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San Marcos Unified School District Superintendent Selection Community Forums

Dear San Marcos Families,

The San Marcos Unified Governing Board has selected Dave Long & Associates Executive Search Services as the consultant to assist the Board in their search for a new superintendent.

The Board wishes to extend an invitation to all members of the community to meet with advisers, Dr. John A. Roach and Beverly M. Hempstead, on the following dates, time and location to discuss the specific traits, skills, abilities and experience desired in the new superintendent:

March 15, 2017 6:30 – 9:00pm – San Marcos High School – Room 205, 2nd Floor

March 22, 2017 6:30 – 9:00pm – Mission Hills High School – Library

Community members can also provide input regarding the Superintendent Selection criteria by completing a brief survey HERE.

Hard copies of the survey will also be available at District schools and the SMUSD District Office located at 255 Pico Avenue, Suite 250, San Marcos, CA 92069 and may be returned to the district office or mailed to:

John Roach or Beverly M. Hempstead, DLA Advisers
c/o Henry Voros
San Marcos Unified School District
255 Pico Avenue, Suite 250 San Marcos, CA 92069

All survey responses are due on or before APRIL 11, 2017.

A Message from the District Regarding Lead Testing

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Good afternoon San Marcos Families,

As you may have seen in the media, there was a drinking fountain that was recently removed from San Marcos Middle School after it was discovered to have a higher level of lead than is considered safe.

It is critical to San Marcos Unified to ensure that the water used by our students, staff, and community is safe.  In addition to having the water tested at all of our school locations, we also wanted to provide information to our community regarding the steps leading up to this action.

What resulted in San Marcos Unified School District conducting tests at three District schools?

Following the event in Flint (Michigan), The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) amended the permit for all public water system in California in order to mandate free lead testing in schools, if requested by the school district.

While not required, Vallecitos Water District notified the District of this new mandate from the SWRCB.  The mandate became effective in January 2017.

Why did the District choose to test Alvin Dunn Elementary, Richland Elementary, and San Marcos Middle School?

In 1986, the use of lead solder was banned from use in joining copper pipes.  These three schools were originally constructed prior to 1986.  All other schools in the District were constructed or renovated after 1986.

What are the measurement standards?

The current standards followed by the Vallecitos Water District were developed and implemented by the United States EPA in 1991.  The standards state that the Action Level (AL) for lead is 15 ug/L.  This is defined to mean “micrograms per liter” or “parts per billion”.

The Department of Drinking Water regulations state that any results at 15 ug/L or less are considered safe.

What were the results of the tests conducted?

At Alvin Dunn Elementary, five samples were collected.  All results were below the 15 ug/L Action Level.

At Richland Elementary, five samples were collected.  All results were below the 15 ug/L Action Level.

At San Marcos Middle School, five samples were collected.  Four results were below the 15 ug/L Action while one sample was above.

What does this mean and what did the District do?

It is important to note that the water received from Vallecitos Water District meets current standards and regulations.

In this instance, the sample from a fixture (drinking fountain) at San Marcos Middle School had a higher level greater than 15 ug/L.  When the District was notified of the results, the fixture was removed from service.

The District is also making arrangements to have additional tests conducted at other locations at San Marcos Middle School.

Have there been any illnesses reported due to this drinking fountain?

No.  There have not been any reports of illness that are due to or can be traced back to this drinking fountain.

What can I do if I’m worried about my child having lead poisoning?

You can contact the California Department of Public Health – Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 619-692-8487. The best recommendation we can offer is to take your child to their general physician for blood tests.

Palomar Promise Program Guarantees Free Tuition to SMUSD Graduates

Starting in the Fall of 2017, eligible graduates of San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) will be able to attend Palomar College full-time and tuition-free for up to two years while pursuing an associate’s degree, transfer requirements, and/or a certificate program.

The San Marcos Unified School District and The San Marcos Promise, along with the Palomar College Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Palomar College to create a unique opportunity called the Palomar Promise.

“San Marcos Unified, in partnership with The San Marcos Promise, is proud to announce its ‘promise’ with Palomar Community College.  This is a historic partnership, considering SMUSD will be the first district in North County to establish admission to Palomar College with a guaranteed scholarship provided by The San Marcos Promise and the Palomar College Foundation.  We are so grateful to Palomar College for providing this opportunity for SMUSD graduates,” said Dr. Kevin Holt, San Marcos Unified School District Superintendent.
The Palomar Promise will build on the Palomar Pathways Program implemented at San Marcos High School in 2015-16. In addition to receiving tuition assistance up to $600/semester or $1,200/year from The San Marcos Promise and Palomar College Foundations, students will be provided tools to set career goals and participate in transition activities to increase college persistence.
Adrian Gonzales, Palomar College Interim Superintendent/President, could not have been happier to provide support for this initiative,  “Palomar College has been serving this region for over 70 years and our partnering with San Marcos Unified to provide a free community college education to eligible students sends a strong message to local families that we are united in supporting our community.”
Eligibility for the Palomar Promise will require students to graduate from SMUSD with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and place into transferable Math, English and Reading, as indicated by Palomar placement test results.  In addition, students will be required to complete the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as the Palomar College Foundation Scholarship Application prior to the deadline each year.

