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  1. 1. Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter A May-June Academic Anchor Connecting Navy Families, Commands and K-12 Schools 2 0 1 2In this issue:Current Events. . . . . . . . . . 1Transition Support. . . . . . . 4Post-SecondaryPreparation. . . . . . . . . . . . 5Deployment Support . . . . . 7Partnershipsin Education . . . . . . . . . . 8 . .Home School Linkeage . . . 9Command, School, andCommunity Connections. . 9EFMP Resources . . . . . . . 10Navy School LiaisonContacts . . . . . Back Cover . .Addressing educational issuesthat affect military children inNavy Region Southwest.
  2. 2. Current Events Fond Farewell to Lora Willett The Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Officer (SLO) team bids a bittersweet farewell to Lora Willett, the Naval Base San Diego SLO. During her nearly two years with the program, Lora created a community of connectedness between schools, military families, and Military Career Day her Command Leadership through her hard work and Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction unfettered dedication to military children. We are sad to Battalion 4 engage in a tug-o-war with varsity see her go, but are also very thankful for all she did forBest of luck, Lora ~ football players at Oxnard High School during military families during her time in San Diego. Military Career Day on Wednesday, March will always be a “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for apart of the Navy Region Read more: while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the apr/04/navy-shows-its-stuff-at-military-career-Southwest SLO team! same.” ~ Flavia Weedn day/?lighthouse=1#ixzz1rehHqB43 - Military Kids Unite Visit SeaWorld (from Correia Middle School) Dewey Elementary Family Science Night by Robin Williamson, NBPL SLO In March, local schools associated with the Operation Student Success Grant held Familyby Robin Williamson, NBPL SLO Science Nights, for example Dewey and KateOn March 25, students from the Military Kids Unite (MKU) group at Correia Middle School were Sessions Elementary Schools. The Rueben H.treated to a complimentary field trip to SeaWorld. Thanks to the Carr family for this gracious Fleet Science Center brought staff and sup-gift and for providing delicious desserts! Everyone attended a park show together, then plies to aid in students’ learning of scientificenjoyed an insider’s “behind the scenes” tour of the $2M water treatment facility. Students concepts.learned and observed how the computers regulate physical and chemical properties of all Volunteers, including school staff, SLOs,the water in the park. All who attended were amazed by this educational opportunity. FFSC Reps, and parents, chipped in to teachMKU offers students a chance to bond with one another and build camaraderie; ultimately, at the various stations. At Dewey, we had athey build resiliency by learning how to connect with each other, with their school and pproximately 75 very enthusiastic studentscommunity. This year, Correia MKU students expressed a desire to take field trips together, who attended. Thanks to San Diego Unified“to share fun experiences doing activities in the community,” so our collaborative team School District staff (Bridget De La Garza) for(NBPL SLO, counselor, and parents) worked to make their dreams a reality. organizing the very successful events. Naval Base Coronado: Silver Strand PTA Luau and Silent Auction: School-Related Naval Base Coronado and the School Liaison Program Launches Friday, May 4, 5-8 pm Current Events “Commanding Officer for a Day” Come out and join us at the 17th Annual On Thursday, May 24. PTA Luau and Silent Auction! There will be South Bay Union School District’s Local Coronado schools nominate a student, lots of food and games for everyone and “Military Parent Council” Meeting or students, to spend half of a school day wonderful items to bid on at the auction. Tuesday, June 5 from 10-11 am. with Commanding Officer, CAPT Lindsey. The Food includes: Village Pizza, Lil’ Piggy’s BBQ, purpose of this event is to positively engage Moo Time, popcorn and cupcakes! The event South Bay Union School District Office; 601 our school district, provide mentoring to takes place in Strand Hall at the Silver Strand Elm Street, Imperial Beach. our students, and allow our students to Elementary School. For more information contact Kelly Donahue experience, first-hand, the unique lifestyle of at the Navy.1 Academic Anchor • May-June 2012 Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter
  3. 3. Transition Support Summer is here and it’s the time of year many military families PCS. Use the checklist below to ensure all your school-related information makes the move with you! From the Parent/Guardian: Student’s birth certificate Student’s social security number/card Student’s shot record Legal documents, as needed (power of attorney, custody papers, etc.) Proof of residency (2 utility bills with remittance attached) Military orders (including housing orders) School Information: Address, phone numbers, email, Navy Region Southwest other contact information School Liaisons Help Coordinate Course description book grading scale (for 6th grade and above) MCEC’s Junior Copy of the cover of each textbook School profile/handbook Student-2-Student School web page Training Other: _________________________________ _________________________________________ by Chanin Massaglia NBSD SLO On February 15 & 16, 36 students and eight School Records: school personnel from the Lemon Grove and Copy of cumulative folder Santee school districts took part in a Military Child (only the copied mailed between schools is considered official) Education Coalition (MCEC) Current schedule Junior Student-2-Student (JS2S) Report cards training. The goal is to ease Withdrawal grades or progress reports the challenge of Welcoming incoming military Test scores (standardized or special program testing, etc.) children and their families to Other: _________________________________ transition on our their new school is both a CNIC _________________________________________ military children, initiative and a goal of the School however the program Liaison Program. Special Programs Records as Appropriate: is open to all children Coordinated collaboratively at each school site. through the SLO program and Individual Education Plan (IEP)/Individual new District Military Liaisons, Accommodation Plan (504) now assigned to all 42 districts in Gifted and Talented Program description San Diego County, this two-day English as a Second Language (ESL) or Bilingual training produced teams at six schools that will now Education description develop a welcome program on their school sites. At-Risk or other action plans for classroom modifications Other: _________________________________ _________________________________________Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter May-June 2012 • Academic Anchor 2
  4. 4. Deployment Support Tools for Educators of our Military Children (from “Beyond the Journal”, January 2007) Wondering how • Plan a school-wide American Spirit Day during which children show pride by wearing red, white, you can support and blue. military children • Initiate a school-wide service project collecting in your school and materials for troops, or have students write letters of support to deployed service members. classroom? • Provide up-to-date information on military, community, and state-level support for military Here are some families and military child education. suggestions • Establish military parent support groups. that might help! • Use one of your local community resources (Fleet & Family Support Programs/F.O.C.U.S/Mental Health Systems) to offer Deployment Support Groups for your military students. • Send samples of artwork, class work, and classroom letters to deployed parents.For more information on school-based support for military • Establish a Buddy System (Youth Sponsor Program)families contact your School Liaison Officers at 619-532-4251. to ensure no transitioning student is left behind. Military Spouse Social Hour Are you trying to meet other Military Spouse here in San We meet every Tuesday. Bring a sack lunch and join Diego? Are you looking to find out information about the us at 11 am at various local area parks to meet other local area and resources available to you? Are you trying to Military Spouses and find out about all of the great find a place where you can get all of the above AND is kid- events going on in San Diego. We have fun activities friendly? Attend a Military Spouse Social Hour! each week for the kids while enjoying the fresh air and wonderful San Diego weather. We look forward to seeing you there! Locations are First Tuesday: Rohr Park Second Tuesday: Big Rock Park Third Tuesday: La Mesita Park Fourth Tuesday: Glorietta Bay Park subject to change, 4548 Sweetwater Road 8125 Arlette Street 8855 Dallas Street 1975 Strand Way so please call to Bonita, CA 91902 Santee, CA 92071 La Mesa, CA 91942 Coronado, CA 92118 confirm. Check out our Facebook for updates or call 619-556-7404.3 Academic Anchor • May-June 2012 Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter
  5. 5. Command, School & Community Connections Naval Base San Diego Commanding Officer, CAPT Winton Smith, Visits School Transition Rooms By Lora Willett NBSD SLO On April 30, CAPT Winton Smith, Com- CAPT Smith, along with School LiaisonCAPT Smith witnessed the manding Officer of Naval Base San Diego Officer Lora Willett, met with school ad-collaborative efforts within visited three of the transition rooms in the ministration and parent volunteers, whosethe community and the Serra Cluster schools. The three schools, time and dedication are vital to the success Hancock Elementary, DePortola Middle, of these transition rooms. Navy Regionmany ways local schools are and Serra High School are part of San Southwest has 11 transition rooms in Sansucceeding at supporting Diego Unified School District and each Diego schools. Eight are DoDEA fundedmilitary families. have a high percentage of military children and located in the Serra Cluster and three given their location near military housing. are funded through CNIC and located outside the Serra Cluster. Bluejackets Brass Band By Lora Willett NBSD SLO CNRSW Bluejackets Brass Band entertained the students and staff of DePortola Middle School during lunch on March 28 followed by a “meet and greet” with the band students. Thank you CNRSW Bluejackets Brass Band for supporting Music in Our Schools month!Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter May-June 2012 • Academic Anchor 4
