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Future United States Citizens
October 12, 2015

Twelve students, representing five countries, from Judy Remele's Adult Education Citizenship Class are ready to take their naturalization test. The students have been studying for the past eight weeks to learn  US History, Civics, and US Geography. Additionally, the students practiced reading, writing, and interviewing skills; and listened to guest speakers from US Immigration Services as well as a new US citizen who shared about her naturalization experience.

Good luck to these excellent students. The United States will be a better country with them as citizens.

CAASPP Results and Resources
September 15, 2015


A Message About the CAASPP/Smarter Balanced results

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) monitors the results of the Smarter Balanced assessments that were administered this past Spring to gauge how well students are progressing toward college and career readiness with our new rigorous state standards.  The new tests measure real-world skills in English and math, such as application of knowledge, critical thinking, analytical reading, persuasive writing and complex problem solving.

Like the new academic standards, the new tests are too fundamentally different from the old exams to make any reliable comparisons between old scores and new.  In many cases, new textbooks and materials have only recently arrived at schools.  That's why this year's test results will only establish a baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time.

No student, parent or teacher should be discouraged by scores, which will never be used to determine whether a student moves on to the next grade.  Rather, the results will provide an opportunity to focus on the needs of students and support teachers and schools in their work.


New State Preschool Program at Calimesa Elementary
July 21, 2015
Enrollment is now being accepted for the San Bernardino County State Preschool Program. The Preschool will be held at Calimesa Elementary School.  This program is free to eligible families. To obtain more information and to find out how and where to submit enrollment forms you can call (909) 386-2701, or click on the link below. Enrollment forms will NOT be accepted at the Calimesa Elementary school site. 
CECA Team at IB Conference of the Americas
July 29, 2015

CECA Director Jeff Litel, Coordinator Valesca Lopez, and Counselor Myra Reichmann recently traveled to Chicago, Illinois, for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Conference of the Americas.  Approximately, 3,000 IB educators from around the globe gathered for keynotes and workshops led by such leaders in education as Alan November and Sir Ken Robinson.  Pictured here are Litel, Lopez, and Reichmann with Alan November, a visionary in integrating technology in education.
June 22, 2015
YCJUSD developed a LCAP that better aligns the academic plan with the district expenditure plan that is approved by the Board of Education every June. Parents and other stakeholder groups participated in the development of the LCAP through participation in the community meetings.
The District provided opportunities for school communities to hear about the District’s current efforts to support youth and families and to provided input and feedback on future plans and opportunities. Sites also had the opportunity to work together in teams to share new ideas to support identified groups and to plan for site engagement and implementation.

2015-2018 LCAP (Board Approved June 23, 2015)
2015-2018 LCAP Board Presentation

September 10, 2015
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Visits Yucaipa
July 1, 2015

YCJUSD was honored to have State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson speak at the Yucaipa High School Commencement on June 9th.  The following morning, Mr. Torlakson met with the Board of Education, district administration, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre, and guests where they had the opportunity to discuss current topics relevant to the State Board of Education, the California Department of Education, and school districts.

All Day Kindergarten
August 6, 2015

We have a new choice for parents of children entering Kindergarten this year.  Valley Elementary School will begin offering all-day Kindergarten classes for the 2015-2016 school year.  This is the second school offering all-day kindergarten classes in the district.  Dunlap Elementary School began offering all-day Kindergarten classes in 2012.    All-day kindergarten classes at Dunlap and Valley are open to kindergarten students across the district.  For more information on the all-day kindergarten classes at Dunlap and Valley Elementary Schools please contact the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District at 909-797-0174, Dunlap Elementary at 909-797-5171, or Valley Elementary at 909-797-1125. 

Law and Public Safety Fair at YHS
June 8, 2015

"On Friday. May 29th, the Law and Public Safety students held a Safety Fair in the YHS Library. The LPS students researched topics that were of interest to them and created booths where they were the experts on the topics. Students chose topics ranging from Pool Safety to Search and Rescue. The LPS Academy also had live demonstrations at some booths on topics like CPR and First Aid, as well as the goggles that simulate the effects of alcohol when driving. Students invited other YHS students and advisory members to come down and see their projects and the library was full during both lunches at YHS."

1st Annual Senior Engineering Showcase
June 3, 2015

On Wednesday evening, the Senior Engineering students presented their innovative projects to parents, staff, and industry members in the 1st Annual Senior Engineering Showcase. Projects ranged from an automatic pet food feeder to an improved drift trike with brakes. Senior Engineering students were also recognized for their commitment to the Engineering Academy. Students who completed 3 or more years of the program will be wearing Engineering Academy stoles during graduation.

Honoring our 2015 Retirees
June 1, 2015

Vickie Altopp, Michael Artigue, Debra  Austin-Brecher,
Marty Blassongame,  Jane Cook, Mark Cook, Joey DesRochers,
Kathleen Downing, Donna Harward, Debra Hitter, Roberta Huckeba, Chyrl Kauffman, Jacqueline Lawson, David Matuszak, Marianne McVey, Jan Murphy, Deborah Oschman, Pat Powell, Edward Quintero, Mary Smith, Randall Smith, Raquel Torrez, Dale Vandergoot, Tom Ziech
Health and Biomedical Sciences Academy
June 3, 2015

On Wednesday, May 27th,  60 students in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Academy participated in a Health Symposium as their final product for their second semester integrated project. Students came together to discuss their final determination of the cause of death for their fictitious deceased patient Anna Garcia. Throughout the year, HBS students reviewed autopsy reports, conducted various diagnostic tests in the laboratory, and examined medical history documents to reach a conclusion on the cause of death.

Twenty-Eighth Annual Multilingual Recognition Dinner
May 22, 2015

On Friday, May 1, 2015, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools recognized individuals from across the county for their dedication and their commitment to making a difference in the quality of education for our English learners.  Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD had the pleasure of recognizing four individuals at the Twenty-Eighth Annual Multilingual Recognition Dinner. 

Mr. Tom Dreyer:  Mr. Dreyer has a special spot in his heart for English learners and their families.  Each Thursday evening he teaches a two-hour parent education class for EL families so that they are better able to support their children at school. Mr. Dryer is also a 5th grade teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School.  During classroom instruction, he uses multiple effective strategies to evaluate student learning and program implementation. Mr. Dreyer co-leads the Ridgeview English Learner Advisory Committee, providing support for English learners and their families.

Destiny Rodriquez:   Destiny is a true leader at Park View Middle School and in her community. She is currently in the AVID program and maintains a 4.0 grade point average.  Destiny is an inspiration to all the students at Park View Middle, including the English learners because she is a role model by character and by superior academic performance.

Ms. Sheryl Morales:  Ms. Sheryl Morales is an EL Tutor at Wildwood Elementary School.  She was born in Mexico and lived in Guadalajara, Mexico with her mother, father and two sisters. With patience and understanding for students, Ms. Morales relates to their struggle to learn English as a second language. She is passionate about teaching and wants to continue her educational journey.

Mr. Francisco Martinez:  Mr. Martinez is the Campus Monitor at Mesa View Middle School.  He is a champion for student success and has a special connection with our growing population of English Language Learners.  He counsels students about health issues, family disputes, relationships, resolving conflicts, and bullying.  Mr. Martinez also coaches flag football, softball, basketball, and soccer for both the after school athletic program and the lunchtime intramural program. He is a tremendous support for teachers, students, and the community.



Parent Resources for CAASPP & Smarter Balanced Assessments
May 14, 2015

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Mesa View Earns Gold Ribbon School Award
May 28, 2015

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on Monday that Mesa View was one of only 373 secondary schools in California to earn the new Gold Ribbon School Award.  This puts Mesa View in the top 8% of all high schools, junior high schools, and middle schools in the state.  This recognition replaces the former "Distinguished School" award and is a prestigious honor.
PTA Council Honorary Service Awards Dinner
April 27, 2015

The Yucaipa-Calimesa PTA Council celebrated and honored both their founders and those individuals who volunteer their time for the children and youth of our community.
Public Schools Month
April 17, 2015

Fellowship Masonic Lodge No. 668 supports the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District through the celebration of Public Schools Week. The Masonic Lodge has provided a forum for the past 20 years to recognize outstanding students, employees, and community members who make a difference in the lives of others. Congratulations to all of the recipients.

Classified School Employee of the Year
April 9, 2015

Ana Madrid
Lead Caterer
Oak View High School 

Madrid was selected as the recipient of the Classified Employee of the Year in the category of child nutrition. For the past 10 years, she has worked as lead caterer at Oak View High. “Ana shows her kindness with patient and respectful interaction with the students every day and at every meal, and in doing so, the students’ show Ana respect,” wrote Ann Aguilar, Director of Child Nutrition for Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, in support of Madrid.

Redlands Bicycle Classic-Team KHS visits CECA
April 3, 2015

Redlands Bike Classic participants Team KHS visited Competitive Edge Charter Academy. They spoke with students about bicycle safety and how having drive and determination will help them reach their goals.

CECA and CES Students at Statewide Technology Showcase
March 30, 2015

Students from Competitive Edge Charter Academy (CECA) and Calimesa Elementary School (CES) recently were two of three schools representing San Bernardino County at the 2015 Computer Using Educators (CUE) Statewide Student Technology Showcase at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  Nearly 6,000 educators attended the CUE Conference, where the Student Technology Showcase was the featured attraction on the final day of the conference.  The Technology Student Showcase features exemplary projects created by students that incorporate technology to solve a problem.  Each project supported multiple Common Core State Standards in both Mathematics and English/Language Arts.

CES Team Members:  Tyler McCombs, Teacher Kim Correll, Ethan Avila, and Bryan Garcia.  CECA Team Members:  Clare Groninger, Teacher Stephanie Sharp, Cameron Collins, and Camden Williams.

UCCI Institute
February 22, 2015
Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD hosted approximately 40 teachers and industry members at a University of California Curriculum Integration (UCCI) event for the Public Services pathway on February 17, 18, and 19, 2015 at the Yucaipa Community Center.
The primary goal of the UCCI Institutes was to facilitate the development of an increasing number of high school courses that are "a-g" approved (thus fulfilling subject requirements for college admission) and also designated as Career Technical Education (CTE).
Teachers worked collaboratively with colleagues from throughout the region (Yucaipa, Chaffey, and Fontana) to develop one course for each core subject area, thus integrating, English, Mathematics, History/Social Science, and Science with Public Services.  
September 12, 2014

Freshmen Health and Biomedical Sciences Academy students used a dissecting scope to determine the identity of a powder found at the scene of our mysterious death around which the course is based. Students in Sharon Whiting's class used chemical tests and visual identification of crystalline shape and texture to identify the substances.
This year, Yucaipa High School has enrolled students in three Linked Learning Academies. Academies include Engineering, Health and Biomedical Sciences Academy and a Law and Public Safety. All Linked Learning Academy students follow a topic specific pathway, designed as a multi-year, comprehensive program that engages them through project-based learning in the classroom paired with career exposure and practical applications in a real-world setting.
All Linked Learning Academies include:
  • A college-prep academic core emphasizing real-world applications,
  • A technical core of three or more courses meeting industry standards,
  • Work-based learning,
  • Personalized student supports (academic, emotional and social, college and career guidance)
We look forward to partnering with local industries to provide our students with enriched learning experiences. 
E-rate RFPs
December 31, 2014

RFPs and related documents for E-rate Category 1 & 2 are found on the Technology Services page, under the Educational Services link.
1/26/15 - Q&A  and  RFI Responses have been posted.
23rd Annual Yucaipa Bike Safety Rodeo
April 22, 2015

Bring  your bike, helmet and family for a day of fun, prizes and food on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Yucaipa Community Park.

Click here for more information.
December 1, 2014

YCJUSD students of all ages had various opportunities to participate in this global event as a part of National Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14.  Click here to learn more and extend learning with continued events.

Examples of comments from participating students at Chapman Heights ES:  "We will definitely work on this at home!" (Jamie and Leah), "I like it. It teaches you how to do it and if you make a mistake, it tells you how to fix it.  So, I'm learning from my mistakes" (Zoey), and "At first I was confused, but, then I got it and thought it was fun!" (Sheyenne)  Computer Resource Assistant at CHES, Mrs. Louise Walker added, "All students that are participating in The Hour of Code are enjoying the lessons and staying 100% engaged during their lab time.  Even the students that were reluctant at first were completely absorbed in the lesson after successfully completing a few levels of code.  Most students are unhappy when their lab time ends.   Many have stated that they will be trying the lessons at home."

Classified Employees of the Year
May 1, 2015

The Board of Education recognized the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District Classified Employees of the year. They included Lyla Heintz, Ana Madrid and Kathy Phillips.

Lyla Heintz is a special ed. instructional aide at Calimesa Elementary. She consistently exceeds the expectations of the staff she supports. She goes above and beyond for the students at Calimesa Elementary.

Ana Madrid is the lead caterer for the district. She works out of OVEC where she is also the kitchen operator for Oak View High School and Education Center  and prepares food for the elementary sites. As a caterer, her skills have been utilized across the district from small functions to large functions feeding over 300.

