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.
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
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.
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:
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.
Kevin Holt, Ed.D
San Marcos Unified School District
This poll was suggested by a local San Elijo Hills homeowner and longtime reader of San Elijo Life. The poll is designed to engage the community of San Marcos and generate some thought and discussion into one potential option for reducing school generated traffic and congestion. Who can share the history of school buses in San Marcos?
Option 1: Taxes assessed to all homeowners (consider that this could provide buses for all schools in SMUSD). Assuming that not all homeowners have kids nor will have kids, a tax may be looked down upon but the argument could also be made that the buses will reduce the traffic and congestion in general.
Option 2: A private charter solution could be controlled in terms of costs by only billing parents that opt-in but this would also restrict the passengers to only kids that pay. Parents could opt-in or out annually based upon their kids age and attendance. It’s assumed it would be a higher cost option.
To opt out, parents must file a personal belief exemption, or PBE, a signed statement that vaccines are against their personal beliefs. In the 2007-2008 school year, the statewide California PBE rate was 1.56%. By 2013-2014, the most recent year California statistics are available, the rate had jumped to 3.15%.
San Marcos Schools that appear –
PBE =personal belief exemption
School Name City County PBE%
Saint Joseph Academy San Marcos San Diego 16%
Discovery Elementary San Marcos San Diego 5%
Knob Hill Elementary San Marcos San Diego 4%
San Elijo Elementary San Marcos San Diego 3%
Richland Elementary San Marcos San Diego 2%
Paloma Elementary San Marcos San Diego 1%
Twin Oaks Elementary San Marcos San Diego 1%
Alvin M. Dunn Elementary San Marcos San Diego 0
San Marcos Elementary San Marcos San Diego 0
High Tech Elementary North County San Marcos San Diego 0
ENCINITAS, SAN MARCOS FACE TOUGH LABOR TALKS OVER AIDES
Part-timers also negotiating for benefits in Encinitas, San Marcos
School districts in Encinitas and San Marcos are locked in labor negotiations with an employees union that wants health benefits and more work hours for instructional aides, the front-line workers who help students with special needs. READ MORE VIA UT
San Marcos, CA – Through December 19th, more than 400,000 K-12 students, educators and parents will complete the Speak Up 2014 online survey and share their ideas about education and technology with our national leaders. The annual survey is now open for input and is facilitated through public, private and charter schools all around the country; every school is eligible to participate. The results provide important insights about education, technology and student aspirations to individual schools, state departments of education and national leaders.
“Each year more schools sign up to be part of Speak Up because it offers them – their students, parents, staff and members of the community – a way to express their opinions about the future of learning, local and national policies, how teaching could be improved and more,” said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, the survey’s facilitator and a national leader in empowering students to have a voice in improving education in the 21st century.
“San Elijo Middle School has been a leader in technology since opening in 2004. Now in our 11th year, we continue to provide our staff and students with access to the best technology available and the results are irrefutable.”
The 2014 online survey – open now through December 19th for all K-12 students, parents, members of the community, teachers, and administrators at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/ – offers the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered input on education and technology from those ‘on the ground’ in the schools. For the first time, Project Tomorrow, will also provide a special online survey for community members. Local employers, after school providers, school board members and homeowners without children in the local schools can now provide their views on the role of technology in preparing students for the jobs and careers of the 21st century. This new set of data will provide valuable insights for schools and districts as well as state and federal policymakers on the importance of digital tools and resources for college and career readiness. Additionally, both parents and community members will also be asked about their awareness of the new Common Core State Standards, and the sources, both digital and non-digital, of their information about the new standards.
Incumbent Pam Lindamood and Stacy Carlson are elected to San Marcos Unified School Board.
The San Marcos Unified School District Board of Education consists of five members elected at-large to four-year terms. Two seats were up for election in 2014, and three seats will be up for election in 2016.