Old Adobe Union School District will have 3 Board of Trustee openings for the Sonoma County General Election on November 4, 2014.
The GATE Eligibility Process for identifying new GATE students begins in November of each year. New students are notified in December for the spring session of the program.
Referrals for screening for GATE eligibility can be made by teachers, administrators, parents, counselors, and the GATE coordinator. Parents may inform their teacher that they would like their child screened for GATE.
GATE identification is based on a student's combined score on:
Identified students whose total Multiple Criterion Scale score places them among the top 5-10% of candidates at the intermediate grade level population become GATE eligible and are invited to participate in the GATE program.
The Local Control Accountability Plans for our schools are attached below.
Dear La Tercera Neighbors
Thanks to the passage of our school bonds, La Tercera Elementary School will undergo renovation construction during the summer. This year, the construction will be in two phases:
Superintendent Weekly Update
by Craig Conte on January 12, 2018
It’s a new year and I wanted to know what was going to be cooking in 2018. So I went to one of the best and closest sources of cooking information-our school kitchens. If you stroll into the kitchen at La Tercera in the morning you will find Colleen Heaney not only busily prepping the fresh food for lunch, but also using her math and writing skills in menu planning, ordering and doing inventory. Running a kitchen serving hundreds of students requires more than just a talented pot stirrer!
Collen started working in the Old Adobe District 13 years ago as a campus aide at Sonoma Mountain. She then added campus aide duties to her resume before she started working in the kitchen with Sonoma Mountain’s legendary Gloria Robinson. Colleen says a favorite lunch to prepare is her famous healthy chicken noodle soup and she credits former Superintendent Cindy Pilar with starting the current practice of serving fresh fruits and vegetables in all of our kitchens. Colleen’s husband is a newly retired elementary teacher of 30 years and her three children all attended Miwok Valley and La Tercera. She maintains she has no plans to retire anytime soon--we will all keep our fingers crossed that’s true!
We are lucky to have individual foodservice at all of our schools. The dedicated kitchen staff of Evelia Martin at Loma Vista, Nicole Ruys at Old Adobe, Rebecca Raiewski at Sonoma Mountain and Sylvia Astorga at Miwok Valley all make our student’s cafeteria experience homey, healthy and delicious!
Professional Development Days
Teachers worked together for 2 days on Monday, January 8th and Tuesday, January 9th. We expanded our development in the areas of math, writing and science. Many thanks to the professional development administrative team of Gina Silveira and Lisa Baughn for their organization and facilitation of the day at Sonoma Mountain and to Jorge Arvizu for his work organizing the day at Loma Vista. Many thanks to our talented teaching team for the ongoing efforts to improve our teaching practice!
Superintendent Weekly Update
by Craig Conte on December 22, 2017
This past week has been a whirlwind of productions, shows and concerts. Our students and staff have been able to showcase their blossoming performing arts talents while we all practice our skills as avid and polite listeners in the audience.
The week started with band and choir performances at Sonoma Mountain under the direction of Brandon Day and Joan Bunn. Both these music teachers do a fantastic job with students and the performances were entertaining and delightful! Loma Vista had three nights of performances starting Monday with the TK, Kindergarten and 1st grade student choirs and ended with the band and marimba groups on Wednesday. The multipurpose room was packed with parents all three nights. The stage looked great, the voices were angelic and the marimba and band groups had the room jumping! Congratulations to the music instructors, Brandon Day, Tobias Roberson and Luna Collins for the wonderful shows. Principal Jorge Arvizu and his whole school staff also did a ton of work over the three days of concerts and deserve at least two weeks off!
I was lucky enough to be invited on the Old Adobe Elementary sixth grade field trip to see Aladdin at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco on Wednesday. The kids did a great job as audience members and loved watching the show. The sixth grade teachers, Tracy McClure and Carol Henderson, do a tremendous amount of prep work for the annual trip and it is something that the students will remember forever. In our group picture, after the matinee performance, we were even photobombed by the star of the show, Aladdin!
Speaking of shows, the fifth grade teaching team of Heidi Doughty and Nina Friedman always produce a show-stopper play or two every year. This year the fifth grade students performed the very complicated musical, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The musical required elaborate sets and costumes, scene changes, and stage sound mixing and lighting. The kids did a great job as performers, set and costume makers, stage hands and lighting and sound techs. After seeing a professional production the day before, I was really amazed at the very high quality of the Miwok Valley production. Well-done everyone!
Finally, I want to wish everyone the happiest of holidays during this Winter Break. May you and your family celebrate good health, happiness and contentment and the joy of each other’s company!