Category Archives: San Marcos Unified School District

Update sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families

This email was sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families Today


Hello SEES Families,

Thank you for your quick response to our incident on Monday morning on the trails.  With the help of several parents, we have been able to identify the person who was offering our students candy.  Our school resource officer visited his home and spoke to him and his family about stopping this action immediately.  The man does live in our community so you may encounter him on the trails. We have no further information to believe that there is any further concern.

Please continue ongoing conversations with students about stranger danger as well as keeping the school office informed of any situations.

Thank you for your support!

Carolyn Kalicki and Jimmy Miringoff

SEES Administration

San Marcos Unified has delayed the opening of Double Peak School due to a legal dispute. |


The opening of Double Peak School, the first K-8 grade school in the San Marcos Unified School District, has been delayed because of a legal dispute over the purchase of a small piece of land necessary to complete road improvements.

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San Elijo Middle School Receives California Gold Ribbon School Award


San Elijo Middle School was named as one of 193 middle schools in California to receive the Gold Ribbon School Award.  The new program is temporarily taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program while California creates new assessment and accountability systems.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, said, “These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” Torlakson said. “They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate.”

Doug Hall, principal at San Elijo Middle, couldn’t agree more.  “We had a great validation visit.  The visitation team were very impressed with our programs, but, more importantly, they were impressed with the positive feeling, tone and the whole SEMS family.”

The Gold Ribbon awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.  To see the list of all recipients, click here.

San Marcos would you pay for school bus service to bus your children?

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.

Thanks for participating.

Double Peak School Friday Wrap-Up (5/1)

Double Peak School Friday Wrap-Up (5/1)

General Information

Intra-District Transfers – The SMUSD’s Student Services department and DPS have spent the last three weeks working on intra-district transfers.  There has been an increased complexity to the puzzle with over 600 transfer requests and DPS opening at 3 different sites.  Over the next two weeks, Student Services will be processing transfers (approvals and denials) and mailing them home.  Thank you for you patience.

GATE and Honors Classes – DPS will have both GATE and honors classes.  Students may be assessed for GATE in third grade, with the program starting in fourth grade (district-wide standard).  For sixth grade, the amount of honors classes depends on the amount of students who qualify.

PTO Meeting – The next PTO meeting is scheduled for May 7th at 5:30 p.m. at the SMUSD District Office.  All PTO meetings are open to the public.  Hope to see you there.

K-6 Opening – DPS will officially open as a K-6 for the 2015-2016 school year and transition to a K-8 over the next two years.


As of last Monday, all of the walls are vertical.  You can now start to see the design of the campus.  The large open space to the west will be the play fields and one of the parking lots.

Please support our San Elijo Hills Odyssey of The Mind Team

San Elijo Hills Odyssey of the Mind team

Please support our San Elijo Hills Odyssey of the Mind team in their goal to attend the  World Finals in Michigan State University on May 20-23!

OotM is a “creative competition.” The kids are tasked with putting together an 8 minute skit completely by themselves. After months of hard work, they enter their skit in tournaments and compete against other teams from the region, state and possibly the nation and world. The program focuses on creativity, teamwork, project management and decision making.

The team is made up Ella, Katja, Maya, Marissa, Elisenne, Claudia and Morgan. They are sponsored by the San Elijo Hills Foundation and are students of SEES. The kids have been hard at work on their project since the school year.

In the regional competition in Feb, they placed 2nd and advanced to State. Last weekend, they competed at UC Riverside, and came in 1st place out of all of California! This allowed them to advance to the World Finals at the end of May at Michigan State University in Lansing, MI.

At the World Finals, there will be about 800 teams from all over the world, showcasing their creative solutions! This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the kids.

We’re very excited and very proud of them. The elite schools from Poway, Carlsbad and Encinitas routinely have OotM teams place high in these tournaments. This year, our kids put San Elijo Hills and SEES on the map as the place for bright and creative kids!

Double Peak School-Principal Chats Scheduled

Double Peak School

Principal Chats Scheduled

Join Principal Baum for one of the scheduled informal informational meetings. He will provide an update on the campus and the transition plan and then be available for any questions. This informal setting is also a way to support our local businesses.

Wednesday, March 25th at 9:00 am – Cafe Stoked

Thursday, March 26th at 4:30 pm – San Marcos Brewery (back/side patio)

Friday, March 27th at 9:00 am – Cafe Stoked

San Marcos Middle School Students Preparing for International Model United Nations Conference

Nineteen San Marcos Middle School 8th graders have been working very hard in preparation for an international Model United Nations conference in New York City at the end of the month.

Nineteen San Marcos Middle School 8th graders have been working very hard in preparation for an international Model United Nations conference in New York City at the end of the month.

Last year you met our team who really appreciated your encouragement, support and beautiful certificates! They had an incredible time in New York with one of our delegate teams winning special recognition. So I’m asking you to again support our new student delegation one last time as they head off to New York where they will seek to solve a variety global challenges. To learn more check out our attached proposal and conference website.

A few weeks ago we started our fundraising campaign for the NYC International Model United Nations Conference and now it includes a Crowdfunding site. So please consider supporting this project by making a small donation and forwarding this message on to others who see value in this kind of learning experience. These students have been researching, writing, debating, public speaking and collaborating since last August. They have attended two high school conferences – a first for a San Diego County middle school – and won recognition at the second conference held at Mission Viejo high school where they held their own against 9-12th graders from Orange and LA county high schools.

You are invited to our “Meet the Delegates” evening March 18th at 6pm in our school’s MPR to hear them explain their country’s position on their assigned topic. Our delegation’s students – our future leaders and peacemakers – have an incredible diplomatic experience awaiting them. Consider investing in this endeavor!

Please write or call with any ideas or suggestions you may have regarding this project. I look forward to hearing from you!

Our Crowdfunding link:

Global Classrooms Conference Website:

Lawrence Osen
Teacher, US History and Geography
Adviser, Model United Nations
GATE Coordinator
San Marcos Middle School

San Marcos delays opening Double Peak K-8 |

Double Peak School

San Marcos delays Double Peak School (Union Tribune Article from last week)

The much-anticipated Double Peak School in San Marcos won’t open in August as originally planned because of unexpected construction delays, school district officials said Tuesday (Last).

They said the delays won’t drive up the cost of the $65 million project, but that work probably won’t be completed until January. A meeting will be held with parents this week to discuss options for the coming school year.

One option includes keeping future Double Peak students at their current schools — perhaps banding them together in teaching clusters — then moving them to the new campus in the middle of the school year, said school board President Janet McClean.

Another option is to delay opening the school until August 2016, she said.

McClean said the construction delay boils down to two separate events: It has taken longer than anticipated to get the state to sign off on modifications to Double Peak’s design, and to get easements from landowners whose property abuts the 36-acre school site. The school is being built with fees the district collected from developers in the master-planned community of San Elijo Hills, where 3,000 homes have been built over the past 15 years and roughly 200 more are in the pipeline.

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SMUSD Meeting

The Double Peak School facility will not be ready to open in August 2015. Moving forward, the district would like to engage the Double Peak School community in a discussion around options for a delayed opening. This community meeting will be held on:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 6:30pm
San Elijo Middle School, Multi-Purpose Room 1600 Schoolhouse Way, San Marcos, CA 92078

Scholarships for all graduates? Promise? |

Scholarships for San Marcos grads? Promise?

By Logan Jenkins

It’s Econ 101 that high-achieving schools pump up community pride and (let’s be real here) real estate values.

Poway has teed off on that economic driver for decades. Desirable schools are as reflective of a community’s vitality as crime rates and tax base.

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