Negotiations Update: Tentative Agreement Reached on Successor Agreement with SEA

Sweetwater Union High School District is pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement over a 3 year successor agreement between the parties.  In the coming weeks both SEA membership and the Board of Trustees will be voting on the Successor Agreement.

Highlights of the Agreement include:

1.     3.75 % salary increase retroactive to January 1, 2017

2.     Reopeners in the second and third year of the contract for wages and benefits, once the 2017-18 school and state budget are finalized.

3.     Three additional days added to all 7-12 teachers for professional learning and collaboration, which will help cut down on all teachers’ needing to obtain substitutes where they will not be pulled away from teaching students.

4.     Immediate additional support for special educators by placement of class caps and additional IEP days. Agreement to establish a special education committee to ensure a full review of the program and services in advance of further actions to the program.

5.     Modified complaint procedure to ensure complaints are resolved at the lowest possible level with the site administrator and teacher.

6.     Agree to teacher average of 51 students (with no more than 55 students) in High School Physical Education.

7.     Joint Governance Panel developed changes to align our program with the new state requirements. Agreed to collaboratively develop Peer Assistance and Review Support (PARS) pilot next school year.

8.     Parties committed to meet within 30 days of ratification to revamp extra duty stipends, creation, amounts, expectations, and processes for consideration by the Bargaining teams.

9.     Increased amount for repair or replacement of employee’s personal equipment if it is damaged due to no fault of the employee.

10.  Clarify that Written Assistance Plans related to employee evaluations must be in writing; and clarify when continuances of evaluations can be given by principals.

11.  Incentivize teachers to get Biology and Bilingual Authorization credentials by agreeing to help fund tuition reimbursement.

12.  Acknowledge that the District must consult with teachers before making changes to districtwide technology programs or implementation of professional learning communities.

SEA unit members will conduct hearings around the agreement later this week and will vote soon after. The Board of Trustees will take action on June 12, 2017.

We appreciate the work of both of the bargaining teams over the past year. We are proud of the significant language changes that we have agreed to, but we are most excited about the tone and tenor of the bargaining table this year.  Both sides worked collaboratively to understand each other’s position and together we found solutions.  While we still have a significant number of areas we want to work on together, these teams worked together to move us forward as a district.  This bargaining was an example of our collective belief that truly We Are Stronger Together. We look forward to continued work with SEA leadership to implement the new agreements.

Notice of public hearing – accept the preliminary plan and gather community feedback for the proposed 2017-2018 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Office of Language Acquisition/State and Federal Programs
466 Moss Street
Chula Vista CA 91911

Public Notice

Written notice is hereby given that the District will conduct a public hearing and accept the preliminary plan and gather community feedback for the proposed 2017-2018 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

Date: Monday, May 22, 2017

Time: 6:00p.m.

Place: Sweetwater Union High School District

Administration Center – Board Room

1130 Fifth Avenue

Chula Vista, CA 91911

Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update Template will be available for public review at the hearing and, beginning May 18, 2017 at 4:30p.m., on the district’s website at http://www.sweetwaterschools.org.

Date: May 18, 2017

Notice of public hearing – district preliminary proposed 2017-2018 budget

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of the Sweetwater Union High School District at its Regular Meeting to be held on May 22, 2017, will conduct a Public Hearing to consider comments and recommendations regarding the Preliminary Proposed Budget for the 2017-2018 school year. The Public Hearing of the District will be held on May 22, 2017, will begin at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as practicable, in the Board Room at the district office located at 1130 Fifth Avenue, Chula Vista, California. These matters will be considered at such time as the agenda item is considered by the Board of the District.

April is Stress Awareness Month

Of course, the teenage years are, almost by definition, stressful. Hormonal and other physical changes in the body, along with fluctuating relationships with peers and parents create tension for all kids as they shift toward adulthood. But without the proper coping tools, these and other pressures of family, friends, grades, or finances can quickly begin to feel overwhelming.

Studies show that America’s children are more stressed today than ever. Suicides among adolescents have quadrupled since the 1950s. One major study revealed that only 36% of seventh graders agreed with the statement, “I am happy with my life.” In the past decade, the use of pharmaceuticals to treat emotional disorders has increased by 68% for girls, and 30% for boys.

It’s hard to pinpoint why kids are experiencing more stress today. Some studies indicate that it’s a result of a greater sense of uncertainty they feel about the future. Others indicate that they are learning from their stressed-out and anxious parents, who are not setting clear boundaries.

Whatever the cause, when young people are stressed, their academic performance suffers, and the rate of depression, anxiety, withdrawal and aggression, along with unhealthy coping strategies like drug and/or alcohol use, increases.

One surprisingly effective toolbox for managing stress involves learning the relaxation techniques of Mind Body Medicine. A typical exercise that helps evoke the relaxation response might be:

  1. Sit or lie quietly in a comfortable position.
  2. Pick a positive word or phrase, for example: relax, one, I am at peace, I am calm, etc.
  3. Close your eyes.
  4. Relax your muscles.
  5. Breathe slowly and naturally, and as you do, repeat your focus word or phrase as you exhale.
  6. Assume a non-judging attitude. Don’t worry about how well you’re doing. When other thoughts come to mind, simply say to yourself, “Oh well,” and gently return to the repetition.
  7. Continue for 5-10 minutes. You might want to have a clock nearby to see how much time has passed.

