New Aliso, Summerland interim heads | Opinion

I would like to recognize Interim Principal Brett Weiberg and Teacher in Charge Shannon Colson for assuming leadership responsibilities at their respective school sites: Aliso and Summerland elementary schools.


Kana Thompson, special education preschool teacher, has been selected as one of the recipients of the second annual ‘SELPA-Bration’ Awards from the Santa Barbara County Special Education Local Plan Area. She will be celebrated on May 10 in Goleta for her leadership, teamwork, collaboration and overall positive spirit in working with students in Special Education.

Sal Lopez, Carpinteria High School Agriculture teacher, was also recognized as the Young Agriculture Teacher of the Year in California at the California State Leadership Conference in Sacramento, this past weekend.

AG Completion Improvement Grant

CDE has assigned $213,133 to the district to increase services for foster youth, low-income students and English learners to improve AG eligibility.

Carpinteria’s Early Learning Plan

CUSD is collaborating with Carpinteria Children’s Project in developing Carpinteria’s Early Plan to increase school readiness and literacy. Through First Five, CDE has allocated $75,000 annually to CUSD in support of these collaboration efforts.

CHS MESA Team Places at Regionals

The CHS MESA team traveled to Fresno State University on Saturday to compete in the Regional Competition. CHS students Natalie Martinez, Marisol Rodriguez and Liz Alpizar placed second in the Glider competition, and CHS students Diego Herrera and Here Porter placed second in Computer Programming. CHS Proud!

Spring Open Houses

All families are welcome to participate in our Spring Open Houses:

April 6 at Aliso Elementary

April 7 at Carpinteria Middle School

April 14 at Summerland School

May 16 at Carpinteria High School

May 19 at Canalino/CFS.

Certificated Staff Recruitment for 22-23

We are recruiting and interviewing for the following.

At Aliso Elementary School, we are recruiting for a principal, counselor and one classroom teacher; at Summerland School, a principal; at Canalino School, a DLI teacher and SPED teacher; at Carpinteria Middle School, a school psychologist, science teacher, English/Drama teacher; at Carpinteria High School, a counselor, two Special-Education teachers, an English teacher, Math teacher, ELD teacher and Culinary Arts teacher; and district-wide, a speech/language pathologist and a GATE elementary school teacher.

Rotary Talent Showcase

On April 9, the Rotary Club of Carpinteria produced its annual variety show with proceeds supporting the CUSD Music program. We appreciate their generosity in sponsoring the Arts, Music, and Theater programs.

From the CDE Website:

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and partners are redoubling efforts to help students recover and expand literacy skills amidst national reports showing declines in student reading levels during the pandemic.

“Reading is a gateway skill. When children learn to read, they can read to learn anything,” said Thurmond. “We also know that when students don’t learn to read by third grade, they are at greater risk to drop out of school, and they are at greater risk to end up in the criminal justice system. We are committed in our work to support the learning recovery of our students and are making every effort to strengthen literacy programs in our state.”

Measure U

Summerland School’s first set of classroom buildings are fully closed in and the footings for the second set of classroom buildings will be ready for concrete next week. The Measure U team met with KBZ’s Dawn Zeimer to select finishes, colors, paint and furniture.

The CHS Administration building stucco and windows are complete with the interior moving along with mechanical trades and drywall installation. Trench work has begun for retaining walls and walkways.

Canalino is prepared for the final phase of Modernization to begin immediately after school ends June 9.

The Administration building, Room 1, and the ECLC will all be modernized during this summer. Main school will also be painted this summer with CCP relocated to Aliso during that project.


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