Dear Nimitz Families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We are excited to continue our work with the fabulous and supportive Nimitz Community. This year we welcome a new member, Norma Salas as Assistant Principal, to our Nimitz team. Norma brings with her 15 years of experience in CUSD elementary and middle schools. We are excited to work with both returning and new families to create a year where Nimitz students use their imagination, are colorful, laugh out loud, PLAY and LEARN!
We take pride in the fact that we have one of the most diverse populations in our district. With over 30 languages spoken at our school, you can hear children and adults using their primary languages both inside and outside our classrooms. At Nimitz, we strive to create an inclusive environment where all families feel welcome.
As a school, we have been participating in a variety of Common Core-aligned professional development strands that continue to impact what our students do in our classrooms. Having Learner Focused classrooms where students experience authentic tasks that provide opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and self-assessment is at the heart of all that we do here are Nimitz. PEBC Math Training, our District Math curriculum, and teacher selected supplementary materials are just a few examples of how we build our students' mathematical practices and problem-solving skills. Our students are fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in Seminars in Critical Literacy: Just Think Literacy, a program which asks our students to think deeply and critically about texts. We are excited to announce that we are working with Teachers College to continue our work with Units of Study in Writing and adding Units of Study in Reading. In writing, our students will delve into the three Common Core buckets of writing: Informational, Narrative, and Opinion. In reading, students and teachers will develop their understanding of a balanced literacy approach with a key focus of having the opportunity to read and learn at their instructional level.
Student emotional and social support has become a critical part of our everyday learning. With this in mind, we will continue Recess 101 and Soul Shoppe as valued parts of the Nimitz culture. We are pleased that these programs will be returning this year with the support of CUSD. Our Recess 101 coordinator provides education and support of our primary classes. Soul Shoppe adds to this safe environment by teaching our students how to show respect and compassion through their character education and conflict resolution program. Both programs provide all our students with consistent, safe, fun and healthy recess activities and have had a significant impact on creating a caring, kind and safe environment at Nimitz.
Parent and Community Volunteerism is building at Nimitz. We would like to challenge each of you to donate at least 5 hours of time this year to helping around our school and community. All volunteers must be fingerprint cleared, provide us with TB clearance, and complete a volunteer form to engage with students at school and on field trips. Information regarding this process can be found at the end of this handbook or in the school
We look forward to celebrating the uniqueness of each student, “Only One You!”
Kari Ito Norma Salas
Principal Assistant Principal