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  1. 1. academic A anchor Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter November Connecting Navy Families, Commands and K-12 Schools December 2012 In this issueCurrent Events. . . . . . . . . . 1Transition Support. . . . . . . 3Post-SecondaryPreparation. . . . . . . . . . . . 4Deployment Support . . . . . 5Command, School, andCommunity Connections. . 6Partnershipsin Education . . . . . . . . . . 7 . .Home School Linkeage . . . 9EFMP Resources . . . . . . . 10Navy School LiaisonContacts . . . . . Back Cover . . Addressing educational issues that affect military children in Navy Region Southwest.
  2. 2. Current EventsPartnership Kick-Off Ceremonywith the Monarch School The School Liaison Program would like to express our profound gratitude to Hitachi Data Systems in San Diego for their generous support. Hitachi donated $1500 to the SchoolOn October 11 Commander Navy Region Southwest, Admiral Smith, hosted Liaison Program through thean official kick-off ceremony for the newly formed Partnership in Education Sponsorship program. Hitachiwith the Monarch School. Data Systems is the leader in virtualization technology and isOnboard the USS Midway, Admiral Smith, the CEO of Monarch School, one of the leading electronicsErin Spiewak, and over 20 Navy Region Southwest Sailors welcomed the companies worldwide.students and shared with them the goal of the partnership. More information on Hitachi Data Systems and the contributions they are making to education and the community can be found at: http://www.hds.com/?WT. ac=us_tm_hdslogo The sponsorship program supports Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs and activities that contribute to Navy Quality of Life programs for our active duty and retired military, reservists, their family members and civilian employees.Throughout the school year Sailors will be visiting the school on a regular basis For more information about theto offer physical education classes and lunchtime mentoring. The ceremony program, please seeclosed with the Admiral and CEO signing the official agreement followed http://navylifesw.com/by a guided tour of the USS Midway. The Navy Region Southwest team is sponsorship/extremely excited about this new partnership and is looking forward to theupcoming events scheduled throughout the 2012/13 school year.1 Academic Anchor • November-December 2012 Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter
  3. 3. On September 26, Commander, Navy Region Southwest Rear Admiral Dixon Smith and his wife, Kiki, hosted a reception at their home to extend their appreciation to local educational leaders for their dedication to providing the highest quality education to our military children. In attendance were San Diego County superintendents, district military liaisons, members of the California state Parent Teachers Association, local university representatives, Navy and Marine Corps command leadership, and school liaison officers.CNRSW Attendees were specifically recognized in remarks provided by Rear Admiral Smith, Deputy Commander of Marine Corps Installations West, Colonel Eugene N. Apicella, and San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Randy Ward. San Diego Unified School District-Area 2, Henry Cluster Schools, Scripps Ranch Schools and Serra Cluster Schools In Partnership with Navy and Marine Corps School Liaison Programs Presents Military Family Appreciation and Resource Night Wednesday, November 7, 2012 All Military Families Welcome! 5-7 pm Featuring Academic and Miller Elementary School Resillency-Building Activities 4343 Shields Street For questions, please contact Kimbery Shapazian at Tierrasanta, San Diego, CA 92124 619-725-8168 or email at kshapazian@sandi.net SAVE THE DATE • FREE FOOD • FUN FOR ALL AGESNavy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter November-December 2012 • Academic Anchor 2
  4. 4. Transition Support Understanding Test Scores When Choosing a New School Much like the military, education is full of acronyms, and Based upon previous performance, schools are given yearly student testing is no exception. When military parents benchmarks for each category. Schools that fail to meet begin looking for schools in a new area, many refer to test benchmarks over a given time can be placed into Program scores to gauge student performance. So what do all those Improvement (PI). Schools in PI may be required to testing acronyms really mean for your child? California provide afterschool tutoring for certain students, along with Standardized Testing (CST) results for 2012 were released the opportunity to enroll at another school in the same in September, and these test scores are the basis for API district that is not in PI. For more