Kathy Phillips is the clerk typist at Calimesa Elementary School. Kathy has a heart for all children. She makes each feel important. Her personal touch has allowed her to develop positive relationships with families at Calimesa Elementary.
YCJUSD Welcomes New School Administrators
October 17, 2014
We are pleased to welcome new Yucaipa High School Principal Shad Kirkland.  Shad is bringing 17 years experience in education as a teacher, assistant principal, and coordinator at the district level to his new role.  Although new to the district, he is not new to Yucaipa.  Shad attended Yucaipa Elementary, Yucaipa Intermediate, graduated from Yucaipa High School, and continues to live in our city.  When asked about beginning this new assignment, Shad stated, "I am truly honored and humbled to have been selected as the new principal at Yucaipa High School.  As a parent, alumnus and lifelong resident of Yucaipa, returning to YHS is an amazing opportunity to give back to my community."   Welcome to YCJUSD, Shad!

Cara Prentiss is the new principal of Green Valley Educational Options Center.  Cara has 11 years of principal experience and 14 years of teaching/counseling experience.  Cara states, "the possibilities are endless in Alternative Education.  It is our joy to help students find the confidence to make it happen."  We welcome Cara to our team!



Giovanni Bernier is the new principal at Ridgeview Elementary School.  He brings to Ridgeview 4 years experience as an elementary principal, 2 years as a middle school assistant principal, and 10 years of teaching experience.  When asked about coming to Ridgeview, he said, "I'm blessed to be a part of the Yucaipa-Calimesa School District and am excited about ensuring a rigorous education for all students."  Giovanni and his family reside in Yucaipa.  We are excited to welcome Giovanni to YCJUSD.


We are excited to have Julie Beck join the leadership team at Yucaipa High School.  Julie is an assistant principal bringing 6 years of administrative experience and 9 years of experience in education.  Julie, a resident of Yucaipa, shared, "I am so excited to have joined the YCJUSD.  I have lived in this wonderful community for 12 years and now I get to work here.  I look forward to getting to know the students and parents, and help maintain the high level of education that all YCJUSD students receive."  Welcome, Julie Beck!
December 23, 2014
Congratulations to Mesa View Middle School art teacher Mike Bennett, who was recently named as a regional Educator of the Year by the California League of Middle Schools.  Mr. Bennett is a passionate artist and dedicated teacher.  He has painted large murals, guided students through units on clay, paper-mache, 3D paper modeling, and devoted countless hours to extra projects.  This is a well-deserved and prestigious accomplishment.
September 11, 2014

YCJUSD is proud to announce that Green Valley High School social studies teacher Christopher Brunette has been selected as one of the three San Bernardino County Teachers of the Year.  Chris has been in the district for 9 years, 6 years at Yucaipa High School before transferring to Green Valley for the past 3 years. 

Chris believes working at the Continuation High School has given him the opportunity to provide all students with a connection to school.  In his application he states, “Continuation high school students all have faced some adversity in their lives, and it is my duty to make our school and our classroom a place where they want to learn, they get excited to learn, and that they feel safe to express themselves. This is what my students and I do on a daily basis—we create a welcoming, respectful environment so that all my students can achieve academically, socially and emotionally.”
The YCJUSD Board of Education, employees and students congratulate Christopher Brunette on his award and wish him the best of luck as his application will now be forwarded to the state level to compete for the California Teacher of the Year.  

School is Back in Session!
August 11, 2014

Faculty and staff of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District have been hard at work planning for a great school year. If you need information for your student(s), please contact the school site directly.
January 15, 2014


At this time, we are discussing the possibility of all sixth grade students attending our middle schools for the 2014-2015 school year and beyond.  Mesa View Middle School and Park View Middle School have ample space and can easily accommodate such a move.  For the past two years, we have had 280 sixth grade students attend Mesa View with great success.  Due to this proven success of sixth graders at the middle school level, we believe that we can offer sixth graders more opportunities for enrichment and support at both Park View and Mesa View.  Please consider the following:

REASONS FOR THE PROPOSAL                                             

  • Greater variety of elective opportunities
  • Interventions, enrichments, and counseling
  • More flexibility for academic acceleration
  • Align with 6-8 state and neighboring district model
  • Reduce enrollment at CHES, RES, and WES
  • Improve teacher collaboration
  • Provide a sixth grade transitional bridge to help ensure the success of all middle school students
  • Prepare students for College and Career Readiness        


  • Sixth grade only classes
  • Four-course elective wheel
  • No changing out for PE
  • Separate sixth grade area of campus
  • Sixth grade only restrooms
  • ABCF grades accessible to parents online
  • Simplified schedule:  one teacher for math/science; another for English/history

Prior to the Board of Education taking any formal action on this matter, the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District is interested in seeking parent input regarding sixth grade student placement.  We are seeking your input as to whether you support sixth grade students moving to the middle schools for the 2014-2015 school year (thereby moving sixth grade off of our elementary campuses).

Please CLICK here to provide your input on the the proposed transition for sixth grade students from elementary school to middle school for 2014-2015.

FAQs - Please click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

Presentations (Click on the presentation below to open)

Fifth Grade Parent Nights - January 9 & 13, 2014

Board of Education Workshop - January 14, 2014

Retiring Suprintendent Dr. Sherry Kendrick Honored
June 18, 2013

Friends and family gathered recently for a Retirement Dinner in honor of retiring District Superintendent Dr. Sherry Kendrick.

Dr. Sherry A. Kendrick assumed her duties as District Superintendent, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, on July 1, 2007. She retires from her current position and public education effective July 1, 2013. During her 6-year term, Dr. Kendrick, despite severe budget cuts imposed by the State of California and declining enrollment, was successful in adding Virtual Blended Learning; a district-funded charter school (Competitive Edge Charter Academy); a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program at Mesa View Middle School; a Classical Learning program at Park View Middle School; and Linked Learning at Yucaipa High School.

Her awards and recognition include the Association of California School Administrators – Region12, Superintendent of the Year, 2011-12 and Human Resources Administrator of the Year, 2005-06; Mike Morrell, Member, California State Assembly, annual Women of Distinction, 2011; San Bernardino County Office of Education, Multilingual Recognition Recipient, 2007; Yucaipa PTA Honorary Service Award, 2003 & 2013; State of California, California Distinguished School – Yucaipa Junior High, 2000; FFA, Bronze Star Administrator Award, 1999 & 2007; California School Leadership Academy Senior Associate, 1996.

Dr. Kendrick’s term in office will end of June 30, 2013. We wish her well as she redirects her time and talents in retirement.


All-Day Kindergarten Opportunity
September 15, 2011

The District is pleased to announce that Dunlap Elementary School will transition to an All-Day Kindergarten program this year. There are a limited number of positions available for students who would like to transfer to Dunlap. For those parents interested in more information about the All-Day Kindergarten program, two “Parent Information Meetings” will be held at Dunlap Elementary School, located at 32870 Avenue E in Yucaipa on:
Friday, September 16, at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, September 16, at 6 p.m.
Family Online Safety Forum
May 3, 2010

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department are hosting a community “Family Online Safety Forum” on Internet predators on May 12, 2010, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Yucaipa High School Multi-Purpose Room which is located at 33000 Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa, CA. Topics include “Sexting”, MySpace, and Internet Crimes & Safety. Due to the subject matter, children under 13 will not be admitted.

Please click on the link
HERE for a flyer on this event.
ABI Access for 7-12 Parents/Students is ON
September 1, 2009
The ABI Parent/Student Portal is now in operation.  The log-in screen to the portal is located on each 7-12 school's web site. All of the ABI accounts that were having problems with logging in should now work properly.  Please note, however, that you should try your last year's username and password FIRST unless you are a 7th grader or are new to the district.  Click here for complete ABI log-in instructions. 

Staff:  The ABI Staff portal for home-use is working without any issues now.  You will find a link to the home-use portal on the STAFF pull-down menu on the district and 7-12 school web sites.
Bus Services Temporarily Suspended at a Few Locations
February 10, 2009
Due to icy roads and unsafe driving conditions, several bus routes have been temporarily suspended for the morning of February 10. The routes not running are Canyon Middle School/Wildwood Elementary Route #2 and Ridgeview Elementary Route #4. Road conditions are expected to improve to the point where these two routes will run for after school service.

Also affected by the road conditions are bus stops for students living in Oak Glen and Forest Home. These bus stops will not be serviced until the conditions improve.
District News
San Bernardino County Department of Public Health News Release
February 27, 2015

Additional Potential Public Exposure to Measles
San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed nine cases of measles within the County as of February 18, 2015. These cases are either initial exposures or linked as secondary cases in conjunction with the recent outbreak associated with California Disneyland theme parks. It is possible that San Bernardino County residents may have been exposed to measles since one of the confirmed cases visited public places while infectious.
Please click here for additional potential exposure locations and times
About Our District
July 30, 2009

http://WES’s ‘Mind of Marbles’ team wins second place in Odyssey of the Mind

Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD has been proudly serving students in Yucaipa and portions of Calimesa since 1911, when our first elementary school was opened on California Street as part of the newly formed Yucaipa Elementary School District.  In 1963, the District reorganized as a Joint Unified School District and added instruction for the area’s secondary school students, who were previously served by a neighboring school district using a secondary school they built in the 1950's.  That school, which is located on Sixth Street, is still in use today by our students.

YCJUSD students receive a high quality curriculum from some of the best teachers that the state has to offer.  The district’s STAR test results regularly exceed those of the county of San Bernardino and, in many instances, those of the state as well. Each school has an active PTA/PTSA or PTSO, and area residents find that the collaboration among parents and school staff has a wonderful, open, small town feel to it.  Students at all sites, including the adult school, follow the same calendar.  The calendar for the current school year, including all holidays, vacation dates, and academic dates, is found under the "Calendars" tab on the left navigation bar on all of our web pages. 

Textbooks, curriculum, and assessments  across the district are consistent from school to school.  This is helpful when students move between schools.  Parents can be assured that there won’t be learning gaps for their students and that the education that children get at one site is as rigorous as it is in the neighboring schools. As new students enroll in the district, every effort is made to place them in their neighborhood school according to the boundary maps.  If the grade needed is full at the neighborhood school, an alternate school site will be assigned until there is room available at the neighborhood school.

Beginning in 2011-2012, the Competitive Edge Charter Academy (CECA)  operates as a dependent charter school.  CECA is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme World School and the Middle Years Programme is an International Baccalaureate candidate school.  All California content standards are included in the thematic-based instruction. 
Treavor Maddux Named State Classified Employee of the Year
May 15, 2014


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the selection of six outstanding classified school employees in recognition of their roles in school operations and student success.  YCJUSD’s own Treavor Maddux was selected in the category of Support Services and Security. Treavor, who serves as a campus monitor at Oak View High School and Education Center, was recognized as a San Bernardino County Classified Employee of the Year in April.  He was honored by the California Department of Education at a luncheon in Sacramento on May 22nd where several of his friends and colleagues joined him in the celebration.  Those in attendance at the luncheon included Superintendent Cali Binks, Board Member Jane Smith, Oak View High School and Education Center Principal Sam Spencer, his mother, Cathy Maddux, Instructional Aide Cynthia Ortiz, and former colleague Steve Felts.

Dunlap Elementary Receives Excellence in Partnership Award
May 6, 2014

The Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium recently awarded Dunlap Elementary School an Excellence in Partnership Award for its outstanding model of elementary school education for college students completing their education field experience classes.  For more than a decade, Dunlap Elementary School has partnered with Crafton Hills College to provide community college students an opportunity to enter the elementary school teaching field.  Principal Lindy Ward, along with the faculty and staff, were commended for their professional abilities in student succes at both the elementary and college level.  The award was presented by June Yamamoto of Crafton Hills College.  Pictured are (L to R) Joann Jones, CHC Professor--Child Development Education; Cali Binks, YCJUSD Superintendent; Mary Bailey, DES Teacher; and Lindy Ward, DES Principal.
SBCSS Education Medal of Honor
April 29, 2014

Mrs. Linda Blair, community volunteer at Wildwood Elementary and Valley Elementary Schools, was among eight recipients recognized during an awards banquet on April 28 as a champion for public education.

Each year, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, along with the San Bernardino County School Boards Association and County Communications Network, recognizes individuals and groups who give outstanding service and support to public education with the San Bernardino County Education Medal of Honor.

"Each of these recipients is inspiring for the work that they do on behalf of our public schools," County Superintendent Gary Thomas said.  "It is a highlight of the year to be able to recognize their accomplishments."

Twenty-nine individuals, businesses, and organizations were nominated for the 23rd Annual San Bernardino County Education Medal of Honor in recognition of their contributions to public education representing 12 school districts.

Following judging, the eight chosen recipients of the Education Medal of Honor were recognized and announced at the banquet on April 28.  Mrs. Linda Blair, Community Volunteer, was nominated by Mrs. Lucia Hudec, Principal of Wildwood Elementary School for the Volunteer in Action/Community Volunteer service area, and she was selected as this year's recipient! This is the first time that a Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD nominee has been selected to receive this prestigious honor.  Congratulations!