Research shows that children and teens who were trained in mind body techniques developed more efficient work habits, and felt less stress and anxiety. They also increased their grade point average, self-esteem and feelings of control.

  • SUHSD Student Health Services, April 2017

California School Dashboard 2017

The state of California released the California School Dashboard, which is the new accountability system for all California schools.  This dashboard contains data on schools throughout the state to provide parents and community members access to a more comprehensive picture of the performance of our schools.  This new framework is based on three principles.

The use of Multiple Measures instead of just one measure
A Focus on Equity for all student groups
Supporting Local Decision Making above state control

You can read more about those foundational principles here and here.

Schools will receive a color coded indicator for each measure that is based on both status and change.  The state measures are:

Suspension Rate
4-year cohort Graduation Rate
English Learner Progress Indicator
English Language Arts Academic Indicator  (grades 7 & 8 only)
Mathematics Academic Indicator (grades 7 & 8 only)
College and Career Indicator (coming in 2017-18
Chronic Absenteeism (coming in 2017-18)

 

You will note that each measure is given an overall rating based on status and change according to the following system.

 

This data is from the 2015-16 school year and this spring is a field test.  The new accountability system goes into full effect this fall when the results from the 2016-17 school year will be released.

 

Key data points from Sweetwater schools:

Suspension Rate is YELLOW and based on a status of 5.7% of our students have been suspended at least once in the  2015-16 school year, which has not changed since the 2014-15 school year.

Our 4-year cohort Graduation rate  is GREEN and increased again last year by 1.2% and now stands at 86.5%.  This is an 8% increase since the 2009-10 school year.

English Learner Progress is GREEN as 77.8% of our English Learners grew at least one CELDT level or were reclassified during the 2015-16 school year an increase of .4%

English Language Arts Academics is YELLOW as our Middle School students are averaging 8 points below Level 3 on the SBAC ELA exam, which is an increase of 16.7 Scale Score points.

Mathematics Academics is YELLOW as our Middle School students are averaging 48.7 points below Level 3 on the SBAC ELA exam, which is an increase of 7.9 Scale Score points.

The Sweetwater school districts fully embraces the spirit of this system that is intended to connect accountability with continuous improvement so that we can enthusiastically celebrate our successes and address our challenges with resolve to support the college and career aspirations of each student in the Sweetwater Union High School District.

Parent Needs Assessment Survey

Dear Parent/Guardian,
Parent engagement is one of the primary goals of Sweetwater Union High School District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Your feedback is critical in assessing that we are providing our parents with the necessary tools to help their child navigate their education and post-secondary plans.

Click on the survey above to assist school counselors to develop parent events that meet your needs and improve our engagement with parents at each school site and across the district. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete.

  • Your answers are confidential.
  • Your answers will be combined with those of other parents. No one will be told how you answered.
  • This survey is voluntary. You do NOT have to answer any question if you do not want to, but we hope you will answer as many questions as you can.

We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.


Estimado Padre / Tutor,
La participación de los padres es uno de los objetivos principales del Plan de Responsabilidad de Control Local (LCAP) del Distrito de Sweetwater Union High School. Sus comentarios son fundamentales para evaluar que estamos proporcionando a nuestros padres las herramientas necesarias para ayudar a su hijo/a a navegar en sus planes de educación y post-secundaria.

Adjunto a esto hay una encuesta para ayudar a los consejeros escolares a desarrollar eventos para padres que satisfacen sus necesidades y mejoren nuestro compromiso con los padres en cada escuela y en todo el distrito. La encuesta debe tomar 10 a 15 minutos para completarse.

  • Sus respuestas son confidenciales. Sus respuestas se combinarán con las de otros padres. Nadie sabrá cómo respondió.
  • Esta encuesta es voluntaria. Usted no tiene que responder a ninguna pregunta si no quiere, pero esperamos que responda a tantas preguntas como pueda.

Agradecemos que tome el tiempo para completar esta encuesta.

Information Re: Student Transcripts – March 13, 2017

The Sweetwater Union High School District is in its first year of transitioning to a new student information system – Infinite Campus. Transition to this system was necessitated by the sunset of support for our previous student information system. The Infinite Campus student information system will eventually provide students, families, and staff with greater functionality and real time access to grades, attendance, and other important information. While the system becomes fully operational, we have experienced difficulties with the student transcript. We had planned to have a senior transcript available at the end of the fall semester. Data transfers and validation problems occurred between the old and new systems and senior transcripts were delayed until the beginning of the second semester. However, senior and junior transcripts are now ready for students and are updated on a weekly basis. Students and/or parents can request a copy from the school counselor.

We are currently working on the sophomore and freshmen transcripts. At this time, these transcripts are available from Infinite Campus without the grade point average information. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this transition time. If your child requires a transcript for a particular program, please do not hesitate to contact the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at 619-691-5546 or via email ana.alvarez@sweetwaterschools.org.