5th Swun Math Support Day

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On Jan 25th the teachers of San Cayetano School participated in our 5th Swun Math Support Day. Swun Math instructional Coach Frank Gonzalez visits once a month to support the staff of San Cayetano School by meeting with teachers and conducting demo lessons.

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Each grade level team K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 are provided with release time to work directly with Mr. Gonzalez. There is a pre-brief meeting to set up the expectations of the lesson, followed by the actual 60-90 minutes lesson demonstration, and finally ending with a de-brief meeting giving teachers the opportunity to ask questions, share challenges and share the many successes stories of Swun Math Implementation at San Cayetano Elementary.

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Our teachers continue to do an outstanding job of implementing Swun Math …evident in the assessment data results. It is a very rewarding experience to observe first hand the positive increase in math proficiency taking place among the students of San Cayetano School.

National Character Day

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Character Day is an annual global day that brings together millions of people of all ages in schools, classrooms, companies, homes — anywhere people already gather — to engage in conversation and action around character (strengths like empathy, grit, gratitude, creativity, and leadership). This year was the fifth annual (September 26, 2018), and there were over 200,000 groups participating — that’s 15,000 schools and over 4 million people.Character Day is an annual global day that brings together millions of people of all ages in schools, classrooms, companies, homes — anywhere people already gather — to engage in conversation and action around character (strengths like empathy, grit, gratitude, creativity, and leadership). This year was the fifth annual (September 26, 2018), and there were over 200,000 groups participating — that’s 15,000 schools and over 4 million people. San Cayetano was part of that celebration. See the pictures showing the activities led by San Cayetano School Counselor Mrs. Nancy Arevalo and the ASB students of San Cayetano students focusing on the qualities it takes to be a person of outstanding Character.

Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology Field Trip

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On Tuesday November 27, 2018 the 4th graders of San Cayetano School were provided with a free trip to The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology. The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation. It is both a natural history collection specializing in eggs and nests of birds from around the world, and a research and education institution dedicated to researching and teaching about bird conservation.

The Foundation's collections are among the largest in the world, and its mission is: "To obtain, protect, and manage our ornithological collections in a manner that ensures their accessibility to researchers, educators, students, and the public, and to ensure that the materials are used in projects that contribute to the conservation of the world's wild bird species."

The collections and their data are invaluable to researchers and educators, as well as to students and the public. The WFVZ also contributes to bird conservation through bird education programs for scientific professionals and the public, and field- and collections-based research projects and publications. The WFVZ has contributed information to thousands of research projects since our inception in 1956. The Foundation’s materials play key roles in understanding diverse topics such as avian systematics and evolution; the effects of environmental contamination; and changes in bird numbers, distributions, and habitat use.

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4th Graders Visit Stagecoach Museum

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Learning about the early Stagecoach route through Conejo Valley.

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Boys learning how to clean the rugs and do chores.

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Getting ready to bake biscuits.

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Yisell explaining how she bakes.

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Learning to wash.

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Panning for gold.

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Learning about life in the 1800s.

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Getting ready to play musical instruments from the 1800s pioneer days.

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Learning what school was like in the 1800s.

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Students doing some traditional dancing.

A Day of Fun and Learning at San Cayetano

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Guest teacher Mr. A escorts our Kinder students on the school bus for their first visit to the school farm pumpkin patch.

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Mr. Maus’ students showing their enthusiasm for learning and giving their input about the hardships of the European Explorers.

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Mrs. Ferguson conferences with students during Daily 5.

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New teacher Ms. Tess Cucurny greets each student during morning circle time.

San Cayetano Loves Math & Science

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Santos Montes and Aaliyah Arias from Ms. Fang’s 2nd grade class discuss math strategies.

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Mrs. Gosselin’s 3rd grade students recite their chant on the SEAL Science unit - Forces and Interaction.

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Tk-2nd teacher Mrs. Sherman works with her students on representing and writing numbers from 0 to 10.

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Mr. White gives students a “pep talk” about doing their best on the 3rd grade SWUN Chapter 3 math test.

STEAM Education

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2nd grade students participate in a STEAM Lesson on Music with guest teacher Mrs. Wadman.

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Guest Teacher Mrs. Arguelles explains steps of the Math Art activity to 2nd grade students.

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Kinder teachers meet for the first PLC to analyze student performance data, share best practices and back map for upcoming SEAL ELA/ELD Units of study on and Unit 3 SWUN Math Unit on Compare Numbers 0 to 10.  Each Grade level team will receive 3 hours twice each trimester to collaborate with their grade level colleagues, while their students participate in three rotations of STEAM Enrichment lesson activities. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.

SWUN Math Program

SWUN Coach- Frank modeling grade specific computational lessons for teachers.

SWUN Coach- Frank modeling grade specific computational lessons for teachers.

Staff at San Cayetano School continue to focus on providing explicit instruction in mathematics with carefully designed lessons that match the eight required shifts of mathematical practices. This includes a gradual release of responsibility to students who must be able to articulate their math reasoning in order to achieve true mastery. This school year we are excited to have the support of the SWUN Math program in grades TK-8 that works in partnership with all stakeholders in educating students, parents, teachers and administrators. A powerful part of that support includes onsite coaching.

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New iPads!

Students with their new iPads.

Students with their new iPads.

On Friday September 14, Fillmore Unified School District Technology Department and Ed Services Coordinator Amber Henry provided training to teachers and students in grades K-2 on use of I-pads, its features and how to take care of them.  San Cayetano staff is thrilled that Kindergartners, 1st and 2nd grade students are getting their hands on iPads…not just a cool new toy but rather a powerful and versatile tool with a multitude of applications, with educational uses that will have a positive impact on teaching and learning.