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									Strategic Planning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Report Card
                                                                                                                                              Victor Elementary School District                                     Non-Profit Org.
We held our annual Strategic Planning event on March 9, 2011 at Brentwood School of Business and Leadership.                                  15579 8th Street                                                       US Postage
Strategic Planning involves students, teachers, administration, parents, school board members and community                                   Victorville, CA 92395                                                      PAID
members in the collaborative process of planning the direction for the next school year. Input received helps the                                                                             Permit No. 128           Vision             June 2011
VESD board plot the course of the school district. Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden reviewed 21st Century Skills                                                                                                     Victorville, CA
which are important for our students to learn to be successful in the world of work. These skills include the ability
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To prepare
to work collaboratively and cooperatively, and to be organized and responsible. VESD values the participation of our
parents and community as we work to continuously improve educational opportunities for our students.                                                                                                                                     students to be able
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to select from a     Contents:
Baby Basics                                                                      Victor Elementary                                                                             Postal Patron
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           variety of career
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          opportunities and
                                                                                 Education Foundation
Victor Elementary School District collaborated with
                                                                                                                                                                               Victorville, CA                                           to be successful in          Cover
Desert Mountain Special Education Local Plan Area and
Desert Valley Community Hospital to create the Baby                              The Victor Elementary Education Foundation                                                                                                              the world of work.
Basics. These three simple things will have a big impact                         is committed to investing in our children and                                                                                                                                  VESD Past...Present
on a child's development and future preparation for                              community by providing a scholarship to
school:                                                                          an approved institute of higher learning to
                                                                                 qualifying 6th graders from VESD who meet
       • Talk to Me                                                              the scholarship criteria upon graduation from                                                                                                                                      Pages 2 - 3
       • Hold Me                                                                 an accredited local, public high school.                                                                                                                   Mission
       • Play with Me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                VESD Hard at work
                                                                                 By developing an innovative business, education,                                                                                                         All students will
The Baby Basics are printed on bibs and provided to                                                                                                                                                                                                             in the Community
                                                                                 community and family partnership, the foundation will                                                                                                     be at or above
new families at Desert Valley Community Hospital.                                ultimately make attending college a possibility for every
Additionally, a DVD has been produced by students
and staff at West Palms Conservatory and Serrano High
                                                                                 VESD student. Our students will discover that their         Former Student Now a Successful Local                                                         grade level in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          reading, writing
                                                                                 dreams for a rewarding career are within their reach.
School. The DVD models the Baby Basics, as well as                               The foundation is proud to offer this opportunity to the    Business Owner                                                                              and mathematics              Page 4
provides a list of the three local organizations noted                           students of VESD.                                           VESD is proud to hear about local business owners who once                                   as measured by
above in case parents have questions or need support.                                                                                                                                                                                     results on state           Awards
                                                                                                                                             attended a VESD school. It’s always exciting to see how the
It has been a wonderful, collaborative effort to continue                        If you are interested in participating in this endeavor     young students who get their start in life at one of our schools                                  exams.
to provide outreach to parents and the community. To                             financially, please see our website at http://www.vesd.     move forward with motivation and determination to become                                                           High Performance
view the DVD, click on the link on                                  net/vesd-foundation/                                        leaders in the community. Sal Chavez is one such former student.

(...cont. from cover - page 1)                                                                                                               Mr. Chavez attended Liberty Elementary School from kindergarten
Much of California’s current budget plan relies heavily on a series of tax extensions proposed by Governor Jerry                             through sixth grade. He is the owner of Sal Chavez Cakes in
Brown that must be approved by legislators and then approved by voters in November to ensure a zero cuts budget                              Victorville. Mr. Chavez looks back fondly on his time at Liberty,                                Motto
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      VESD Past...Present
to public education - no easy task. Following are the actions we have taken to date, as well as efforts that will have                       recalling having several opportunities to be a leader at his school.                                                                     By Dr. Dale Marsden, Superintendent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Strategic Planning
to be considered if the governor’s budget plan fails:                                                                                        He was a part of the student council, which assisted him in                                                                              In 1895, Old Victor School opened to serve children from kindergarten through the 8th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Learning for all...
