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Superintendent's Updates

June 2022

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June 2022
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Headshot of Superintendent Elodia Ortega-Lampkin
 
Dear WJUSD Families and Community,

The school year has come to an end and despite many challenges we accomplished a lot!

I am so proud of all the great work our students, staff, and administrators have accomplished this year. It was wonderful to see the culmination of their hard work at promotion and graduation ceremonies this month and it was an honor to personally congratulate many of our graduates.

Throughout our district, our students have grown academically, socially, and athletically. From robotics championships to sports victories to spelling bee triumphs, it’s been a year filled with many successes.

We’ve also seen our share of challenges, but no matter what, we always came together as a community to support the social-emotional needs of our students and to be there for each other. I’m very proud of how we came together when times were tough.

So to all our students, and to all our outstanding staff, I congratulate you for your hard work, dedication, and a job well done.

Also, I want to thank our families and community for supporting our students and our schools! We could not have had a great year without you. We rise together and we thrive together.

In that regard, have a relaxing summer, rest up, and we’ll see you in the fall. You earned it.

Respectfully,

Elodia Ortega-Lampkin
Superintendent

Free Summer Meals Program

Join us for free breakfast and lunch this summer through July 29 for ages 18 and younger.
 
Lunch will be served for the day along with breakfast for the following day.
 
Days and Times: (All meal times are 30 minutes long)
 
  • Freeman Elementary 12:00 (Ends 7/15)
  • Prairie Elementary 11:45 (Ends 7/15)
  • Maxwell Elementary 11:45 (Ends 7/15)
  • Lee Middle School 12:00 (Ends 7/15)
  • Crawford Park 11:15
  • Ferns Park 11:15
  • Pioneer Park 11:30
  • Woodside Park 11:30
  • Woodland Public Library 11:00
  • Sci-Tech at Knights Landing 11:00
  • Casa Del Sol 11:30
  • Mutual Housing at Spring Lake 12:00 (M,W,F Only)
 

Save the Date: Back2School Carnival Aug. 7

7th Annual Back2School Carnival for all WJUSD elementary students will be held on Sunday, August 7, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Woodland High School.

Every student receives a FREE backpack filled with supplies and entrance to the carnival.

Find your school’s time slot and more information at Back2SchoolCarnival.org.

High School Start Time Changing Next Year
 
Beginning next school year, both Pioneer and Woodland High schools will begin their instructional day at 8:30 a.m. Zero period will still be available to students who want to take an additional class, but zero period will begin at 7:30 a.m. This change in start time is required for our schools to be compliant with a new law that takes effect on Jul 1, 2022.

Elementary After-School Programs Expanding

WJUSD is excited to participate in the State of California’s Expanded Learning Opportunity Program Initiative! 
 
In support of this initiative, WJUSD will expand our after-school program beginning next school year and make after-school programs available at more schools and open to more students. 
 
The Expanded Learning Program will be available at all our elementary schools, including Gibson, Spring Lake, and Zamora, and will be open to students from transitional kindergarten (TK) to sixth grade.


Resources During Summer

We partner with Care Solace to support the well-being of students and their family members. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service to help you find mental health or substance use treatment options matched to your needs, regardless of circumstance.

If you or a family member are in need of help, contact Care Solace to get connected with a specialist.

  • Call (888) 515-0595. Support is available 24/7 in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Tagalog, and Korean.

  • Visit www.caresolace.com/wjusd for more information. You can also click “Book Appointment” in the top right corner for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.


Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrollment

Your child is eligible for Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year if:
 
  • TK: Born between September 2, 2017 and February 2, 2018
  • Kindergarten: Born by or on September 1, 2017
  • Not eligible: Born after February 2, 2018


Covid Update

With a surge of Covid cases in Yolo County, county health officials are strongly making the following recommendations:

  • Wear high-quality masks indoors
  • Get tested
  • Get vaccinated and/or boosted when eligible

Stay home if you are ill. WJUSD continues to offer no-cost testing through Covid Clinic.


Our District Goals
 
Our District has four main goals, approved by the Board of Trustees, that we strive to achieve each day.
 