Nominations for the Education Medal of Honor were made in six categories:  Volunteer in Action/Community Volunteer; Volunteer in Action/Service Group; Partners in Education/Small Business or Franchise; Partners in Education/Corporation or Government Agency; Excellence in Education/Education Professional; and Excellence in Education/Student Alumni.

Pictured from L to R below are: Mr. Ted Alejandre, SBCSS Deputy County Superintendent; Dr. Chuck Christie, YCJUSD Board Member; Mrs. Linda Blair, Medal of Honor Award recipient; Cali Binks, YCJUSD Superintendent; and Mrs. Lucia Hudec, Wildwood ES Principal.

A quote from the program brochure:  "Linda Blair is an unsung hero to public education," says Lucia Hudec, the principal at Wildwood Elementary School who nominated her for the Education Medal of Honor. "She is a role model for the students and adults. Her enthusiasm and energy surpass any other retiree I know!"
Wildwood ES Students Compete at State Odyssey of the Mind Event
April 7, 2014

Wildwood Elementary School 4th and 5th grade students Colby Carlson, Blanca Hidalgo, Gregory Keil, iHaley Kumanski, Rene Reyes, and Cynthia Williams competed the weekend of April 4-6 in Brentwood, CA (near Livermore) under the supervision of advisor, Mr. Dave Metheny, 5th grade teacher at Wildwood. The overall results for the Wildwood Team were 6th place in the State overall for Division I.  That is out of 13 statewide teams and fantastic for the District’s second year of participation. The actual assigned problem for them to solve, independent of any adult assistance, is called The Stackable Structure (the problem and breakdown of the scores/results that make up the overall 6th place final score are listed below).

Problem: The Stackable Structure (Divisions I, II, III & IV)
  • Style:  2nd place
  • Weight:  3rd place
  • Long Term:  3rd place  (a score of the team's long-term solution)
“Teams will design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another. The structure components will be made of only balsa wood and glue, and will be tested by balancing and supporting weights after they are stacked. Teams will be scored for the number of components they use in their final structure. Before they are stacked, the separate components will be integrated into an artistic representation of Earth. The team will include the stacking of the components, placement of the weights, and Earth into the theme of its performance.” 

Alignment to STEM and Common Core:  Odyssey of the Mind provides an extra-curricular activity for students that is driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and it requires students to actively engage in order to find its solution. Throughout the problem solving process, Odyssey of the Mind students learn STEM concepts by assessing the composition and strength of materials, designing vehicles and devices, engineering structures, sets and backdrops, and calculating scores, geometry and physics. Because students are working in a project-based environment where they solve a problem from a multi-disciplinary approach, they incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into the process. Odyssey of the Mind problems, from technical to classics, structural to performance, provide a creative and innovative way to problem solve while applying STEM concepts that students have learned. (http://www.calomer.org)
March 26, 2014

Coach Stephanie Sharp and the Yucaipa High School Robotics Team, Team 4161 T-Bird Tech, have done it again by winning the Inland Empire Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). They persevered along with their alliance partners through thirteen, grueling  preliminary  matches  to  end  in eight elimination rounds where they prevailed undefeated. They will travel to St. Louis, Missouri to compete in the World Championships to be held April 24-26, 2014.

Coach Sharp indicated there is much to be done before they go. "We need donations, sponsors, and our volunteers behind the scenes help to get our team representing California to its full extent" she stated. Any donations or offers of help may be directed to Coach Stephanie Sharp at  Competitive Edge Charter Academy: (909) 790-3207 or via email
YCJUSD to Participate in the Trial Run of the CAASP (the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress)
March 26, 2014

The Smarter Balanced Field Test will launch Tuesday, March 25th, across the state of California, marking an important milestone in California’s transition to a new assessment system. Over three million students in school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools will have a chance to try the new system.  All students in grades 3-8 will participate, as well as a sample of students in grades 9 and 10. YCJUSD teachers, administrators, and the technology department have been preparing for the “test of the test” all year. The test questions are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were recently adopted by the State of California and forty-four other states to replace current state standards. California’s standards have been among the most rigorous in the nation.   The field test is an opportunity to prepare our students for success! YCJUSD will be administering the test during the weeks of April 7 through May 16. Additional information may be found on the California Department of Education Spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test web page. Information on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), may be found on the California Department of Education website at www.cde.ca.gov.
March 26, 2014

Yucaipa Calimesa Joint Unified School District is proud and excited that three of the five Classified Employees of the Year selected by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools are from our own YCJUSD family.  They were  recognized at the San Bernardino County Board of Education meeting on April 7, 2014. The five recipients represent more than 18,300 classified workers across the county’s 33 school districts and more than 530 schools. YCJUSD thanks all classified employees for the contribution made to the success of our students.    

This year’s Classified Employees of the Year were nominated by their school districts and selected by a judging panel for the statewide program, which was initiated six years ago. The county winners advance to a California Classified Employees of the Year competition. The state recipients will be announced later in the spring.
Congratulations to the following YCJUSD Classified County Employees of the year!! 

Stacy Hernandez, Yucaipa High School, is the recipient in the category of Para-educator and Instructional Assistant. For the past 14 1/2 years, she has worked primarily as a senior library technician. “Mrs. Hernandez has repeatedly shown that she is an outstanding employee, leader and professional in all aspects of her job responsibilities and beyond,” wrote Sherry Smith, who is the principal at Yucaipa High, in the nomination for Hernandez.
Treavor Maddux, Oak View High School, is the recipient in the category of Support Services and Security. Mr. Maddux has been in his position as a campus monitor at Oak View  for the past eight years. “In his position as campus monitor, he is extremely reliable and is not only there for our students, but the teachers and aides who work for him daily,” wrote teacher Cathy Groves in her nomination of Mr. Maddux. 

Vernon Wurth, District Education Center, has been a child nutrition delivery driver for close to eight years and was selected in the category of Transportation. Ann Aguilar, the director of Child Nutrition, said Mr. Wurth has had perfect attendance since he started with the district. “Vern has been a constant ‘can do’ employee,” she wrote in Mr. Wurth’s nomination.
YCJUSD Community Cabinet – A 21st Century Partnership
December 20, 2013

On Wednesday, December 18th, the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District held its first Community Cabinet meeting. The meeting was hosted at Park View Middle School. In attendance were parents, community members, local business partners, faith based partners, including representatives from the Yucaipa Valley Chamber of Commerce, City of Yucaipa, Yucaipa Valley Water District, Crafton Hills College, Cobb’s Printing, Neff Construction, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, California State University, San Bernardino, Rotary Club of Yucaipa, Yucaipa Valley, and Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupation Program.
The group met with Superintendent Binks and YCJUSD staff to begin a partnership to support the children in the community by establishing a transformative district-wide plan that influences all students’ educational experiences, leading to a successful path to college and career readiness. An initial goal of our vision emphasizes the effort of supporting children from cradle to career by partnering with all sectors of the community for the success of every child. 
The YCJUSD Community Cabinet will meet again on February 28th. We are looking forward to our continued partnership with the community as they help us refine what academic and social skills students should achieve by the time they graduate. Future meetings will also focus on the community priorities as they relate to student achievement so that we can better prepare students for college and career readiness.
February 22, 2014
Student Forum
Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Cali Binks, and Director of K-12 Instruction, Dr. Eric Vreeman, met with Yucaipa High School students on Friday, February 21st. The purpose of the meeting was to listen to students’ perspectives on how we can improve or increase services to help ensure they are College and Career ready when graduating from Yucaipa High School. This is one of many groups Mrs. Binks has met with to help shape the development of the LCAP.  
2013 Holiday Luncheon and Spark of Love Toy Drive
December 20, 2013

Staff from the district office hosted their annual holiday luncheon for site administration, support staff and maintenance staff at the District Education Center on Thursday,
December 19th. Included in the luncheon was a toy drive and raffle for the Spark of Love toy drive. Employees donated over five (5) barrels full of toys which were given to our local CDF Firefighters for distribution to local families in need. This year's theme was All Wrapped up for Christmas and included our employees "wrapped up" in their favorite "Ugly Holiday Sweater".

January 27, 2014

Art shows appreciating artworks created by individuals with disabilities will be held Saturday, February 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Yucaipa High School, and Saturday, March 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Desert Mountain Operations Center in Apple Valley.  These shows are proudly sponsored by Yucaipa Vision Quest – The Center for Creativity, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror, and the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.  For more information and an application to participate as an artist, click here.

Hour of Code
December 16, 2013

During the week of December 9-15, students across the globe had an opportunity to participate in Hour of Code, an event planned by Code.org as part of its annual celebration of National Computer Science Education Week.  Several powerhouses of the computer and entertainment industries helped to sponsor this event and appear in the promotional/informational video (http://www.code.org).

More than 16 million US K-12 students participated in Hour of Code, which means that approximately one in six students had an experience with computer programming/coding.  In all, more than 500 million lines of code were produced.

In Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD, hundreds of students at several sites took part.  Mrs. Linda Spencer, computer science teacher at Park View MS, stated that "The students loved the fun and engaging activities.  I've never seen them so excited about learning."  One student at Competitive Edge Charter Academy commented that "This was a good way to learn about computers.  It made me want to learn more about it."

CHC Panorama
"Come to College" Family Fest
September 26, 2013

Crafton Hills College is hosting a "Come to College" Family Fest on October 12, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Please join our partners in education for this fun family event.  There will be many activities for kids, as well as helpful information for parents in the college planning process including financial aid and careeer opportunities.  Lunch will be provided for all participants.  Click here for additional infomation.
CHC Logo
Congressman Paul Cook Honors Melissa Moore as Congressional District Woman of Distinction
August 28, 2013

YCJUSD Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Melissa Moore, was honored recently as an 8th Congressional District Woman of Distinction.  Congressman Paul Cook hosted the event on August 23 at the Apple Valley Town Hall Conference Center.  Ms. Moore was among five Yucaipa women honored, including Claire Marie Teeters, Kathy Fellenz, Pamela Emenger, and Teresa Work.  The Women of Distinction Award honors women in the Congressional District for outstanding entrepreneurship, leadership, and integrity.
Calimesa and Dunlap Elementary Schools Pilot Positive Behavior Support Program
August 23, 2013

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a proactive approach based on a three-tiered model of prevention and intervention aimed at creating safe and effective schools. Emphasis is placed on teaching and reinforcing important social skills and to address behavior concerns. PBS has been demonstrated to reduce discipline problems and increase time for instruction.
Calimesa and Dunlap Elementary Schools are piloting PBS this year.  For a few days, school personnel at Calimesa Elementary School asked students to “take a knee” when the bell rang. The purpose behind this practice was so that school personnel could quickly observe the entire playground.  It was brought to the District’s attention that this practice concerned some of our families. The district responded to concerns regarding the program by no longer having students “take a knee.” The intent of this program was not to upset families in any way or disrupt learning at the school. It was intended to improve safe conditions for every student that attends Calimesa Elementary School.
Currently, one of the strategies to increase student safety and reduce discipline is to have students “freeze” in place when the bell rings at the end of recess and lunch. Once all of the students “freeze” in place, the school personnel dismiss students to walk to class in an orderly and safe manner. 
YCJUSD Welcomes New Superintendent
July 11, 2013

The Board of Education and district staff welcomed Cali Binks as the new superintendent on July 1st.  Mrs. Binks’ appointment was made in March by the Board of Education after conducting a thorough superintendent search which included gathering input from employees, associations, and the community.  Mrs. Binks brings with her 23 years of experience as an educator and administrator, and most recently served as superintendent in the Fontana Unified School District. Mrs. Binks looks forward to working with the community and students of Yucaipa and Calimesa.

2013 County Multilingual Awards
May 6, 2013

The Multilingual Recognition Awards were established in 1987 to recognize outstanding contributions of educators towards enriching the educational experience by assuring the academic achievement of linguistically diverse students in San Bernardino County school districts.  In addition, the program also features the recognition of the 2013 12th Grade Student Scholarship essay contest winners.  Yucaipa-Calimesa honorees in 2013 include principals Lucia Hudec, Wildwood Elementary School, and Sherry Smith, Yucaipa High School; Calimesa Elementary School teacher, Linda Castro; and Yucaipa High School senior Gabriel Uribe in the essay contest category.

Pictured above LtoRHonorees YHS senior Gabriel Uribe, YHS Principal Sherry Smith, and Wildwood Elementary School Principal Lucia Hudec.
Pictured in Slideshow with County Staff LtoRDr. Gary Thomas, County Superintendent of Schools; Carmen Beck, Director of Curriculum/Instruction, and Academic Enrichment Department; Honorees Sherry Smith, Linda Castro, Lucia Hudec, and Gabriel Uribe; Dr. Beth Higbee, County Assistant Superintendent, Education Support Services Division; and Fermin Jaramillo, County Coordinator, English Learner Program.
Pictured in Slideshow with YCJUSD District Office Staff LtoR:  George Velarde, YCJUSD Assistant Superintendent, Business Services; Honorees Sherry Smith, Linda Castro, Lucia Hudec and Gabriel Uribe; YCJUSD Superintendent Dr. Sherry Kendrick; and YCJUSD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Victoria Schumacher.

