013. Ruby, one of the the Cool School Dogs at Kelly School, teams up with students to play ball for healthy choices during RRW. Students participate in banner making to support RRW.

A very spirited Hope Hawk shows off his new hair style in support, and Hope's Flash Mob was well received.

Students at AOE celebrated Red Ribbon Week with a variety of spirit days and activities which promote healthy choices and healthy lifestyles.

Carlsbad High School’s Champion Lancers motivate the students at Buena Vista Elementary to make healthy choices.

Check out our district facebook page for more photos from the week's events.



Sage Creek High School Dedication Ceremony - October 25, 2013

Sage Creek High School hosted an enthusiastic crowd of over 500 students, teachers, and special guests for its dedication on Friday, October 25, 2013. From the original Sage Creek High School Design Team and the Proposition P Oversight Committee to the new SCHS 9th grade class, all were present in the gym to celebrate the new school.

The ceremony opened with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem by SCHS ninth grader Brooke Kibby, and joined by a Marine Corps color guard. Balfour Beatty Construction presented the school with a commemorative podium, and the architects from RNT explained many of the environmental features of the award-winning project. Board President Elisa Williamson introduced an impressive list of current and former board members, administrators, builders, elected officials, and community participants who had a hand in the seven-year process of planning, designing, and building the school.

But it was ASB President Caleb Strachan’s rousing speech that brought down the house. Caleb implored the group to embrace their unique talents, and SCHS students rose to their feet in a standing ovation.

In the words of Principal Cesar Morales, “It was an exceptional experience to have the visionaries of this project side by side with our architects, construction company, and those who have brought Sage Creek to life, our students, staff, and parents.  I am proud to be the principal of Sage Creek High School and the great students who chose to contribute to creating a second-to-none high school experience.”

Congratulations Maria Strople, October 2013 - Classified Employee of the Month

Maria Strople, Office Assistant at Pacific Rim Elementary School, has been nominated as the October Classified Employee of the Month by Principal Robert Devich. Mrs. Strople has been employed with the District since August 2004.

Mrs. Strople performs her varied duties beyond expectations. She is able to help manage a fast paced front office with professionalism and ease. Mrs. Strople's ability to manage her daily tasks with accuracy, poise and grace are a true statement of her exceptional abilities, in light of the higher number of students at Pacific Rim. In addition to her office responsibilities, Mrs. Strople is the first back up to the health office, which in itself can be a heavy undertaking. Maria's calm and friendly demeanor and helpful attitude bring respect and admiration from the staff and parents of Pacific Rim. She is the "go to" person for on the spot assistance with anything from classroom supplies to testing procedures.

Mrs. Strople is an integral and much appreciated part of the Pacific Rim team and the staff and students are so much better for her presence at Pacific Rim school.

MiraCosta College to Offer Classes at Carlsbad's Newest High School

The college classes will be offered free to CUSD high school students and open to the public and high school students from other school districts as well. More info here!

Paola BurnsCongratulations Paola Burns, September 2013 - Classified Employee of the Month

Paola Burns, Instructional Assistant, Special Education/Behavioral Intervention at Hope Elementary School, has been nominated as the September Classified Employee of the Month by Hope Elementary Principal Richard Tubbs. Ms. Burns has been employed with the District since January 2010.

Mrs. Burns started at Hope Elementary in January 2010 to work in the Autism Special Day class as an Instructional Assistant for 2.5 hours. She quickly demonstrated an understanding of procedures and best practices as she solidified her reputation as one who meets or exceeds the responsibilities of her job. In her current role as Instructional Assistant, Special Education/Behavioral Intervention, she has continued to provide excellent support and care for the students with autism. Mrs. Burns has an intuitive ability to properly intervene with students and redirect students as appropriate. She maintains a positive spirit throughout the day and is always encouraging her students and peers. Her ability to handle stressful situations and challenging events in a calm and professional manner demonstrates her commitment to providing the best for her students and classroom. The staff at Hope are proud of her hard work and highly value her as a member of the Hope Hawk community.

More photos on the CUSD facebook page...


What better way to kick off a new school year than to celebrate Literacy Week?  Through an engaging partnership with the Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara,  students of Buena Vista Elementary had a fun and educational week.  Over the course of the week, nine employees, Teresa Prado, Julie Blosch, Brittney Montano, Chelle Mapanao, Ali Dolan, Kyla Zamora, Sarah Gemmell, Gabrielle Winding and Leslie Laurer from the resort dropped by the school to read stories to the kindergarten, first, second, and third graders.  They came with props, and their enthusiasm for their books brought the stories to life for the children.

Educators appreciate the importance of exposing children to a variety of literacy experiences, especially in the early grades.  Nothing can top the importance of parents reading to their children on a regular basis.  But memorable moments in the classroom -- like the ones created by the Four Seasons managers -- also help to foster a lifelong love of reading

For her turn as a reader, Leslie Laurer selected one of her favorites, The Princess and the Pea -- and also picked a book, about a lightning bug called Snoodlebug, that she herself had written when she was a child. Complete Story here. More photos on the CUSD facebook page...


The Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees held a Special Board Meeting on Monday, September 16, to appoint a new Board member to replace Trustee Kelli Moors, who resigned earlier this month.  Ten candidates who submitted applications were interviewed by the Board. One candidate withdrew his name from consideration. By unanimous vote, Ms. Claudine Jones was selected to fill the open seat.

“A high quality pool of applicants from all walks of life stepped forward to fill this important role,” stated Board President Elisa Williamson.  “Every one of these talented candidates was motivated by the wish to serve the students in our schools.”

Before moving to Carlsbad, Claudine Jones was a corporate merchandiser for Gap, Inc., and a project manager in the Yahoo! Shopping division.  Although she continues to work in the financial field, Ms. Jones is a full-time volunteer, supporting her children’s education. Not only is Ms. Jones active at Kelly Elementary and Valley Middle School where her children attend, she is involved in a number of districtwide programs. Ms. Jones serves on the PTA Executive Board, Parent and Community Budget Task Force, the Carlsbad Educational Foundation Grantwriting Collaborative, and takes annual trips to Sacramento to lobby on behalf of public schools.

“I’d like to thank the Board for this opportunity.  I’m thrilled to have been chosen to serve with them,” said Ms. Jones. “I have worked really hard for the last few years getting up to speed on the many issues affecting public education.  There are so many great things going on in our schools, and there are a lot of challenges ahead.  Whatever policy the Board must decide on, I will always ask, ‘Is this in the best interest of our children?’” 

Ms. Jones will be sworn in at the next Board meeting on September 25th. Click here for notice of Provisional Appointment.

schs girls hockeyField Hockey Team at Sage Creek High School

It is a season of “firsts.”  Sage Creek High School, which welcomed its first students last week, is sending out Carlsbad Unified’s first ever field hockey team. This enthusiastic new Bobcat team will inaugurate the beautiful new field on the Sage Creek campus.

Field Hockey is a Men’s and Women’s Olympic sport, popular worldwide but fairly new to the United States.  It is very similar to soccer in terms of plays, tactics, and positions, but, in field hockey the athletes also use a stick.

Analia Carlsson, Sage Creek’s talented field hockey coach, has been playing since she was seven years old.  She is from Argentina, where the National team is one of the leading field hockey teams in the world.  Ms. Carlsson played for the Torrey Pines High School field hockey team, which won the Division I CIF Championship her senior year. After graduating, she coached at Mt. Carmel, Torrey Pines and Canyon Crest Academy.

Dr. Lovely's Presentation on Common Core from CHSTV Videos on Vimeo

ChaseLocal Boy Scouts complete Eagle Service Projects at Carlsbad High School

Local Scouts Chase Heck and Thomas Downie, from Boy Scouts of America Troop 750 in Carlsbad, completed their Eagle Scout projects at Carlsbad High School over the summer.

Thomas constructed a welcoming bench, (below) for rest or study, near the "crossroads" area of campus. Chase built and installed high visibility, permanent trash receptacles to reduce litter and improve the appearance of the new parking lot completed last year.

Chase is a 2013 graduate of Carlsbad High School (CHS). While a student at CHS, he saw that the school renovations greatly improved its appearance and enhanced the neighborhood. However trash was discarded in the parking lot every day, making it less appealing and reflecting poorly on the student body. He observed that trash receptacles were not available in the parking lot itself, only inside the school gates, which might give the impression there was no place to discard trash. His solution was to place the receptacles directly in the parking lot and paint them in the CHS school colors, purple and white. They bear a personal message encouraging people to follow the scouting benchideal of "Leave No Trace". This will be coordinated with a publicity campaign through the school newspaper. Funding for this project was provided, in part, by the Optimist Club of Carlsbad and Councilman Keith Blackburn.

An Eagle Scout Service Project is a major step in the completion of the Eagle rank, Scouting's highest award. These projects are an opportunity for the scouts to demonstrate leadership skills while performing a service that will have lasting benefit to his community. The scout must make a proposal, create a plan, obtain permissions, and raise money, then organize and direct others in doing the actual project work. The National Eagle Scout Association estimates that Eagle service projects bring more than three million hours of volunteer work to US communities. Only about 4% of all boys who join the Boy Scouts of America complete all the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout.

First day of school for the 2013-14 school year is August 28, 2013

CUSD Teachers Report Back to School in preparation for the 2013-14 year.

Pictured: Second grade teachers receive training from Learning Headquarters (The new district-wide writing program aligned to CCSS).

back to school

Another exciting year of learning is set to begin. If you are new to the district, welcome! If you are a returning student, welcome back!

Stay abreast of what's happening at CUSD throughout the year by becomming a fan on our Facebook page. Follow Superintendent Lovely on Twitter, and read the monthly Message from the Superintendent on our Blog.