information on AYP, API (Academic Performance Index) and are a large factor in AYP and PI go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ar (Adequate Yearly Progress) for schools and school districts. Schools come in all sizes and shapes, and while test scores California’s accountability program uses the API (Academic do offer insight into a schools performance, they do not Performance Index) to measure school performance. API tell the whole story. All states choose their own standards ranks schools based upon how students score on California for proficiency so it can be difficult for military families to standards tests in English, science, math and social studies. make comparisons between schools in different states, based The API scale ranges from 200 to 1,000 with a score of 800 solely on test scores. considered to be proficient. Parents should give consideration to the richness of a AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) is a federal measurement school’s curriculum, school culture, programs offered to fit established by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) that your child needs, amount of parent involvement and the measures schools in up to four categories, depending on availability of affordable housing within school boundaries. the grade level of the school: graduation rates, participation Arranging to visit a short-list of schools with your child, on statewide tests, proficiency in language arts and math, prior to enrolment, will give you and your child more and performance in the State’s accountability program. confidence in your selection.3 Academic Anchor • November-December 2012 Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter
  5. 5. Transitioning to a new school Going to a new school can be a real challenge, especially if your family moves in the middle of a school year. Make sure your child gets placed at the right learning level. Because of different requirements and teaching styles, your child may arrive at the new school either ahead or behind their classmates. Arrange to have your child’s records sent either ahead of you or as soon as possible. Also, a great tip is to bring copies of their school work along with photo copies of text book covers and table of contents for each class they are currently taking, letters of evaluations, past report cards, immunization information and a portfolio of their collective work. Great resources for transitioning military children: Encourage your child to join a club or activity when starting the new school. Military Child Education Coalition This will allow them to meet other children and assimilate into the new school www.Militarychild.org quickly. Research shows that students who do not find a friend or two in the first two weeks of transitioning into a school, have a much harder time Military Impacted Schools Association adjusting to the new environment overall. www.militaryimpactedschoolsassociation.org Military Student Communication is key in supporting a child in a new school. Provide the www.Militaryk12partners.dodea.edu/ new school with your phone contact and email information. Attend as many Military Teens on the Move functions that support your children as possible in the new transition. This www.apps.mhf.dod.mil/myom will allow the child to feel supported as well as allowing the parents to observe how they are fitting in. Post-Secondary PreparationCollege Entrance Exams SAT PSAT PLANThe SAT is a globally accepted test taken during The PSAT test is a preparation tool for the SAT. The PLAN is taken during your sophomore year ofyour junior and/or senior year of high school. The test can be taken your sophomore year of high school. Research shows that students whoThe SAT has 3 components: Critical Reasoning, high school, however, if you take it during your take the PSAT perform better on the ACT. It is alsoMathematics, and a required Writing Test. junior year, you can compete for the National an indicator of strengths and weaknesses. Merit Scholarship. Taking the PSAT can help youColleges take into account your SAT score, along to know your strengths and weaknesses, and Free SAT and ACT Test Preparationwith high school grades, extracurricular activities prepare you for the SAT. Military children have the opportunity to orderand recommendations when making acceptance free test preparation materials that has a valuedecisions. Many students choose to take the SAT of $200. The only charge is $13.84 - $19.99 forfor the first time during their spring semester oftheir junior year and for the second time during ACT shipping and handling.the fall semester of their senior year. The ACT is another widely accepted test that Please visit colleges use when making college acceptance www.eKnowlege.com/MilitaryHomefront Visit http://sat.collegeboard.org/register decisions. The ACT is an achievement test that or call to register for the SAT. measures what a student has learned in school. 