Kiwanis/Yucaipa Police Bicycle Rodeo
April 23, 2013

Bicycle Safety Rodeo
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 27
Yucaipa Community Park
Information for Applicants for the Position of Superintendent
January 23, 2013

Please click here for information regarding the position of Superintendent.
Request for Community Input, Superintendent Search
January 8, 2013

Due to the upcoming retirement of Dr. Sherry Kendrick in June, the trustees of Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District will select a new district superintendent. Community input about the desired characteristics to be used in recruiting and selecting this person is desired. The trustees are soliciting input to respond to the prompt: What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District?

Kent Belcher, Michael Caston, and Rene Townsend of Leadership Associates were selected to advise the Board in this important process. They were in our district on January 15, 2013 to solicit input from members of the community (parents, employees and others interested in our district).  Input may also be offered through fax, letter or email; direct telephone conversation may also be arranged. Additionally, an online survey is available. Click here to participate in the survey. You may send a fax to (760) 771-4277 or an email to lhunt@leadershipassociates.org. To speak by phone to either Kent Belcher, Michael Caston, or Rene Townsend of Leadership Associates, you may call (760) 771-4277.

Leadership Associates will continue to receive community input through February 5, 2013.
A Message from the San Bernardino County Tax Collector
March 18, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, marks the last day San Bernardino County property owners can pay the second installment of property taxes without penalty.  During a time of serious economic uncertainty for homeowners across the County, we want to remind residents of the number of options they have to pay their property taxes on time so they can avoid penalties and interest that come with late payments. 

As you know, property taxes are a large source of funding for schools, and a significant source of funding for cities, community college districts, and special districts.  They provide the funding for much-needed public services such as education, law enforcement, and fire protection.  Click here to
download informational flyer on electronic payment options.    Follow this link for further information:  www.MyTaxCollector.com 
County Classified School Employee of 2013!
April 8, 2013

Roberta Huckeba (third from the right) was selected by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools as the recipient of the Employee of the Year in the category of Child Nutrition. Roberta is an outstanding employee from Chapman Heights Elementary School and has worked in the district for 23 years. "Roberta performs all aspects of her work responsibilities as a lead child nutrition worker in an exemplary manner. She consistently works with teachers, office staff and lunch supervision staff to ensure that school breakfasts and lunches are prepared and served in a timely manner," wrote Principal Andy Anderson in his nomination of Huckeba. "In this capacity, Roberta has been a leader in our department for years and a wonderful support for management to educate her peers," said Ann Aguilar, Child Nutrition Director.

Great Things About Yucaipa-Calimesa Schools
September 17, 2012
Click here to see a flyer about our achievements.
Jason Mills Honored as Outstanding Middle School Educator in Region
December 11, 2012

At the California League of Middle Schools Annual Awards ceremony held in December 2012 at the Riverside Marriott, Jason Mills, special education teacher at Mesa View Middle School, was among the 12 California Region 10 teachers honored as 2012 Outstanding Middle School Educators.  Pictured above:  Jim Stolze, MVMS Principal; Jason Mills; Dr. Sherry Kendrick, District Superintendent; and Melissa Moore, Assistant Superintendent--Human Resources.  Below, Jason Mills speaks at the event and poses with his children, Jaydn Mills and Ethan Mills.

Jason Mills speaks at CLMS event 12-2012

Emergency Preparedness Expo
4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo
September 13, 2012

The City of Yucaipa is holding the 2012 Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo on Thursday, September 27, at the Yucaipa Community Center from 3-6 p.m.  Click here for details.
Explicit Student Achievement Goals for YCJUSD Students
February 3, 2012
  • Every student will increase by 10% or, if proficient, by 10 points each year on the STAR English/Language Arts and Mathematics tests.

  • Every English learner will move up one CELDT Proficiency Level each year until reclassification.
Wildwood Elementary School Earns CA Distinguished School Award
May 11, 2012

The CA Distinguished Schools Ceremony was held on Friday, May 4, at the Ontario Convention Center. Wildwood Elementary School was one of 17 schools in San Bernardino County to be honored as a California Distinguished School. Only 387 schools out of 6,000 elementary schools in the state were awarded this honor this year. This is the first time that Wildwood Elementary School has been awarded this distinction.
Two signature practices at WES which drive student success:
  • Closing the Achievement Gap: Response to Intervention and the Student Intervention Team Process
  • Parent and Community Involvement: Developing a Culture of Caring and Support Through the Use of the WES Building Blocks of Success: Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Kindness  
Picture/Slide Show Picture identification in order: 1. Wildwood Elementary School representative team: Back row LtoR: Dr. Wayne McAfee, Parent Representative; Julie Benedict, Teacher; Carol Norris, Clerk Typist; Karen McClain, Teacher; Jenna Stowells, Teacher. Front row LtoR: Dr. Sherry Kendrick, District Superintendent; Lucia Hudec, WES Principal; Jim Taylor, School Board President. 2. Dr. Gary Thomas, County Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Sherry Kendrick, District Superintendent; Lucia Hudec, WES Principal; and Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Schools. 3. Dr. Sherry Kendrick, Superintendent and Lucia Hudec, WES Principal 4. Lucia Hudec, WES Principal, holding the California Distinguished School Award plaque.
Daniela Cupples Named State Classified Employee of the Year
May 11, 2012

Daniela Cupples, a computer resource assistant in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, was named one of six recipients for the state's Classified Employee of the Year, the California Department of Education announced today.

Cupples was recognized as a San Bernardino County Classified Employee of the Year in April, and was honored by the California Department of Education at a luncheon in Sacramento on May 24.  She was recognized in the category of Para-educator and Instructional Assistant and has worked for Yucaipa-Calimesa at Dunlap, Valley and Wildwood elementary schools for the past 15 years.  In the slideshow below, Cupples is pictured with State Superintendent of Schools, Tom Torlakson, and members of the YCJUSD delegation in attendance:  Dr. Sherry Kendrick, Superintendent; Lucia Hudec, WES Principal; and Ben Valdepena, representing the Yucaipa-Calimesa chapter of the California School Employees Association.

It is the second consecutive year that Yucaipa-Calimesa has had a recipient of the award in the same category. In 2011, Julie Dutchover of Mesa View Middle School was named a California Classified Employee of the Year recipient.  For more information on the program, visit the California Department of Education's website at www.cde.ca.gov.

Four Honored by County for Multilingual Education Work
May 11, 2012

Maria Curiel, EL Tutor at Dunlap Elementary; Paola Espinoza, senior at Yucaipa HS; Adrienne Murguia, Teacher at Wildwood Elementary; and Julio Torres, Teacher at Yucaipa High School were honored by the county recently for their contributions in multilingual education  in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.  More than 50 individuals from 11 school districts and the University of California, Riverside, were honored for their work at the 25th annual Multilingual Recognition Dinner on May 4 at the Radisson Ontario Airport Hotel.  The event annually recognizes and honors students, parents, para-educators, teachers, administrators, board members and community members for their work with English learners.  This year’s theme for the event was “Rising Stars Toward a Brighter Future.”  Flores del Desierto, a folklorico dance group from the High Desert, provided entertainment.

YHS Students Compete at World Robotics Championships in St. Louis, Missouri
April 30, 2012

The Yucaipa High School Robotics Team, which took the championship spot at the San Diego Regional competition, traveled recently to St. Louis, Missouri, for the World Robotics Championships where they took the 45th spot out of 100 in their division, which is quite an achievement for a brand new team.  The YHS Robotics Team works under the advisorship of Stephanie Sharp, a district science teacher. 

ACSA Honors Four Nominated by YCJUSD
May 1, 2012

On April 23 at the University of Redlands Orton Center, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 12 honored Dr. Sherry Kendrick, YCJUSD Superintendent, as the Superintendent of the Year; Sam Spencer, Oak View High School and Education Center Principal, as the Continuation/Educational Options Principal of the Year; and Green Valley High School student David Livingston received the Every Student Succeeding Award.  Also, Dr. Kendrick's nominee Robert Erickson, a retired school administrator who gives countless hours of volunteer time in the community and particularly at CECA, won the Robert E. Kelly Award for Retired Administrators. Congratulations to all!

Richelle Solis Named County Teacher of the Year
September 10, 2012

Richelle Solis, a sixth-grade teacher at Chapman Heights Elementary School, was recently named one of four San Bernardino County Teachers of the Year for 2012!  Mrs. Solis was nominated by the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District last spring and after an exhaustive review by a panel of county administrators, Mrs. Solis received the wonderful news that she had been selected.  Mrs. Solis is a remarkably gifted teacher, as well as an exceptional mentor and teacher leader at Chapman Heights Elementary School and throughout the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.  Although Mrs. Solis regularly assists with district-wide professional development, she never loses her focus on her own student’s learning and achievement.  Her lessons and class routines engage every student in meaningful learning activities and there is a continuous flow of positive communication between her and all her students.  Mrs. Solis believes that teaching is a noble profession and she holds herself to the highest teacher performance standards.  The San Bernardino County Board of Education honored Richelle Solis at its October 1, 2012 meeting and Mrs. Solis was among the nominees for California Teacher of the Year 2012.  (Pictured L to R:  Melissa Moore, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources; Andy Anderson, CHES Principal; Richelle Solis; Dr. Sherry Kendrick, District Superintendent)

Virtual Learning Program Exploratory Survey for Parents
April 9, 2012

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District is currently exploring the possibility of developing online (or "virtual") learning programs. As a part of this research, the District is interested in learning what parents of current students living in the community think about various online learning options that may be possible for their students.  

Please click the link below to take a very short (eight questions on a single web page) survey in order to help the District gather this information.  This survey is in no way meant to be a commitment of your family’s future participation in any program that might be developed, nor is it in any way meant to start a waiting list. The results of this survey will assist the District in making plans for the future development of any virtual learning programs.

Please feel free to forward this message with the survey link to friends and neighbors who also have children living in the District, but may not have known about this survey.  Please note that the survey may be completed only once per computer and that the survey window closes at midnight on Sunday, April 15.  Thank you for participating!
Two More Outstanding Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District Classified Employees Earn County Level Recognition
April 3, 2012

Daniela Cupples and Jimmy Nieto were each selected at 2012 Classified School Employees of the Year for San Bernardino County. 
Ms. Cupples’ award is in the area of Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance.  For the past 15 years, she has helped students apply technology in learning as a computer  resource assistant in our district’s elementary schools.  Currently, Daniela inspires and motivates students at Wildwood, Valley, and Dunlap Elementary Schools. 
Mr. Nieto was selected for the honor in the area of Support Services and Security.  He has worked for two decades with the district; the last nine years at Yucaipa High.  His grasp of safety and discipline issues has been a benefit to the campuses, students, and staff with which he works on site.
The award program has been in place for four years, and, each year, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District has had the distinction and good fortune of having local staff earn recognition at the county level. We thank Ms. Cupples and Mr. Nieto for their years of wonderful service to our students and are proud to have them represent our district at the county level.

Pictured above are Daniela Cupples (back row, fourth from left) and Jimmy Nieto (front row on right) with the other county winners for 2012 and the County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gary Thomas (on right) and a representative of Schools First (on left). 
CECA Founders' Fall Festival and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
October 21, 2011

Competitive Edge Charter Academy held its Founders' Fall Festival and Official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, October 15.  Pictured (L to R):  Samantha  Donnelly, CECA Student Leadership Council President; Robbie Broedow, from Senator Bob Dutton’s Office; Melissa Moore, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources; Jane Smith, YCJUSD School and CECA Board Member; Dr. Sherry Kendrick, Superintendent; Jeff Litel, Director; Valesca Lopez, IB Coordinator; Dr. Mary Elizabeth Alvarez, Keynote Speaker from Tulane University; and Pamela Emerson, President/CEO of Yucaipa Chamber of Commerce.
YCJUSD Participates in Emergency Preparedness Expo
October 10, 2011

On October 6, YCJUSD participated in the City of Yucaipa's Third Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo at the Yucaipa Community Center.  Residents were invited to the free event where information on a variety of preparedness measures were distributed and discussed by nearly three dozen providers showcasing their services. 
Third Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo
September 21, 2011

The City of Yucaipa is holding the Third Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo on Thursday, October 6, at the Yucaipa Community Center from 3-6 p.m.  Click here for details.  (en español)
Darlene Pitman Named County Teacher of the Year
August 31, 2011

Congratulations to Darlene Pitman, Mesa View Middle School science teacher, who was just named as a 2011 County Teacher of the Year.  Pitman was recognized by the County Board of Education on October 3.  Mrs. Pitman's application also goes on to the state level, where she will be considered for the State Teacher of the Year award.  (L to R in top picture:  Dr. Gary Thomas, San Bernardino County Superintendent; Darlene Pitman, a seventh- and eighth-grade Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher at Mesa View Middle School in the Yucaipa-Calimesa School District; Richard Holk, a high school theatre arts and stagecraft teacher at Ayala High School in the Chino Valley Unified School District; Susan Clewley Barkdoll, a third-grade, math, science and technology teacher at North Verdemont
Elementary School in the San Bernardino City Unified School District; Cindy Roy, a kindergarten through second-grade teacher at Valle Vista Elementary School in the Central School District; and Kay Williams Pierce, a ninth-grade English teacher at Ontario High School in the
Chaffey Joint Union High School District.  L to R in lower picture:  Carol Cheney, Schools First – sponsor of the recognition, gave a cash award to honorees and a framed momento of the occasion; Nancy Johnson, Staff Specialist, SBCSS; Darlene Pitman; Alan Ritchie, SBCSS Board Member, Dr. Gary Thomas, San Bernardino County Superintendent.)
Julie Dutchover Wins State Award
May 23, 2011