We are aware that concerns have been raised regarding the relationship between the school district and the law firm of Fagen, Friedman, & Fulfrost in light of that firm's hiring of Trustee Kelli Moors. Although the Board is not privy to the details surrounding the timing of Ms. Moors' discussions with the firm, in an abundance of caution, the contract that was voted on at our July 24 meeting will be brought back for a re-vote at our meeting on September 11. Re-voting on the contract renewal after Trustee Moor's departure will obviate any questions about the validity of the Board's ultimate vote under the law.

The school district has utilized the services of Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost since the firm was founded in 2006. The bulk of expenditures over the past seven years have been for legal services related to Special Education and Personnel matters. Prior to 2006, the partners in Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost provided legal assistance to CUSD while working for another firm.

Despite the district's long-standing relationship with the firm, on August 7th I informed the Superintendent that, at the September 11, 2013 Board meeting, I will be recommending that the District limit its use of the services of Fagen, Friedman, & Fulfrost to only those areas that staff deems critical to the District.

Elisa Williamson, President
Board of Trustees

Procedures and Timeline for Filling a Vacated Board Seat

On August 5, 2013, Trustee Kelli Moors announced her intention to resign from the Carlsbad Unified Board of Trustees, effective September 2, 2013.

After discussing their options, the Trustees voted on August 14 to make a provisional appointment to fill Ms. Moors’ vacated seat on the Board.

Residents living within CUSD’s attendance boundaries who are interested in applying for the vacated seat are invited to complete an application, which is posted above. Applications will be due to the Superintendent’s Office by Thursday, September 5 at 4:30 p.m.

The Board has scheduled a Special Board meeting for Monday, September 16th at 6:00 p.m. to interview candidates and make a final selection. The Special Board meeting, which will be held at City Hall, is open to the Public.

team power awardCongraulations Team Power
Award Recipients

The Purchasing Department Staff members were presented with a Team Power Award for all of their hard work involving the Sage Creek High School Preparations.

Michelle Johnson, Director of Purchasing, sums up her appreciation for her wonderful staff as follows.

Working in the Purchasing Department is not what some might describe as a "glamorous" job, yet it is a crucial one. This group of employees is responsible for supplying the district staff, teachers, and students with all the tools and resources they need to be successful. Not a product or service can be purchased without the required paperwork to order, receive, and deliver every aspect; including processing bids, contracts, insurance and bonding information.

At the July 24th Board meeting, Board President Elisa Williamson recognized the purchasing team of Rosemary Monderine, Senior Buyer; Rick Keskey, Buyer; and Ellen Fritz, Buyer for exemplifying how a team truly operates. In recent months the task of readying Sage Creek High School for opening on August 28 heavy workload. These three buyers have become experts at procuring everything from office furniture, athletic equipment, kitchen equipment and supplies, trash compactors, computers, projectors, hundreds of student desks and chairs, and even a snake fence for the perimeter of the Sage Creek HS campus. Congratulations and thank you for a job well done!

A OshimaCongratulations Andrea Oshima, June 2013 Classified Employee of the Month

The Board recognized Aviara Oaks Elementary Library Media Tech, Andrea Oshima, as June’s Employee of the Month. Whether it involves expanding the library’s collection or providing supplemental classroom materials for Common Core, Ms. Oshima is always two steps ahead of the game. Not only does she keep Aviara’s library organized, she takes tremendous pride in helping students locate resources to support their classroom learning.

Another noteworthy quality is Ms. Oshima’s diligence in securing grants and donations to enhance the school’s existing reading program. She has collaborated with outside agencies in North County to purchase award winning books and partnered with Barnes and Noble to sponsor school reading nights. According to Principal Leslie Hardin, “Ms. Oshima is the face of the AOE library. Her passion toward promoting a love for students and a love for reading is contagious.”

More photos on the District facebook page!

CHS gradchsCarlsbad High Senior enjoys private graduation ceremony in his hospital room

Carlsbad High School senior, Josue Ramos, received his diploma in a ceremony held in his hospital room.

Carlsbad High stepped up to organize his hospital bedside graduation with his family and friends, since Josue was unable to walk with his graduating class.

As with the traditional high school graduation, CUSD superintendent and CHS principal walked into Josue Ramos' room wearing their robes, personally handed him his high school diploma and congratulated him.

Video from ABC 10 News and complete story here.

Best Wishes and gratitude for Carlsbad Unified Retirees!

The Board of Trustees expressed their gratitude to 20 retirees who have provided nearly 370 years of cumulative service to the District. As each retiree was introduced, Trustees heard remarkable stories of their self-less contributions. A standout among standouts, was TR Robertson, who has served the students of Carlsbad for 4 ½ decades. TR’s legacy will forever remain in the footprint of Carlsbad High School. Thanks TR for all you have given to CUSD!!!. More photos available at the District facebook page.


Patty MattesonCongratulations Patty Matteson, May 2013 Classified Employee of the Month 

Patty Matteson, Instructional Assistant/Computer Lab at Kelly and Magnolia Elementary Schools, has been nominated as May Classified Employee of the Month by Kelly Principal Tressie Armstrong. Ms. Matteson has been employed with the District since September 2003.

In April 2013, Ms. Matteson began splitting her time between both Kelly Elementary and Magnolia. Without missing a beat, Ms. Matteson transitioned to this new role beautifully. During the final week before the change went into effect, Ms. Matteson worked tirelessly to ensure that the computers in the Kelly lab would automatically turn on and boot up Monday morning. Teachers and students merely had to log in. The first teacher who opened the lab said it worked like a charm.

Ms. Armstrong described Patty as a quiet, but integral part of the Kelly machine. Ms. Matteson is commended for her unwavering dedication.

ValedictorianCongratulations 2013 Valedictorians and Salutatorians from Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad Village Academy, and Carlsbad Seaside Academy

Wednesday night’s Board meeting got off to a wonderful start with the acknowledgment of several talented and accomplished students.

First, the Board recognized the 2013 Valedictorians and Salutatorians from Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad Village Academy, and Carlsbad Seaside Academy. Assistant Principal, Julie Redfield and teacher Katie Heritage assisted with the recognition.

The 2013 Carlsbad High Valedictorian is Emily Oetting (pictured above) and the Salutatorian is Carter Keeling. Rachel DeCampos-Brown was selected as the 2013 Carlsbad Village Academy Valedictorian. The 2013 Carlsbad Seaside Academy Valedictorian is Chris Wong, and the Salutatorian is Saxon Metzger. See more photos on our CUSD facebook page here. CHS broadcasting

Also on hand was CHS teacher, Doug Green and three Broadcasting students: Bradley Streicher- a senior who will major in Broadcasting at USC; Alyse Estavillo -a senior who will attend  ASU to study Government and Broadcast journalism, and Nicole Walker – a junior.

The CHS Broadcasting program was recently awarded the prestigious Telly Award for a second time. The Telly Award  was given for students’ standout coverage of the 2012 Election at Golden Hall and is not typically bestowed upon high school programs. 



VMS Ensemble and Viking singers competed in the Music in the Parks festival at Knotts Berry farm on Saturday, May 11. Each choir sang three songs in front of judges before they went on to play in the park.

VMS Choral Director, Olivia Hardy stated that the VMS choral groups usually do very well at this event, but she was apprehensive about how things would play out this year. Olivia had prepped the kids that there was a new school competing there this year; a school that has a full Five Choir program. With such a large program, that school would probably be really good. It turns out, they were good, but VMS was still better, and scored higher!viking singers

Both Ensemble and Viking singers scored 1st place trophies in their own categories. Viking Singers also won the overall choral award because they received the highest score out of all the categories.

VMS student, Reilly Crandall, was also awarded with a student accompaniment award. She played the guitar as Viking singers sang “Blackbird” by the Beatles Overall, it turned out to be a perfect day. Congratulations to both groups!

Pictured top, VMS Ensemble, and below Viking Singers.

See larger photos on our district facebook page here.


Competing against the County's best middle school broadcast journalism programs, VMSTV came out on top, Tuesday, May 14, with the iVIE Grand Recognition Award. Each year the County of San Diego chooses one middle school program that it considers the "best of the best."

In front of an audience of approximately 1000 attendees, VMSTV was honored with the "Grand Prize" iVIE for a story produced by 8th graders Bronson Montgomery and Ethan Joves. Their story, "Andres Oches" was produced in Las Vegas earlier this year. The story profiles the courage of a local teen who became a champion motorcycle racer after suffering from a life threatening accident.

The award includes a cash prize, a large trophy, and a SONY HD camera. This is VMSTV's 12th consecutive iVIE Award and our 2nd Grand Recognition Award since we began broadcasting at Valley in 2001.

See more photos on our facebok page, here.

TOY EOYCongratulations to the 2013 Teacher of the Year, Classified Employee of the Year, and nominees!

This week in Carlsbad and across California we have been celebrating the incredible work teachers and classified staff do for our students and community. At last night's Board meeting, the site-level Teachers of the Year and finalists for Classified Employee of the Year were honored for their remarkable dedication, inspiration, and caring.

Congratulations to CUSD Teacher of the Year, Kelly Momeyer - AOMS, 6th Gr Lang. Arts & Soc. Studies, and Classified Employee of the year, Ruth Cartagena - Administrative Assistant, Instructional Services.

We are extremely proud to have Kelly Momeyer and Ruth Cartagena represent the District at the San Diego County Employee of the Year recognition ceremonies.

The Board also honored the following Classified employees who support the District's teachers and students in immeasurable ways, and the following 2013 Teacher of the Year nominees for the incredible work they do to unlock the hidden treasures inside our students.

