Soledad Unified School District Weekly Newsletter Timothy J. Vanoli, Superintendent Discover What’s Possible Board of Trustees

December 15, 2017

Soledad Unified School Board Appoints Associate Superintendent of Educational Services

Josie Perez-Aguilera


Jodi Massa, Vice-President

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Mr. Randall W. Bangs has been appointed to fill the position vacated by Mr. Jorge Z. Guzman.

Mr. Bangs currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Salinas High School District. He has held that position for five years. Prior to this position he served as the Director of Mission Trails ROP for six years. He served in the Soledad Unified School District for nine years. First as the principal of Soledad High School, and then promoted to the Director of Special Projects. Congratulations to Mr. Bangs and welcome back to the district.

Annual Organizational Meeting Monica Pantoja, Clerk

At their meeting of December 13, 2017, the Board of Trustees selected new officers, they are: President, Josie Perez-Aguilera Vice-President, Jodi Massa

Javier Galvan, Trustee

Clerk, Monica Pantoja

Congratulations to everyone! Together we will do great things for our students, staff and community.

Jaime Fernandez, Trustee


Student * Staff * Recognition Employees of the Month for Frank

Students of the Month:

Ledesma Elementary

Congratulations :

At their meeting of December 13, 2017, the

Emma Martinez, Main Street Middle School

Board of Trustees recognized Annette Buttle, Teacher and Maribel Franco, Parent/Student Liaison. Congratulations and thank you for all you do your students, parents, staff, and community.

Carlos Esqueda, Soledad High School Lizeth Servin, Pinnacles High School

Soledad High School MTAL

Main Street Halloween Math Challenge

Champions & Coach of the Year



This Time of Year is a time of Celebration, A time with Family and Friends, a time of Joy. Remember the Reason for the Season: Gratitude, Love, Peace on Earth, and Goodwill toward all. From our Family to Yours, Have a Wonderful Winter Break!


“The Educational Services Department supports teachers in continuous improvement of their knowledge and skills. We aim to support teachers in delivering as well as sustained professional learning and the Systematic Instructional Framework.”

Our goal is to eliminate the opportunity gap while creating every student to be civic and digital citizens who are prepared to be college and career ready. The mission is to provide leadership and guidance for all stakeholders to increase student achievement through standards based curricula, professional development, & educational support.


Dr. Dianne Witwer, Director of Student Services, Assessments and Accountability Supporting staff: Rosalinda Sanchez & Maria Torres

Erin Ramirez, Special Projects Coordinator Supporting Staff: Rosalinda Sanchez, Sandra Celio & Maria Torres

Annette Trujillo, Director of Technology Supporting Staff: Martha Martinez, Vickie Quitevis, John D. Little, Zeke Zuniga, Greg Quitevis, Edgar Leos, & Lucero Zuinga

Lori Morones, Program Coordinator/Preschool Supporting Staff: Cristina Chavez, Elivier Aguilar, Lupe Calderon, Emely Tovar

Nathan Moreno, Special Education Coordinator Supporting Staff: Cristina Chavez, Elivier Aguilar, Lupe Calderon, Emely Tovar


Educational Services Department


Week of December 11, 2017 LCAP Goal 2: 

Curriculum DLT Last Friday, we held a CDLT with our Principals to discuss Curriculum & Instruction items. We covered the following:  A Teambuilder Activity  Solutions for the Sub Shortage  Special Education updates  Interim Assessment Training & timeline  Special Projects Updates  District-Wide Trainings for both Dec. 15 and Jan. 5  PD training for January


LCAP Goal 2: Lead 2nd Grade Teachers Met On Dec. 12 the Lead 2nd Grade teachers met to continue on revising the assessments in the ELA Pacing Guide. They also discussed sharing ideas & strategies for teaching Small Group Reading. They will be sharing these ideas at the next District-Wide Grade Level Meeting.

LCAP Goal 2: Professional Learning Network On Monday, December 11, our district hosted the Professional Learning Network work that MCOE is conducting with our district and 3 other districts. We discussed how our “Problem of Practice” is going for our selected district school. Rose Ferrero is implementing the “Problem of Practice” work in our district. Our discussion was basically around how we at the District Level can support that work. Our District-Wide LCAP Team attended this training. Our District LCAP Team includes: Annette Trujillo, Dianne Witwer, Fernando Cubias, Erin Ramirez, & Maria Torres, Aimee Beleu . Mr. Vanoli also attended for part of the session. L

LCAP Goal 2: Curriculum Council Our District Curriculum Council met this Monday and we:

1. Approved a new Art Course for SHS. 2. Viewed the Dashboard 3. Discussed the District-Wide PD’s on December 15 &

January 5.


Educational Services Department

Weekly Newsletter


After School Program Safety (LCAP 3)

This week, after school program, fire drills were conducted at school sites with an ASES (After School Education and Safety) program. San Vicente, Gabilan, Main Street Middle School, Jack Franscioni, Rose Ferrero, & Frank Ledesma students all did well! Students evacuated in a quick, orderly fashion and followed directions guided by the after school program staff. After winter intersession we will conduct earthquake drills for all sites. Great Job Students, Keep Up The Good Work!!!!




To all Soledad Unified School District Employees have a restful winter vacation. If you celebrate, Happy Holidays!


Coming Up: ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments of California) Testing Window (for annual students only): February 8 – May 31

DELAC Meeting: The next District English Language Advisory Committee Meeting will be Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM in Jack Franscioni library



Gabilan Elementary Library decorations

Frank Ledesma’s Christmas Program



Frank Ledesma’s Library Holiday Decorations

Rose ferrero’s Library Holiday Decorations

Thank you ladies for all your hard work and dedication.


Educational Services Department

Weekly Newsletter

TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT Director of Technology Annette Trujillo

Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century (LCAP Goal 2)

Teachers, please make sure to sign up for sessions for our January 5 PD day at Soledad High. You can find the sessions here: https://

EdTech Bytes (LCAP Goal 2)

Check out the message from Christine Elgersma, Senior Editor, Parent Education, Common Sense Media We've almost made it to the oasis of winter break -- high fives all around! And what will kids be doing? Aside from whatever homework you assigned, they'll also be using devices, maybe more than their parents would like. We have some great stuff -- from parenting advice to media recommendations -- you can pass along to families as they navigate the next couple of weeks. So check out the resources below, print them, or share the links on your classroom website or in a parent email. Once you've handed them -- and the kids -- off to parents, enjoy the holidays!

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Student Powered Film Festival Teacher Training Check out the flyer! More information at

Look for the PD Schedule in the New Year- Coming Google Level 1 Certification! 10

Here's to a happy, restful break!



New Teacher Support & Development Coordinator Julia Turner

Kester Bantin New Teacher Support TOSA

“The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry (The Resolution) For there lay The Combs—the combs that Della had seen in a shop window and loved for a long time. Beautiful combs, with jewels, perfect for her beautiful hair. She had known they cost too much for her to buy them. She had looked at them without the least hope of owning them. And now they were hers, but her hair was gone. But she held them to her heart, and at last was able to look up and say: “My hair grows so fast, Jim!” And then she jumped up and cried, “Oh, oh!” Jim had not yet seen his beautiful gift. She held it out to him in her open hand. The gold seemed to shine softly as if with her own warm and loving spirit. “Isn’t it perfect, Jim? I hunted all over town to find it. You’ll have to look at your watch a hundred times a day now. Give me your watch. I want to see how they look together.” Jim sat down and smiled. “Della,” said he, “let’s put our Christmas gifts away and keep them a while. They’re too nice to use now. I sold the watch to get the money to buy the combs. And now I think we should have our dinner.” The magi, as you know, were wise men—wonderfully wise men— who brought gifts to the newborn Christ-child. They were the first to give Christmas gifts. Being wise, their gifts were doubtless wise ones. And here I have told you the story of two children who were not wise. Each sold the most valuable thing he owned in order to buy a gift for the other. But let me speak a last word to the wise of these days: Of all who give gifts, these two were the most wise. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are the most wise. Everywhere they are the wise ones. They are the magi.

Enjoy a joyous vacation with family and friends! To all who celebrate, Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! LCAP #5: SUSD will attract, recruit, support, and retain a highly effective and diverse workforce. LCAP #2: Proficiency for all: SUSD will provide a high quality and comprehensive instructional program.

Unlocking the Future Today



Thank you everyone for the wonderful food and fun at the Winter Pot Luck

Where in the world is Jorge Guzman!!!! We finally heard from our good friend Jorge. It looks like retirement is suiting him well!!!

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REMINDERS Teacher and CSEA Employees of the year nominations are due December 15th. CPR Training will be 13th. Contact [email protected] Emergency Medications Training is Friday January 5th contact: [email protected]




Please remember to receive you items in Escape before sending your PO’s to A/P for payment.

It is very important to send PO’s and packing slips to A/P for all vendors but specially for AMAZON, PALACE and OFFICE DEPOT accounts as soon as items are delivered .

Travel and Conference/ Reimbursements Request submitted on old forms will no longer be accepted as language and formats have changed. Please keep in mind that the approval process will be delayed. All Conference Request should include a copy of flyer and a map quest print out. Mileage Reimbursements will not be paid out if the original conference request does not have transportation cost included as part of the overall cost.

MESSAGE FROM PAYROLL December Pay Day is December 22, Paychecks will only be distributed from 8:00-10:00am on December 22, 2017 (For CSEA members only)


Community Resources Aidee Aldaco, District Wide Intervention Coordinator (831) 540-0191 [email protected]


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