Mesa View Middle School instructional aide, Julie Dutchover, was recently awarded the 2011 California State Classified Employee of the Year Award in the category of Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance. The recognition ceremony took place in Sacramento with State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, officiating.    Pictured with honoree Julie Dutchover are State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson (to her left); husband David Dutchover; Patty Metheny, YCJUSD Director of Student Services; and Jim Stolze, MVMS Principal.
Ryann Wood Awarded in School Nutrition Association’s Book Cover Contest
May 13, 2011

As part of the National School Breakfast Week 2011 campaign, students from across the nation were given the opportunity to design a book cover promoting the importance of a healthy breakfast. The Child Nutrition Department selected out of over 800 entrees, three winners. The entrees were then sent on to the national level SNA contest. Ryann Wood, 5th grade student at Calimesa Elementary was selected as one of the top three national winners. Congratulations Ryann!!! You can check out Ryann’s art work at www.schoolnutrition.org
Daily Patriotic Exercise
October 16, 2014

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District is proud to support California Education Codes 52720 and 52730. These two school laws support our commitment to conduct an appropriate patriotic exercise at every school each day. Providing instruction though the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America promotes students’ understanding of "pledge," "allegiance," "republic," and "indivisible," and understanding the importance of the pledge as an expression of patriotism, love of country, and pride in the United States of America satisfies the requirement of school law. The links below provide more detail on this topic:
California Education Codes 52720 and 52730 – Patriotic Exercises
The Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem and Flag Etiquette

Principal Corey Loomis is Honored with an Award from Region 12 ACSA
May 3, 2011

Corey Loomis, principal of Green Valley High School and Yucaipa Adult School, was honored in April by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Region 12, as the 2011 Alternative Education Administrator of the Year.  The event was held at the University of Redlands and honors ACSA members who show strong support for the school management team; exceptional leadership in managing school programs; commitment to educational quality and student achievement; commitment to professional growth; and creativity and innovation in dealing with issues and problems facing public education. Pictured are Corey Loomis with Dr. Sherry Kendrick, Superintendent. 
Two of the District’s Outstanding Employees Honored at County Level
April 5, 2011

John Banez and Julie Dutchover were awarded San Bernardino County School’s Classified School Employee of the Year (CSEY) honors for 2011 at a recognition ceremony and reception in San Bernardino on April 4. 
John Banez was selected as the recipient in the category of Office and Technical.  He is the sole systems analyst for the district and has worked in the district’s technology department for over 15 years. “’The Amazing Tech Man!’ That is what could be emblazoned on John’s cape if he wore one.  Whenever someone is in need of technology support, John is there.  Whenever a computer is refusing to cooperate, John is there.  He is a tech super hero in the eyes of his customers: the office and teaching staff of the district.  He embodies the work ethic and ability that the CSEY Program strives to recognize.  We are very fortunate that such a wonderful person works in our district’s technology department,” writes Sue Gott, director of Assessment and Technology, John’s supervisor.

Julie Dutchover was selected as the recipient in the category of Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance and went on to be awarded the honor at the state level, as well.  See more on this in the article above.

Both Banez and Dutchover’s Classified School Employee of the Year status were recognized at the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District Board meeting on April 12. 

Pictured above (left to right) are Assistant Superintendent George Velarde, Superintendent Dr. Sherry Kendrick, John Banez, Julie Dutchover, Sue Gott and Jim Stolze.   
Dr. Kendrick Honored as Woman of Distinction
May 23, 2011

Congratulations to YCJUSD Superintendent Dr. Sherry Kendrick who was recognized at the 2011 Women of Distinction Luncheon held on Friday, May 20, 2011, in Ontario, CA. This annual event was hosted by Assemblyman Mike Morrell, Sixty-third Assembly District. The women were recognized because of their unparalleled dedication to service they have shown in the community. 

Pictured with Dr. Kendrick (seated) are her husband, David, and YCJUSD Board Member Jane Smith.
Space Available at CECA in Grades 7 and 8
January 21, 2011

Space for students at the Competitive Edge Charter Academy in grades 7 and 8 is still available.  For information on the CECA application process, click here.
Competitive Edge Charter Academy Application Process
January 6, 2011
Applications, Contracts and Forms are available to be printed and filled out here  
or for pick up at the front desk of  YCJUSD District Education Center at 12797 Third Street in Yucaipa. The forms are in PDF format and may be filled in on line and printed.  The forms cannot be submitted on line and must be turned in to YCJUSD.  In addition to the required forms, parents must submit proof of California residence at the time of application.  Examples of proof are a California driver license, gas or electric bills, or mortgage/rental payment receipts.

Open Enrollment for CECA began January 8, 2011 and will end on January 31, 2011.


Annual STAR Testing to Begin in March
January 27, 2011

Fourth and Seventh grade students have already completed the writing portion of the annual state assessment: STAR.  In April and May, all students in grades 2-11 will participate in the multiple choice portion of that same test.  For more information on STAR, please follow this link to a parent letter (English/Spanish) or visit our assessment division's web page.
FAQs About YCJUSD's 2011-2012 E-Rate Application
January 19, 2011

Vendors click here for more information about the YCJUSD Form 470 application for 2011-2012.
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District Bond Measure
August 10, 2012

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (“District”) Board of Education voted unanimously to place a local bond measure on the November 6, 2012, ballot.
If approved by voters, the bond measure would generate up to $98 million to repair aging local school facilities and classrooms in order to meet current safety and educational standards, as well as update classroom technology to meet 21st Century standards for college and career readiness.
If passed, the bond measure will: 
  • Help improve the quality of academic instruction in core subjects like math, science, reading and writing.
  • Add vocational training labs and technology to support college and career readiness for District students.
  • Repair leaky roofs and deteriorating classrooms, labs and restrooms.
  • Provide 21st century science and computer labs.
  • Modernize and upgrade instructional technology.
  • Help make District schools handicapped accessible.
If approved by voters, the bond measure would help fund upgrades and repairs to District schools and classrooms to help ensure that District students have the facilities, technology and resources to be competitive in our 21st-century world.
Based on current projections, the bond measure would cost property owners within the District no more than $44.25 per $100,000 of assessed property value (assessed value is different from market value, and may be much lower).
All funds raised by this bond measure would be used for our local schools and could not be taken by Sacramento. No bond funds would be used to pay for, or increase, District administration costs or pay for, or increase, other employee salaries and benefits.
An independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee would be established to help ensure that the bond funds are spent in accordance with the bond measure requirements.
For more information, please contact the District office at (909) 797-0174.

California League of Middle Schools Teacher of the Year
December 15, 2010

Mark Watkins, Mesa View Middle School Technology and English teacher, has received the 2010 California League of Middle Schools Teacher of the Year Award for his accomplishments in working with the students at Mesa View.  The Awards Ceremony was held on December 13 at the Riverside Marriott.  Others in attendance at the event were Watkins' wife, Kathy; Dr. Sherry Kendrick, Superintendent; Melissa Moore, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources; Jim Stolze, MVMS Principal; and Dana Carter, MVMS Assistant Principal.  Watkins was one of ten regional teachers honored.  Pictured above are Mark Watkins and Jim Stolze, MVMS Principal.
YCJUSD Board Approves Competitive Edge Charter Academy (CECA)
November 15, 2010

For the past year, the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (YCJUSD) has been working with a District charter petition development administrative team to develop a unique charter petition for a District dependent charter. This new public school will be called Competitive Edge Charter Academy K-8. The school will be located at the current Meadow Creek Elementary School, which was approved for closure at the December 14, 2010, Board meeting.  This closure, while sad, is necessary in order for the District to stay fiscally solvent due to the ongoing budget crisis in the State of California. The opening in its place of a new District dependent charter school will help to provide an innovative, CA state content standards rigorous academic curriculum, and a 21st Century Skills School free of many of the restrictions that are placed on our current public school system. You may be wondering . . . how can this happen? The reason is  because charter school law is different and supports this concept of innovation. By opening a District dependent charter school, it is also the long-term plan of the Board of Education to attract positive average daily attendance (ADA) student funding back to YCJUSD as the charter school would accept students from both within and outside of the YCJUSD boundaries. No inter-district transfer process is required under charter school law. This will help with the fiscal operation of the YCJUSD and provide a new form of academic instruction to meet individual student’s learning needs and styles.  

Applications for CECA will be available in on January 6 on line and at the District Education Center at 12797 Third Street.  If you are interested in having your child (or children) attend CECA, please read the information regarding enrollment on the CECA webpage. Click here for information.
Physical Fitness Testing--February through April
January 3, 2012
The principal mission of the Fitness testing program is to promote lifelong physical activity among youth. The program endorses a long-term view of physical education in which the promotion of lifelong habits of physical activity is the primary goal. Developing fitness and improving skills are important in physical education, but these objectives should be framed within a broader goal aimed at providing children with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to be active for a lifetime.
Each spring, our school district is required by law (California Education Code Section 60800) to administer the state-designated Physical Fitness Test, Fitnessgram, to all students in grades five, seven, and nine during the annual assessment window beginning February 1 and ending April 30, 2012, this school year.
Fitnessgram is a comprehensive fitness assessment battery for youth. It includes a variety of health-related physical fitness tests designed to assess cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Fitnessgram allows all children the opportunity to be successful in accomplishing objectives associated with good health and improved function.
Results from the Fitnessgram are reported to the State Department of Education and school, district, and county reports become available in mid to late summer. Information regarding your school’s Physical Fitness data is available in the School Accountability Report Card (SARC). Individual parent reports outlining your child’s results are mailed home during the summer.
YCJUSD Board Approves Closure of Yucaipa Elementary School
November 29, 2010

Due to on-going financial constraints that are anticipated to continue into 2011-12, the Board took action to close  Yucaipa Elementary School (YES) at its December 14, 2010, meeting.  The District's anticipated budget imbalance in 2011-12 is in the neighborhood of $4,000,000.  It could be more depending on how the State attempts to remedy the $25B deficit that it anticipates in 2011-12.  To remedy the anticipated $4,000,000 imbalance in 2011-12, the District is formulating other options in addition to closing YES.

There are a variety of reasons for closing YES as opposed to any other elementary school.  The age of the school, operational cost, recent decline in student population, and academic performance were all factors that compelled the closure YES.

A District Boundary Committee will begin meeting on December 16, 2010 to begin the process of changing the current elementary school boundaries.  The committee will make a presentation to the Board on January 25, 2011, and the Board will take action on the new boundaries at the February 8, 2011 meeting.

Budget Update page is a central location where important information relative to the status of the District’s 2010-2011 budget is posted and, also, where the public can submit ideas for consideration.  Due to the drastic budget reductions, we hope to solicit helpful guidance as YCJUSD addresses the financial crisis while continuing to increase student achievement.  Thank you very much for your interest and feedback.  You will find links to the Budget Update page on the left under Business Resources or above under Community.  Also, you may just click HERE to link to it directly.
YCJUSD Board Approves Competitive Edge Charter Academy (CECA)
January 6, 2011

For the past year, the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (YCJUSD) has been working with a District charter petition development administrative team to develop a unique charter petition for a District dependent charter. This new public school will be called Competitive Edge Charter Academy K-8. The school will be located at the current Meadow Creek Elementary School, which was approved for closure at the December 14, 2010, Board meeting.  This closure, while sad, is necessary in order for the District to stay fiscally solvent due to the ongoing budget crisis in the State of California. The opening in its place of a new District dependent charter school will help to provide an innovative, CA state content standards rigorous academic curriculum, and a 21st Century Skills School free of many of the restrictions that are placed on our current public school system. You may be wondering . . . how can this happen? The reason is  because charter school law is different and supports this concept of innovation. By opening a District dependent charter school, it is also the long-term plan of the Board of Education to attract positive average daily attendance (ADA) student funding back to YCJUSD as the charter school would accept students from both within and outside of the YCJUSD boundaries. No inter-district transfer process is required under charter school law. This will help with the fiscal operation of the YCJUSD and provide a new form of academic instruction to meet individual student’s learning needs and styles.  

