Update from The Real Families for San Marcos (Anti Brookfield development group)
Have you all signed the petition for the building of 200+ townhomes past the firehouse…before the new neighborhood of Rancho Tesoro? Despite many residents fighting this during January’s meeting, city council voted for it anyway…not caring about the residents concerns. In order to stop them…we need a referendum – about 6,000 signatures the next couple weeks.
This development will attend Double Peak. Residents want concerns of traffic and overcrowded schools addressed first.
If you haven’t signed, here are some dates:
Upcoming petition hours at Starbucks (on S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd. next to Flippin Pizza)
* Mon, Feb 5, 6-8pm
* Wed, Feb 7, 6-8pm
* Wed, Feb 16, 6-8pm
* Mon, Feb 19, 6-8pm
* Wed, Feb 21, 6-8pm
Must be San Marcos resident and registered voter!
Brookfield has started their own campaign, creating fake accounts and asking for signatures to UNSIGN the petition.
As the summer winds down, San Marcos students are headed back to school. With elementary, middle and high schools along with California State San Marcos and Palomar College back in session this week, 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 continued relief is on the way. In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are lined up over the next five years.
Planned projects include Improvements to the intersection of Las Posas Road and Mission Road near Palomar College and the transit center; Construction of two new bridges to replace Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz between San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street; San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street intersection improvements; and construction of Twin Oaks Trail north of Borden Road.
During the school year and periods of roadway construction, motorists should drive with caution in and around work areas, and provide ample time to reach destinations safely and on time.
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.
Double Peak School’s first official social event! Please join us on May 30th at Café Stoked to learn about programs, meet some of our teachers, and get to know the parents of our students. More information on the DPS website. http://www.smusd.org/domain/2677
Congratulations to Josh Way, Double Peak’s assistant principal. Pending SMUSD Governing Board approval on May 19th, Josh will be appointed the new principal of WPMS. In his short time with us, he made a great impact on the creation of DPS. We wish him the best of luck in his new leadership role. We are excited to announce Katie Buffum will become the new assistant principal of DPS. She is currently the AP at WPMS.
Intra-district transfers have been processed. Letters were placed in the mail on Wednesday, Thursday, and today.
DOUBLE PEAK SCHOOL PARENT MEET AND GREET
MAY 30TH @ CAFE STOKED
MESSAGE FROM HOST – PTO
We’re looking forward to a fantastic evening with our parents, teachers and faculty, with information on several of the unique and enriching programs available to our DPS students–innovation & engineering, leadership programs, K-8 music studies and so much more. A portion of all proceeds from food and beverage sales will go directly back to the DPS PTO to fund many of these programs, so come hungry!
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.
We have colors and a mascot. We are now officially the Double Peak Suns and our colors are burnt orange, gray, and white. Thank you to all of the students who participated in the voting sessions. The logos are currently being designed and will be presented within the next month.
If you have not driven by the school site this week, it is a must for the weekend. In a one-week period, the site went from completely horizontal to completely vertical. The first panel (wall) went up at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 20th and weighted over 14,000 pounds. Please check the DPS website for pictures and videos.
Intra-district transfer notifications will be sent out in early May. Based on the amount of transfer requests, there is a necessity for a lottery at every grade level.
Thank you to all who have registered for kindergarten. DPS will be hosting kindergarten orientation in August, the week before school starts. More information will be mailed out over the summer.
Sixth grade orientation for our fifth graders will occur at the end of May. Notification regarding date, time and location will be sent home.