The San Marcos Promise views the Palomar Promise Program as a natural extension of workforce development that will provide equitable opportunities for students seeking job training, certificate programs, associate or bachelor’s degrees.

“The Palomar Promise is the right thing to do.  It’s right for our kids, for business, and for our community.  Having affordable pathways to college and career in the comfort of your city makes San Marcos a special place to live,” said Herbie Smith, Executive Director of The San Marcos Promise Foundation.

The San Marcos Promise and Palomar College Foundation will continue to establishcommunity partnerships to ensure the Palomar Promise grows throughout the district. Both foundations are ideal organizations to provide financial support for SMUSD college-bound students.

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Preview: Vista Panthers vs. San Marcos Knights – KUSI News – San Diego, CA

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Preview: Vista Panthers vs. San Marcos Knights Posted: By Ashley Washburn Week 13 of The Prep Pigskin Report showcases you a quarterfinal Division 1 match-up between #12 seed Vista High School (4-7) and #4 seed San Marcos High School (6-4).

 

 

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he Vista Panthers have a lot of momentum on their side this week after coming off a huge upset last Friday night against Ramona High School. The Red and Black stunned the #5 seed in a 23-11 victory, cutting the Bulldogs season earlier than expected.

 

 

San Marcos on the other hand had an extra week of preparation for this game, due to receiving the #4 seed and scoring a bye during the first round of playoffs. The Knights took this extra week of practice to get the rest of their team healthy and ready for playoffs.

Source: Preview: Vista Panthers vs. San Marcos Knights – KUSI News – San Diego, CA

San Marcos Goes Back to School-Update from The City of San Marcos

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Back to School Update from The City of San Marcos.

As the summer winds down, San Marcos students are headed back to school. With elementary, middle and high schools along with Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College back in session this month, I-15 and SR-78 travelers can expect increased traffic delays during their daily commute.

While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that relief is on the way. In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are nearing completion.

More than $3 million of construction projects are being completed this fall to improve the Rancho Santa Fe Road and other streets throughout San Marcos. During construction, businesses in the area will remain open and those directly affected by the improvement projects will receive notice of scheduled work.

During the school year and periods of roadway construction, drive with caution and set those alarm clocks a little earlier to provide ample time to reach your destination safely and on time.

For more information about road work in San Marcos, visit www.san-marcos.net/roadwork.

San Marcos to present annual Fourth of July Celebration

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Community donations accepted through July 5

San Marcos will present its annual Fourth of July Celebration and fireworks show at Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Drive. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Freedom” and festivities begin at 6 pm with entertainment featuring Beta Maxx. A professional fireworks show will launch at 9 pm.

“For the past 35 years, San Marcos has been home to one of the most spirited Fourth of July celebrations in North County San Diego, said Community Services Director Buck Martin. “This event is entirely dependent on private donations and features entertainment for the whole family.”

Attendees can look forward to carnival games, jumpers and on-site food sales. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating.

This free event is provided each year by generous donations from community leaders, businesses and San Marcos residents. Community members and businesses are encouraged to make a tax-deductable contribution toward the event and to ensure a spectacular fireworks display.

For more information about the event, please contact San Marcos Community Services at (760) 744-9000. To donate to the fireworks display, visit www.gofundme.com/SM2016Fireworks

San Elijo Hills Resident Crowned Miss Teenage California 2016

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Emily Clifford of San Elijo Hills was crowned Miss Teenage California 2016. She was awarded a $10,000 scholarship for the school of her choice. She won an additional $1000 for winning the Most Photogenic Award.
 
The Pageant was held this past weekend at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Orange County. Emily is a freshman at San Marcos High School. She is a member of her Varsity Cheerleading Team. Emily’s Parents are Chad & Michele Clifford who have lived in San Elijo Hills since 2006. 

Dance With A Knight, February 5, 2016

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We are pleased to announce the 2016 San Marcos High School Dance With A Knight event, to be held on Friday February 5 at San Marcos High School!  Attached is a flyer with all of the details.  To guarantee a participant a spot, simply register on our website:

Dance With A Knight
Thanks for your support of the SMHS Dance Team!

A message from SAN MARCOS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

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A message from SAN MARCOS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Dear San Marcos Families,

Given the situation in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I wanted to reassure all of our families that the San Marcos Unified School District is not aware of any threat to the schools in our district.

We are in constant communication with the San Diego County Sherriff’s Department – they have added additional patrols today as an added precaution. Additionally, all of our employees received a copy of the district’s protocol and procedures regarding bomb threats.

As always, safety is our highest priority, and we will do our upmost to ensure a safe environment for each of the students in our district.

Regards,

Kevin Holt, Ed.D
Superintendent
San Marcos Unified School District

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