Melissa Moore Receives ACSA HR Admin of Year Award
November 10, 2010

On November 5, 2010, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) held its annual statewide recognition dinner. Statewide administrative awards are presented annually for significant contributions to educational administration in 19 categories. Melissa Moore; Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources for the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District; received the state ACSA award of Personnel/Human Resources Administrator of the Year. Melissa Moore had been nominated for this award by Sherry Kendrick, Ed.D., Superintendent. Ms. Moore indicated that, due to the state fiscal crisis, the last three years in Human Resources have been significantly challenging, and she is thrilled to receive this honor. “This recognition symbolizes the teamwork and dedication of our Human Resources staff, Cabinet, Board of Education, and associations.”  Accompanying Ms. Moore at the awards ceremony were Superintendent Dr. Sherry Kendrick, Board of Education Member Dr. Chuck Christie and his wife Karla, along with friends and family members of the awardee.

Bussing Dropped for 2010-2011
July 15, 2010
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Renaissance Faires at Mesa View and Park View
May 24, 2010

Students and staff at Mesa View and Park View Middle Schools participated in Renaissance Faires on Friday, May 21, and Thursday, May 27, respectively.  The events were a culminating activity for the 7th grade Social Studies curriculum.

Park View MS Students Win Robotics Contest
May 14, 2010

Congratulations to mentor teacher Stephanie Sharp and her Park View Middle School Lego Robotics Team of Alec Schardein, Zak Knight, Melanie Soto, Caleb Raney and Vignesh Iyer for winning the overall championship in the first East Valley Robotics competition!
The “May Day” competition was held on Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the Cesar Chavez/Delores Huerta Community Education Center located in Rialto, CA. Parents and friends of the team members were invited at no cost to the public to attend.
Eleven teams of 11-14 year olds using the Lego Mindstorm® robots competed for top honors in robot design and mission execution, a research project, presentation skills, task completion, and gracious professionalism. The theme of this competition was Safety and Rescue. The teams had to design and program robots to complete designated tasks and develop a theme-based presentation for judges. Park View’s safety project was an extension of prior research in crosswalk safety resulting in the installation of a stoplight at the intersection of Oak Glen Road and Sunnyside Drive.
These activities were initiated through the San Bernardino Community College District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) grant which fulfills the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) requirements through the Robotics program. Mrs. Sharp has utilized the Lego Mindstorm® robots, obtained from a $5,000 grant from SBCCD CTE she won for Park View Middle School, in their unique FLEX program throughout the year.   Park View’s FLEX program allows more students to be exposed to the Robotics program in 9-day increments and offers an enriching environment for design, programming, and team building.
Multilingual Award Honorees
May 5, 2010

On Friday, April 30, three YCJUSD employees and one student received certificates and recognition at the 23rd Annual Multilingual Recognition Banquet held at the Marriott Hotel in Ontario. Those honored were Frances Mendez (MCES Projects Clerk), Claudia Connolly (MCES/CHES EL Tutor), Marlene Mogensen (YHS Teacher), and Marco Ortega Bustamante (YHS Student). Altogether, there were 15 attendees from our district to help celebrate the accomplishments of the honorees—more than has ever attended in the past! Supporters included the husbands of both Marlene and Claudia, Superintendent Sherry Kendrick, Director Cartha Tennille, Principals Janet Pasos (MCES), Andy Anderson (CHES) and Sherry Smith (YHS), Assistant Principals Christina Pierce (YHS) and Lindy Ward (CHES), Teacher Chris Brunette (YHS), and Health Technician Vicki Ozias (MCES). Entertainment for the evening included Folklorico dancers, a student band and a guest speaker who recounted stories from his youth about his experiences learning a new language. Dinner was provided and everyone in attendance enjoyed the opportunity to honor the recipients who have provided exceptional services to English Learners.
Melissa Moore Honored as Personnel/Human Resources Administrator of the Year
April 23, 2010

Melissa Moore, Assistant Superintendent Human Resources, received the Association of California Administrators (ACSA) Region 12 Award for 2010 Personnel/Human Resources Administrator of the Year on April 19 at the University of Redlands Orton Center.  At the recognition ceremony, ACSA announced that Ms. Moore was also named as the ACSA State Award winner in the same category.  State ACSA will host a recognition ceremony in San Diego in November.  Pictured are Melissa Moore; sons Scott, Chase, and Alex; and her mother, Marlene.
Tom Ziech Honored with Classified School Employee of the Year Award for 2010
April 13, 2010

For the past 20 years, Tom Ziech has displayed a strong work ethic and commitment to helping solve irrigation issues for all schools in our school district. We are proud to announce that he is this year’s recipient in the Maintenance and Operations category of San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Classified Employee of the Year award. “Tom is a great asset to our school district and the community,” wrote Doug Savage, Ziech’s district supervisor. “It would be difficult to replace his combination of skills, abilities and willingness to do all that is needed with any one person.” Tom is a groundskeeper for the school district and is pictured here (third from left) accepting his recognition award at the April 5 meeting of the County Board of Education.  Also pictured from left to right are the Schools First representative who presented Tom with a check for $250; Alen Ritchie, County Board of Education Member; and Gary Thomas, County Superintendent of Schools.
District Students Qualify for County Honor Band
February 12, 2010

Several hundred students from all over San Bernardino County auditioned for a spot in the elementary, middle, and high school county honor band this year at an event held at the University of Redlands, and we are proud that 20 students from Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD were each awarded a spot. From Yucaipa High School, 14 students qualified: Jacob Cupul and Sydney Funderburk on Clarinet; Marilyn Ware on Bass Clarinet (1st Chair); Jordan Thorpe on Alto Saxophone, Jaime Davila on Baritone Saxophone; Adam Custe (1st Chair), Katie Price, and Anthony Ribaya on Trumpet; Glen Gray (1st Chair), Natalie Asay, and Thomas Ortiz on French Horn; Joshua Fellenz on Bass Trombone; Robert Tovar (1st Chair) on Tuba; and Kirk Fisher on Percussion. From Park View Middle School, six students qualified: Silvia Romero on Flute; Seo-Jin Yang on Clarinet; Joshua Podejko (1st Chair) on Bass Clarinet; Katy Norman on Baritone; Benjamin Nguyen (1st Chair) and Gerald Coronado on Percussion. From Mesa View Middle School, Nicholas Williams on Baritone Saxophone was awarded a spot. Once again, the Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD instrumental music program continues its reputation of  high representation in the County Honor Bands.
CHES Participates in National Environmental Competition
February 9, 2010

Ms. Aimee Petite's fifth grade class at Chapman Heights Elementary School has been involved in the Disney Planet Challenge environmental project in conjunction with the Crafton Hills Open Space Conservancy. The students were recognized for their efforts at the February 8 Yucaipa City Council meeting. (Slideshow below)

Disney Planet Challenge is an annual nationwide competition for students in grades 4-6, with class project submissions due on February 26. Ms. Petite explains, "The program inspires students to be good stewards of the environment and empowers them to make a difference in their local community." Her fifth grade class has been working, with support from the Crafton Hills Open Space Conservancy, to promote good trail etiquette to help the burn areas regrow. The following is a student-created goal statement for our project:  "Our environmental goal is to educate our local community about the importance of staying on the trails when enjoying the Crafton Hills, to promote natural plant regrowth, and to restore the Crafton Hills burn area to its natural state." After a field trip to the burn area and guest presentations, the class decided the best way to inform the public would be to create posters to be placed along the trail.  Their public relations plan includes doing school presentations, a presentation to the Yucaipa City Council, and a presentation at the Crafton Hills Open Space Conservancy Annual Board Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:00 p.m. at the Yucaipa Community Center. 
Chris Acosta in Haiti
GVHS Alumnus Featured in Time Magazine Haiti Relief Photograph
January 29, 2010

Green Valley High School is very proud of 2009 GVHS graduate Christopher Acosta. The picture below is featured in the 2/1/10 edition of TIME magazine article (click here to read article). Chris is serving with the US Army in the 82nd Airborne Division. He is presently deployed on a peace keeping mission in Haiti. Chris also recently received a promotion 6-8 months in advance of schedule. Christopher's needs were better met at Green Valley High School in that the alternative school setting provided more support in a smaller learning environment. Way to go Chris!! 

Time magazine photo
Time magazine photograph of Chris Acosta in Haiti
PVMS Teacher Nominated for CLMS Teacher of the Year
January 14, 2010
YCJUSD would like to congratulate Mrs. Stephanie Sharp for being named as a nominee for the California League of Middle Schools Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Sharp is a 7th grade Life Science teacher at Park View Middle School.  She is actively involved in the leadership of the school, mentors the Robotic's program, and motivates each of her students to succeed.  Mrs. Sharp exemplifies all of the characteristics of a member and leader of Professional Learning Communities which has vastly benefitted her students.
Congratulations to Mrs. Sharp as a 2010 CLMS nominee for Teacher of the Year.  (Slideshow)
Scott Kennedy Named 2010 County Teacher of the Year
October 6, 2010

Congratulations to Scott Kennedy, Yucaipa High School Teacher, on being named 2010 County Teacher of the Year!  Kennedy teaches English, Journalism, and Photography at YHS.  His students' publication,
The Epigraph, has won numerous awards at the national level.  Mr. Kennedy was recently presented his award at a special ceremony taking place at the County Supintendent of Schools offices.  Kennedy's name will now be considered for the state-level award.   Pictured with him in one photo below are George Velarde, YCJUSD Assistant Superintendent of Business Services: Dr. Sherry Kendrick, YCJUSD Superintendent; Scott Kennedy; Melissa Moore, YCJUSD Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources; and Jane Smith, YCJUSD Board Member.  In the other photograph Kennedy (second from left) is pictured with the Schools First Representative; Alan Ritchie, SBCSS Board Member; and Dr. Beth Higbie, SBCSS Assistant Superintendent for Educational Support Services.
Internet Safety Forum
Family Online Safety Forum This Thursday at Park View MS
November 30, 2009
Protect your child from Internet predators.  Park View Middle School (34875 Tahoe Drive, Yucaipa) is hosting a Family Online Safety Forum on Thursday, December 3, 2009.  Topics include Internet Crimes and Safety, Cyberbullying, MySpace, Facebook, and "Sexting."  The presentation is from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Park View Middle School Fine Arts Room.  Parents and middle/high school students are encouraged to attend.  Parents are strongly cautioned due to the graphic and honest nature of this presentation. Children under the age of 13 will not be admitted.  View or print attached flyer here, for full details.
Top 1% Senior at YHS
CSUSB Honors Top 1% of YHS Class of 2010
November 19, 2009
The top 1% of the Yucaipa High School senior class was recently honored at a California State University, San Bernardino, dinner along with other county students in the top 1% at their respective schools.  In addition, YHS held a luncheon in their honor.  Students pictured from left to right are:  Thomas Moneymaker, Helen Smith, Michelle Nguyen, Justin Belicki, Ted Alejandre, and Bradley Beler.  (Photo by Barbara Alejandre)
MVMS Dedication
Mesa View MS Dedication Ceremony
October 12, 2009
Mesa View Middle School was dedicated on Saturday, October 10.  Members of the community gathered with school personnel and students for the kick off of the District's newest school. 

Click here to view the slideshow by Mesa View teacher Mark Watkins.
County Teacher of the Year
Valesca Lopez County Teacher of the Year
September 4, 2009
Congratulations to Valesca Lopez, Mesa View Middle School 7th/8th grade science teacher, on being named 2009 County Teacher of the Year.   Mrs. Lopez was honored recently at a County celebration, and she is eligible for consideration for the State Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced later this month.  Pictured here are YCJUSD attendees at the County celebration event:  (Back Row L to R) Jim Stolze, MVMS Principal; Jeff Litel, PVMS Principal; Rick LeVan, MVMS teacher and former county and state teacher of the year; Joe Malatesta, PVMS Assistant Principal; Zach More, MVMS teacher; (Front Row L to R) Laura Stickney, PVMS teacher; Valesca Lopez, MVMS teacher and honored County Teacher of the Year; and Lucia Hudec, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.
Summer School Program Recognized
September 9, 2009
The 2009 Summer School program was recognized by the School Board members Patty Ingram, Jim Taylor, Chuck Christie and Jane Smith on September 8, 2009. Principals Eric Vreeman and Christina Pierce, along with Superintendent Sherry Kendrick and Board Members  presented certificates of appreciation to key summer school personnel. Joe Mead, The Warne Foundation represented by Victoria Erautt, Jimmy Nieto and Mike Mobley all were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the elementary and secondary Summer School programs of 2009!

MVMS Mustang Logo
Mesa View MS Prepares for Opening
July 30, 2009
YCJUSD's newest school, Mesa View Middle School, will open for students on Monday, August 17.  MVMS art teacher, Mike Bennett, is shown here volunteering his time over the summer in order to paint the school's mascot on the side of a building.  Mesa View Middle School is located at 800 Mustang Way in Calimesa.
June 11, 2009
Yucaipa HS Graduation 2009
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell (center), County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gary Thomas (second from right), and YCJUSD administrators and school board members pose in their academic regalia prior to presiding over the graduation of the Yucaipa High School Class of 2009.
YHS Class of 2009
Yucaipa HS Graduation Tonight!
June 10, 2009
The Yucaipa High School Class of 2009 commencement ceremony will take place tonight, Wednesday, June 10, at 7 p.m. in the Thunderbird Stadium.  The parking lot and gates will open at 5 p.m.  Parking with shuttle services to the stadium will be available also at the 9th Grade Campus on Sixth Street, Dunlap Elementary School on Avenue E, and Crafton Hills College on Sand Canyon Drive.  This marks the 49th commencement for Yucaipa High School.  State Superintendent of Schools, Jack O'Connell, will be delivering one of the keynote addresses.
CMS Closing Ceremony
Farewell to Canyon Middle School
June 10, 2009
Closing ceremonies were held for Canyon Middle School on its last day of service to the District, June 10, 2009.  Principal Jim Stolze served as master of ceremonies for an event that covered the educational and cultural history of the school's eight years in existence.  The District Superintendent, Dr. Sherry Kendrick, as well as Melissa Moore and Eric Vreeman, former principals, all shared anecdotal memories.  Click here for slideshow.