Name School Assignment
Eddie Daniel Maintenance Dept. District Office Skilled Maintenance Worker
Bobby Thomas Valley Middle School Lead Custodian II
Emma Cobb Aviara Oaks Elementary Spc Ed Teacher
Rosalie Fischer Buena Vista Elementary Learning Center Teacher
Michelle Ward Calavera Hills Elementary 4th Gr Teacher
Susan Wolley Calavera Hills Middle Math Teacher
Chris Robertson Carlsbad High World History Teacher
Debbie Smith Hope Elementary 2nd Gr Teacher
Therese Nugent Jefferson Elementary Spch & Lang. Pathologist
Cindy Nichols Kelly Elementary 4th Gr Teacher
Roberta Schmitt Magnolia Elementary Spc Ed Learning Center
Ashley Hartman Pacific Rim Elementary 5th Gr Teacher
Libbi Swanson Poinsettia Elementary 4th Gr Teacher
Terry Allen Valley Middle Soc. Studies Teacher

Pictured Left to Right, Kelly Momeyer and Ruth Cartagena. See more photos on facebook here.

Aviara Oaks Middle School named a 2013 California Distinguished School

For the second time in ten years, Aviara Oaks Middle School has been named a 2013 California Distinguished School. It received its first distinction in 2003. The school will be honored at a regional award ceremony in May, where it will receive its Distinguished School plaque and flag, but happy AOMS students are already celebrating with their new t-shirts

Principal Megan Arias states,  "AOMS is honored to receive this high award. Our commitment to providing engaging and empowering instruction deeply embedded with technology as well as our focus on supporting the whole child through multiple levels of academic and emotional support have resulted in increased academic achievement. This award is a direct reflection of the dedication, hard work, and vision of our school's educational community."

Mary ChristianCongratulations Mary Christian
April 2013 Classified Employee of the Month

Mary Christian, Administrative Assistant at Jefferson Elementary School, has been nominated as Classified Employee of the Month by Principal Chad Lund. Ms. Christian has been employed with the District since April 1988.

Ms. Christian, an employee of the District since 1988, has showed a great deal of dedication, hard-work, knowhow, and dependability; all with an eye for detail, doing so with pride and a positive attitude. Having worked in multiple capacities before coming to Jefferson, Ms. Christian is able to utilize the knowledge she has gained from each position. Specifically, she worked in the accounting department, which serves her well when dealing with budget issues.

While her technical knowledge is superb, it is the way in which she works with students, parents,
staff and the community as whole that really sets her apart. The office simply wouldn't be the same without her, not only from an efficiency stand point but from a warm and welcoming environment. Ms. Christian is truly a star Jefferson. See more on facebook, click here.


Congratulations are in order for Aviara Oaks Middle School (AOMS) teacher Kelly Momeyer, who has been named Carlsbad Unified School District’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. After being nominated by AOMS, Ms. Momeyer was selected via a comprehensive review process, which included classroom observation and follow-up interview.

Ms. Momeyer has worked at AOMS since 2005. According to Principal Megan Arias, Ms. Momeyer is a standout among standouts. She approaches teaching as an adventure, as opposed to a job. “Her unshakable belief that every child can be successful is amazing to watch,” noted Principal Arias. “Through a variety of innovative strategies, her students are challenged, engaged, and comfortable taking risks.” What makes Ms. Momeyer unique is her infusion of technology into every lesson to create a seamless platform for student learning.

On April 8th, Board President Elisa Williamson, Superintendent Suzette Lovely and Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services Rick Grove surprised Ms. Momeyer in her classroom to give her the good news. While accepting accolades and flowers from the Board President, Ms. Momeyer received loud cheers from her 1st period class.

Ms. Momeyer will be recognized by the Board of Trustees on May 8th. Joining her will be CUSD’s two other Teacher of the Year finalists: Rosalie Fisher, Buena Vista Elementary Learning Center teacher, and Ashley Hartman, Pacific Rim Elementary fifth-grade teacher, as well as the nominees from each school. The Board will also be announcing the 2013 Classified Employee of the Year that evening. Later this year, Ms. Momeyer will vie with Teachers of the Year from the other 41 school districts in San Diego County for 2013 County Teacher of the Year. See more on facebook here.

Reinstatement of May 24, 2013 Instructional Furlough Day

We are pleased to announce that the Carlsbad Unified Board of Trustees will take action on Wednesday April 17th to add an instructional day back into the current year’s calendar.  As our community is aware the 2012-13 school year had been shortened by three days as a result of the state’s fiscal crisis. However, school will now be in session on all Carlsbad campuses on Friday, May 24, 2013. Previously, May 24th had been designated as a furlough day.

We appreciate the support of our families and employee associations in ensuring adequate funding for our schools. Restoring an instructional day is an important step in the fiscal recovery of the District.

While we recognize that many families may have already made plans for the long Memorial Day Weekend, it is important to our Board and our employees to put students’ education first. However, no students will be penalized if they are unable to attend school that day due to previously-made commitments.

Thank you for your continued support of teaching and learning in Carlsbad Unified.

Superintendent Lovely

(Printable schedule here)

Carlsbad Unified School District will hold the fall 2013 Kindergarten orientations at the following elementary schools on the listed dates and times:

School Date Time Phone
Aviara Oaks April 17 6:00 p.m. 331-6000
Buena Vista April 18 2:00 p.m. 331-5400
Calavera Hills May 2 4:00 p.m. 331-6300
Hope April 25 2:00 p.m. 331-5900
Jefferson April 25 2:00 p.m. 331-5500
Kelly May 2 2:00 p.m. 331-5800
Magnolia April 25 2:00 p.m. 331-5600
Pacific Rim April 25 2:30 p.m. 331-6200
Poinsettia April 25 2:00 p.m. 331-6500

To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before October 1, 2013.  To register, parents must present the child’s original birth certificate and proof of immunizations. In addition to the DPT and Polio vaccines, State of California immunization requirements for students entering school include two doses of the MMR vaccine, three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine, and either the varicella (chicken-pox) vaccine or proof of illness (verified by healthcare provider). Students who attend school in the Carlsbad Unified School District must reside within its boundaries on a full-time permanent basis. Two documents are to be provided by the parents/guardians as proof of residency (K-12).  Post office boxes and mail drop addresses do not meet residency requirements; only street addresses are acceptable. Please check the District website for a list of forms to be completed and documents to be provided for the 2013-2014 school year.

For more information, parents should contact the expected school of attendance or access the school’s website here.

robiticsCEF district-wide Robotics Showcase Event 2013

Carlsbad Unified School District has some highly creative students! What an honor to see them in action at the CEF district-wide Robotics Showcase on March 28th.

The Carlsbad Education Foundation (CEF) funds hands-on science programs that help Carlsbad students increase their knowledge and skill and learn to "think like scientists.” CEF’s investments include support for the FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Programs at all CUSD schools. To enjoy more photos of the Robotics event, check out the CEF Facebook page. While you're there be sure to show support by "liking" them.

For more information about other programs that benefit our Carlsbad community and schools, visit the Carlsbad Ed Foundation website


pta reflection awardsReflection Artists Leave their Mark

Eighteen students were recognized by the Board of Trustees for their talents and creativity in the PTSA-sponsored Reflections program. This year's theme The Magic of a Moment inspired 150 entries from throughout the district. Of the 150 submissions, 40 entries were forwarded to the countywide PTA competition for judging. Congratulations to all Merit Award winners!

Special recognition was given to 11th grade CHS student, Trevor Cochran, who received an Award of Excellence in the film production category. Trevor's film is one of 26 entries from San Diego County that has been forwarded on to the state PTA competition.

The Board also thanked the dedicated team of parent volunteers, led by PTA Reflections Coordinator, Alicia Lafferty-Diaz, who made the contest possible. Without parent and teacher support, our District would not have had the strong showing we did. See more photos on the CUSD facebook page.


As construction of Carlsbad Unified School District’s (CUSD’s) new Sage Creek High School nears completion, a cohesive community of students, staff and parents is being established. The green, gold and black Bobcats will welcome the first 9th grade class in August 2013.

On March 21st at 6:30 pm, Sage Creek Principal César Morales will host an informational meeting for families of incoming 9th graders at the school’s Gymnasium. The meeting will help parents form the school’s inaugural Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). Parents will also have an opportunity to meet the Sage Creek Leadership Team, mingle with other “pioneer” families and purchase iconic Bobcat Spirit Gear.

Principal Morales and Counselor Roger Brown, Administrative Assistant Debra Shinto and Registrar Vicki Ruby will move onto the campus on April 8th. Mr. Brown will hold one-hour afternoon and evening information sessions with groups of students and parents at the new Library between April 8th-11th to discuss the course request process and co-curricular offerings such as athletics, ASB and other clubs. The curriculum will include A-G College Prep Courses, Visual and Performing Arts Electives, and a Biomedical Sciences Elective Pathway.  

In May, Sage Creek staff, parents and students will come together to celebrate and build community. Principal Morales states, “We will walk through our new campus together and kick off what is sure to be a springboard for a phenomenal 2013-14 academic year.”

For more Sage Creek High School info and photos, visit

march madnessCUSD FIFTH ANNUAL

Friendly competition (with an emphasis on friendly), great teamwork, good sportsmanship and cheering spectators were on display at CUSD’s fifth annual March Madness fifth-grade girls and boys basketball tournament on March 14th at Poinsettia.

The event was presented in partnership with the Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Department and coordinated by the District’s Wellness Coordinator Rosemary Eshelman, who says that student wellness is a primary goal.

At the end of the exciting round-robin tournament, Magnolia girls reigned supreme. Pacific Rim boys, after an intense six overtimes with their Jefferson counterparts, captured an incredible five-peat trophy.

Who else won? Everyone who participated!

See more photos on the CUSD facebook page.


At the March 6th CUSD Board Meeting, Trustees voted to accept the staff's recommendation to open Sage Creek High School with freshman only for the 2013-14 school year. The Board and staff expressed regret that the sophomore class who committed to Sage Creek was not enough to support a comprehensive program. Attached please find a letter from Principal Morales that provides additional information about this difficult decision. For the full presentation and background leading to this recommendation, please click here.

See more photos on CUSD Facebook page


After five CUSD servers crashed on February 13th, Network Administrator Matt Taylor and Database Administrator Jan Tokorcheck set about trying to recover the operating systems. While no definitive cause of the problem was identified, the situation had earmarks of a virus attack. Once it became apparent data recovery was not possible, Mr. Taylor and Ms. Tokorcheck worked throughout the President's Day weekend to rebuild the AERIES and Nutritional Services operating systems.

