February 19, 2014 • 525 views
El Monte Union High School District
every student, every minute, every day
3/05 – Board of Trustees
3/07 – Six Week Progress Report
Mountain View High Receives Foothill Credit Union Grant
by Anne Donofrio-Holter
Mountain View High School instructor Ron Switzer has received a $189 Foothill Classroom Improvement Grant from Foothill Federal Credit Union. The funds will be used to purchase X-Acto knives and blades which will benefit 180 students in creating pop up books.
“Pop up books are experiencing an exciting renaissance,” said Switzer. “Especially as students are encouraged to excel in science and math, pop up projects let students be paper engineers.”
According to Switzer, theatrical in their size, movement and dynamic presence, creating sophisticated pop up books require scoring knives with very keen blades.
“Creating cut paper art is a unique exercise in spatial reasoning, reinforcing skills of measurement, fractions and geometry,” he said. “It involves a sense of play as well as trial and error problem solving and enables experimentation with ideas of proportion and symmetry and improves logicial reasoning, sequencing and concentration.”
“Mountain View High School would like to thank Foothill Federal Credit Union for benefitting our students with this grant,” said princial Larry Cecil.
Arroyo High Awarded Foothill Credit Union Grant
by Anne Donofrio-Holter
Arroyo High School instructor Linda Coleman has received a $200 Foothill Classroom Improvement Grant from Foothill Federal Credit Union. The grant will be used to purchase document holders for 15 student workstations for the benefit of 90 students.
“We are helping students establish good lifelong computer-use habits by training them to use a document holder when they type,” said Coleman. “The document holder reduces risk factors such as awkward head and neck posture, fatigue, headaches and eyestrain.”
According to Coleman, when students in desktop publishing classes spend a lot of time working at a computer, it’s critical to set up one’s workplace as ergonomically as possible to decrease injuries.
“Document holders are an easy fix. They keep needed printed materials upright and close to the user and computer monitor,” she said. “Elevating notes or papers helps keep students from straining their eyes and necks.”
“We are grateful to Foothill Federal Credit Union for this grant enabling us to purchase document holders which will help our students retain their focus, remain on task and stay productive,” said Arroyo High School Principal Angie Gonzales.
Rosemead High Hosts
by Anne Donofrio-Holter
A delegation of Chinese educators spent two days on the Rosemead High School campus recently where they participated in observation, articulation and collaboration with teachers and administrators. The main objective of the visit was to observe classroom instruction and the use of SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) strategies, student centered activities and projects, and how Common Core is being incorporated into the curriculum. The delegation observed social studies, English and integrated math classes and an autism class.
With social science department staff, the delegation discussed the latest trends in teaching. Topics included transition to Common Core, group centered work, examples of performance tasks and readers that are used in the “marking of the text” strategy.
While visiting the English department, grammar acquisition and communication skills were discussed along with examples of various technology.
Guidance department staff explained to the delegation how a comprehensive high school works, discussed A-G college admittance requirements as well as intervention programs available to Rosemead High School students.
Then principal Keith Richardson gave the delegation an overall review of professional development provided to the faculty.
“The delegation participated in mock training and received SIOP planning strategies ranging from
pair-share to marginal note taking and exit ticket strategies for next day re-teaching and checking for understanding,” said Richardson.
The delegation also had lunch with Rosemead High School parent volunteers.
“Both parents and delegates shared their thoughts on high school education and the importance of parent participation and volunteering, which is nonexistent in Chinese high schools,” said Richardson.
At the conclusion of the visit, Richardson presented the delegation with an official 5’ by 9’ state flag and gave an overview of California’s rich history.
“Rosemead High School is truly taking the lead in meeting the essential Common Core standards through international articulation and collaboration,” said Richardson. “The two-day visit ended with talks of Rosemead High School staff possibly visiting China in the future to demonstrate and model SIOP strategies in math and English.”