951-256-4076 You can also visit It has up to 5 components: English Mathematics, for more information. http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice Reading, Science and an optional Writing Test.for their free online SAT practice as well as their You can register for the ACT test by going to www. SAT question of the day! actstudent.org. 2012/2013 SAT Test Dates 2012/2013 ACT Test Dates November 3 December 1 November 3 December 1 January 26 March 9 January 26 March 9 May 4 June 1 May 4 June 1Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter November-December 2012 • Academic Anchor 4
  6. 6. Deployment Support FFSC hosts a monthly “IA Family Connection” that provides families of Individual Augmentee (IA) Deployers an opportunity Deployment o share challenges, joys and success Helping Children Understand strategies. Spouses, parents and children areable to relax, enjoy craft and fun activities, learn about key resources Books to Help During the Separationand network with each other to stay connected throughout the IAdeployment of their service member. There have been eight IA FamilyConnections held this year with four hundred twenty (420) familymembers in attendance.”FFSC hosts “Preschool Blocks” and “Kids Crafts”children workshops for various age groups: 1-5 and 3-6 years old,respectively, that are concurrently held with “League of ExtraordinarySpouses” workshop. These FFSCs parent and child programs startedat one FFSC Site with 2 parents and 2 children in attendance and hascontinued to expand. FFSC’s children programs are currently held at 3military housing areas conducted at up to 10 sessions per month withas many as 52 attendees (32 children, 20 adults) and an average of 25 Mommy You’re My Hero Night Catchattendees per workshop. and Daddy You’re My Hero By Brenda Ehrmantraut By Michelle Ferguson-Cohen (ages 3-8) (ages 4-8) When a soldier’s work takes him Military Kids Club These two books address deploy- halfway around the world, he FFSC Counseling Services and Child and ment from a child’s perspective enlists the help of the North Star Youth Programs have teamed up to present and talk about this separation for a nightly game of catch with in a simplemanner to reassure his son. Night Catch is a timeless “Military Kids Club” for children in military story that connects families while and comfort small children. The families. The club provides an opportunity books also suggest tips to main- they are apart and offers comfort- for children in military families to connect tain communication and deal with ing hope for their reunion.with each other and offer support with issues such as deployment, feelings of helplessness.making friends, frequent moves, blended families, bullying, teenrelationships, self esteem and other growing up issues. The “MilitaryKids Club”, conducted by FFSC Child Counselors, currentlyprovides an eight-week session of one hour per session in over fifteencommunity schools.Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) San Diegohas established partnerships with six local public libraries, and atlocal community centers to facilitate FFSC workshops at the librariesand other off-base locations. This enables our customers to attendempowering workshops without leaving their own community.FFSC partnerships with local libraries is also helping to invigoratelibrary usage in the San Diego area. While focused to serve military Love, Lizzie: Letters to a When Dad’s at Seafamily customers attending, the workshops are open to the general Military Mom By Mindy Pelton By Lisa Tucker McElroy (ages 4-8)populace of the libraries and community centers. This allows FFSC to (ages 4-12) Emily’s father, a Navy pilot, iscontribute to the Life Skills, Financial Decision Making, and Career Nine-year-old Lizzie writes to leaving for a six-month deploy-Development of people within our communities, and also germinates her mother, who is deployed ment on an aircraft carrier. Eachseeds of greater cooperation between FFSC and community services. overseas during wartime, and day he is gone, she removes includes maps that show her one link from the paper chainFor example: On 5 September 2012, FFSC staff who had facilitated mother what she has been think- he made for her, so that she cana “Kids and Nutrition Class” at North Park Branch Library received ing and doing. The book includes mark the days until his return.an email to connect with the Principal of an area charter school with nonfiction tips for helping chil- When she makes a friend whose dren of military families. dad has also shipped out, she re-a large military population for facilitating the same workshop at the alizes that she is not the only oneschool for school parents and faculty. who feels like she does.5 Academic Anchor • November-December 2012 Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter
  7. 7. Architecture Command, School & Community Connections Construction Red, White and Blue, We Serve Too! A Child’s Engineering Good-bye Deployment Book By Sarah Wones Tomp By Kathleen Edlick NBVC (ages 3-8) (ages 3-8)A Navy father shares special This book helps children examinerituals for his little girl to do their feelings during deploymentduring his deployment to help her and reminds them of the sacrifice Internshipcope with the separation. being made on behalf of us all. fair Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) hosted an internship fair on Sept. 19 providing an opportunity for 17 high school seniors from Naval Base Architecture, Construction, My Red Balloon Deployment Journal for Ventura County and Engineering (ACE) By Eve Bunting Kids (ages 3-12) By Rachel Robertson is the county’s Charter High School toA boy takes his red balloon to (ages 5-adult) largest employer. interview for 6 unpaidgreet his Navy dad, who has Helps children better understand internship spots.been away at sea for months. deployments, express and commu-This story shows the joy felt nicate their feelings, and tell their Representatives from NBVC Environmental, Navalwhen loved ones come home own story. Journal contains calen-after serving our country. dar pages, journal writing prompts, Construction Training Center (NCTC), Naval and interesting facts about com- Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare mon deployment locations, military Center, Naval Surface War Center, Port Hueneme definitions, helpful ideas, and a pocket to keep mementos. Division interviewed the students to select their ideal intern. Additionally, all students received valuable interview skills and feedback. Capt. Dave Sasek, NBVC’s chief staff officer, and Monica James, NBVC’s school liaison officer have coordinated a group of interested individuals from various tenant commands to form an Education Outreach Team. The team meets monthly to discuss how commands can come together to make a larger impact on the local schools. The internship fair is just the beginning. NBVC is the county’s largest employer. Therefore, The Kissing Hand Brisky Bear and Trooper the Education Outreach team feels strongly that it is By Audrey Penn Dog: Be Kind, Be Friendly, the responsibility of NBVC and its tenant commands (ages 4-12) Be Thankful with CDAlthough Kissing hands specifi- By Steve Bolt & Phil Callaway to reach out to the local students as they will be thecally focuses on the feelings par- (ages 4-8) future workforce.ent and child have when leaving Although the book is about afor the first day of school, it can separation between a bear and The internship fair in September will be followed bybe easily adapted to help children his friend, a dog, it can be easily another in January. The second internship fair willstay connected with deployed adapted to help children stayparents throughout the separa- offer students from the local Regional Occupationtion to make the transition easier Program (ROP) the opportunity to take part infor both of them. interviews as well with more intern spots available.Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter November-December 2012 • Academic Anchor 6
  8. 8. Partnerships In EducationCoronado’s Village Elementary School and Silver Strand Elementary School launch two new“Partnerships-In-Education” By: Kelly Donahue, NBC SLO Coronado Unified School District - Silver Strand Elementary School and Village Elementary School both launched a new “Partnership- In-Education” for the 2012-1013 school year. Village developed a partnership with the USS Coronado, and Silver Strand partnered with the USS John Paul Jones. Partnerships-In-Education (PIE) are part of the school liaisons core services. PIE is a community outreach initiative that partners a Navy command with a local public school. The purpose of these partnerships is to enhance the educational experience for all students and to give back to the community. Both the USS Coronado and the USS John Paul Jones provide various supports to Village and Silver Strand Elementary Schools. These supports include but are not limited to: mentoring, tutoring, assisting students and teachers during weekly “Specials” rotations (Computer Lab, Library, Science Lab, Visual and Performing Arts), assisting with “Everyone-A-Reader,” Robotics, and Operation PALS, participating in the annual “Jog-a-thon,” “What I Want To Be When I Grow Up Day,” and “Veteran’s Day” events, helping with enrichment clubs, special assemblies, and being overall role models to the students. If your command would like additional information regarding establishing a PIE or volunteering in any school events in San Diego, please feel free to contact your installation School Liaison Officer, available at http://navylifesw.com/slo or the Regional School Liaison Officer, 619-532-4251.7 Academic Anchor • November-December 2012 Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter
  9. 9. PIE Volunteer Highlight on CS2 Derrick Hollins Patriot’s Day At 29 years old, father of 3, CS2 Derrick Ceremony at Hollins, has made a tremendous impact through his volunteer work with local schools. Farb By day, CS2 Hollins is the Port Hueneme Barracks Complex Manager and Naval Base Middle Ventura County (NBVC) Junior Sailor of the Quarter. However, after hours and anywhere in between, he is fitting in time to give back to School the local community. While volunteering with the EO CS2 Derrick Hollins Green Jr High/NBVC MentorshipOn Tuesday, September 11, Farb Middle School held a is a great example in Action lunch time programPatriot’s Day Ceremony to honor and remember those who of how military last year, he was approached bylost their lives on that day. The ceremony also served to honor members can make the Asst. Principal who’d heardour military, fire fighters and police who serve our county on a difference in the he had done some coaching.a daily basis. local schools and the Soon after, CS2 Hollins was local community. the new 6th grade boys’ Principal Susan Levy led basketball coach. In addition to the service with opening volunteering hours at EO Green remarks and was followed Jr High, CS2 is also a volunteer coach for the by the Naval Medical Oxnard Panthers PeeWee football team, the Center San Diego Boys’ & Girls’ Club flag football team, and a (NMCSD) Color Guard. volunteer coach for the NBVC Child & Youth Pre-op nurse, LT Eric Programs basketball, flag football, and soccer Banker from NMCSD programs. Just when you might think he sang the National Anthem doesn’t have any other hours in the day, he and later delivered the also volunteers feeding the homeless at the address to students, staff Ventura County Rescue Mission. and parents. During the work day, he also represents NBVCIt was a simple and memorable celebration to remember those on the Multi-cultural Day Committee, is onwho were sacrificed, as well as to honor those who serve our the Command Assessment Team, Commandcountry every day. Training Team, and is an active member on the command’s MWR team. He is doing all of this while working on his AA degree, working towards promoting to E-6, and hoping to earn Junior Sailor of the Year. Long term, CS2 Hollins hopes to make Chief, retire from the Navy, earn his Masters’ degree, and spend his retirement teaching and coaching middle school/high school students.Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter November-December 2012 • Academic Anchor 8
  10. 10. Home School LinkageMaybe an Internship would be right for my student?Homeschool is a wonderful educa- through with an internship. This is ational experience for families and critical conversation that can lead tochildren. The freedom to custom- the development of many enrichingize and tailor the educational career lessons. Preparing your child for anfor one’s child is both rewarding internship can happen over a spanand challenging. After a certain age of time or can happen right away,though, it might be time to con- depending on the readiness of thesider sending your child out into the student.world and into the wonderful, magi-cal land of an Internship. When you and your child are ready to begin searching for an internship,Internships are becoming more and develop a plan for what companiesmore popular at the high school you will target, define what type oflevel. These experiences are a great internship you are looking for, andopportunity for your teenage student be sure to have that cover letter andto get a taste of the real world. resume ready. High school levelTeenagers love to think of themselves home school families often have aas, “little adults”, with an internship connection to their local communitythey will have the opportunity to college; take the time to connectlearn what it is to be an actual adult with the career counselor on campusand to learn what really happens in a and discuss what internships mightwork environment. be available in your community. Another resource is throughA few things to take into consideration before Develop a USAjobs.gov. The government has streamlinedyou seek out internship opportunities are: their access to student internship opportunities.