Goal 1: College and Career Ready
 
Goal 2: Meet Social-Emotional and Academic Needs
 
Goal 3: Accelerate English Learner Achievement
 
Goal 4: Engagement and Leadership Opportunities for Youth
 
 
Board of Trustees Meetings
 
The next Board of Trustee meetings will be on June 23 and 30. Open session starts at 6 p.m., unless posted otherwise on the board meeting agenda.
 
May 2022

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Dear WJUSD Families and Community,

We’re just a few short weeks away from closing out the school year and I am proud of all that we have been able to accomplish thus far! It is hard to believe that the last day of school, Friday, June 10th, will soon be here.

During the next few weeks, students will be focused on completing their final tests and assignments, participating in end-of-the-school-year festivities, and getting ready for their promotion and graduation ceremonies.

It’s definitely an exciting time filled with many activities!

As we get ready to finish the school year, below are some District updates and opportunities for students over the summer.

Respectfully,

Elodia Ortega-Lampkin
Superintendent

Superintendent Meet and Greets

I would like to say thank you to WJUSD families and staff for attending our Superintendent Meet-and-Greet events this month. It was a pleasure to meet you and to share some highlights of our District’s goals.

If you missed them, there will be more opportunities in the fall for us to get to know one another. I’m looking forward to meeting you.

Reclassification and State Seal of Biliteracy Ceremony

WJUSD will honor students for their linguistic achievements at our annual Reclassification and State Seal of Biliteracy Ceremony on Monday, May 23, at 6 p.m. at the Woodland High School football stadium.

High School Start Time Changing Next Year

Beginning next school year, both Pioneer and Woodland High schools will begin their instructional day at 8:30 a.m. Zero period will still be available to students who want to take an additional class, but it will begin at 7:30 a.m. This change in start time is required for our schools to be compliant with a new law that takes effect on July 1, 2022. The full bell schedule will be published as soon as it is finalized.

Elementary After School Programs Expanding Next Year
 
We’re excited to announce that WJUSD is currently working on expanding our after school program starting next school year by making it available at more schools and open to more students.

The program currently called ASES (After School Education and Safety) will soon be called the “Expanded Learning Opportunity Program” and will be available at all our elementary schools, including Gibson, Spring Lake, and Zamora, and will be open to students from transitional kindergarten (TK) to sixth grade.

More information regarding registration will be available in early August 2022 as we are still developing the program.

Nominations Open for Excellence in Education Awards

Nominations are open for the Yolo County School Board Association's Excellence in Education Awards for 2022.
 
This event is coordinated by the Yolo County Office of Education and aims to honor the tireless efforts of school district employees. Nominations are now being accepted for the categories of awards below.

Make a nomination by this Friday, May 20, at 5 p.m.
     
  • Salute to Educator Award (Recognizing an individual Elementary, Secondary, Alternative, or Student Services and Special Education teacher)

Summer Activity Camps

WJUSD's Summer Activity Camps are open to all WJUSD students. We have a variety of options for you to choose from, including:
 
  • Band Camp
  • Orchestra Camp
  • Mariachi
  • Robotics
  • Ballet Folklorico
  • Hip Hop Dance
  • Little Heroes
  • Team Media Bus

Click here for more information

High School Summer School

Credit recovery at Woodland High School is a 4-week program (June 16 - July 15) that is open to current WJUSD high school students who need to retake up to two semesters of coursework in which they previously received a grade of D or F, or who have passed but would like to improve their grade.

Transportation between Pioneer and Woodland campuses will be available.
 
Click here to sign your child up.
 
Questions? Contact Lyn Bigelow at lyn.bigelow@wjusd.org

Middle School CTE and STEAM Academy 2022

The CTE (Career Technical Education) and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Academy is open to all incoming WJUSD 7th and 8th grade students.
 
Location: Lee Middle School
Dates: June 16 - July 15, 2022
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 
Sessions:
  • Sustainable Art/Graphic Design
  • Cooking and Food Chemistry
  • CTE Ag Science
  • CTE Animal Science
  • CTE Construction
  • CTE Auto/Manufacturing
  • CTE Medical
  • Design and Engineering
  • Rube Goldberg Machines
  • Survival Skills
 
To register click here.
 
Questions? Contact Middle School Coordinator Jade Owen at jade.owen@wjusd.org

WJUSD Elementary STEAM Academy 2022

The  WJUSD  Elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Academy is open to incoming 1st -6th grade students by teacher recommendation only.
 
