New teachers, programs at Mission Bay Cluster; new school year begins Sept. 8
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The 2015-16 school year for Mission Bay Cluster’s six schools – Barnard Asia Pacific Language Academy, Crown Point, Mission Bay High, Pacific Beach Elementary, Pacific Beach Middle and Kate Sessions – looks promising.

“Mission Bay High School (MBHS) is excited for the upcoming school year,” said second-year principal Ernest Remillard at the school, located at 2475 Grand Ave. “Obviously the biggest news is Friday the 28th will mark the first night football game at MBHS, with the varsity game against rival West Hills starting at 6 p.m.”

Remillard introduced new engineering teacher Alex Cannon, whom he described as “amazing.” He noted Cannon “is interested in getting the community involved in the projects he has running in his class. Alex has some ideas for some community connection.”

Margaret Joseph, principal at Kate Sessions Elementary School at 2150 Beryl St., was similarly upbeat.

“In a few days, the hallways and playgrounds will be buzzing with the sounds of students excited for a new school year at Sessions,” she said. “They should be excited – we have lots of wonderful things planned for them this school year.”

Officials at Crown Point Junior Music Academy (CPJMA), at 4033 Ingraham St., are also looking forward to hitting the ground running this year.

The elementary school is hosting a Back to School Resource Fair open to the public from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3.

At the school fair, parents can learn about the school’s “music programs, make new friends, shop vendor booths and enjoy student performances and live entertainment,” said school assistant Catalina Valenzuela.

PBMS and MBHS reps will also have their orientation in Crown Point’s library during the same hours.

New this year, CPJMA has become Partners in Education with the La Jolla Music Society, said Valenzuela.

“The education manager from the La Jolla Music Society and CPJMA principal Bartolini will be working together to build student curriculum, bring professional performances to CPJMA and provide Professional Development for Teachers,” noted Valenzuela.

Remillard added the high school will also be “growing our Game Design pathway this year. Mr. Corbin has added a new more advanced course to the sequence.

“Our IB program continues to grow and flourish,” added Remillard. “We had 18 students receive the full International Baccalaureate Diploma last school year. These students completed all of the required course work, including extended essay, Community Action and Service (CAS) requirement, and passed college-level exams.”

Remillard noted that “more than half of last year’s juniors and seniors complete IB and Advanced Placement course work.”

The high school principal said he is “looking forward to see the accomplishments of our kids in the classroom,  participating in afterschool programs and during athletic competitions.”

Sessions principal Joseph said her school has added a new kindergarten teacher this year, Nancy Peters. 

“She is an experienced teacher coming to us from Nye Elementary School,” Joseph said.

“Luckily, our entire staff is returning to provide exemplary instruction to all students in grades TK-5.”

Joseph added all Sessions classroom teachers will implement the new writing curriculum created by Lucy Calkins. 

“Teachers attended training during the summer in order to best facilitate the instructional needs for students,” she said. “This new writing curriculum is grounded in the workshop model, which allows students to fully engage in writing, connect with mentor texts, and collaborate with others.”

Joseph added both of the school’s reading and writing programs will “enhance our International Baccalaureate focus.” 

 New student orientation for Sessions transitional kindergarten (TK) and kindergarten students will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 4, while new students in grades 1-5 will have their new student orientation at 11 a.m. on the same day.



Safety Sidebar


Back-to-School Safety Reminders

 ·  Never let children under age 10 cross the street alone. Teach children to recognize and obey traffic signals and pavement markings while choosing the safest route between home and school and practice walking it.

· Cross streets only in crosswalks; never enter streets from between parked cars or from behind shrubbery.

· Use the same route every day and avoid shortcuts.

· Children shouldn’t speak to strangers; if a stranger approaches, have them tell a trusted adult such as a parent or teacher.

·  Arrive at the bus stop at least 10 minutes before the scheduled arrival of the bus.

·  Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting on or out.

·   Do not shout or distract the driver.

·   Do not walk in the driver's "blind spot" -- the area from the front of the bus to about 12 feet in front of the bus.

· Regarding bicycles, wear a helmet. State law requires it and they can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent.

·  Stay on the right-hand side of the road and ride in the same direction as traffic.

· When driving to school always use child safety seats and safety belts correctly.

· Arrive early, especially the first few weeks of school, and use the school's designated student drop-off and pick-up zone.

·  Do not double park or make u-turns in front of the school.

·  Children should enter and leave the car on its curb side.

• Never text while driving.

• It is important for parents to remember to always set a good example for children, whether walking, riding or driving.


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