The Board expressed their gratitude to Mr. Taylor and Ms. Tokorcheck for their persistence and determination in getting the district back on-line before employees and students returned from the long weekend.


Sherri James, Kelly Elementary Library Media Technician, was honored by the Board of Trustees as March 2013 Classified Employee of the Month at its meeting on March 6, 2013. She was nominated by Principal Tressie Armstrong.

Mrs. James has been a dedicated support to the students, teachers and community of Kelly School since January 2007. She has been the constant book finder, research supporter, textbook deliverer, and campus storyteller. Students come to Mrs. James during their free times to browse, read, sit, chat, and think. Teachers know Mrs. James will drop everything at a moment’s notice to fulfill their current needs.  New students are bestowed with textbooks, planners and a welcome smile. Mrs. James also makes sure that Kelly’s two book fairs are first of all fun, and secondly a resounding success. She is described as one of Kelly School’s great “treasures.”

In her nomination, Principal Armstrong commented, “Where on an elementary school campus can you expect to find peace and quiet?  Or time to breathe?  Or time to search? In the Library.”

For more employee awards, click here.


The online high school selection process for the 2013-14 school year has produced the student enrollment data necessary to move into the final planning phase.  SCHS staff is reviewing current enrollment data and will be contacting current 8th and 9th graders by March 8th to inform students of their school selection status for next year.

In making these final preparations, Sage Creek staff is engaged in the following activities:

***These preparations are fueled by information provided by next year’s Sage Creek students. 

To learn more about Sage Creek High School or to add your name to the wait list for a future tour go to


High School Selection for 8th and 9th grade students gains momentum in final weeks

There's good news on the horizon! The U.S. Department of Labor has projected 2.4 million job openings in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields through the year 2018. This is a remarkable opportunity for Carlsbad students, who for the last five years have left our K-12 educational system facing the bleakest job market since the Great Depression.

As a growing economic force, STEM education is a hot topic in Carlsbad and beyond. Not only do STEM-related careers pay more, they supply our local and regional economy with the talent employers are asking us to provide. To that end, the Carlsbad Unified School District is working to place greater emphasis around the subject areas that prepare learners for this type of work.

One place the community can see these efforts in full force, is in the curriculum planning for Sage Creek High School. This state-of-the art campus located at the corner of College and Cannon will welcome its first class of freshman and sophomore students in Fall 2013.

Last Saturday, more than 200 CUSD students and their families toured the campus, met with some of the teachers who will work at the school, and experienced first-hand what the buzz is all about. A second round of "sold out" campus tours for current 8th and 9th graders is scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd.

A major focus at Sage Creek is to ensure that all students benefit from the collective ambition to develop excitement and dispositions toward the STEM fields. Rather than wait for students to step forward and schsdeclare their interest in these subjects, Sage Creek teachers are working with Principal Cesar Morales to design elective pathways in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering that embed college and career readiness skills into the curriculum.

Dramatic strides are being made in Carlsbad Unified as teachers across the District prepare the workforce for the global marketplace. As a gateway to STEM, Sage Creek High School will position learners to become the next Albert Einstein or Marie Curie with its motto "dare to be great." The opportunity to create a sense of wonder and interest in science, technology, engineering and math is knocking at Sage Creek's door. We can't wait to open it.

To learn more about Sage Creek High School or to add your name to the wait list for a future tour go to The deadline for families of current 8th and 9th grade students to select their high school for the 2013-14 school year is 4 pm on February 8, 2013.

High School Selection Enrollment
Extended for One Week

The deadline for current eighth and ninth grade students to choose their preferred high school for the 2013-14 school year has been extended for one additional week. The deadline for online enrollment has been changed fro 4:00 p.m. on February 8th, to 4:00 p.m. on February 15th. This deadline extension is to allow current eighth and ninth grade students who have not yet completed the online selection process to designate their preferred high school for the 2013-14 school year.

Congratulations to the over 1,600 students who have already made their choice to attend Sage Creek High School or Carlsbad High School next year!

To learn more about Sage Creek High School or to add your name to the wait list for a future tour go to To learn more about Carlsbad High School, go to

schsOpen Enrollment ends February 8th, remember to make your High School Selection!

CUSD 2013 high school selection is in full swing. Check out this piece which aired during CHSTV's Wednesday, January 30th broadcast.

To learn more about Sage Creek High School or to add your name to the wait list for a future tour go to To learn more about Carlsbad High School, go to

The deadline for families of current 8th and 9th grade students to select their high school for the 2013-14 school year is 4 pm on February 8, 2013.

Leslie LarsonCongratulations January Classified Employee of the Month - Leslie Larson

Leslie Larson, Health Technician for Magnolia Elementary, was nominated Classified Employee of the Month by Jimmy Hines, Principal, Magnolia Elementary. Ms. Larson has been employed with the District since November 2000.

In his nomination, Mr. Hines noted that Ms. Larson has been an integral part of the Magnolia staff for over 13 years, consistently exemplifies the essential skills her job description and responsibilities call for. Ms. Larson understands that the elementary school environment requires a high degree of flexibility while providing the best of care for our students. In short, Mr. Hines reports, Ms. Larson is a Jack of all trades and seeks to support all aspects of our school operations regardless of the task.

The entire Magnolia staff congratulates Ms. Larson on this recognition and appreciates all that she does. Magnolia Elementary is proud to nominate Ms. Leslie Larson as Classified Employee of the Month for January 2013

hope herosHope Elementary School Staff Work Together To Save Student's Life!

Hope Principal Richard Tubbs, Health Technician Jennifer Thirkell and Instructional Assistant Jennifer Caraglior were honored as Good Samaritans by the Carlsbad Fire Department for their fast action, including use of CPR and an on-site AED, that saved the life of an 11-year-old student who went into sudden cardiac arrest during recess this past December.

In 2003, Carlsbad Unified was the first district in the state to have the AED machines installed at schools and the district office. On Tuesday, December 18, 2012, one was used on a student at Hope Elementary, when school principal aided staff members to help save the 11-year-old's life.

See video coverage of the story:

Pictured: Top, Jennifer Thirkell, Richard Tubb, and Jennifer Caraglior.

Bottom, Jennifer Caraglior and Richard Tubbs with firefighters

District Update on CHS Student
January 18, 2013

We are happy to report that Carlsbad Police officials have notified the District that CHS student Baileigh Karam has been found safe. Thank you to the Carlsbad Police Department and everyone who provided assistance and support in this successful effort and welcome outcome.

District Update on CHS Student - January 16, 2013

The Carlsbad Unified School District shares parent and community concerns regarding the safety and whereabouts of a runaway ninth grade CHS student, Baileigh Karam. Baileigh's parents reported her as a runaway to the Carlsbad Police Department following her failure to return home on Friday, January 11.

It has been erroneously reported in the news media that, prior to her disappearance, Baileigh was involved in a fight on the campus of Carlsbad High School. Investigation by school and police officials determined that the altercation occurred after school hours near Carlsbad Village, not at CHS.

Anyone with information regarding Baleigh's whereabouts is urged to contact the Carlsbad Police Department:

Detective Damian Garcia
(760) 931-2144

hope herosHope Elementary School Staff Work Together To Save Student's Life!

Hope Principal Richard Tubbs, Health Technician Jennifer Thirkell and Instructional Assistant Jennifer Caraglior were honored as Good Samaritans by the Carlsbad Fire Department for their fast action, including use of CPR and an on-site AED, that saved the life of an 11-year-old student who went into sudden cardiac arrest during recess this past December.

In 2003, Carlsbad Unified was the first district in the state to have the AED machines installed at schools and the district office. On Tuesday, December 18, 2012, one was used on a student at Hope Elementary, when school principal aided staff members to help save the 11-year-old's life.

See video coverage of the story:

Pictured: Top, Jennifer Thirkell, Richard Tubb, and Jennifer Caraglior.

Bottom, Jennifer Caraglior and Richard Tubbs with firefighters


Current 8th and 9th Grade Students Residing Within CUSD Boundaries Should Enroll in Carlsbad High or Sage Creek High by 2/8/13

Beginning at 8 am on January 7, 2013, current eighth- and ninth-grade students residing within Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) boundaries will experience an historic opportunity to choose to attend one of two world-class, comprehensive high schools: venerable Carlsbad High, home of the purple and white Lancers, or brand-new Sage Creek High, home of the green, gold and black Bobcats.

The easy-to-complete High School Selection Form and links to full information about the two schools and the open enrollment process are online at the CUSD High Schol Selection Page. The deadline for families to make their selection is 4 pm on February 8, 2013. Complete release here.

cdcFirst Annual Copa de Carlsbad a Great Success

The first annual Copa de Carlsbad had a great turn out of players, siblings, parents and staff. The weather accommodated and the sun was shining. The San Diego Soccer's and San Diego Sea lions came out, thanks to Mrs. Williams invite, and took pictures with students, gave away soccer balls to all schools, and placed medals on players. From the first game to the last, the kids were energetic and positive. Everyone had a great time, and expressed hopes of repeating this again next year.

This event was born of an idea and conversation between Rosemary Eshelman and Mrs. Williams, after the March madness tournament. After confirmation that Parks and Recreation waswhole-heartedly willing to volunteer staff, fields and time, it became a reality on December 13th.

The participating elementary students will eventually attend middle school and then high school together, making this a wonderful way to connect them with each other along the way, while teaching them healthy lifestyle habits.

A big thank you to everyone who partipated, for your support and willingness to be a part of this tournament, and keep high hopes on a day that we expect the weather to cooperate. it was meant to happen.

Pictured: Aviara boys and girls tournament winners.

School Messenger Message From Superintendent: Wednesday, December 19th

Good Morning Carlsbad Unified Parents. This is Superintendent Suzette Lovely providing you an updated report about recent questions and concerns that have arisen in the aftermath of the CT school shooting.