Locations: Beamer (Dual Immersion), Freeman, and Prairie elementary schools
Dates: June 16 - July 15, 2022
Time: ~ 8:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
 
Families of enrolled students were notified via email/Parent Square. Students placed on a waitlist were also notified.

If you have any questions, please contact your site CAFE specialist.

Covid Update

With a surge of Covid cases in Yolo County, we are now in High Community Transmission and county health officials are strongly making the following recommendations:

  • Wear high-quality masks indoors
  • Get tested
  • Get vaccinated and/or boosted when eligible

Stay home if you are ill. WJUSD continues to offer no-cost testing through Covid Clinic.

Click here for the testing schedule.

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrollment

Your child is eligible for transitional kindergarten (TK) or kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year if:
 
  • TK: Born between September 2, 2017 and February 2, 2018
  • Kindergarten: Born by or on September 1, 2017
  • Not eligible: Born after February 2, 2018

For more information click here

Our District Goals
 
Our District has four main goals, approved by the Board of Trustees, that we strive to achieve each day.
 
Goal 1: College and Career Ready
 
Goal 2: Meet Social-Emotional and Academic Needs
 
Goal 3: Accelerate English Learner Achievement
 
Goal 4: Engagement and Leadership Opportunities for Youth
 
Read more about each goal here.
 
Board of Trustees Meetings
 
The next Board of Trustees meeting will be on Thursday, May 26. Open session starts at 6 p.m., unless posted otherwise on the board meeting agenda.
 
You can read the agenda and instructions for making a public comment here.
April 2022

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Elodia Ortega-Lampkin
 
Dear WJUSD Community,
 
Spring is here and graduation is right around the corner. As a reminder, schools and our District Office will be closed during Spring break, April 18 - 22.
 
It’s been quite a year filled with many transitions and many success stories from throughout our District.
 
Most recently our robotics team won the regional championship, one of our great coaches was named Coach of the Year, and one of our excellent middle school students won the City of Woodland’s Cesar Chavez Essay Contest. We have celebrated so many academic and athletic accomplishments.
 
But we’re not done yet.
 
We still have two more months of school and I expect we’ll see more great things happening around our District.
 
So let’s keep up the great work and finish the year strong.
 
But for now, have a restful Spring Break with your friends and family. You all deserve it!
 
Respectfully,

Elodia Ortega-Lampkin
Superintendent
 
Here are more updates from our District.
 
Superintendent Meet-and-Greet Events
 
I will be holding community meet-and-greet events for us to get to know one another and for me to learn more about your hopes and dreams for your students. I will also be sharing information about our District goals and I would love to hear your thoughts and input.
 
Please join me at one of the following meetings!
 
Event Details
May 3 at Woodland High School, 6 - 7 p.m.
May 10 at Pioneer High School, 6 - 7 p.m.
 
I hope to meet you there!
 
Presentation to Woodland City Council
 
This month I had the honor of joining our School Board President Jake Whitaker in speaking to the Woodland City Council about our District goals and the great work you are all doing. We’re proud to represent our District!
 
Jake Whitaker and Elodia Ortega-Lampkin
 
 
Closures During Spring Break
 
Schools and our District office will be closed during Spring break, April 18 - 22.
 
Covid Testing will continue to be available at our District office testing site, 435 Sixth St., Woodland, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
 
Students return to school on Monday, April 25.
 
At home self-test kits for Spring Break
 
We are excited to announce that we are once again participating in the “Return from Vacation Testing Program” with California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
 
Students and staff were provided with an at home self-test kit to use prior to returning to school or work after Spring break on Monday, April 25.
 
This is a free service and is not mandatory.
 
 
Resources During Spring Break
 
Remember our District has resources available to assist our families with social-emotional and mental health supports.
 
We have partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of students and their family members. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service to help you find mental health or substance use treatment options matched to your needs, regardless of circumstance.
 
If you or a family member are in need of help, contact Care Solace to get connected with a specialist.
 
  • Call (888) 515-0595. Support is available 24/7 in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Tagalog, and Korean.
 