  6. 6. Home School Linkage What options are available for homeschooling in California?Private School Affidavit (PSA): program’s policies and your assigned such as park days and field trips forThe Private School Affidavit may teacher. Materials are available on their members. Some PSPs offerbe filed online at the California loan. Support systems are offered to curriculum packages; guidance andDepartment of Education, http:// varying degrees, depending on the requirements vary with each, school. Parents are asked to sign a (Cal. Educ. Code § 48222.)website from October 1 to October contract agreeing they will allow their15 of every year. Schools created child to be tested. Public programs Correspondence and Virtual Schools:after the filing period should file at will not offer religious materials and K-12 Online Schools can be public orthe time the school is established. any religious instruction must be after private depending on the route youIf you need to file your affidavit the recorded school hours. See your choose. The programs work muchand cannot do so electronically (or School Liaison Officer for a list of like Options 2 and 3, however thechoose not to), you can still file a home charter schools or information teacher is online and they keep all theStatement in Lieu, http://www. on independent study in your area. school records. Amount of (Cal. Educ. Code § 51745.) and support varies on the programhtm. You bear responsibility to adhere and if it is public or private. Theto all private school laws and maintain Private School Satellite Program California Virtual Academy (CAVA) isrecords. California mandates that (PSP): one of the largest public (tuition-free)certain subjects such as reading, social A PSP is a private school which has virtual schools in California. http://studies, math and science be taught filed an affidavit. If you enroll in you file the Private School a PSP it acts as an administrativeAffidavit. Hiring a certified private umbrella for your family’s private NOTE: There are private, Out-of-Statehome school tutor also falls under school. The private PSP files the Independent Study Correspondencethis option. Private School Affidavit annually Programs and curriculum. Unless the school(Cal. Educ. Code §§ 33190, 48222, 48224.) and keeps required records on file maintains an office in the state of California such as attendance records, health and files the Private School Affidavit (R4Public School Independent Study records, and an outlined course of Form), enrolling in their program WILL NOTProgram (ISP) or Charter School: study for each student. They may satisfy the legal requirements for publicIf you register with a public school also keep track of cumulative files, school exemption. It is okay to enroll inISP or Charter School, your child grades, transcripts, and test results (if an out-of-state ISP to get and use theis still enrolled in public school but any). A small tuition fee is charged curriculum, but it will not cover you legallyinstruction is delivered at home. You for administrative and paperwork unless the school complies with Californiaare considered a teacher’s aide and services. When you sign up, you law. If it has not filed an affidavit, thenare assigned a credentialed teacher to become a teacher in that school. Your you must either enroll in a Private ISPoversee your program. You will need name and address do not appear on established in California, or establish yourto keep the records required by the the affidavit, but the PSP is required own private school and file the R4 Affidavitprogram you enroll in. The amount to keep a listing of each teacher and yourself. (Cal. Educ. Code § 51745; Private:of freedom you have in choosing his/her qualifications. Some PSPs Cal Educ. Code § 48222.)what to study depends on the offer a newsletter and activities5 Academic Anchor • May-June 2012 Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter
  7. 7. Can I begin homeschooling mid-year? parents have the right to excuseUnder California state law, parents their children from some or all ofare permitted to begin homeschooling the STAR tests by providing writtenmid-year. Parents should be cautioned notice to school officials. Privatehowever, that pulling your child schools do not have to administer theout of the classroom to homeschool test, including home private schools. Will homeschooling my child affectmid-year can be difficult and stressful. (Cal. Educ Code 60615) their admission to college?Transitioning from public school Generally no, but it depends onto homeschooling involves several How many hours is my child required your homeschooling program anddifferent aspects of planning to make to attend to their studies? rigor of curriculum. Public Charterthe process as smooth as possible. Three hours, 175 days a calendar Schools and Online Correspondence year is the minimum requirement Programs can offer the structure,Is my child required to follow the for California, however, many public transcripts and traditional test scoresCalifornia State Standards? home charter schools require at least needed to assist students in admissionPrivate schools are not