The 2015-16 school year at Valley Center Pauma Unified School District is “off to a great start,” according to Supt. Mary Gorsuch. School started on Thursday at the K-12 district.
“The year started off on a very positive note in Valley Center and Pauma Valley! “ said Mrs. Gorsuch. “We welcomed our new kindergarten students at Valley Center Primary, Lilac and Pauma Schools and everything went very smoothly with only a few tears. Some tears were shed by parents, however, as they saw their little ones growing up and becoming little scholars.“
Mrs. Gorsuch noted that, “In the first few days of school, our students in grades 3 – 12 are issued their school iPads, to be used in class and taken back and forth from home to school. These are powerful learning tools for students, and we are so pleased to able to supply them to students. Teachers and Instructional Coaches are working with our students to provide ongoing training on the effective use of technology for learning and cyber safety. We are committed to keeping students safe online andextend our Internet filters to block inappropriate content at all times. We appreciate feedback about educational technology: questions, kudos, and/or concerns, and have a link to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!”
She added, “We also proud of our new Culinary Arts facility at Valley Center High School and new sports field at the Old Fire Station. We’ll have a grand opening for the culinary arts classroom later in the year. We’ve added courses including athletic trainer and computer science courses aligned with community colleges, and Advanced Placement Physics. All in all, we’re working diligently to ensure that every student graduates academically, socially and physically fit, ready to be a successful adult!
“We’re proud to be part of the Valley Center – Pauma community – a great place to live and learn!”
The Times Advocate spoke to several of the district’s principals on the first day of school.
Jon Petersen, principal at VC Middle School told the Times-Advocate, “We had 831 students arrive today, and many are new students who are bringing much energyand enthusiasm to our school. We also welcomed five new teachers to our campus, and we are excited to see the innovation and creativity they bring to the profession.
“Our students returned to see a brand-new gym floor, a new ASB room, a freshly painted barn and numerous other repairs that have our campus sparkling like never before. We also launched a couple of new elective classes today in art and ro- botics, giving our students more opportunities to enrich their experience here.”
Valley Center High School Principal Ron McCowan has established a tradition of memorable opening day pep rallies, and last Thursday was no exception. The rally featured a boxing match between McCowan and ASB President Calvin Bowling.
As McCowan described it: I did take a left to the nose but I knocked him out with a solid right hook.” It was all in fun, of course, with the boxing “gloves” as big and fluffy as pillows.
“This was all done in the spirit of rising up to the challenges that we will face this year as students and staff. After Calvinwas ‘Knocked out’ the ASB class used a polly system to raise him up from the floor to above the students,” said McCowan.
He added, “It was a pleasure to welcome students back to the high school to reconnect with many of their friends. Their eagerness to start the school year energizes our campus and makes for a great learning environment. This year will be full of great events and opportunities for students to grow both academically and socially.”
Pauma School Principal Leiani Osugi said, “The first day at Pauma School was great! Our children came to school with smiling faces and eager to learn. Our Pauma middle school students who attended Valley Center Middle School enjoyed their opportunities at VCMS. This year our Pauma middle school students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to attend Valley Center Middle School as a school of choice due to the extended opportunities that VCMS has to offer, such as with elective offerings, after school sports and PE. This is a new change this year. The day went smooth and our students enjoyed their first day of school.”