Dear Oak Grove Staff and Communities:
Welcome to the new school year! We are glad to have you as part of our Oak Grove community and hope you are looking forward to the new academic year. As we open the new school year, I wish everyone the greatest success in his or her educational journey.
As we start the new school year, I want to share some of the accomplishments and transitions that took place over the summer.
We are so proud that two of Oak Grove Middle Schools (Bernal and Herman/AdVENTURE) received the award for California Distinguished School. We are proud of the hard work, dedication and accomplishments of Bernal and Herman/AdVENTURE. Congratulations!
The East Side Alliance, which Oak Grove is a part of, has a partnership with CORE allowing our schools to benchmark with schools across the state with similar demographics. Twelve of our schools were recognized with the CORE District Academic Growth Awards for having the greatest impact on student achievement in the English Language Arts, math or both subjects.
Parkview and Herman were recognized as having High Impact Academic Growth for having three years of high academic growth where students are making gains faster than similar students have. Christopher, Edenvale, Frost, Hayes, Ledesma, Miner, Oak Ridge, Sakamoto, Stipe, and Taylor were recognized for one year of high impact growth.
Oak Grove Elementary Schools: Baldwin, Hayes and Parkview were named Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll schools for their high achievement in student success. The program sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Educational Excellence (CBEE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes.
We were able to reclassify 361 students from Limited English Proficiency to Fully English Proficient in 2019, which was double the number from the previous year. In addition, we were able to reduce the number of Long Term English Language Learners by 6%.
Due to the popularity of our Dual Language program, TWBI @ Del Roble we expanded our language offerings with a TWBI Transitional Kindergarten @ Edenvale and Kindergarten – 1st Grade @ Christopher for the 2019-2020 school year.
Many Oak Grove students participated in our Summer Academy at Davis from June 20-July 18. This year, in addition to the math program we have offered for many years, we offered an additional strand—the Summer STEAM Academy. A total of 6 summer math classes and 12 summer STEAM classes were held, providing interventions for over 300 students. Our students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) participated in our Extended School Year (ESY) program at Baldwin Elementary this summer. 255 children from preschool to 8th grade enjoyed 19 days of energizing academics and social/emotional learning in order to stave off regression.
Eighteen bilingual teachers and teachers in first or second year of training in Oak Grove attended this two week professional development where the refined the SEAL approach and strategies. 200 students participated in these two weeks of academic enrichment and language development.This summer, we had the pleasure of serving 155 at two Summer Camp sites, Taylor and Frost. With the support of our staff, we were able to provide students with a variety of activities, which included reading comprehension, math, science, arts & crafts, and outdoor sports.
The CNS Team continued their focus of providing meals to the children of this district and all community members 18 years old and under. School sites that were operating the Seamless Summer Program were hosted at Davis, Del Roble and Stipe. The CNS Team supported Elevate Math, Summer STEAM Academy, the Boys and Girls Club at Davis and Stipe, SEAL Bridge Bilingual program and the YMCA summer program at Del Roble. CNS also provided support to the Oak Grove School District Extended School Year (ESY) program at Baldwin Elementary as well as the county program. Together, these sites provided approximately 950 meals per day; both breakfast and lunch meals were served.
I would like to thank everyone who worked hard over the summer getting all sites up and running.
Education can change the world, and we have an opportunity to contribute to that change at our schools and with our students. I am confident that by working together we can build inclusive, innovative and strong communities to provide our students with an excellent educational experience. I look forward to seeing our students and communities as I visit the school sites and programs this year. Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
Jose L. Manzo