Last Friday, our world was shattered as we learned of the unthinkable events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As we continue to watch these events unfold in the media, our worries about the safety of our own children have continued to mount.

Rumors, social media chatter, and threats (both real and perceived) all contribute to these growing worries. One recent threat made by a student at Carlsbad High School has been particularly unsettling to us all. This threat was isolated to the high school and has been fully investigated with the assistance of law enforcement and mental health professionals. We have been assured by the Carlsbad Police Department that the student who made the threat has neither the intention nor means to act upon it. The student is not in attendance at school this week.

As your Superintendent, I want to reassure our parents that schools, particularly our schools in Carlsbad, remain some of the safest places in America. Your children’s teachers, principals and support staff are trained to react quickly and calmly to even the remotest sign of trouble.

The Carlsbad Police Department continues to maintain a visible presence in and around our campuses, and in particular at Carlsbad High School. We have no reason to believe any of our schools or students are in harm’s way. Therefore, all schools within CUSD will stay open for the remainder of the week, including Friday.

We will continue to keep families informed of any new or updated information through our District Webpage, twitter and Facebook.

I appreciate and applaud you as parents for the way you are helping your children process and move past the terrible events that happened in Connecticut.

Happy Holidays to all of you and may we find things to be joyful about in the ensuing Holiday Season.

School Safety Update-December 18, 2012

The topic of safety remains a constant conversation in our schools (Click here for a recent Press Release from Superintendent Lovely). In light of Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut, there continues to be a heightened awareness within our community and beyond. Everyone—from administrators, to teachers, to office personnel, to campus supervisors, to parents, to students – are taking safety more seriously.

Anyone in the community with safety concerns at a Carlsbad Unified campus should contact their site principal immediately. We also have a WE TIP link on the District’s home page where anonymous reports can be made. Additional resources regarding school safety and the response to crisis can be found on the website and by following Dr. Lovely on twitter@ https://twitter/SuptLovely or see our Facebook page.

December 18, 2012 - Statement Regarding Reported Threat at Carlsbad High School - click here for Press Release

December 17, 2012 Update

As school resumes today, please know that CUSD staff members are saddened by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our hearts go out to the victims' families and their co-workers who were so profoundly affected by this senseless act.

The safety, security and emotional well-being of every CUSD student remains at the forefront of our daily efforts. Principals, teachers and students practice regular emergency drills spanning a variety of scenarios.  Like other schools around the nation, CUSD teachers and administrators are trained to respond quickly, but calmly, to suspicious events or signs of trouble on campus.

Our teachers in Carlsbad would have (and have) acted no differently than the heroic staff at Sandy Hook who gathered students into safe areas, read stories to keep children calm, and explained ‘we’re waiting for the good guys.’  Carlsbad Unified, along with other first responders and local safety providers, keep our schools safe places through ongoing planning, preparation, and practice.

As we all try to cope with this national tragedy, the following website/link from the National Association of School Psychologists may be helpful in framing your thoughts and conversations.

A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope

Suzette Lovely,

In light of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the Carlsbad Unified School District and City of Carlsbad Police Department have coordinated efforts to increase the patrol presence around each of our schools today.

The increased patrol presence is strictly a precautionary measure. Please be assured that we are doing everything to maintain the safety of all students and staff, while also providing a sense of normalcy in our schools.

Thank you for your cooperation in these efforts.

Suzette Lovely,


retireesThe District BIds a Farewell to December 2012 Retirees

On December 13, the District office honored and bid farewell to retirees.

Retiring Employees pictured left to right: Moureen Degan, Transportation; Leonard Cerda, Maintenance ; Alice Talbot, Fiscal Services; and Bob Wolk, Maintenance.

On behalf of the District, a big thank you for your years of service and best wishes to all of you for every happiness and some well deserved relaxation in your retirement!


ruthCongratulations Ruth Cartagena, December 2012 Classified Employee of the Month

Ruth Cartagena, Admin. Asst for Instructional Services, was nominated for Classified Employee of the Month by Keith Holley, Director of Pupil Personnel Services. Ms. Cartagena has been employed with the District for almost six years--since January 2007.

In his nomination, Mr. Holley stated that Ruth Cartagena epitomizes the goals and values CUSD. Her contributions directly support the District goals of universal student achievement, fiscal fitness, and enhanced morale. Her professional performance and ethics mirror the District core values of integrity, excellence, and respect.

Much of Ms Cartagena's service with the District has been in areas that are by their very nature contentious. For example, she has been the facilitator and first point-of-contact for the interdistrict and intradistrict student transfer processes. Fiscal necessity (driven largely by the District's transition into Basic Aide status) has compelled the District to progressively increase the percentage of interdistrict transfer requests that must be denied or revoked. This precipitous rise in the number of denied applications has triggered a firestorm of protests, challenges, and complaints. As the District's public "face" for the transfer application process, Ms Cartagena has been responsible for fielding these difficult and delicate conversations. She has discharged this responsibility with remarkable patience, tact, poise, equanimity, and intelligence. Complete article here.

VMS artValley Middle School Students Enjoy an Artistic Outing at Legoland

Sue DeWulf's eighth grade Advanced Art class, from Valley Middle Schoo,l spent the day at Legoland observing the venue through an artist's eye.

Armed with their sketchbooks, view finders and drawing pencils, students sketched at various sites around Legoland, moving to different locations around Miniland as well spending quite a while sketching a large Lego dragon.

Once back in the classroom, the students will choose one of their many sketches and further expand on it. The end result will be an oil painting on canvas to be completed over the upcoming weeks.

Nov AwardsCUSD Employees Honored with Team Power Award

On November 1, Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle Schools experienced a complete blackout across both sites. Once the problem became evident, three members of the maintenance crew, Alan French, Electrical Technician, Jon Cruz, Low Volt Technician, and Marty Porter, Maintenance Supervisor, were immediately dispatched to the sites where they began investigating possible sources of the problem.

While teaching and learning was carried out in different nooks, crannies and naturally lit areas of campus, these three remarkable employees discovered that the source was not an electrical problem stemming from SDG&E, but had instead originated elsewhere. The team worked quickly to contact an outside electrical company (Garrett Electric) for immediate assistance. After testing was completed by a local testing lab (Emerson Electric), it was determined that the main circuit breaker (GFCI, aka ground-fault circuit interrupter) needed to be replaced.

At 6:00 p.m., when a new circuit breaker was finally delivered to the schools, Alan French came back to Aviara and worked several more hours to get the power going. Alan, John and Marty then worked the entire next day, to run additional tests, thereby ensuring that power was being consistently delivered to all buildings and classrooms at both schools.

The Board, Superintendent, staff, and Aviara Oaks community are grateful to Alan, Jon and Marty for their diligent and efficient efforts, their ongoing communication during this emergency, and most of all for their absolute dedication to helping our District in a time of need. As a token of appreciation each employee was presented with a Team Power Certificate for shedding light on us that day.

Emp of monthCongratulations Julia Price, November 2012 Classified Employee of the Month

Julia Price, Office Assistant at Hope Elementary, has been nominated Classified Employee of the Month by Richard Tubbs, Principal, Hope Elementary School. Ms. Price has been employed with the District since October 9, 2003.

In his nomination, Mr. Tubbs noted that the Hope staff is impressed by the amount of work Mrs. Price is able to accomplish each day in such a short time. She goes above and beyond the call of duty. Several recommendations to nominate Mrs. Price for employee of the month were received by her peers.

Ms. Price's cheerful demeanor contributes to the overall positive atmosphere at Hope Elementary. She sets the standard for exceptional customer service, warmth, and genuine courtesy. Mrs. Price is also admired for her ability to multi-task well and seek out ways to improve the efficiency of our office procedures, which makes her a valued employee.

CHSTVCHSTV Election Coverage Broadcast a Great Success!

CHSTV began covering elections from San Diego alongside the major media outlets 8 years ago. Back then, the news stations would stop by to offer assistance, in case we needed help with the technology or understanding the content of the election. 

Four years ago these same news stations started coming by to ask whether any of the students were interested in internships at their stations. Because of this, we are able to get our students internships at television stations, that normally limit the internships to college juniors and seniors. 

CHSTVThis year the stations were more interested in seeing the future of the business - how news would be covered in a world where people will seek news online and on-demand.  They were incredulous at how the students were producing stories on the fly using DSLR cameras and laptops, social media, and pocket-sized Internet Bandwidth Hotspots. 

CHS teacher Doug Green stated, "It was an exhausting 12-hour exercise in news gathering and the kids were so immersed in the moment. It makes me very proud of what they put together.  The final broadcast is tremendous."

Unfortuntaly Golden Hall's Internet bandwidth was unable to support the amount of activity going on. None of the television stations were able to get a live stream out, but CHSTV luckily had a portable hotspot device that allowed us to get some of our live content out on the hour. 

Please take a look at the final show in HD available here:

Time Warner (Carlsbad Channel) will be airing the CHSTV documentaries, We Must Remember and One in Seven: The New Face of Hunger throughout the month of November.

The air dates are:

We Must Remember One in Seven: the New Face of Hunger
11/9 - 7 p.m. 11/9 - 8 p.m.
11/11 - 7 p.m. 11/11 - 8 p.m.
11/17 - 8 p.m. 11/17 - 9 p.m.
11/18 - 4 p.m. 11/18 - 5 p.m.
11/24 - 8 p.m. 11/24 - 9 p.m.
11/25 7 p.m. 11/25 8 p.m.

CHSTVCHSTV to cover its 4th Election Live from Golden Hall

CHSTV is the only High School program to build a set and broadcast live throughout the evening as election results come in. The CHSTV anchor, Ryan Haarer, (pictured on the right), went on to study broadcast journalism at the Cronkite School at ASU and now works as a reporter for NBC in Phoenix.

