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Principal’s Message

February 13, 2017

2/16 LCAP Forum 6:00pm

2/17 X-ploration Day

2/20 -2/24 February Vacation Week – No School

3/3 Friday Flag

Principal’s Message

February 13, 2017

Greetings Explorer Families,

On Thursday, February 16, all parents and local community members are invited to our Strategic Visioning meeting in our multipurpose room focused on planning for the future of our school and district. This meeting will begin at 6:00 pm with our PTA and Foundation General Association Meeting. Following this important dialogue, the strategic planning meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and conclude at approximately 8:00 pm. This meeting is part of what is called, at the state level, the Local Control Accountability Program. In this regard each school in Poway Unified is conducting a large scale meeting with our parents and community members in order to garner commentary on five key goals that have been established by our district. The goals to be discussed include the following:

  • Goal 1: Support high-quality teachers in their implementation of an articulated California standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment to ensure College and Career Readiness and Citizenship for all students. TK-12.
  • Goal 2: Create systems and structures that provide multiple pathways of learning and engagement to increase College and Career Readiness of our students and close the achievement gap for all subgroups.
  • Goal 3: Strengthen and maintain a safe, healthy, positive, and attractive learning environment for all learners.
  • Goal 4: Increase parent and student engagement in learning through enhanced community involvement in the education of our students.
  • Goal 5: Develop, implement and embed a collaborative learning structure and system for adults and students to increase student achievement.

Parents, this forum is of high importance in terms of planning for the future of our school. The input gathered would be solidified and presented to our district administrative team and our school board. I would so appreciate your attendance at this meeting.

See You on Campus,

Doug Johnson

Establishment of Forgotten Items Delivery Policy

Going forward, forgotten items such as, lunches, library books, backpacks, homework assignments, jackets, water bottles, musical instruments, etc. should be left on the "Forgotten Items Table" outside the Office Door, in the lobby. Please attach a note to the item that indicates student name, teacher and room number. Any lunches not picked up by the start of the first lunch period will be delivered to the Noon Duties at lunch court. Please communicate with your student that if they forget anything and you wish to deliver it, they need to come check the Forgotten Items Table as these items will not be delivered any longer. Please do not sign in as a volunteer to deliver items to students/classroom.

We are implementing this new procedure to ensure safety of our students, to encourage student responsibility, and to reduce distractions to students, teachers, and office staff.

Camp Invention is coming to Poway Unified School District!

Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Del Sur Elementary School is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades K-6. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on June 19, 2017 with Betsy Ewan serving as Director of the Launch program!

Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:

 Engaging creative thinking to design and build their own duct tape creations

 Experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets


 Exploring aerodynamics to blast water rockets made from plastic bottles more than 50 feet in the air

 Taking apart nonworking machines and devices to investigate their inner operations

All activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!

Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one program team member is in place for every eight children.

Register on or before March 20, 2017 using promo code Discover25 to receive $25 OFF the base price of $275. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

RobotCity Workshop

After-School Robotics Program Onsite at Del Sur Elementary!

Engage. Educate. Inspire.

Green Energy Session

New curriculum every session!

Green Energy Session Highlights

 Understanding the global energy crisis

 Global arithmetic: Energy production and consumption

 Solar photovoltaic technology

 Wind turbine technology

 Fuel cell technology

 How robotics can help green energy

Grades 1-2

Tuesdays 3/21 - 5/16

2:55 - 3:55 p.m.

Grades 3-5

Wednesdays 3/22 - 5/17

2:55 - 3:55 p.m.

Grades K-2

Thursdays 3/23 - 5/18

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Register Now

Coming Soon! Summer Camp
7/17 - 7/21 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
7/24 - 7/28 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Give your child the valuable opportunity to learn about the inner technology of robots and how they
make our world work!

For nearly a decade, RobotCity Workshop has engaged, educated and inspired kids to love technology
through our exciting robotics programs. Our curriculum is focused on bolstering young students’
foundation for future success in growing STEM fields.

Students will learn, build and test a wide gamut of robotics technology and related concepts. They
learn hands-on by building of 4 to 6 robots, including some to keep for further experimentation at

Why Robotics?
•    Teaches problem-solving
•    Increases logical thinking skills
•    Fun, hands-on way to demystify complex technology
•    Sharpens in-demand skills useful in future employment in growing STEM fields
•    Boosts girls’ and boys’ interest in science and technology
•    Platform for immense creativity and innovation
•    Introduction to programming

Want free tuition by volunteering in the workshop? Contact Gail Czyszczon at
gail@robotcityworkshopwest.com or 858-229-9992.

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact the Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406, 858-521-2800, extension 2761.

Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406