"Be Your Beary Best. Go Above and Beyond!" This is our theme this year. Students, Staff, Parents and Volunteers are asked to be their best and to go beyond average. Golden Springs has a history of strong parent participation, dedicated teachers and staff, and the ability to adapt to change as we grow and move forward. Last year, Golden Springs celebrated its 50th birthday. We were flexible with the physical updates to the campus, such as the playground improvement and parking/drop off additions. Take time to notice how your Measure PS monies was used to upgrade the campus.
This year, the Common Core State Standards are in full swing. Teachers are asked to focus on these three areas: Academic Vocabulary, Informational Text and Rigor. Students are asked to go beyond "looking for the right answer." New testing is on-line, and going deeper with student responses. Our students are asked to "think" and to "explain" how they arrived at an answer in two different ways. Finding what answer choice is incorrect and how to correct it, is also being asked of our students. Today, teachers must help their students with Depth of Knowledge (DOK) in preparation for learning in 2013-2014. We are dilligently working to keep our standards high, and encouraging students to go above and beyond.
Golden Springs is a campus instructing children from PreKindergarten - Eighth Grade. We have about 530 students, with 23 teachers, speech teacher, psychologist, library clerk, site specialist, custodian, kitchen team, office clerk, office manager and principal. A band teacher comes twice weekly to instruct Grades 4-8 students. A choir teacher comes once a week for junior high students. Our junior high department includes 9 different clubs the 7/8 students can join. Student leadership is encouraged as we help student flourish. This is a small campus, allowing staff to be accessible and to build close relationships with our students.
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) works tirelessly on fund raising projects, supporting Accelerated Reading (AR) program, monthly family events, field trip opportunities, classroom supplies and the copier needs. On any day, you will see parents volunteering in the classrooms, working in the parent workroom, cutting, laminating and preparing projects for classes. In addition, fathers have come out to help BBQ and attend PTO General Meetings! We welcome parent participation and building a strong culture of parent engagement.
New this year is the Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) and School Advisory Committee (SAC). English Learner parents and others are welcomed to attend these parent meetings. Please come out and learn what's going on at Golden Springs.
Cynthia T. Quan, Ed.D