Comments are welcome on the school calendar that is proposed for next school year. It is very similar to this year's calendar, which seemed to be agreeable to all stakeholders. If you have comments, please email Superintendent McNeil at email@example.com The Board will take action on a calendar at this months meeting on February 16th. The public portion of the meeting starts at 6:00 pm.
Julie Moody was honored by the Needles USD Board of Trustees and Superintendent McNeil for her many year of service to our District. Julie has worked with many, many substitutes to ensure that the daily business of the District to serve students continues on in the absence of any employee. She has also ensured that all employees are paid consistently and accurately so that they can provide for themselves and their families. The Districts honors and thanks Julie for her dedication and service to our students, staff the the greater Needles Community!
All Needles USD schools met the federal AYP requirements that included attendance, dropout rates, graduation rates, and participation rates for 2014-2015. New indicators of proficiency are being determined both on the state and federal levels for 2015-2016 with changes of the NEW Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that replaced No Child Left Behind! This means that NUSD has increased attendance, participation and graudation rates and lowered drop out rates! Good job NUSD!
NUSD offers sincere condolences to all involved in the horrific event in San Bernardino on Wednesday, 12/2/15. In light of this situation, we are reviewing our own policies with experts and advisers. All sites have a School Safety Plan that provides direction in case of an emergency such as this one. Our #1 goal is the safety of our students, staff and the community.
All student performance will be monitored for growth throughout the year according to new online benchmark tests that start this week. Teachers have been trained extensively in the application of the Measures of Academic Performance or MAP tests. All students in grades K-12 will be assessed for math and language arts. These scores will be used to monitor growth and to inform instruction on meeting California State Standards.
The first LCAP 2015-2016 update was presented to the Board of Trustees by Superintendent McNeil at the November 17, 2015 meeting.
There will be a parent workshop on preventing bully behavior on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd in the District Cafeteria at 6:00 pm. This workshop will be presented by Probation Officer Rachel Mursick.
State and federal regulations now require strict guidelines for healthy food programs for students. These regulations stopped the sales of most items formerly offered at snack windows. Staff is working within these difficult regulations to find food that can be offered to students in addition to the salad bar and healthy food inside the cafeteria. Cafeteria staff now offers 100% fruit smoothies that meet all requirements.
The annual Welcome Back Breakfast took place at the El Garces meeting room on Monday, August 17th. District staff gathered to celebrate the start of the new school year and to recognize the many years of service for many district employees.
The Needles USD Board of Trustees and ALL District Staff welcomes our students and their families to the new school year! We have worked very hard to prepare for a terrific school year!