Canyon Middle School opened in August 2001, taking over a campus that formerly housed Wildwood Elementary School while its permanent facilities were being built.  During that time, the school has received many honors--as a school, but also awards won by its staff and students.  Most recently, Canyon was awarded the 2009 California Distinguished School Award.  During the ceremony students from the current student body, as well as from the first student body, spoke.  A collage of photographs was presented by students to the School Board members present--Dr. Sue Brown and Dr. Chuck Christie.  A representative from the office of Senator Bob Dutton presented the principal with a proclamation.  Finally, Principal Stolze presented "keys" to the school to Corey Loomis, Green Valley High School Principal and Nancy Robbins, Adult School Secretary, who represent the next tenants for the campus:  Green Valley High School and Yucaipa Adult School. 

As the festivities closed, the school's mascot--Odie the Coyote--rode off to the West on the back of a horse.  Canyon's staff and students will become the staff and students of Mesa View Middle School in August, and Mesa View's mascot is the Mustang.
Canyon MS DS Award
Distinguished School Awards Ceremony
June 3, 2009
At an awards ceremony held on May 29 at the Disneyland Hotel, Canyon Middle School was honored with the California Distinguished School Award. Pictured from left to right back row are: Dr. Chuck Christie, Board member; Jim Stolze, Principal Canyon Middle School; Jack O’Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Dr. Sherry Kendrick, YCJUSD Superintendent; and Melissa Moore, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources and former Canyon Principal.  Seated from left to right are: Karla Christie, CMS retired teacher; Melanie Nicholson, CMS Secretary; Darlene Pitman, CMS teacher; and Randy Peters, CMS teacher.
Yucaipa HS Celebrates 50th Anniversary!
May 2, 2009
Hundreds gathered on Friday, May 1, at the Yucaipa High School  Sixth Street Campus--the original site of Yucaipa High School--to celebrate 50 Years of Excellence.  A live band played music of the 50s and 60s, a barbecue booth provided hundreds of free burgers, photographers took commemorative pictures, dozens of displays in the gym took attendees down memory lane, a Past Pleasures Car Show covered the basketball courts, and a special ceremony featured declarations from the City of Yucaipa and local political officials.  Teachers and students from the classes attending YHS from 1959 to the present were all taking in the event.  But, best of all, the community pride shone above all else.  The event was coordinated by a special committee incorporating alumni, retired district teachers, current district staff, the Yucaipa Historical Society, and the City of Yucaipa.
County Multilingual Education Awards
April 29, 2009
Several YCJUSD staff members were honored at the 2009 San Bernardino County Multilingual Awards Banquet on Friday, April 24, at the Marriott in Ontario.  Recipients were nominated by their school sites and peers.  YCJUSD had four award recipients this school year in the following categories:
  • Teacher--Theresa Palmer, Park View Middle School
  • Teacher--Daniel Pew, Adult School
  • Paraprofessional--Martha Higuera, Ridgeview Elementary
  • Resource/Support Staff--Rachel Orellana, Dunlap Elementary
The banquet was also attended by Dunlap Elementary Principal, Frank Tucci; Ridgeview Elementary Principal, Linda Moffatt; Park View Middle School Principal, Jeff Litel; Rachel Orellana's husband; and Director of Curriculum K-12, Dr. Cartha Tennille.  Theresa Palmer is pictured (in slideshow) with SBCSS Assistant Superintendent Dr. Beth Higbee and Lizette Diaz, English Learner Coordinator.  Martha Higuera is pictured with Linda Moffatt and Rachel Orellana is pictured with Frank Tucci.
H1N1 Virus
H1N1 Virus (Human Swine Flu)
May 6, 2009
Check our H1N1 Virus page for information and announcements regarding the H1N1 Virus (Human Swine Flu).
County Science Fair 2009
District's Students Score at County Science and Engineering Fair
April 17, 2009
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District Students performed exceptionally well this year at the RIMS County Science and Engineering Fair at the National Orange Show April 14-15, 2009.  Two hundred ten schools participated and YCJUSD students received nine bronze, five silver, and three gold medal awards. Additionally, one student was awarded the top elementary award, the prestigious Sweepstakes Trophy. 
Garrett D. was the recipient of one of two gold medals awarded to Ridgeview Elementary School.  This year there were only three Sweepstakes awards presented, one for Junior Division, one for Senior Division, and one for the Elementary Division.  Garrett’s Science Fair Project Objective was to attempt to create an alternative fuel by separating hydrogen from oxygen molecules in water. 
Heather L., also from Ridgeview, was awarded a Gold Medal for her 5th grade project with the objective of evaluating which product cleans hands better--hand sanitizer or washing hands with soap and water.  Only 34 gold medals were awarded in the elementary division.  That means the YCJUSD students received about ten percent of the gold medals this year.
Christopher E., who was awarded Gold last year that was distinguished as an environmental award for his project on how to determine the fire resistance of various trees, was awarded his second Gold medal this year.  His 5th grade project objective was to determine the fuel efficiency of specific driving habits and how modifying driving habits can save gas.
Ridgeview Elementary School students were awarded two gold, one silver, and two bronze medals at the science fair.  Christopher E. was awarded the gold medal.  Ryan C., a 4th grade Ridgeview student, was awarded the silver because he found that his dad’s blood pressure rose higher than his while playing video games.  Both Jacob Z. and Aubrey C. were awarded bronze medals for their entries.
Juan G. from Yucaipa Elementary and Johnathan B. from Dunlap Elementary were awarded bronze medals at the county fair.
Park View Middle School was awarded two silver medals in the 8th grade division.  Alesia A. attempted to reduce bacteria from a dirty sponge and dishcloth by using hot, soapy tap water, 10% chlorine bleach solution, and a microwave oven.  Amanda L. tested anti-bubbles made in a basic, acid, or neutral solution.  She, too, received a silver medal at the county fair.
Kaitlyn L. a 6th grader from Chapman Heights Elementary, was awarded a silver medal for testing which small animal bedding could absorb moisture and control odor most effectively.
Wildwood Elementary had six projects awarded at the county science fair.  Christopher E. was awarded the gold medal.  Christian L., in sixth grade, was awarded a silver medal for comparing a vertical and horizontal windmill for their power output using different materials and angles of the blades.  Allison B., Courtney C., Hannah S., Heather G., from 4th grade, all received bronze medals from WES.
Teachers Crystal Farritor, Park View Middle School; Thomas Dryer, Ridgeview Elementary School; and Heather Leon, YHS-9 campus, were all present to support the district team of students.  The District Science Fair coordinator was Trent Lacey, District Teacher on Assignment in Math and Science.
Madrigals Carnegie Hall
Yucaipa HS Madrigals Sing at Carnegie Hall
April 17, 2009
The Yucaipa High School Madrigal Singers recently returned from a trip to New York City, where they performed by invitation at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.  The entire group of students was offered full scholarship at Fresno State University by Dr. Anna Hamre, who conducted the combined California choir, which featured the YHS singers.  While in New York, the students spent many hours rehearsing, but also found time to visit such sites as the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, and even took in a Broadway musical.  Pictured here in Times Square are the Madrigals, along with their director, YHS teacher Drew Pulver, and parent chaperones.
Pete Krupka--County School Classified Employee of the Year
April 13, 2009
SAN BERNARDINO – County Superintendent Gary Thomas announced six San Bernardino County school workers as 2009 Classified School Employees of the Year. They were recognized by the County Board of Education on April 6, 2009.
"Representing the thousands of classified employees, these recipients have shown outstanding ability in helping to create safe and productive environments for students so that they can achieve," Thomas said.

The employees were nominated by their school districts and selected by a judging panel for the statewide program, which was initiated last year by Jack O'Connell, the state superintendent of Public Instruction. The county winners advance to a California Classified Employees of the Year competition. The state recipients will be announced in late April.

Pete Krupka, skilled maintenance craftsman, in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District was selected in the category of Maintenance and Operations,  Krupka has worked in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District Maintenance and Operations Division for the past 11 years.  "Pete demonstrates motivation and dedication to his job and any other school district tasks or needs that he is asked to do year after year," wrote Maintenance Manager Ed Quintero in Krupka's nomination.

Pictured are County Board Member Alan Ritchie, Krupka, and County Superintendent Gary Thomas.
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California Distinguished School--Canyon Middle School
April 3, 2009
On April 2, 2009, State Superintendent of Instruction Jack O'Connell named Canyon Middle School as a California Distinguished School.  Canyon is one of 261 California middle and high schools to earn the distinction.  "These outstanding schools represent the pinnacle of high achievement, and I'm so proud that the work of students, staff, teachers and administrators, as well as the district leadership at these distinguished schools has been recognized," County Superintendent Gary Thomas said.

Initiated in 1985, the California Distinguished Schools program honors elementary and secondary schools in alternate years.  The award is recognition of the school's educational program, including high expectations for all students, the implementation of state-adopted standards, and visionary and collaborative leadership.

For more information on the California School Recognition Program, visit the California Department of Education Website at
First in Math Competition
April 7, 2009

Over the past months, students at several district schools participated in online math games through the First in Math web site.  Ridgeview Elementary School held a school wide awards ceremony with many parents and community members present.  Students received prizes and awards and the site received a trophy and plaque for the 1.3 million math problems solved just since August.  Three of the Ridgeview classes are currently in the top ten in the State.  Jill Henderson, a representative from the First In Math Company based in Pennsylvania, Dr. Sherry Kendrick, and Teacher on Assignment for Math/Science Trent Lacey traveled to the four award winning sites and each site's festivities was a special experience in its own right.  At Yucaipa and Dunlap Elementary Schools the classes were so excited to hear the history of the creation of the online math games and had special requests and questions for the creator of the First in Math Company, Mr. Son.  At Canyon Middle School, Micah Cassianni received a special award for being the top competitor in the State for seventh grade.  He personally successfully completed over 36,000 math problems this year.  Mr. LeVan’s CMS class was ranked 1st in the State and 12th nationally.  The class did a wonderful demonstration of how the technology works and how to integrate an electronic white board with the First in Math game in order to enhance the students’ experience.  Mrs. Ortiz’s 6th grade class at Dunlap Elementary was awarded 2nd place in the State, but while we were presenting one of her students logged onto the web site to find that the Dunlap 6th grade class had moved into 1st place.
California Youth in Theatre Day
March 26, 2009

On March 24, the Yucaipa High School Theatre Department sent six award winning students to the annual California Youth in Theatre Day in Sacramento. The purpose of the event is to showcase winning theatre work from the state of California, in performances of excerpts for the state's legislators. These students were honored for their work in the YHS Theatre Department's fall play, Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit". They are: Ruben Romero, Taylor Horsfall, Maddie Wert, Amanda Gloudeman, Ellen Drummonds and Kenny Hamilton. Joining them was YHS theatre director Linda deBaun and parents, Cheryl Hamilton and Patty and Ken Hamilton, Sr.

A highlight of the day was a meeting with local assemblyman Paul Cook's aid, Sam Cannon, and the presentation on stage of certificates from Senator Bob Dutton of Rancho Cucamonga, Assemblyman Bill Emmerson from Rancho Cucamonga, and Assemblyman Paul Cook of Yucaipa.