  • Visit www.caresolace.com/wjusd for more information. You can also click “Book Appointment” in the top right corner for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
 
  • In addition, our WJUSD Social and Emotional Wellness page has additional mental health resources.
 
  • Watch a video featuring our WJUSD students and staff discussing social awareness, the ability to understand your feelings and empathize with others.
 
Yolo Youth Empowerment Summit (YES!)
  
Flyer for YES event
 
The 5th Annual Yolo Youth Empowerment Summit (YES!) is a national award-winning program with a mission to empower and encourage youth to say “YES!” to leadership roles and civic engagement in their local communities.
 
This year's YES! will take place on Saturday, April 30 in the UC Davis ARC Ballroom. This is an all-day event that will empower and engage youth from all over Yolo County and give them the opportunity to learn about local government, the election process, the importance of voting, and civic engagement, along with their peers from other schools and districts.
 
Students who participate will have the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes, such as gift cards, gift baskets, gift certificates, swag, and more! Register now!
 
Click here to register.
 
Career Technical Education (CTE)
 
Families from throughout our District attended our Career Technical Education (CTE) on April 13 to learn all about the various pathways available at Pioneer and Woodland high schools, as well as Woodland Community College.
 
Everyone had an opportunity to visit the different booths and learn about the different programs. Here’s a photo of me learning from students about how to do the Heimlich maneuver. It was a fun event!
 
Elodia practicing heimlich maneuver on high school student
 
 
WHS Coach Named Coach of the Year
 
Coach Admin Araiza
 
Coach Admin Araiza, who coaches the Woodland High School boys varsity soccer team, was named Coach of the Year by the Golden Empire League (GEL) in March. Congratulations, Mr. Araiza!
 
 
Lee Middle School Students Wins Essay Contest
 
Alejandra Lopez from Lee Middle School
 
Lee Middle School Student Alejandra Lopez won the City of Woodland’s Cesar Chavez Essay Writing Contest. She read her essay to the audience during the city’s César Chávez celebration on March 31 at Heritage Plaza. Congratulations, Alejandra!
 
 
Mariachi Students to Perform at Mondavi Center April 30
 
Our mariachi music students from Douglass and Lee middle schools will perform live at the Mondavi Center in Davis on Saturday, April 30. It will be a night to remember.
 
Tickets are available at www.mondaviarts.org
 
How are we doing?
 
We are monitoring and seeking input on our progress toward reaching our District goals - and assessing the state of our District - and we would like to hear from you.
 
How do you think we’re doing regarding meeting the needs of our students?
 
To ensure we are moving in the right direction, we invite you to complete a short survey by May 6.
 
It just takes a few minutes and your response is anonymous. The results will be reviewed by our District leadership and Board of Trustees and will help ensure we’re on the right track.
 
Click here for the English survey
 
Click here for the Spanish survey
 
Thank you! We appreciate your participation.
 
WJUSD Highlights on Social Media
 
Do you follow us on social media? You can catch our updates, videos and highlights on social media.
 
 
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

Robotics Team Wins Regional Championship
 
Robotics team
 
Congratulations to our Woodland robotics team for winning the Sacramento Regional FIRST competition held at UC Davis over the March 26 - 27 weekend.
 
Students from both Woodland and Pioneer high schools comprise Team 5458: Digital Minds, who are now qualified for the world championship in Houston, Texas.
 
Read more.
 
Preschool Enrollment
 
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Eligible families can enroll their child in the State Preschool program. The program in WJUSD offers six part-day and three full-day comprehensive developmental programs for three- to four-year-old children for income-eligible families.
 
 
Our District Goals
 
Our District has four main goals, approved by the Board of Trustees, that we strive to achieve each day.
 
Goal 1: College and Career Ready
 
Goal 2: Meet Social-Emotional and Academic Needs
 
Goal 3: Accelerate English Learner Achievement
 
Goal 4: Engagement and Leadership Opportunities for Youth
 
Read more about our goals in our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
 
Board of Trustees Meetings
 
The Board of Trustees will hold a special board meeting on Thursday, April 28. Open session starts at 6 p.m.
 
Read the agenda and instructions for making a public comment.
March 2022

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Dear WJUSD Families and Community,

Last week, the WJUSD Board of Trustees appointed me as our new Superintendent and I am honored and humbled to serve our District and our community in this role. 

