Our fourth graders had the amazing experience of attending Santa Cruz Island again this year. Would like to send out a big thanks to the National Forest Foundation for granting us the Every Kid in the Park Grant. This year's adventure was incredibly filled with dolphin and whale citings as part of the boat ride then interactions with the island fox, scrub jay and plant species native to the island. Park rangers were very attentive and taught our students so much about the island way of life.
At our Echo Hero Assembly, Mr. Echo and Ms. Echo were both here to present their message on recycling. They helped us believe that each of us can be Hero's in helping to save our planet. There was dancing, fun engagement, and great learning by all students. Students also had a BLAST!!!! This was in preparation for Earth Day.
Our third grade had a great learning experience on when they visited the UC Hansen Farm in Santa Paula. Pictured are Mrs. Gross and Ms. Smith's class. These experiences enhance our SEAL unit on living things.
Students had a fun time collecting over 5,000 eggs put together by wonderful volunteers. We are so thankful for their support along with the invaluable memories for our students.
We had the pleasure of receiving a visit from Josh The Otter, Dr. Palazuelos, and the Fillmore Rotary Club. Josh's message was delivered by Dr. Palazuelos via the book Josh The Otter. Josh wanted to educate students on water safety in preparation for summer months. After enjoying the book, students recited the Josh The Otter Water Safety Pledge with all our guests. It was a very memorable experience for our TK and K students, teachers, staff, and parents!
To finish off the school year we launched our Piru Kindness Initiative. The initiative was debuted at an assembly to define what it means to be kind, set expectations, and announce rewards. As part of the initiative, students will get kindness tokens. Those tokens will be rewarded with Otter Pops each Friday. At the same assembly we announced our Video Truck Contract where students need to earn points with their good behavior to be able to attend the fun event in June.
Kinder students did an outstanding job presenting at their Kinder Gallery Walk to finalize their American SEAL Unit. Pictured is Mrs. Lanning and Ms. Uribe's class.
Mrs. Silva’s 4/5 combination class has the honor of mentoring Mrs. Uribe's Kinder class throughout the year. On this day, the older Buddies learned about the Kinder Americana Unit that they were finalizing as part of our SEAL program.
TK-Kinder students enjoyed the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo. Shown here are students enjoying their incredible learning experience that expand their vocabulary and gave them a real world connection to their SEAL units.
Our ASB team has been busy this year trying to make our campus more student centered and engaging. They are also planning end of year activities. We thank Mrs. Silva and Louth for their leadership in advising our 5th grade students.
As always, we are VERY proud of our new Piru Choir that was initiated this year under the direction of Mr. Ben Morey. Please join us in a practice session.
Awards assemblies were held last week to honor the amazing talents of our Piru students for Trimester Two. We are so proud of our students for their hard work and accomplishments.
Every year we must say goodbye to some Piru Tech Team members as they go off to Middle School. In preparation, the Tech Team advisors Mrs. Manly and Mrs. Silva, along with existing Tech Team members, go through the process of recruitment and selection. They take the process very seriously. Pictured are the interviews that were held this year to select ideal candidates for our 2018-2019 Piru Tech Team.
Piru fourth graders were awarded the Santa Cruz Island Field Trip again this year! We are so excited that we have been selected for this amazing opportunity for the last three years. We are thankful to Monique Navaro and the National Parks Foundation for their generosity. In preparation for our trip, Monique has been conducting distance learning sessions to acquaint students with concepts they may encounter on the trip. Students have also been talking at length about the Island of Blue Dolphins book that is read prior to the trip. This book’s setting is on the Island of San Nicholas near where the students will be visiting. Pictured are distant learning sessions with Monique. Also present was Ranger Menard and other guests.
Kathleen Contreras visited Piru students in second to fifth grade. She debuted her new book, "Harvesting Friends/Cosechando Amigos." We were honored and fortunate to have her read to each class and present us with an autographed book. Thank you Kathleen!
As educators, we cannot meet our student’s needs if we do not assess where they are. The Oral Language Assessment or OLA is a tool that allows us to analyze student’s utterances. Our staff has been working hard to learn about OLA to guide our instruction and improve our craft. This video is a short excerpt of our amazing coach Lori McManus with our first grade team at our Professional Learning Community (PLC). Everyone had a very productive learning day. Thank you Lori!
Mrs. Vides had a great experience conducting Oral Language Assessments (OLA) in Mrs. Lanning's Kinder and Mrs. Silva's 4/5 combination class. Experiences like this allows her to fully participate in Professional Learning Communities as we work to deliver a stronger program in English Language Development.
We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with fun activities all week. Crazy Sock Day was a lot of fun for students and staff.
As part of Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebrations week, we had hat day. Students impressed us with their originality and participation!
As part of Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebrations week, students had fun with Twin Day!