YCJUSD Announced as a State Model SARB Program
March 17, 2009

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced eight school districts have been designated as Model of Dropout Prevention by the State School Attendance Review Board (State SARB).
“Implementing programs to ensure regular school attendance and high school graduation is particularly challenging when school budgets are drastically reduced,” O’Connell said. “These school districts are to be commended for their commitment to ensuring that students with attendance or behavior problems receive assistance and stay in school. Their collaborative efforts with the community bring back students on the margins of our educational system and guide them toward more successful futures.”
Eight school districts in California were selected for their exemplary school attendance review board (SARB) programs: Conejo Valley Unified School District, Colton Joint Unified School District, Hesperia Unified School District, Kern High School District, Palm Springs Unified School District, San Bernardino City Unified School District, Victor Valley Union High School District, and Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.  
A list of the eight districts and SARB chairpersons who can act as mentors for other SARBs in the state is attached. Many of this year’s model SARBs were assisted by last year’s model SARBs which were recognized by the State Superintendent at the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
“These districts have focused on removing barriers to the learning and achievement of students most in need,” O’Connell said. “Attending school and graduating from high school are critically important. These districts have formed successful partnerships with parents and members of the community at large, including law enforcement, social services, mental health, and various youth services agencies to diagnose school attendance problems and get students back in school.”
The SARB process for dropout prevention was created by the state Legislature in 1974 to develop new ways of coordinating school, community, and home efforts to deal with persistent student attendance or behavior problems that can lead to dropping out of school.
In addition to establishing county and local SARBs, the Legislature created the State SARB, a diverse advisory panel of experts, to make annual recommendations to the State Superintendent regarding the needs and services provided to high-risk youth. Members of the State SARB evaluated school district applications for excellence in specific content areas, including SARB chairperson leadership, interventions prior to SARB referral, collaboration, inventory of resources for high-risk youth, goals and objectives, program design and content, measuring and reporting outcomes, and interpersonal communication.
Districts recognized for their model dropout prevention program retain their title through the 2010-11 school year to serve as a mentor for other SARBs seeking to improve their program. This year the model SARBs will be recognized on April 22 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in South Lake Tahoe.
For more information on the SARB process for dropout reduction, please visit the California Department of Education Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ai/sb/
2009 Model SARB Programs
  1. Conejo Valley Unified School District, Linda L. Calvin, Ph.D., SARB Chairperson, Thousand Oaks, 805-497-9511, Superintendent/Designee: Janet A. Cosaro
  2. Colton Joint Unified School District, Amanda Corridan, SARB Chairperson, Colton, 909-580-6521, Superintendent/Designee: James Down.
  3. Hesperia Unified School District, Kenneth L. Larson, SARB Chairperson, Hesperia, 760-244-4411, ext 7256
  4. Kern High School District, Christopher A. Persons, SARB Chairperson, Bakersfield, 661-827-3177, Superintendent/Designee: Donald E. Carter
  5. Palm Springs Unified School District, Michael C.W. Wong, SARB Chairperson, Palm Springs, 760-416-6036
  6. San Bernardino City Unified School District, Susann Hazen, SARB Chairperson, San Bernardino, 909-880-6614, Superintendent/Designee: Ray Culberson
  7. Victor Valley Union High School District, Patricia R. Johnson, SARB Chairperson, Victorville, 760-955-3200, ext. 10292, Superintendent/Designee: Herb Calderon
  8. Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, Mike Likins, SARB Chairperson, Yucaipa, 909-797-0174, ext. 131, Superintendent/Designee: Sherry Kendrick
Hazardous Substance Spill at YHS - Matter Resolved
March 3, 2009
On 3/3/09, at approximately 10 a.m., a hazardous waste issue was noted at Yucaipa High School. Investigators from the sheriff's department, the fire deparment and San Bernardino County HAZMAT Team were called to the scene to investigate a bottle of an unknown substance spilled in the boys locker room. As a precaution, for a short time, these officials did not allow any visitors to enter the campus and students who had not been cleared via the office were not allowed to leave the campus until officials deemed it safe to resume regular activity. After HAZMAT testing of the substance, it was determined that it was neutral and all normal campus activities resumed by 1 p.m.
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YHS Varsity Basketball--Final Games of the Season
February 6, 2009
The teams have been playing their hearts out all season and now are headed into the final week of regular season.  Head coaches for the sport this year are varsity coach Anna Richmond for the Lady T-Birds and Pat McLeod for the boys' team. Come cheer on our varsity players at home or away at the following games which each begin at 6 pm:

Boys’ Game  Location
Girls’ Game Location
Redlands East Valley
AB Miller
Redlands High

Pictured here is one of the varsity Lady T-Birds in a recent game against Eisenhower.  Photos courtesy of Jill Castanon.
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School Board's Annual Tour of Educational Programs
February 4, 2009
The Board of Education toured school sites on February 3, 18, and 27. This process is a part of the annual tour of educational programs organized by the Educational Services Department. School principals were able to highlight unique programs at their school sites such as differentiated instructional time (DIT), Response to Intervention (RtI), and literacy programs. The Board spent time at each school site, observing programs and interacting with staff and students.  Slideshow below.
Board-Approved Elementary/Middle School Boundary Changes for 2011-2012
May 24, 2011

Drastic reductions in State funding and a continued decline in enrollment have made it necessary for the District to make changes to the elementary and middle school attendance boundaries for the 2011-2012 school year.  Click on the school site locator link below, type in your address, and see your school of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Public Health Update: Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
January 21, 2009
The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified District does not sell as part of its meal program, nor has any club or organization sold or distributed, cookie dough that has been recalled from the Ontario company named in the news recently of having found Salmonella in its products.  Please click here to read the California Department of Public Health bulletin on this issue or directly link here to the CDPH website.  For more information on the current national salmonella investigation, please visit the Center for Disease Control web site.
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YHS Girls' Water Polo
January 20, 2009
Yucaipa High School Girls' Water Polo season is well under way.  Pictured here is a shot from the January 19 game against Carter High School. Coached by Mr. Brian White, YHS won the game and moved to 3-0 in league play and 9-5 overall. The girls will play one last home game this season at the Seventh Street Park Pool on February 9.  
Click Here for Season Photo Gallery. All photographs provided by Tom Slider)
Zach More
Zach More County Teacher of the Year
October 9, 2008
Canyon Middle School math teacher Zach More was honored at the October 6 meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Education as one of three County Teachers of the Year.  His name will be submitted to the California Department of Education to compete for the State Teacher of the Year designation.  Mr. More was given a plaque and a certificate of recognition by the County Board of Education President, Dr. Al Waner (pictured at left), and the County Superintendent, Dr. Gary Thomas (pictured at right).  Schools First Federal Credit Union awarded $500 to each Teacher of the Year in recognition of their outstanding contributions to education.
Dr. Brown cutting the ribbon
Chapman Heights Elementary Dedication
September 28, 2008
Hundreds of people gathered early on the morning of Saturday, September 27, in order to participate in the dedication festivities and ribbon cutting for Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District's eighth elementary school, Chapman Heights Elementary.  Dignitaries, including the Yucaipa mayor, Dick Riddell, and city council member, Denise Hoyt, as well as several of the District's Board members, Dr. Sue Brown, Patricia Ingram, and Joyella Beuler, and the Superintendent, Dr. Sherry Kendrick, and Assistant Superintendents participated in the event.  Students from several classrooms presented various patriotic musical numbers, and the Yucaipa High School Madrigals also performed. Click here for slideshow.
Yucaipa HS Class of 2008
YHS Class of 2008 Commencement
June 20, 2008
The Yucaipa HS Class of 2008 commencement was one rich with excitement and meaningful speeches by staff and students.  For more pictures and videos, visit www.yucaipahigh.com.
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Valley Elementary Honored by County
June 12, 2008
Valley Elementary School staff and District officials were recently honored by the County of San Bernardino for the school's 2008 California Distinguished School Award which was a presented to them in May by the State Superintendent of Schools.  (Pictured:  Pam Whitehurst, VES Principal; Dana Carter, VES Assistant Principal; Dr. Herb Fischer, County Superintendent; Dr. Al Waner, County Board of Education, Dr. Sherry Kendrick, District Superintendent; Lucia Hudec, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services; Dr. Sue Brown, YCJUSD Board Member; and VES teachers Adrienne Marshall, Debra Hitter, Kenny Hall, and Maggie Stevenson.)
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Valley Elementary Receives CA Distinguished School Award
May 20, 2008
At a ceremony which took place at the Disneyland Hotel last week, Valley Elementary School officially received recognition as a 2008 California Distinguished School.  The award was presented to Principal Pam Whitehurst and District Superintendent Dr. Sherry Kendrick by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell.  Also in attendance were several Valley staff members.  Congratulations, Valley Elementary School!  (Pictured here are Pam Whitehurst, Principal; Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction; and Dr. Sherry Kendrick, District Superintendent.  Click here for additional pictures.)
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Ted Alejandre Speaks at Education Coalition Rally
May 16, 2008

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Ted Alejandre was one of the speakers at the Education Coalition Rally held in San Bernardino on May 14. Here he is pictured with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell and Barbara Alejandre, his wife.

Trevor Hoyt
Yucaipa HS Men's Swim Team Wins CIF Southern Section Division I Championship!
May 12, 2008
The Yucaipa High School Men's Swimming Team dominated by a wide margin the best of Southern California's high school swim teams in the Division I CIF Finals held at the Belmont Swim Complex in Long Beach last week.  The Redlands HS team came in second at 198 points, behind Yucaipa's 241, giving the Inland Empire a well-deserved, but long-awaited recognition in the world of swimming.  Of eleven events in the CIF finals, Yucaipa won took first in five of them, including Division I meet records and a national record.  For more information, check the Yucaipa High School web page or read the Press Enterprise or Sun newspaper articles.  Pictured:  Junior Trevor Hoyt setting a CIF Division I meet record in the 200 Individual Medley (picture by Mark Zaleski, Press Enterprise).
Purchasing Manager Barbra Newlin Receives CASBO Award
May 12, 2008
Barbra Newlin, YCJUSD Purchasing/Reprographics Manager, was awarded the "Unsung Hero" Award at the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Conference held recently in Anaheim.  This special state-wide recognition is given to a district Purchasing Manager who exemplifies the outstanding qualities, customer service, and professionalism that is the criteria for this award.  Newlin was nominated by Mary-Jane Anderson, Program Manager for Purchasing and Contracts at the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.  Ms. Newlin will be recognized at the YCJUSD Board of Education meeting on May 13.
Cheryl Spurgin
Wildwood's Cheryl Spurgin State Classified Employee of the Year
May 1, 2008
Dr. Sherry Kendrick, District Superintendent, is pleased to announce that Cheryl Spurgin, Lead Custodian at Wildwood Elementary School, has been named one of six state classified employees of the year.  Spurgin was presented her award recently by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O'Connell, at a luncheon in Sacramento.
Multilingual Awards
County Multilingual Award Recipients
May 8, 2008
Congratulations to Nancy Garrison (Yucaipa Elementary), Evangelina "Angie" Montez (Calimesa Elementary), Dana Carter (Yucaipa Elementary), and Christina Pierce (YHS-9), and --recipients of the San Bernardino County 21st Annual Multilingual Award at a recognition banquet held at the Ontario Airport Marriott, on Friday, April 25th.  The Multilingual Award Program recognizes the dedication of individuals who have made a difference in multilingual education.  These recipients will also be recognized at the May 27 YCJUSD Board of Education meeting.  SLIDESHOW
Madrigals at Great Wall
Yucaipa HS Madrigals Are Home From China!
March 15, 2008
The Yucaipa High School Madrigal Singers were in Beijing and Shanghai March 14-23 as invited artists to perform in several venues including the Forbidden City Concert Hall, at the Great Wall, and at several other locations, including schools.  The Yucaipa HS Madrigal Singers were part of the California Tribute to the 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing's Pre-Olympics Arts Festival, and sang with a larger group including a university and two other California high school choral groups.  The YHS Madrigals  also performed alone at most of the venues.  The group raised thousands of dollars to make the trip and is very grateful to a supportive community.  The Madrigals were chaperoned by Drew Pulver, YHS Choral Music Director, and Corey Loomis, YHS Assistant Principal.  This picture shows them at the Great Wall of China.
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Parent University Workshop Series
May 1, 2008
The Parent University Workshop Series continues on May 8 with a workshop on Grief and Loss.  The workshop will be presented by Melinda Moneymaker from the Vista Guidance Center at 7 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office on Third Street.  Spanish language translation will be available.  Download the flyer.
Kindergarten Registration
Fall Kindergarten Registration Is Underway
February 7, 2008
Registration for Kindergarten for the 2008-2009 school year began on March 3 at school sites.  For further information, check out our Kindergarten Registration page.
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Summer School Information
February 1, 2008

Elementary Summer School
will take place July 1-24 (one session only) at Valley Elementary School.  Summer school hours will be Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  No transportation will be provided.

Secondary Summer School will take place at the Yucaipa High School Ninth Grade Campus, which is located at 12358 Sixth Street in Yucaipa.  Classes will be held on Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  No transportation will be provided.  Session dates are: 

  • Session 1:  June 24-July 15, 2008; 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Session 2:  July 16-August 6, 2008; 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
January 14, 2010

The principal mission of the Fitness testing program is to promote lifelong physical activity among youth. The program endorses a long-term view of physical education in which the promotion of lifelong habits of physical activity is the primary goal. Developing fitness and improving skills are important in physical education, but these objectives should be framed within a broader goal aimed at providing children with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to be active for a lifetime.
Each spring, our school district is required by law (California Education Code Section 60800) to administer the state-designated Physical Fitness Test, “Fitnessgram” to all students in grades five, seven, and nine during the annual assessment window beginning February 1 and ending May 31 of each year.
Fitnessgram is a comprehensive fitness assessment battery for youth. It includes a variety of health-related physical fitness tests designed to assess cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. “Fitnessgram” allows all children the opportunity to be successful in accomplishing objectives associated with good health and improved function.
Results from the “Fitnessgram” are reported to the State Department of Education and school, district, and county reports become available in mid to late summer. Information regarding your school’s Physical Fitness data is available in the School Accountability Report Card (SARC). Individual parent reports outlining your child’s results are mailed home during the summer.
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