Every San Diego Television station sets up a mobile studio in San Diego's Golden Hall on election night. This year CHSTV will add short live reports to their coverage on, on the hour, every hour between 5 and 9 pm. At 9:15 pm, they will tape a 15-minute broadcast for the following morning.

Over thirty broadcasting students will assemble at Golden Hall to produce this telecast. Equipment, set design, truck rental, and catering make this an expensive broadcast, ($2000).  CHSTV is grateful to the companies and parents for underwriting our expenses this evening.

CHSTV has won national student EMMY awards for this broadcast and the students are studying propositions, ballot measures, and candidate positions, as they prepare for the show. Reporter teams have been assigned stories that they will produce on the night of the election.

This is CHSTV's single most challenging live broadcast, produced in a breaking news atmosphere, working alongside the professional adult media.

every kid votesPoinsettia Elementary learns about the voting process with Every Kid Votes!

This week Poinsettia Elementary students participated in Every Kid Votes. Every Kid Votes is a campus wide voting session where students were able to vote for their choice for President of the United States.

Votes from this event will be added to the Every Kid Votes totals, and these will be tallied live via the website. To prepare for this event, each student was educated with curriculum provided by and watched video content designed for their grade level.

In 2008, millions of students participated in the Studies Weekly election. This year there are about 11,000 schools nationwide with access to the mock election. Participation is controlled by local school administrators.

In past years this program has accurately predicted the popular vote as voted by registered voters across the US.   Pictured: Poinsettia students voting.

Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle School
will resume classes on Monday, November 5

Crews worked diligently last night to restore power to AOE and AOMS and have been working through the morning to ensure that all systems are up and running safely and efficiently. Special thanks to Director of Facilities and Operations Curt Huckins and his entire crew for their efforts on behalf of our students.

We again want to thank all of our families for your understanding and support as we worked through this process. Students and staff did a great job keeping our classroom instructional program moving forward in spite of the power outage. Have a great weekend. See you Monday!

Important Message - Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle School Power Outage Update

The Aviara Oaks Elementary and Aviara Oaks Middle Schools experienced a major power outage today, November 1. While crews are working through the night to restore power, there is no guarantee power will be restored in time for tomorrow’s classes. Superintendent Suzette Lovely met with the site principals and other management team members about the situation. Based on the input and discussion, the Superintendent determined that Aviara Oaks Elementary and Aviara Oaks Middle Schools will be closed tomorrow. This decision was not taken lightly.

Superintendent Lovely apologizes for the inconveniences this places on families, and thanks the staff and students for their shared effort at school today.

Kids Care for Aviara Oaks families will move to the Multipurpose Room at Poinsettia Elementary tomorrow starting at 7:30 AM.

Site principals will contact staff with additional information.

Eddie DannielCongratulations Eddie Danniel, October 2012 Classified Employee of the Month

Eddie Danniel, Skilled Maintenance Worker HVAC, has been nominated as October's Classified Employee of the Month by Curt Huckins, Director of Facilities, Operations and Transportation. Mr. Daniel has been employed with the District since February 24, 2000.

In his nomination, Mr. Huckins states, "Mr. Daniel is an exceptional employee who deserves the highest recognition for his outstanding work performance in the Maintenance Department. Eddie excels in doing his job in a timely and efficient manner."

Despite his technical knowledge in HVAC maintenance repair, Mr. Daniel continues to seek professional development opportunities to expand his skills. In addition to his HVAC responsibilities, Eddie is always willing to take on additional tasks whenever necessary. Mr. Daniel is admired by teachers, coworkers and the administrative staff. He exemplifies service with a smile!

Jefferson kids for peaceJefferson Elementary puts together "Peace Packs" for Pakistani girl

Students from Jefferson Elementary School put together hundreds of "peace packs" for 15 year old Pakastani advocate, Malala, and her schoolmates in this Jefferson IB Kids for Peace event. Malala was shot by Taliban earlier this month for speaking out against Taliban atrocities and advocating for girls' education in Pakistan.

Jefferson Elementary hosted an assembly where students were given the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle and culture of the Pakistani people, as well as current events happening in Pakistan. The students then created a giant heart to send to Malala, and peace packsto send to her, and other students at the school she attended. An event leader and teacher at Jefferson Elementary, Jill McManigal, said that the students were there to honor Malala.

CBS channel 8 news, reported that it was, " a touching display of solidarity and support for the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban". More at:

Photo credit: CBS Channel 8 News

Buena Vista Elementary School’s API score continue to climb!

Buena Vista Elementary School’s API score topped 900 for the first time this year, rising from 797 in 2008 to 902 in 2012.

Pictured here are Buena Vista’s top scoring students  from grades three through five.  Principal Tina Howard states, “The reason for our continued growth (105 points in four years!) is our staff’s commitment to do what is best for our students.  This includes quality implementation of our district’s K-5 curriculum and our targeted intervention plan.  Teachers ensure that our students are engaged in meaningful activities and differentiate their program to meet the needs of all learners. BV teachers are dedicated and focused on creating success for our students, which is reflected in their outstanding results.”

Congratulations BV!


Carlsbad High School’s API score rose 18 points from 829 in 2011 to 847 in 2012.

How did they do it?  Principal Matt Steitz, Ed.D., explains, “Teachers spent last year focusing on instruction in the classroom; writing clear learning objectives and then ensuring students were actively engaged throughout the lesson. We challenged the students to reach for 840 as a school goal. They exceeded this by  seven points. 

We are all very proud of Carlsbad High School’s success.” 


Lancer daySuperintendent Lovely enjoys her first Lancer Day and Homecoming Events!

On Friday, September 28th, Superintendent Lovely enjoyed the Homecoming halftime show with Carlsbad High School English teacher Christine Parr. All Carlsbad High fans loved the final outcome: Lancers, 24; Fallbrook Warriors, 0!

Friday’s Lancer Day Parade & Homecoming Game proved to be an awesome experience. The annual Lancer Day Parade started on Pine St. in front of the Senior Center and continues down Carlsbad Village Drive.

This years parade featured grand marshals who are new inductees to the Carlsbad Hall of Fame - Ms. Patti Regan, Mr. Doug Haubert, Mr. David Warthen, Mr. Eric Zumbunnan, Mr. Philip Carli and Mr. Robert Yehling.  Also in the parade were returning members of the 2011 Homecoming Court who have been asked to take part sine the 2011 parade was rained out.

See more photos on Facebook

EOM Sept 2012Congratulations, Terrie Gruntowicz, Lead Custodian I at Kelly Elementary School, Classified Employee of the Month Sept. 2012

Ms. Gruntowicz has been employed with the District since October 14, 1999. In her nomination, Kelly Principal, Tressie Armstrong states, "At Kelly Elementary School we believe that we must never allow a child to become 'invisible' on our campus. We want them recognized, nurtured, and truly seen. There are times when we can get so caught up in the busy-ness of our work that we forget a moment in time can make a life's difference to a child."

Terrie Gruntowicz is never too busy to reach out to a child and make that difference in their lives. While her formal duties are to maintain a clean and safe environment for student learning, she goes much further than that. While ensuring that the lunch area stays sanitary and inviting during recess and lunch, she also sets out board games, turns on contemporary music, and even sets up a Dance Dance Revolution game for them to try to beat their principal during lunch recess!

On the second day of school this year, Ms. Gruntowicz noticed a fifth grader sitting alone and looking a bit lost and sad. Ms. Gruntowicz took the time to sit with him at the lunch tables, talked with him about where he came from, allowed him to build some Legos, and built a INFORMATION positive relationship with him. Then she connected him with a seasoned "Kelly Cougar" and sent them off to play a game. Where one child might have gotten lost in the shuffle and become more invisible, Ms. Gruntowicz reached out to him, and set his path at Kelly School into a whole new and positive direction.

xcaliburCHS Xcalibur and Lancer Dancers to Perform at ArtSplash

CHS Xcalibur Dancers Emma Stringer and Heather Dennett are selling Taste@ArtSplash tickets at the Carlsbad Farmers' Market every Saturday leading up to the chalk art and entertainment festival on September 22-23. Xcalibur received a "Send Xcalibur to Nationals" 2012 ArtSplash grant. They and the Lancers Dancers are performing at the event.

ArtSplash raises funds for art & music in North County schools It's a FREE, two-day, non-profit, family event that promotes and benefits arts within the community. ArtSplash is a community-wide partnership of organizations and businesses working together to establish an Annual Family Event showcasing North County. For more info go to

Pictured are the CHS Xcalibur Dancers

first dayReady, Set, Back to School - Happy First Day!

The summer months are winding down, and summer vacation is at an end. This means kids are back to school.

It's a fun and busy time for everyone, meeting new classmates, teachers, and staff, as a new school year begins. We're looking forward to a full year of learning, making friends and enjoying fun events.

You’ve stocked up on school supplies, started to plan out the weekly calendar of school and social activities, and are getting back in the swing of things. Going back to school is fun!

Check out the district facebook page as we share some first day photos from our Carlsbad Unified family of schools!

Kelly registrationNEW SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS AUGUST 29, 2012

After successfully completing kindergarten last year, a first grade Kelly Elementary student registers for the new school year. Like every enthusiastic Cougar, he’s raring – make that roaring! – to go.

With another exciting year of learning to begin, check out some of our online resources (listed below). If you are new to the district, welcome! If you are a returning student, welcome back!

Stay abreast of what's happening at CUSD throughout the year by becomming a fan on Facebook. Follow Superintendent Lovely on Twitter, and read the monthly Message from the Superintendent on our Blog.

valley viking bandArtSplash Grants Will Fund Innovative 2012-13 Arts & Music Programs

From preschoolers exploring creative dramatics to elementary students fashioning mosaics in the style of Niki de Saint Phalle to middle schoolers creating a Mural of the Masters to high school singers getting their musical groove on, ArtSplash grants totaling $8,672 will fund 17 innovative and enriching programs in North County schools in 2012-13.