• What is my child interested in? plan for what Do a search for, “Pathways” and you will get a list companies of all the student internships available throughout• Can my child write a resume and cover letter? the United States. These internships aren’t just for• Does my child have the maturity to commit you will target. college graduates; many are available for students at to an internship? the high school level, best of all, as a home school student your child isn’t locked into a public schoolWith this information in hand, you can begin schedule.the investigative work involved in preparing forand seeking out an internship. Focusing on your Another thing to take into consideration is that anchild’s interests will help to develop an interest and internship can be very simple or it can be complex.excitement for completing an internship. If your Perhaps there is a small business in your communitystudent hasn’t had experience writing a cover letter or that would be willing to let your student observeresume, create lesson plans designed to increase these what’s involved with managing a small business,skills. Teaching your child to focus on their skills maybe your child could plan some job shadow daysand abilities will help them to make the connection with a parent or a family friend, or maybe they willbetween the experiences they have and how those land that dream internship with NASA that couldexperiences can benefit an employer. Deciding if potentially lead into a lifelong career. With anyyour child is ready to commit to an internship is also type of internship, what your child gains from thevery important. A child needs to be developmentally experience will certainly be something that will stayready and have the level of maturity to follow with them for the rest of their lives.9 Academic Anchor • November-December 2012 Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter
  11. 11. EFMP Resources Join us for Monthly Meet-Ups every Third Wednesday of the Month 9-10:30 am Gateway Village Community Center 2741 Mendonca Drive, San Diego, CA 92110 *Some dates, times, topics and locations may change, please call to confirm. These events are open to famlies who are enrolled or are in the process of enrolling in the EFMP. All branches of service are invited. Children are welcome. Family Care MCRD San Diego 2012-13 Calendar Marine Corps Recruit Depot, November 7 March 20 San Diego Relaxation Techniques Cooking Class Elizabeth Wright 619-524-8086 December 12 April 17 www.mccsmcrd.com/efmp.html Potluck (evening) Balboa Park facebook.com/mccsmcrdsd.efmp January 16 May 15 Navy Region Southwest Jump into the New Year! Date Night (evening) Barbara Regan 619-556-7218 February 20 June 19 Resources Spouse Appreciation www.cnic.navy.mil/navylifesw faecbook.com/navyefmp.sandiego EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY CONNECTION Our monthly meeting will focus on the following themes: Serving January 4 Quality of Life exceptional families February 1 Health and Wellness exceptional service March 7 Military Saves Come meet with other families April 4 Military Child Appreciation and build your resource network. May 2 Spouse Appreciation Hosted by Fleet and Family Support Center June 6 Summer Fun San Diego Regional Center • 6 pm July 11 Home Organization 4355 Ruffin Road, Suite 200 San Diego, CA 92123 August 1 EFMP Game Night September 5 Back to School Night For additional Building our bridges and connecting each and child care piece. Together we focus on empowerment for October 3 Fall Festival options call improving the quality of lives for our special needs November 7 Giving Thanks 619-571-4781 families. Emphasizing support, resources and a or the front desk social forum to connect and share information. December 11 Happy Holidays at 858-277-4259. See left for dates and locations.Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter November-December 2012 • Academic Anchor 10
  12. 12. A Your Navy School Liasion Contacts Shannon Milder Academic Navy Region Southwest Anchor Regional School Liaison Officer November- shannon.milder@navy.mil December 2012 www.facebook.com/sandiegoschoolliaison 619-532-4251 Paula Emmert Michelle Lange Kelly Donahue Navy Region Southwest Murphy Canyon/Downtown Coronado/South Bay/Deputy School Liaison Officer michelle.lange2@navy.mil Imperial Beach paula.emmert@navy.mil 619-991-2509 kelly.donahue@navy.mil 858-349-7678 619-247-9109 Chanin Massaglia Tina Paulson Monica James East County/Santee/ Coastal Schools/Point Loma Naval Base Ventura County Lemon Grove/El Centro tina.paulson@navy.mil monica.james@navy.mil chanin.massaglia@navy.mil 858-431-6482 805-989-5211 619-247-9082 Margaret Gladders Melissa Burns Tina Wekell NAS Lemoore NAS Fallon NSA/Montereymargaret.gladders@navy.mil melissa.l.burns@navy.mil ecwekell@nps.edu 559-998-2242 775-426-3738 831-656-1008