Attention San Elijo Middle School Parents and drivers:
SEMS has an opportunity for you to find a carpool to school. SEMS has registered with iCommute, a program through SANDAG. iCommute gives you access to a database of commuters – neighbors who live near you – looking for a carpool match.
Go the SEMS website @ www.sanelijmiddle.org and look for iCommute headline for link and instructions. Register to join our private network today. Plan a trip with TripPlanner, potential matches displayed, if you find a match, send a message OR “Post Your Own Carpool.”
Save time, money and help alleviate traffic. iCommute is one small step to help our parents, community and most importantly our students get to school safely and on time.
Eleven year old San Elijo Hills resident Talia Thessen could only dream about being on the Food Network when her family left San Elijo Hills and moved to a small village outside Moscow, Russia in 2012. Her engineer father was transferred to to a small Russian village called Potavo where very few people spoke English and the family followed. Being a self-proclaimed “foodie”, Talia would stream Food Network’s Chopped show to study her craft and feel closer to home. She couldn’t have dreamed in just a few short years, she would be in the Chopped Kitchen competing on the very first edition of Chopped Junior!
Check out fellow San Elijo Hills resident and SEMS sixth grader, Talia Thessen on the very first episode of Chopped Jr, November 10th at 8 pm on the Food Network!
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.
This message was sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families this afternoon.
A message from SAN ELIJO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Hello SEES Families,
Today just before school started one of our students was approached by a stranger and offered candy multiple times on the trails near our back gate. The man did not touch the student but did interact with the student. The student’s parent was with the student the entire time. Both parent and student safely walked to our office to notify the office and call the sheriff. At that time the school also called the sheriff and the entire campus went on a soft lockdown. All doors were secure and instruction continued as the sheriff walked the trails.
Unfortunately, the man was not located. He was identified wearing a light blue/gray t-shirt with plaid shorts. The man was medium height and built with graying hair.
All staff members were informed and put on alert today. All classes had an age appropriate conversation about stranger danger and walking home with a buddy. This is also a great time as parents to have that conversation about stranger danger at home. You can even have your students role play the actions that they would take. Research indicates that students need to practice a scream so they can recognize how loud the scream should be.
The trails were walked multiple times by many staff members prior and during dismissal today to ensure students safety.
We are fortunate to live in a community with many adults walking to and from school to keep an eye on all of our children.
Thank you for your support!
Carolyn Kalicki and Jimmy Miringoff
Here is a link to 911 Dispatch posted by SEH 911 (Reposted here)
Green Hat Electronics will be holding a community electronics recycling and paper shredding event located in the San Elijo Hills Albertsons parking lot on September 12th & 13th from 10 am – 4 pm. Electronics recycling is free with the exception of large appliances.
Paper shredding is $5.00 per file box and 100% of the paper is shred ON SITE at the end of the event starting at 4:00 pm both days. Paper and Electronics will be collected through out the event hours. Paper will be stored in 64 gallon bins until the shred truck arrives at 4:00 pm to shred all the paper on-site.
Call Jennifer Zouvas at (760) 803-0097 for more information. Visit our website at www.GreenHatElectronics.com. This event supports the San Elijo Hills Elementary and Middle Schools!
Items we cannot accept: alkaline batteries, light bulbs and smoke detectors
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.
As a community, we have observed, with great excitement as the walls of Double Peak have started to come together and resemble what will be an extraordinary K-8 school in San Marcos Unified School District.
There have been unforeseen circumstances in the negotiations to purchase a small parcel of the land necessary to complete the required road improvements, which forced the Governing Board to take official action to acquire the land by eminent domain. Our attempt at good faith bargaining with the property owner, in conjunction with the legal proceedings of condemning the property, has delayed the contractor’s ability to begin the road improvements, which are required by the City. It is estimated that these improvements will not be completed until the end of May 2016. I concur that these offsite road improvements are vital to ensuring the safety of our students and community and must be completed prior to the school opening. Therefore, Double Peak School will open in August of 2016. For the 2015-16 school year, students living within the Double Peak School boundaries will remain at Discovery and San Elijo Elementary and will become Double Peak School students in the 2016-17 school year.
All intra-district and inter-district transfers will remain approved and families will not have to complete transfer paperwork again for the 2016-17 school year. Families with either an intra or inter district transfer will have one of two options for the 2015-16 school year:
Their student can attend Discovery Elementary, San Elijo Elementary, or San Elijo Middle School for the whole 2015-16 school year – or –
They can return to their original home school and begin at Double Peak School in the 2016-17 school year
All families with an approved intra or inter district transfer must inform Laura Andrade in the Student Services Department, by Wednesday, August 5, 2015, if their student will remain at their current home school for the 2015-16 school year or transfer to either Discovery, San Elijo Elementary, or San Elijo Middle. Ms. Andrade can be contacted at 760-752-1220.
Throughout this past year, I have seen the wonderful and collaborative efforts of Double Peak School families and the administration form the core values that will guide the curriculum of this school. Principal Baum will continue to be the pillar for this community – strengthening connections by holding Double Peak School events and staying connected with students and families during the 2015-16 school year.
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.
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.