required to four hours of instruction. Religious to college. Private homeschooling infollow the state curriculum standards instruction does not count toward the high school requires a more creativeand parents who file an R4 Affidavit minimum hours. approach to college admission. In lieuwill have the most freedom in cur- (Cal. Educ Code 48224) of traditional high school transcripts,riculum. All public schools including homeschoolers often provide, alonghome charter schools are required to Can my child participate in my neigh- with their SAT scores and letters offollow the state curriculum standards borhood school sports and activities? recommendation, narrative essays orto the minimum. Parents have the Your child must be enrolled in an portfolios as part of their admissionsoption, of course, to teach above and independent study program through package. Some homeschoolers opt tobeyond the state standards. their zoned school district to be take the California High School Pro- eligible to participate in sports for ficiency Examination (CHSPE) or theCan our family take a vacation when that school. Many families enrolled General Education Degree (GED), orwe want during the school year? in home charter schools join sports or demonstrate their academic ability atThis will vary depending on what participate in sports offered by other a community college before transfer-option you choose. Public Charter community programs. The Navy of- ring to a four-year institution.Schools and Online Schools follow fers a wide variety of social and sportsschool calendars and have timelines activities though Child and Youth Are there scholarships availablefor state testing requirements. Some Programs. Military families should specifically for homeschoolers?Independent Study Programs and contact their School Liaison Officer There are many organizations andHome Charter Schools allow flex- or Child and Youth Programs office colleges that offer scholarships andibility and student work to be faxed to find out more about how to get grants for home school students. Twoor emailed while on vacation or visits their child involved. great websites with resources:and will work around your family’s Private home school instruc- How can I find other home school homeschool-scholarships/tion has the most flexibility. families? There are many home school sup- scholarships/homeschool.htmDoes my child have to take the port groups in California, including For information on filing the HomeSTAR tests? military home school groups. A great School Affidavit, visit the CaliforniaSTAR testing is administered by all website to find other homeschoolers Department of Education websiteCalifornia public schools, including is: at charter schools, however, affidavit.aspNavy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter May-June 2012 • Academic Anchor 6
  8. 8. Partnerships In EducationNBSD PIE Volunteers Assist with Kate Sessions5th Grade Exhibitionsby Robin Williamson, NBPL SLOEach year during the month of March, Kate Sessions ElementarySchool hosts its 5th Grade Exhibitions, where parents and com-munity are invited to observe, and evaluate, the small groups ofstudent presentations.Students spend about two months preparing for these importantprojects: researching their topics, consulting with mentors andcommunity, and building the presentations. Volunteers fromNaval Base San Diego (official Partners-in-Education), alongwith Navy School Liaison, Robin Williamson, were among thosewho were proud to participate. Your Command Can Be a Partner in Education! School partnerships can be beneficial for Navy commands and area schools. Sailors get an opportunity to connect with their community while earning community service hours which can be used included in evals, and toward earning the VolunteerService Medal. The benefits for the schools are insurmountable. Students build positive relationships with our service members and feel additionally connected to their military community. Ultimately it raises awareness of the benefits of working with the military community and helps to support our military children in education. Command Support Opportunities • Provide Navy personnel to be guest speakers at schools • Plan field trips to the ship /command to reward students for academics and citizenship • Establish a pen pal project or video project with students while ship is deployed. • Enhance the students’ knowledge of”world g es, running clubs, or special events when ship is in port. • Provide tutoring and extra help at homework clubs • Assist with school self-help projects • Share an expertise or hobby with students • These are only a few ways to get involved! Interested in partnering your Command with a local school? Contact your School Liaison Officer for more information.7 Academic Anchor • May-June 2012 Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter
  9. 9. Post-Secondary Preparation Preparing for College: A Checklist to use Every Year in High School Students Parents To Do: To Do: • Work with one of your parents to update • Continue to talk to your child about your information in FAFSA4caster at college plans as if he or she will definitely, and continue go to college. to save for college. • Keep an eye on your child’s study habits • Take challenging classes in core academic and grades - stay involved. subjects. Most colleges require 4 years • Encourage your child to take Advanced of English, at least 3 years of social studies Placement or other challenging classes. (history, civics, geography, economics, etc.), • Watch videos for parents on the 3 years of mathematics, and 3 years of “News Parents Can Use” page at science, and many require 2 years of a foreign language. Round out your course load with classes in computer science and • Add to your child’s college savings the arts. account regularly. • Stay involved in school or community- based activities that interest you or let you explore career interests. Consider working or volunteering. Remember, it’s quality (not quantity) that counts. Explore • Talk to your school counselor and other for information on academic preparation, mentors about education after high school. homeschooling, financial literacy, saving, Your counselor can answer questions about and borrowing for college. what classes to take in high school, how to sign up for standardized tests, and where to get money for college. To Explore: • Check out KnowHow2Go: The Four Steps to College, which suggests some actions you can take as you start thinking about education beyond high school. The online version of the brochure is at • Learn about managing your money in the “Financial Literacy” section of Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter May-June 2012 • Academic Anchor 8
  10. 10. EFMP Resources Are you Speaking Up for Kids? National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 6 - 12, 2012.Speak Up for Kids 2012 is an aware- Some facts listed on their websiteness campaign for this week that is include:committed to: • Half of all lifelong mental illness• Providing parents with information manifests before age 14.1 about the signs and symptoms of • As much as 21% of the youth psychiatric and learning disorders in population has a diagnosable children, as well as the treatments psychiatric disorder.2 that can change lives. • 80% of children with psychiatric• Empowering educators with the or learning disorders never receive information they need to help students treatment.3 and communicate with families. • Parents are aware of mental health• Building a community of knowledgeable concerns- in the Child Mind Institute child and adolescent mental health National Children’s Mental Health For more information professionals who can share this Report Card, 22% reported that they about mental health in information with parents and teachers. were worried about their children’s children, visit the• Mobilizing parents, educators, and emotions or behavior. But 43% said National Institute of professionals to advocate for children’s they waited a year or more after these Mental Health’s webpage at mental health. worries to see an expert. 22% waited two years.4 1 Kessler et al, “Prevalence, severity, and • Anxiety disorders occur in up to 13% comorbidity of 12-month DSM-IV disorders in of children and adolescents.5 For local support to identify the National Comorbidity Survey Replication.” Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2005 • Depression and bipolar disorder occur community mental health 2 MECA, Shaffer et al, 1996 in 6.2% of young people.6 resources, please contact 3 Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder General, 1999 Fleet and Family Support 4 Child Mind Institute National Children’s affects up to 10% of school-age Center’s Exceptional Family Mental Health Report Card, 2011 children; untreated, ADHD has been 5 Shaffer et al, 1996 Member Program Liaison tied to prison, school dropout, tens of 6 Ibid billions of dollars in lost productivity, Lead at 619-556-6899 7 Centers for Disease Control and anxiety and depression.7 EFMP Invites You! M AY W ED N E S DAY Meetings are held from 6-8 pm at the San Diego Regional Center, All adults who have an Exceptional Family Member (EFM) are invited to a monthly meeting facilitated by 2 4355 Ruffin Road, San Diego 92123. the EFM Liaisons from the Fleet & Family Support Center. It’s an opportunity to network with other The next meetings will be held military families who have a family member with special JUNE Wednesday, May 2, and Wednesday, WEDNESDAY June 6. Call 619-571-4781 for more 6 needs and to learn what resources have helped them improve their quality of life. information and childcare options.9 Academic Anchor • May-June 2012 Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter
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  12. 12. Your Navy School Liaison Contacts Shannon Milder Robin Williamson Navy Region Southwest Coastal Schools/Point Loma Regional School Liaison Officer 858-431-6482 619-532-4251 Paula Emmert Monica James Navy Region Southwest Naval Base Ventura County Deputy School Liaison Officer 805-989-5211 858-349-7678 Lora Willett Margaret Gladders Murphy Canyon/ NAS Lemoore Downtown Feeder Schools 559-998-2242 619-991-2509 Kelly Donahue Melissa Burns Coronado/South Bay/ NAS Fallon Imperial Beach 775-426-3738 619-247-9109 Chanin Massaglia Tina Wekell East County/Santee/ NPS/Monterey Lemon Grove/El Centro 831-656-1008 619-247-9082Academic AnchorMay-June 2012 If you haven’t found us yet, please look for us on our Facebook page: