• Ed and Barbara Visit AESD

    Barbara and Ed Wilson of Wilson Language Training visited Granada Primary and Montebello Schools to see their reading intervention programs in action. Students were excited to meet the real Ed as they are familiar with him from the large sound card that teaches the short vowel e. A special thanks to our special education teachers, Jessica Jensen, Donielle Rice, and Kathi Lemieux, and their students for welcoming these very important and influential visitors. These teachers and students showcased their knowledge of the Wilson concepts and the progress they have made towards learning how to read and spell.

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  • September Staff Development: CHAMPS

    On Wednesday September 16th all special education certified staff in the Alhambra School District participated in an all day training focusing on proactive and positive approaches to classroom management. This training, known as CHAMPS, is based on the work of Randy Sprick, Ph.D., of Safe and Civil Schools. In addition to helping all students feel and behave like champions, the CHAMPS acronym reflects behavior expectations that are clearly defined and directly taught to students depending on the activity in which students are engaged. After attending this workshop, Donielle Rice, teacher from Montebello School, immediately began to implement several strategies. One of the first strategies trainer Pat Somers introduced was developing an attention signal. Using an effective well-practiced attention signal allows the teacher to gain the attention of all students within 5 seconds. Instructional time is then not lost on repeating instructions, answering the same questions, and/or simply trying to gain the attention of all students at the same time. She did this by teaching her attention signal, allowing opportunities to practice, then expecting all participants to use it throughout the training session. Mrs. Rice got to work teaching her students her own attention signal the very next day.

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  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at Sevilla West

    Fourteen out of the fifteen Alhambra schools participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program that is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture. The purpose of this grant is to provide students an introduction to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, create healthier snack options, and to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables students eat. Twice a week students in Mrs. Cox and Ms. Zimmerman’s classrooms at Sevilla West Middle School participate in the sorting and distribution of the fruits and vegetables.

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