Valley Middle Band and Orchestra director Amanda Boer, who also attends the festival each year, says the ArtSplash grant was not only welcomed, but desperately needed. She reveals, "This year's program budget was cut drastically by 65%. The ArtSplash grant will help sustain activities that the instrumental program requires to develop strong musicians. It will provide reeds for beginning musicians to try two reed instruments plus quality reeds for the instruments they choose. The grant will also provide percussion stick bags for musicians to check-out if they are unable to purchase the required materials."

Congratulations 2012-13 ArtSplash Grant Recipients:

Complete ArtSplash release here.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Carlsbad High School math teacher Jason Harper. According to the Carlsbad Police Department, Jason, a Carlsbad resident, was the victim of a homicide on August 7, 2012. Among Jason's three children, two are students in our school district.

Our hearts go out to those who knew and loved Jason.

For additional information, please refer to the Carlsbad Police Department website at (police news).

Our goal is to do everything possible to minimize the effects of this tragedy upon our staff, students, and school community as we prepare to return to school on August 29, 2012.


This summer, students from around the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) are designing video games, creating websites, making rockets, studying digital photography, performing on stage, learning floral design, and cooking up a storm as part of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation's Summer Academy. Classes are held at Magnolia Elementary School. Tuition proceeds benefit the Foundation's many programs that support CUSD schools and students.

Recently, a Jefferson fifth-grader created a website about her pet guinea pig. GuineaAmazing features an inviting home page, easy navigation, photos, and a YouTube style video of her guinea pig enjoying an afternoon snack. Lucy described the class as a "really fun" part of her summer vacation.

salsa girlsStudents from across the District said they love cooking their family's favorite recipes from their native Philippines, France, and Korea at home. Here in the Kids' Café class one afternoon, they were preparing a different ethnic food: salsa. One student quipped, "Technically, all food in America is American. Restaurants alter ethnic dishes to suit Americans."

Another student noted, "I like what we're doing here because we're not just cooking; we're learning how to run a restaurant."

Weekly sessions run through July 27, 2012. Registration is available online at


The Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees has approved 2012-13 salary reductions for all groups. The combined reductions will cover the projected 2012-13 deficit of $2.2 million.

CUSD Board of Trustees President Kelli Moors states, "As a result of each of us sharing the sacrifice, we will be able to keep our current class size at an average of 32 students in elementary and middle schools. We also will be able to rescind the layoffs of most of the 74 teachers who received notices this spring."

The agreement between the District and the Carlsbad Unified Teachers Association (CUTA), which represents approximately 550 certificated staff, was approved on June 27, 2012. The CUTA agreement includes adjustments that equal $1.32 million in 2012-13. With a compensation reduction of 2.71%, certificated staff will take five furlough days, including three instructional furlough days (October 8, February 14, May 24) that will shorten the school year to 177 days.

The agreement between the District and the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 777, which represents approximately 425 classified staff, was approved on June 13, 2012. The LIUNA agreement includes adjustments that equal $534,000 in 2012-13. With a compensation reduction of 1.3%, classified staff will take the same three furlough days as certificated staff.

Together, CUTA and LIUNA represent more than 92% of all CUSD employees. The remainder of staff are designated as confidential, supervisory and management. These employees will take a compensation cut of 2.83%, saving the District approximately $98,000 in 2012-13. Board members cut their own compensation by slightly more than 2.83%; from $400 to $388/month.

Moors explains that the compensation reductions were needed because District revenue has steadily declined; from $86 million in 2009-10 to $83 million in 2010-11 to a projected $74 million in 2011-12 and an anticipated $72 million in 2012-13.

She states, "The Board appreciates the collective spirit of cooperation in which everyone has been focused on the overarching priority of offering a world-class education to our 11,000 students. Now, as we look forward to a new school year beginning on August 29, 2012, all of us at the District can move ahead in unison; re-energized and rededicated to driving student achievement."


Bobby Thomas, Lead Custodian II at Valley Middle School, has been named Carlsbad Unified School District's June 2012 Classified Employee of the Month. A District employee since 1998, Thomas was honored at the June 13, 2012 Board of Trustees meeting.

Praising Thomas as "an invaluable member of the Valley team who is respected by students and staff alike," Valley Principal César Morales states, "Bobby Thomas earned his way to Lead Custodian with his relentless pursuit to provide our students and teachers with a safe and clean environment. He also was instrumental in the Prop P-financed transformation of Valley." 

Principal Morales notes, "Beyond his role as facilities point person, Mr. Thomas has created strong bonds with our students because they know that he cares.  He shows them 'tough love' and compassion while exacting that they do their best and contribute to our campus community. Pursuing his passion to always improve, he attends leadership conferences and develops optimum training and procedures for staff. All in all, Bobby Thomas looks after our campus as if it were his second home."

Thomas goes far beyond his job description; he reaches out to students to provide guidance. "I do my best to be a positive part of the Valley community," he explains. "I share what I learned as a young kid, I candidly answer their questions about life and I always emphasize that they need to be positive and prepared when they come to school. Parents tell me their kids say nice things about me, so I believe that I am making an impression on students to do the right thing."

Classified employees of the month are nominated by District administrators for consistently performing above and beyond in the scope of their jobs.

More photos on the district facebook page.


The "D" in Carlsbad Unified School District's initials, CUSD, might also stand for dedication, as evidenced not only by the longevity but also the passionate commitment to education exhibited by the three administrators, 19 certificated staff and 15 classified staff retiring this spring. The retirees will be honored at the CUSD Board of Trustees meeting at 6 pm on June 13, 2012.

First on the list alphabetically is the retiree with the most years of service: Poinsettia Elementary School second-grade teacher, Gwenn Adams. When she joined the District in September 1975, the parents of some of her current students might not yet have been born! Adams began teaching at Buena Vista Elementary. She handled Head Start at Jefferson Elementary, oversaw special projects and a technology lab at old Pine Elementary and taught for one year at Hope Elementary. She has served on the opening staff at Kelly, Aviara Oaks, Pacific Rim and Poinsettia Elementary sites.

Throughout the years, Adams taught grades 1-6 and through it all, she never lost her focus on student achievement and student well-being. She relates, " I will miss coaching students who at first are frightened to learn something new; then seeing them overcome that fear and shine like they never thought they would. It also has been exciting to observe students competently solve their own problems with each other using polite words in a calm, caring way."

Adams says, "I have enjoyed working with talented, forward-thinking colleagues with whom I participated in instructional decisions to orchestrate student success year after year. Working at many schools in several capacities with different student populations has provided a filter through which I created environments for each student to feel accomplished and important."

She concludes, "I am grateful to have had the long and varied career in education at Carlsbad Unified School District."

District Superintendent John A. Roach, Ed.D., who also is retiring as of June 30, 2012, states, "Gwenn Adams represents the very best of our District and of those who choose a lifelong career in education. For people such as Gwenn, who have transformed the lives of children who may well grow up to transform the lives of others, their community and perhaps the world, education is not merely a job, but a calling.

Photo: Gwenn Adams with Principal Steve Ahle.

Poinsettia OlympicsPoinsettia Elementary hosts their own
2012 Olympics

Poinsettia Elementary School participated in their very own 2012 Olympics the week of June 4 - 8, 2012.

The Student Council fifth graders held the Opening Flag Ceremony on Monday, June 4. The participating classes each represented their own countries as follows: Hebert-Australia, Hirschkoff-Mexico, Maxon-Marshall Island, Bentley- Italy, and Castro- Greece.

The students participated in a series of academic and athletic events, culminating in an activity for all 4th and 5th grade students.

The fourth graders won both the finals of the basketball (Mr. Maxon) and soccer (Ms. Hebert) games. The relays were won by Mr. Castro fifth graders in a school best time of 2 minutes 30.6 seconds.

The academic challenges included: History, Brain Quest, Science, Dictionary, Math Challenge, and Spelling.

The Athletic challenges included: Track & Field Events, Jump Rope, Hot Shot Basketball, 50 yd. Dash, Obstacle Course, Long Jump, Sit-up Challenge, Soccer and Basketball.

More photos on the district facebook page.


mitchell thorpMitchell Thorp Foundation Presents
First Community Partner Award to CUSD

The Mitchell Thorp Foundation (MTF) recently presented the organization's first Community Partner Award to Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD). The award recognizes community groups in the area, who have demonstrated outstanding effort and support of the Foundation's mission to help families, whose children are challenged with life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders. Since MTF was founded in 2009, CUSD has been a consistent and interested supporter of the organization's work. L-r Brad Thorp, MTF founder, Elisa Williamson, CUSD trustee, Beth Thorp, MTF founder, and John Roach, CUSD superintendent. (Photo courtesy of Brad and Beth Thorp.) For more information contact

art splashArtSplash Offers Grants to Fund 2012-13 Arts & Music Programs in North County Schools

ArtSplash, an annual community celebration for arts education taking place this year on September 22nd-23rd on Armada Drive in Carlsbad, invites North County schools and teachers to apply for grants to fund arts and music programs for school year 2012-13. The application deadline is August 1, 2012. Recipients will be notified by early September. Grant guidelines and applications are at

ArtSplash Chairperson Joni Miringoff states, "Our grants are modest, typically in the $400-$700 range. I am always amazed and delighted by the imaginative and enriching projects accomplished by teachers with a modicum of money and a wealth of creativity."

Over the past four years, ArtSplash, a nonprofit organization, has granted more than $23,000 to school projects. During 2011-12, grants supported diverse visual/performing arts and music programs in Carlsbad Unified School District. Valley Middle School Art Teacher Sue DeWulf has used grants to fund innovative tile projects as well as in-class and after–school arts programs. Her Advanced Art students annually create chalk art murals on the street at ArtSplash that visitors herald as exceptional. Compete news release here.


Carlsbad High School’s multiple award-winning CHSTV broadcast/film program captured top honors for high school film-making at the prestigious Lake Arrowhead Film Festival on May 20, 2012 for its moving documentary, “One in Seven: The New Face of Hunger".