I am deeply committed to partnering with you to ensure our students receive the best social-emotional and academic education possible so that they are prepared to live happy and successful lives. 

As a former English Learner, migrant farmworker, educator, and as a parent of four Woodland High School graduates, I understand the multiple challenges, needs, and perspectives in our community.
 
I have deep knowledge of our District’s current strengths, areas for growth, and a clear vision of the direction that our Board of Trustees has set forth in order to ensure that all students are prepared for college and/or careers upon graduation. 
 
I have proudly served half of my educational career in Woodland. The experience I have gained as a classroom aide, classroom teacher, and as a school and District administrator have prepared me well to serve as the Superintendent in the community I know and love.
In the coming months, I will be holding community meet-and-greet events to get to know one another and to learn more about your hopes and dreams for your students.
 
I am thankful and excited for the opportunity to collaborate with you to support our students' success. 

Respectfully,

Elodia Ortega-Lampkin
Superintendent

Read more about our amazing students and programs below.


Masking Guidance Update

Last month Governor Newsom lifted the indoor mask mandate for all California K-12 schools.

  • This means that masks are now optional in all WJUSD schools and offices.
 
  • Although masks are optional, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Yolo County strongly recommend that individuals choose to continue wearing masks indoors.
 
  • During this transition, it is important to be kind and respectful of the individual choices that students, staff, and adults make for themselves and their families.


Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways in High School

Students at Pioneer and Woodland high schools have many Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways to choose from to prepare them for a future of endless possibilities.
 
Learn more by watching these new videos.

Woodland High School CTE pathways

Pioneer High School CTE pathways
English video

Students Win Top Awards at MESA Day

Students from Lee and Douglass middle schools won first and second place awards for the academic competition known as MESA Day at UC Davis on March 12.


Elementary Student Receives ‘Every Student Succeeding’ Award

Congratulations to Gibson Elementary School student Emma Perez for receiving the “Every Student Succeeding” award from the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) last month.



G.A.T.E. Students Excel at Annual Geography Bee

Congratulations to fifth-grade Sci-Tech student Charlotte Banuelos for winning the annual Geography Bee competition last month.

  • Second place winner was Michael Nichols, fifth-grade student from Spring Lake Elementary School.
 
  • Third place winner was Cash Foldhazi, seventh-grade student from Lee Middle School.


Preschool Enrollment

Eligible families can enroll their child in the State Preschool program. The program in WJUSD offers six part-day and three full-day comprehensive developmental programs for three- to four-year-old children for income-eligible families. 


TK - 6th Grade Enrollment

WJUSD continues to accept enrollments for transitional kindergarten through sixth grade for the upcoming 2022-23 school year.


Dual Immersion Enrollment

WJUSD continues to accept applications for the Dual Immersion (DI) Program for the 2022-2023 school year.
 
The DI Program offers instruction in both Spanish and English with the goal of producing bilingual and biliterate students.

The next required informational meeting is Monday, March 21.
 

Conflict and Uncertainty in the News

Many may be affected by the devastation and uncertainty from what we hear in the news. Fear around the conflict in Ukraine and concern for those who are directly impacted can take a toll on our mental health, especially after the challenges from the last two years.

Here are some resources on talking to your child about what they may hear or see in the news:
 
 
 
 
If you need additional support at school, please reach out to your school counselor.

If you or a family member would like help finding a mental health care or substance use treatment provider, contact Care Solace, a complimentary and confidential service provided by our District.
 
  • Call 888-515-0595
 
 
Register with Covid Clinic
 
Our District partners with Covid Clinic to provide free on-site COVID-testing for students, staff, and families.


Our District Goals

Our District has four main goals for our students' success, approved by the Board of Trustees, that we strive to achieve each day.

  • Goal 1: College and Career Ready
 
  • Goal 2: Meet Social-Emotional and Academic Needs
 
  • Goal 3: Accelerate English Learner Achievement
 
  • Goal 4: Engagement and Leadership Opportunities for Youth
 

Board of Education Meetings
 
The next Board of Education meeting will be on Thursday, March 24. Open session starts at 6 p.m.
 
 
Respectfully,
 
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Elodia Ortega-Lampkin
Superintendent