Understanding Our State Assessment Results
Recently, the state of California released results for the new statewide California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The tests are aligned to the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards. This marks an exciting change as California seeks to raise the bar and realize much higher levels of academic achievement for its students. Click here to read more.
Repairing & Upgrading Our Schools
We are proud to provide a high-quality education for our students, but updates to our school facilities are needed to provide safe, well-maintained classrooms, labs, libraries/media centers and instructional technology to support a modern education. Our schools need up-to-date technology and additional classrooms, labs and equipment are needed to reduce overcrowding in our schools and to meet the growing demand for hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) classes.
To provide local funding for school improvements, the Board of Education voted unanimously to place Measures A and B on the November 3, 2015 ballot. Click here to learn more.
Program Improvement / Programa de Mejoramiento
In accordance with the federal “No Child Left Behind” law, a school district is required to offer parents of eligible students in a Program Improvement (PI) school the option of transferring their child to a non-PI school in the same school district. A school or district’s PI status is based on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. Due to technical difficulties at the state level, the release of AYP from the California Department of Education has been delayed. A date for the release of the information has yet to be provided by the CDE. Click here to read a notification letter.
De acuerdo con la ley federal "Que Ningún Niño se Queda Atrás", se requiere que un distrito escolar ofrezca a los padres de los estudiantes elegibles en el Programa de Mejoramiento (PI) la opción de transferir a sus hijos a una escuela que no es PI en el mismo distrito escolar. El estatus PI de una escuela o un distrito se basa en los informes del Progreso Anual Adecuado (AYP). Debido a dificultades técnicas en el ámbito estatal, el Departamento de Educación de California (CDE) se ha retrasado con la publicación de AYP. El CDE aún no ha proporcionado una fecha para la publicación de la información. Haga clic aquí para leer una carta de notificación.
Response to the Grand Jury Report on English Learners
San Rafael City Schools submitted a response to the Marin Civil Grand Jury’s report, “Every Child Counts: English Learners in Marin County Schools.” The response was submitted to the Grand Jury in early August after the Board of Education approved it on July 27, 2015. Click here to view the SRCS response.
Board Approves Master Plan
At a special study session on July 27, the Board of Education approved a District-wide Master Facilities Plan (MFP). This plan, developed collaboratively over the past several years, creates a roadmap of improvements to provide safe, well-maintained classrooms, labs, libraries/media centers and instructional technology that support a modern education and reduce overcrowding in our schools. Click here to download the approved Master Facilities Plan.
Board Approves LCAPs
The SRCS Board of Education recently approved our 2015-18 Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP). We are grateful to the hundreds of people who participated in the complex and extensive process to help shape the plans so we can improve as a district to better meet the needs of all our students.
You can find the final LCAP documents online in English and Spanish at www.srcs.org/lcap. There are also several other resources and materials on the webpage, including an executive summary.
Elementary Teacher is Marin County Teacher of the Year
We are filled with excitement and pride as we share that Karrie Coulter, currently a second grade teacher at Short Elementary, was selected as the Marin County Teacher of the Year! A crew of District representatives visited her classroom to surprise her with the news. As the county honoree, Karrie will continue on in the process for California Teachers of the Year, which highlights educational innovation, student learning, and the rewards of teaching. Congratulations, Karrie!
SRCS SHINES AT 2015 GOLDEN BELL AWARDS CEREMONY
On May 21, SRCS teachers, educators, leaders and programs were honored at the annual Golden Bell Awards Ceremony for their outstanding achievement. The Golden Bell Awards celebrate public education in Marin County by bringing our community together to recognize outstanding certificated teachers, excellent student programs, as well as present awards to an exemplary educator, classified employee, teacher and trustee. Among those honored was Greg Knell, who was recognized as Trustee of the Year. Click here to learn more and view photos.
DMS Receives Gold Ribbon Schools Award
Davidson Middle School has been honored with a 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award. Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. "These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching," State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson said. "They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate."
Principal Bob Marcucci reflected on the achievement: “This is a time of celebration and pride for our school community. Our staff has worked so hard to develop meaningful and engaging units of instruction and have become highly functioning teams of teachers in the process. It is nice to reward them for their passion and effort on behalf of our students.” Click here to learn more.
SRCS TEAM PARTICIPATES IN FUTURE READY SUMMIT
A team of leaders from San Rafael City Schools (SRCS) was in Mountain View on May 4-5 to participate in the eighth of 13 Future Ready Regional Summits. The Future Ready Summits are a critical step toward realizing the goals of the ConnectED Initiative announced by President Obama in 2013 to connect 99 percent of students to high-speed Internet and empower teachers with the technology they need to transform teaching and learning. Click here to learn more.
NEW! MARIN ALERT TELEPHONE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
New Emergency Notification System Upgrade
If you live, work or go to school in Marin County and are 18 and over, you may now register your cell phone or VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phone to receive emergency alerts sent by call, text, or email from the County of Marin. Listed and unlisted/blocked Marin County landline phone numbers are already included in our emergency notification system. Cell phone and VoIP numbers are not included and will require your registration in our Self-Registration Portal.
CLICK HERE to register your cell phone
SRCS Recognized for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success
San Rafael City Schools has been honored by the College Board for its commitment to expanding access to Advanced Placement course work, improving student performance and supporting student success. The efforts have landed SRCS a spot on the College Board’s 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll, which recognizes districts that have expanded access to AP courses and maintained or improved the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Click here to learn more.