CHSTV Adviser Doug Green reports, “In an audience filled with Hollywood actors, producers and directors, CHSTV’s contribution in bringing light to the hunger issues in San Diego County was recognized and honored”.

The documentary will air on the San Bernardino PBS station in June. It also can be accessed at



The City of Carlsbad has donated 243 used HP computers to Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD). Currently, Rick Lewis, CUSD's Director of Technology and Information Systems, and his tech staff are in the process of evaluating and re-configuring the computers for re-use; primarily in computer labs and site-wide at Jefferson Elementary, Kelly Elementary and Valley Middle schools.

Averaging under six years old, the refurbished computers will replace older CUSD computers. Lewis says the majority of donated computers are salvageable, offering a sizable financial benefit to the District. He notes, "Each refurbished computer will save us $1,000, so if even 150 can be brought to standard, we will save $150,000."

The process is taking place in stages. City personnel delivered the computers to the District storeroom, where staff grouped them by model (Series 7100, 7600 and 530 plus laptops) and are meticulously researching the viability of each.

"The computers that make the cut need a lot of TLC plus software programs," reports Lewis, who says he and his staff are happy to put in the hours to attain a positive outcome. "This marks a great collaboration between the City and the District. It's a lot of work, but the benefits are big." Lewis says an additional savings will be realized by disposing of the surplus via an ewaste program.

Providing access to technology is critical in today's world," believes City of Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall. "The City of Carlsbad is very pleased to be able to help schools provide these important tools to students."

According to Devin Vodicka, Ed.D., CUSD's Assistant Superintendent, Business Services, the computer donation dovetails with the ongoing collaboration between City and District officials who have met to discuss how the two government agencies can work together to support quality education and an excellent quality of life in Carlsbad. Dr. Vodicka states, "In addition to providing a significant benefit to our District and our students, this donation offers a vibrant example of the power of interagency partnerships. We are very grateful to see the emerging benefits of our collective efforts."


Meet Jack, a first grader at Kelly Elementary School, who enjoyed his chance at being “Principal for a Day!” 

Jack got to visit all the classrooms, worked recess duty, toured the Carlsbad Unified district offices, and visited Principal Richard Tubbs at Hope Elementary School, to gain the perspective of being a principal from a male prospective! 

Jack stated, “Being a principal is really fun!  I got to see all the classrooms, and that was a lot of fun!  We rescued a bird that flew into a window in kindergarten!  I think I might like to be a principal some day!”

Pictured here: Jack with Kelly Elementary "Principal Every Day" Tressie Armstrong



Aviara Oaks, Buena Vista, Hope, Magnolia, Kelly and Pacific Rim Elementary schools have been named 2011 California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) Honor Roll Schools for their success in raising students' academic achievement. The six are among 1,614 high-performing schools in California named to this year's Honor Roll. The honor marks the third CBEE for Hope, Kelly and Pacific Rim; the second for Aviara Oaks and Buena Vista; and an exciting first for Magnolia.

Buena Vista is listed on the CBEE STEM Honor Roll, which highlights schools that are on the Star Schools (low socio-economic, high-performing) list and are in the top 100 of those schools for math and science.

CBEE President James S. Lanich, Ph.D., says the award is a "testament to the relentless focus on results for students that these schools have shown over the years. It is also a strong statement about how success is occurring and spreading in public schools across the state."

CUSD District Superintendent John A. Roach, Ed.D., states, "I am delighted that more than half of our nine elementary schools achieved Honor Roll status. Their success, as shown by this award, is a result of strong, productive collaborations among each site's administrators, staff, students and families."

Aviara Oaks Elementary Principal Kimberly Huesing reflects the sentiments of her fellow administrators, saying, "It is very nice to be recognized for excellence."

A list of 2011 Honor Roll recipients is available at Individual schools' profiles are at

L LiuUSC accepts Lawrence Liu a year early

Out of the 37,000 people who applied to University of Southern California last fall, 2,852 received acceptance letters and committed. Approximately 0.75% of those in this group stand out from the rest—they graduate high school in 2013. Lawrence Liu, a junior at Carlsbad High School, was offered the chance to apply to USC last fall. Recently, he found out he was one of the 20 juniors accepted into the internationally recognized program. “Well, they offered it and I decided to take it,” Liu said. “I’ll also be granted a scholarship since I received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program”.

Ranking within the top of the top 5% of Carlsbad’s 2013 graduating class and dedicating himself to many extracurricular activities, Liu’s application easily addressed the specific qualifications for early admission. “The focuses of the application were leadership, merit and achievement, participation in the community, and dedication to extracurricular activities”, Liu said.

Liu’s current academic abilities can be attributed to his bright childhood; he could solve complex multiplication and subtraction problems in preschool, and he took Algebra 1 in third grade. This early knowledge in math and many other subjects have allowed him to take Calculus 3 and several AP classes this year as a junior. He also received a 2300 on the SAT and scored highly on the Math II, Physics, and Chinese SAT II tests. Although very academically inclined, Liu isn’t a strict scholar and doesn’t consider himself as such. He practices his skills as a magician, writes piano composition, plays percussion and holds a black belt in martial arts. Liu’s past and current accomplishments foreshadow his inevitable success at USC. As with most students, however, his future is still uncertain. “I’m planning on majoring in mechanical engineering, but I’m not sure. I’ll probably triple major though”, Liu said.

Story credit: CHS Lancer Link


Lovely Will Work Closely with Current Superintendent John Roach, Ed.D. and his Management Team to Ensure a Smooth Transition

The Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Suzette Lovely to serve as the new District Superintendent. According to CUSD Board President Kelli Moors, Lovely has accepted the position. To finalize the selection, Board members will visit Lovely's current school district and complete the process. She will replace Superintendent John A. Roach, Ed.D., who is retiring June 30, 2012 after serving eight years in that position.

Lovely currently serves as Assistant Superintendent, Personnel Services, at Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) ( PYLUSD serves 25,000 students at 34 elementary, middle and high school sites. CUSD serves 11,000 students at nine elementary, three middle and currently one high school site. Sage Creek High School, now under construction, will open in Fall 2013.

Moors states, "We were gratified by the sizable number of highly qualified applicants. The Board meticulously reviewed each application and met with several excellent candidates. The selection was by no means easy or quick, but after diligent review, all five Board members concur that we have found the best leader to fulfill the District's needs; today and into the future." Complete release here.


Richard (Rick) Nieves has been selected as Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) 2012 Classified Employee of the Year. He and finalists Calavera Hills Middle School Special Education Instructional Assistant Carol Fredericks and Buena Vista Elementary Night Custodian Angel Santiago were honored at the May 9, 2012 Board of Trustees meeting. Nieves will vie for countywide classified employee honors.

Nieves, who joined the District in 1997, served as Campus Safety Assistant at Carlsbad Village Academy (CVA) before moving to Carlsbad High School. CVA Principal Keith Holley praised Nieves as "a transformational force in creating and sustaining a safe and orderly environment by monitoring, shaping and correcting student behavior. Rick's interactions with students strike a remarkable balance between caring support for the individual student and unequivocal insistence on safe and appropriate behavior."

A 1972 Carlsbad High School graduate and son of a former CUSD employee, Nieves offers a sincere commitment to his job, the District and the community. Confiding that he was "surprised and very honored" to be selected, Nieves says the students always come first. He notes, "I enjoy being able to provide our students with a safe environment; one in which they can thrive."

Throughout the school year, classified employees of each month are nominated by District administrators for consistently performing above and beyond in the scope of their jobs. Recently, a selection committee comprised of classified union and District representatives reviewed each monthly employee, recommended three finalists and recommended the selection of the ultimate Classified Employee of the Year.

Torrie Norton, Assistant Superintendent, Personnel Services, says, "Rick Nieves and our other two finalists exemplify the professionalism that we look for in all of our employees."


Pacific Rim Elementary School Health Technician Kimberly Wilson has been named Carlsbad Unified School District's May 2012 Classified Employee of the Month. Wilson was honored at the May 9, 2012 Board of Trustees meeting.

Principal Robert Devich, who nominated her, heralds Wilson's work ethic, saying, "Nurse Kim is impeccable, highly skilled and an integral part of the Pacific Rim community. Countless parents have come to me to share their appreciation for Kim's demeanor and her policy to inform parents of incidents."

As Health Tech for CUSD's largest elementary school, Wilson typically sees about 40 students a day. She explains, "I respond to illnesses and injuries, provide medications, including insulin for our students with diabetes, and handle parent contacts. I also coordinate staff CPR/First Aid training," she notes, saying that most of the staff are trained in this area as well as in epi pen protocol for food allergies.

"My job is very rewarding," Wilson confirms. "I like being busy. I enjoy the people with whom I work. And I love the kids; they always make me laugh."

Classified employees of the month are nominated by District administrators for consistently performing above and beyond in the scope of their jobs. Add'l photo on the district facebook page.

BV 50thBV to hold Anniversary Party and Open House Thursday, May 24 from 4-7 p.m

On Tuesday morning, May 1, Buena Vista students and staff donned their BV 50th anniversary shirts, donated by the Four Seasons Residency Inn Aviara, and formed a human “BV 50.” 

Parent Jay Reilly fearlessly rose above the crowd to photograph the students while parent Ron Lea positioned the machinery needed for Mr. Reilly to get in the perfect position above the crowd.  The night before,  Mr. Gerald Bice, husband of our noon duty supervisor, whose children are graduates of Buena Vista, donated his time by chalking the lines for the formation of these large letters and numbers. 

It was a spectacular event that kicked off our celebratory month, which will be capped off by the 50th Anniversary event on Thursday, May 24 from 4-7 p.m.  The entire community is invited to enjoy BV’s Open House and 50th Anniversary events that evening which will include food options for sale, a student art show, live music, games, and plenty of opportunities to share stories from BV’s long history.

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