November 2016
Dear Families,

The Live Oak School District is excited to announce a partnership with both the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership and the Santa Cruz Warriors. This partnership will set up a Scholars Program to reward students with perfect attendance. All TK-8th grade students with perfect attendance attending Del Mar, Green Acres, Live Oak, or Shoreline Middle School will have their name entered into a drawing for two Warrior tickets to a home game during the 2016-17 season. The drawings will happen throughout the season, so students will have multiple chances to win.

Every Day Counts!

Students who miss class, miss out on learning. Except in the case of illness, many school absences can be avoided with a little extra effort. Help your child learn, build lasting friendships, and develop the skills and attitudes needed to become a good citizen and valuable member of community.

Get your child to school on time, every day and make sure homework assignments are complete.
Give your child enough time to get ready for school in the morning. Try preparing lunches, packing school bags and laying out clothing the night before.
Extended vacations, long weekends and frequent doctor appointments scheduled during school hours will cause your child to fall behind in class.
Being in school every day raises your child's ability to score well on important tests throughout the year.
Follow the proper school guidelines for reporting excused absences in a timely manner.
Approximately 90% of our school district general purpose revenue is derived from student attendance. Each day your student is absent means fewer resources will be available for your child's classroom.
When your student attends for ANY part of the day, he or she is marked present for the entire day, which means more resources for your school and more learning opportunities.
Allow your child to stay home only when he or she has a contagious illness, has a fever, or is too sick to attend.
Make sure your child exercises, eats a balanced diet, and gets plenty of sleep. This will help him or her to be mentally and physically ready to learn, while strengthening their immune system.

Sincerely,

Tamra Taylor Ed.D.

Superintendent
Welcome Back 2016 / 17
Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year in the Live Oak School District. I hope the summer vacation brought you time to relax and enjoy family and friends. Live Oak is a child-centered district. Parents, teachers and support staff consistently work together in our Live Oak schools to ensure that students receive the best services possible. In that light, we continue to be grateful for the community’s renewal of our parcel tax with 79% approval. Thank you again to all District staff, Home and School Clubs, labor groups, and community members who contributed through campaign donations, precinct walking, phone banks, and working at farmer’s market tables. The parcel tax renewal means that programming such as art, music, life lab, and after school services will be secure for another 12 years. The high percentage of voters approving the parcel renewal is a victory for our students.

We are a community-oriented school district as evidenced by a large number of parents who show up annually to give the District input into our Three Year Strategic Plan. The plan, a blueprint for how we plan to actualize our hopes and dreams for the children, covers a wide breadth of aspiration. We have many reasons to be proud of our progress thus far -- we encourage the public to visit our schools and see the great things that are happening at each of them. I want to highlight a few key areas we are specifically addressing that relate to student well-being and academic success.

· A strong rigorous academic curriculum that encourages students to think deeply, to collaborate with their peers, and to apply their learning to real world situations.

· A research-based academic intervention program that monitors student academic performance in reading and provides instructional supports to students who are not at grade level.

· This year we will continue using “Playworks” recess curriculum. This program involves training all yard duty supervisors and recess coaches in strategies to increase student engagement in safe inclusive activities during recess. Our playgrounds are safe and welcoming places where students can play, thrive and contribute. Our goal is that every child takes this positive experience back to the classroom and back to their communities.

· A Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports program (PBIS) that is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all youth. All of our schools have bullying prevention programs that include site restorative justice through the use of Solution Teams.

· Mental health counselors at each site who address the psychological needs of our students. These counselors provide services to students on both an individual and group basis.

Again, welcome back and thank you for entrusting us with your child’s education. Please feel free to call my office (475-6333 x202) or email me (ttaylor@losd.ca) at any time if you have questions or suggestions.



Sincerely,

Tamra Taylor Ed.D.

Superintendent
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