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The Countdown is On

The 2015-16 school year starts in just 10 days on Wednesday, July 22.  The big question on everyone’s mind is,

“When will I learn the name of my child’s teacher?”

This year you will be informed of your child’s teacher on Monday, July 20 at the PTA Garden Party from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Please stop by this event a week from Monday to meet some members of the Camarena community and you will be provided a packet of information to start the new school year, which includes the name of your child’s teacher.  Some teachers, though not all, will be attending this event, therefore there is no guarantee that you will actually meet your child’s teacher at that time.  If you can’t make the event Monday night, you can come by the school on Tuesday July 21 to pick up your packet of information.  We are eagerly anticipating a great year at Camarena Elementary once again.

Camarena Seeking DI 4th Grade Position

Parents: Please forward to any and all social networks:

We are currently seeking a teacher for our 4th grade Dual Immersion Position.  If you came to this post because you want to work for Camarena Elementary, jump on this posting right here:

4th Grade DI Posting at Camarena

If you’re still not sure about whether this is the job for you, here are 10 reasons why you should seriously consider working at Camarena Elementary.

1.  The kids at Camarena are brilliant.

2.  The Camarena parents are dedicated to education and community.

3.  Our classrooms have the largest whiteboards in the 48 continuous states and students can write on their desks!!!

4.  We have over 500 mobile devices so our students are on the cutting edge of digital media.

5.  The Camarena teachers are dynamic learners, risk takers, and innovative teachers who work together to create amazing learning opportunities for kids every day.

6.  On top of that, our Dual Immersion team is talented, collaborative and very active on social media.

7.  Our students think deep thoughts.

8. Camarena events are the talk of the town.

9.We’ve got an amazing school

10. Did I mention our students are brilliant?

So, if you spent the time to read all 10 reasons, clearly you now understand that Camarena Elementary is the place to be.  I’ll save you a little time and you can get to that posting right here.

4th Grade DI Position

Teacher Interview Panels

Greetings Camarena Families

We will be interviewing for some teacher positions starting this week.  If you would be willing and interested in joining on a panel, please add your name to this document.

This week’s schedule

Tuesday June 23 – VAPA teachers (8:30 – 1:00)

Friday, June 26 – RSP (8:30 – 10:00)

Thanks in advance.

Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Camarena Elementary

Greetings and Happy Summer!

Last Week the CVESD approved our LCAP plan for the coming  school year and that plan includes a litany of benefits to our Camarena community.  Here are the new materials and resources that your children will enjoy during the next school year:

Curriculum and Instruction

1.  Library Materials.  Every school will get $5K for books and DI schools will get an additional $5K for Spanish books.

2.  Library Technology Technician (LTT) The district will fund more time for our LTT so that we have our librarian full-time, five days a week.

2.  ELA Gap Materials – We will get money in English ($15K) and Spanish ($3K) to support Language Arts while we await adoption of new ELA materials in 17-18.

3.  Go Math Textbook Purchase.  This will be used to supplement our Eureka Math instructional materials.

4.  Achieve 3000 – This will be purchased for every student in Grades 3-6.  It is a tool to increase students’ access to non-fiction text.

5.  SIPPS Training and materials for all teaches in Grades K-2.  This is a reading intervention to support students not yet reading at grade level.

6.   Resource Teacher – The Resource Teacher position will continue to be funded to provide support and coaching for instructional improvement.

7.  GATE certification for teachers – The district is offering GATE certification for all teachers.  Teachers who are currently in Grades 4-6 will have the priority since they provide direct services to GATE students.

8.  Extended Day Tutoring will continue for students who are below grade level in reading.

The Arts

9.  Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Teachers for collaboration.  We will hire 6 full-time VAPA positions that we will share with Hedenkamp Elementary , which means every student will get 1/2 day of arts instruction every other week for the entire school year.  Here are the positions we posted:

Digital Media Arts (2)

Visual Arts




We will use site budget or PTA money to purchase class sets of recorders, xylophones, and boomwhackers. What are boomwhackers you ask?



10.  Lenovo Tablets – We are getting 150 Lenovo Yoga machines each of the next 4 years.

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Social and Emotional Wellness

1.  Social Worker on campus 2 hours/week (She also will have an intern for 8 hours/week).  These folks will work with target students needing counseling services that can be provided both in class and via pull out.

2.  Attendance Health – We received this 3 hour clerical support last year and it will continue to help us support the attendance and health needs of our 1050 students.

So enjoy those lovely days of summer in San Diego and rest assured that the CVESD is busily getting ready for a spectacular 2015-16 school year.

Thank You Camarena

We arrive Friday to our final day of the 2014-15 school year.  It has been an eventful journey for our 1050 students and dedicated staff.  Thank you Camarena community for choosing to make our school your home.  Below is the video we produced to present to the Chula Vista Elementary School Board last week to tell the story of our school thus far.  Enjoy your summer break.  We’ll see you all in July for the 2015-16 school year.