                                                                                                                                             gaining organizational and planning skills. He also enjoyed helping in the cafeteria and                                                 grade. The school’s first register of record, dated September 16, 1896, indicated there
       Reductions made since 2007:                                                                                                                                                                                                       whatever it takes!        Baby Basics
               • Reduction of over 30% of our management team
                                                                                                                                             the student store. The skills he learned at Liberty helped to propel him in the direction                                                was one teacher, and twenty students (ten boys and ten girls). There were 207 books in
               • Classes maximized to a district average of 33 students to one teacher                                                       he chose for his career.                                                                                                                 the library and fifteen visits made to the school by “other persons.” The honor roll boasted
               • Loss of all music and counselor positions                                                                                                                                                                                                          Foundation        seven students.
               • Reductions of certificated teachers and classified staff
                                                                                                                                             Mr. Chavez enjoyed cooking when he was young and would help his mother in the
               • Reductions in compensation for our employees                                                                                kitchen. In 2003, Mr. Chavez attended the California School of Culinary Arts, Le Cordon                            VESD Past...Present   We’ve come a long way since 1895; however, our service commitment to our community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Please scan the QR
               • School sizes ranging from an average of 800-1200 students                                                                   Program. He graduated at the top of his class in 2004, and was able to fulfill a lifelong                                                remains the same: Learning for All, Whatever it Takes! Today we have 788 employees and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Code below with your         Cont.
                                                                                                                                             dream of owning a local bakery! He meets with his customers personally to help them                                                      18 schools serving 11,698 students. VESD remains among the San Bernardino County’s
       *If Tax Extensions fail we’ll be forced to consider:                                                                                                                                                                              Smart Phone to learn
                                                                                                                                             create delicious, custom cakes. Mr. Chavez says he learned his business sense from his                                                   highest performing districts, achieving state and national recognition (read more on page
               • $13 million shortfall                                                                                                                                                                                                     more about VESD
                                                                                                                                             father, who has been a business owner for over 15 years.                                                                                 4). You might find it odd to celebrate a 116 year anniversary, but for Victor Elementary
               • Increasing deficit
               • Possible borrowing in 2011-2012 to meet financial obligations                                                                                                                                                                                                        School District, we have much to celebrate this year in particular!
                                                                                                                                                                            Mr. Chavez will be a part of VESD’s Annual Careers Day at                                 Page 6
               • Possible elimination of transportation services
                                                                                                                                                                            Lomitas Career Academy.                                                                                   Though we are by no means out of woods yet in California’s State of Fiscal Emergency
               • Reduction of services and materials for students
               • Shorter school year                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Former VESD        forest, VESD is alive and well! Because we did our homework well over the last two
                                                                                                                                                                            Sal Chavez Cakes is located at 12181 Ridgecrest Road
       *This list only represents a few of the reductions we will have to consider                                                                                                                                                                              Student Now Local     decades, we have a solid financial reserve. We have maintained a historically conservative
                                                                                                                                                                            Suite 114, by appointment only.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Business Owner       approach to our fiscal practices, and have made very difficult decisions to cut $13.4 million
Dr. Douglas Reeves, Harvard University Distinguished Author, recently reported that if California could raise its high                                                                                                                                                                over the last three years to address the state’s budget crisis.
school graduation rate by just would generate an additional $1.1B of additional revenue to the state per
year. Now that is a worthwhile investment. Please visit our blog at or scan the QR code on page 6                                                                                                                                                                        (Continued on page 5)
with your smart phone to learn more about VESD.
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VESD Schools Hard at Work in the Community                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Awards For a Job Well Done
All of VESD’s schools participate in diverse programs that promote local and global service initiatives, leading                                                                                                                                     California Business for                                        Title 1 Achievement
the way in helping the children of Victorville to be community-minded people who pitch in and help to make               Brentwood School of Business                                     Academy of performing arts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Education Excellence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    At Victor Elementary School District,
the world a better place. Following is just a sampling of some of our schools and the ways they are working              and Leadership                                                   and Foreign Language and                                                                                                  there is a resounding belief and
in the community to serve and lend a helping a hand.                                                                     Many of the students at Brentwood come from                                                                                                          The California Business for           expectation that all children have

Challenger School of Sports                                    Discovery School of the Arts                              disadvantaged backgrounds with little knowledge of               Irwin School                                                                        Education Excellence award            the capacity to learn and attain
                                                                                                                         how the business world works. For these students to                                                                                                  is given to schools that have         mastery. The skill and knowledge
                                                                                                                                                                                          The Academy and Irwin schools have been able to build
and Fitness                                                    Discovery School of the Arts K-Kids                       be able to dream big and create a world of possibilities,        positive relationships with the local community through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              been recognized by California’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              business community for having
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of the classroom teacher are vital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to this process. Village Elementary
                                                               group sponsored a community-                              Brentwood has implemented the Leader in Me                       strong parent support groups which have provided
                                                               wide Random Acts of Kindness                              program and partnered with the Victorville Chamber of            valuable support to the students and staff, and have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              demonstrated consistently high        and Sixth Street Prep have joined
                                                               Campaign February 14 - 21. K-Kids                                                            Commerce to teach                                                                                                 student academic achievement          an elite list of schools that have been able to close the
                                                                                                                                                                                          contributed greatly to each school’s individual culture.
                                                               is a Kiwanis sponsored club focused                                                           students Business                                                                                                and for making significant            achievement gap and receive the Title 1 Achievement
                                                               on community service. The idea                                                                and Leadership skills.                                                                  progress toward closing achievement gaps among                 award.
                                                                                                                                                                                          The Academy and Irwin have a unique relationship in
                                                               originated with the 6th grade                                                                 They have formed                                                                        all their students. The annual award is supported by
                                                                                                                                                                                          that they share the same campus. One of the common
                                                               GATE cluster class as they learned                                                            a Jr. Chamber of                                                                        numerous businesses and organizations including                In order to be considered for this prestigious award,
                                                                                                                                                                                          threads shared by the two schools is the annual
                                                               standards relative to persuasion                                                              Commerce and a                                                                          State Farm, Macy’s, Edison International, Wells Fargo,         schools must meet rigorous criteria, such as receiving
                                                                                                                                                                                          history reenactment, which takes place after spring
                                                               and media. These GATE students,                                                               Jr. Rotary that are                                                                     Southern California Auto Club, the California Business         Title 1 funds for at least two school years, showing
                                                                                                                                                                                          break. This year the students recreated the American
                                                               along with the K-Kids group, used                                                             led by students and                                                                     Roundtable, and United Way of the Bay Area. We are             growth in both Academic Performance Index (API)
                                                                                                                                                                                          Revolution, complete with colonial town tours and oral
                                                               persuasive techniques to spread the word about the                                            mentored by local                                                                       proud of the following schools for receiving this honor        scores and the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) over the
                                                                                                                                                                                          presentations by students
At the end of February, the Challenger student                 Random Acts of Kindness campaign through community                                            business leaders.                                                                       this year: Del Rey, Discovery, Endeavour, Sixth Street         previous two school years, as well as having at least
                                                                                                                                                                                          who portrayed famous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Prep, and Village. Congratulations on a job well-done!         40% of the student population classified as economically
leadership group, along with teachers Sara Velasquez           posters, a school-wide assembly, working with Y102’s                                          These leaders coach          historical figures. Over
and Veronica Fowler and Principal Liz McDonnell,               Coleen Quinn, and the Daily Press. Students shared the    the students on how to interact professionally in the            the past two years, Green                                                                                                 disadvantaged. “Grade level teams collaborate daily,
participated in the second annual Desert Valley Hospital       idea of performing a Random Act of Kindness, and in       business community, helping them gain soft skills that           Tree East Elementary                                       Lighthouse School                                              and methodically choose the standards and objectives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that are taught each week. Teams focus on objectives
Block Walk for heart health. This community-wide event         return the recipient would pay the good deed forward to   are so important to their future involvement in the world        School and West Palms                                      Brentwood School of Business
promotes walking to maintain a healthy heart and body.         someone new in hopes of spreading kindness throughout     of work. These programs have transformed many of                 Conservatory have joined                                                                                                  that have the most impact on student learning,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and Leadership has been named the                              according to the site principals.
There were several community leaders and residents             the high desert. The efforts of K-Kids, Discovery, and    Brentwood’s students by giving them leadership roles in          the event. These events                                    newest Lighthouse School for the Franklin
who walked the one-plus mile path from Desert Valley           the community all played an important role in the         the classroom and in the school, helping them gain self-         in conjunction with other                                  Covey organization, one of only 14 so-named
Hospital to the Vons shopping center and back. Even            success of this event.                                    confidence and realizing that they are valuable members          schools help build a sense                                                                                                This year, VESD is proud to announce that these two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     schools of the 400 Leader in Me schools in the nation.         schools have proven that this kind of intentional,
VESD superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden joined in for the                                                                   of society. These students are the future employees of           of community and teamwork.                                 Brentwood is the first school to earn this coveted
Block Walk!                                                                                                              our local businesses.                                                                                                                                                                      focused education gets results for all students. VESD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     award on the west coast. The Leader in Me program,             has consistently shown that through hard work and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                based on Stephen Covey’s
                                                                                                                                                                                          Mountain View Montessori                                                              7 Habits, teaches students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    commitment to success by our students, teachers and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    administration, these goals can be achieved.
Green Tree East Elementary                                                                                               Liberty Elementary                                               This year Mountain View Montessori Charter School                                     the life skills needed to be
Green Tree East Elementary School’s Student Service Group, made up of 4th through 6th graders, was formed a              Liberty Elementary's Peacebuilding students, staff               partnered with Burrtec Waste Industries to increase                                   successful, productive and
few years ago to lead the school in helping to raise funds for a variety of local and global organizations. One such     and families met on Saturday, April 16th to take their           recycling awareness and practices at school and in our                                happy people.
urgently needed service is Heifer International (, an organization that strives to alleviate hunger and   Peacebuilder program out into the community. The                 community. Activities were scheduled this school year                                 Congressman Buck McKeon

poverty in the world. Last year GTE raised enough funds to purchase a heifer, and this                                                                   students have been               to bring increased information to MVMCS students and                                  presenting Brentwood School
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                with a proclamation
year they have purchased a water buffalo and a flock of chickens. These living gifts are                                                                 working hard to live the         support the Victorville community
presented to families living in third-world countries, giving them hope in a desperate                                                                   Peacebuilder values at           through recycling and
situation.                                                                                                                                               school and saw a need to         reducing waste. The activities                             VESD Among Top 10 in San Bernardino County
                                                                                                                                                         spread the word within           included a recycling assembly                              When compared to other districts in San Bernardino County - the largest county in the state with 33 school
The school is also raising money for an organization called the Smile Train                                                                              their neighborhood and           presented by Burrtec, a                                    districts, VESD scores among the top ten:
(, which provides life changing surgeries for children with cleft lips                                                                community. The rally             student visit to the Materials                                      School District                   Academic Performance Index (API) Score
and palates. One of GTE’s own, Hannah Ptacek (pictured at right), was instrumental                                                                       group focused on four            Recovery Center at Burrtec, a                                       Etiwanda                          872
in raising awareness of this need through her own story, so this organization is near                                                                    main areas: stopping             community clean-up activity                                         Mount Baldy                       871
and dear to Green Tree East. This year, the school is well on its way to reaching their                                  drugs, graffiti, violence and bullying in our schools and        with MVMCS students, parents                                        Alta Loma                         858
fundraising goal of $750 to provide 3 children with surgeries. They have already raised                                  communities.                                                     and teachers, cleaning up a vacant lot at the corner of             Oro Grande                        828
$580!                                                                                                                                                                                     Bear Valley Road & Eagle Ranch Parkway, and a shoe                  Central                           821
                                                                                                                         The rally was a great success with many children and             collection drive which provided old shoes to be ground              Mountain View                     814
GTE’s Student Service Group has also been active in a number of local charities; for                                     families coming together for a common goal. The event            up into playground and athletic surfaces for needy                  Chino Valley                      811
example, the Ronald McDonald House Organization, Operation School Bell (sponsored by the Assistance League)              is expected to be showcased on              children. MVMCS looks forward to working with Burrtec               Victor Elementary (VESD)          809
and the Salvation Army. The group’s goal is to help their fellow man and the community, whether in Victorville or a                                                                       in the future to strengthen awareness and efforts in                Upland                            808
village in a third world country, and they are doing a great job of fulfilling this goal!                                                                                                 reusing, reducing, and recycling.                                   Redlands                          800
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