Panama-Buena Vista Union School District
Summer 2003 Highlighting School News and Events
Douglas J. Miller
Superintendent Fast Times Despite Cloudy Skies
Richard Ceccarelli Highlights from the 2003 District Track Meet
Records are made to be broken! And broken they were! At the 2003 Annual
Kip Hearron Panama-Buena Vista Track Meet, under the watchful eyes of families and
Assistant Superintendent friends, and under cloudy skies, representative athletes from all twenty district
Curriculum & Instruction schools competed for ribbons and the honor of being recognized as district
champions. Winners from the district track meet continued on to compete
Mike Kileen at the County level. The day’s success was made possible with the help of
Assistant Superintendent the numerous district employees volunteering their time for the students.
Business Services 2003 District Track Records on page 4.
B OARD OF TRUSTEES
Cheryl Palla The boys prepare to run the hurdles.
Track meet participants
Dolores Whitley proudly display medals.
S. William Bruce, Ed.D. A high jumper maneuvers
George R. Pinheiro during competition.
End of School Calendar
3 . . . . . . . Warren Junior High Graduation 1:30-3:30
Actis Junior High Graduation 4:30-6:30
4. . . . . . . . Tevis Junior High Graduation 12:00-2:00
Thompson Junior High Graduation 3:00 - 5:00
5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Last Day of Instruction
Summer School Calendar
June 9 - July 18 . . . . . . . . . . . Junior High Programs
June 16 - July 11 . . . Elementary & Music Programs Judges stay dry while
keeping an eye on the stats.
What’s Happening Inside
2-3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . It’s A Wrap! staff, and
4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Celebrating The Best of Times administrators
2003-2004 School Calendar concessions.
August 25 . . . . . . . .2003-2004 School Year Begins
Sept. 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Labor Day Holiday
Sept. 11 . . . . . . . . Back to School Night/Elementary
Sept. 18 . . . . . . . . . . . .Back to School Night/Jr. High
Obsolete Textbooks Available to District Parents
Thursday, June 26, 2003 from 8 - 10 AM
the P-BVUSD will make available obsolete
textbooks to P-BV district parents only.
Please park on Schirra Court adjacent to the District employee,
bus yard/warehouse. NO vehicles are allowed John Johnston,
on the premises. NO children are allowed. fills a wagon with Walking off the
Please make prior child care arrangements. ice for the pre-meet jitters.
Do not leave children unattended in vehicles. concession stand.
ACTIS JUNIOR HIGH
Actis Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
students are enrolled in a rigorous curriculum,
academically supported by their AVID elective class.
In May, they spent the day “shadowing” AVID students
at Bakersfield High School (BHS). Through this
program our students preview what is expected of
college prep students at BHS. Our students became
acquainted with the campus, took Cornell notes in
geometry class and participated in a class discussion
in world history.
Actis and Bakersfield High AVID students explore the BHS campus.
The AVID program began in 1980 and today serves 70,000 students in 21 states and 15 countries. Statistics show that if students are
enrolled in AVID for at least three years, 93% graduate from high school and enter college.
by Principal, Eric Triguerio
Two weeks prior to the start of our school year, selected 1 and 2nd
grade students are invited to attend our Summer Reading Academy.
Students struggling with reading concepts get a “jump start” to the school
year by reviewing reading skills, phonics, word families, letters & sounds.
Four teachers work with the students Monday - Thursday from 8:00 AM
to noon. Parents provide transportation and a healthy snack. The main
goal of the program is to strengthen their reading skills so they can be
more successful in the classroom during the school year.
Many teachers offer after school tutoring for their students. Seibert
Kindergarten teachers offer an especially strong and consistent tutor-
ing program for their students. Students stay an additional hour after
school (both AM and PM) 3 or 4 days a week. Teachers work on read-
ing skills covering sight words, CVC word review, and beginning sounds.
Seibert student works on project in class.
Now is a good time to start planning summer enrichment activities. Our district offers remedial and enrichment summer school for
grades 2 – 6. Please take advantage of this educational opportunity. Most libraries offer summer reading programs. These
programs are fun and keep your children focused on learning. Plan a night out once a week to Barnes and Noble. This, too, is a
great family activity. Read, read, read all summer long. No other leisure activity allows your mind to grow and prosper as much as
reading! by Principal, Paul Coon
As the school year winds to a close, the Loudon Leopards are
roaring about reading. Students read hundreds of books from our
new Book Bank , which is a reading resource room complete with
1,800 sets of texts organized by level of difficulty. Children earned
thousands of points in the Accelerated Reader program and a
Battle of the Books competition got off to a good start. Kids
participating in Books and Breakfast read to one another every
morning before school and children earned free books by logging
reading hours at home. Students improved their reading skills
through the Project CAPABLE tutoring program and over 29,000
books were checked out of the school library this year. Now, with
new books purchased from the Book Fair, the Leopards are ready
to begin their summer reading. It has been a great year for our
by Principal, Pam Bianchi
Loudon students review reading materials in the Book Bank. 2
Berkshire School students observed Arbor Day by participating
in a tree planting project on the playground. Trees donated by
PG&E were planted by students and employees of ACRT, Inc.
to commemorate this special day. Students learned about the
history of Arbor Day and the important role trees play in our
environment. Students enjoyed the presentation and
appreciated the hard hats, frisbees, and other gifts given for
their work in planting the trees. The Berkshire staff and student
body look forward to watching these trees take root and grow
and hope to enjoy the shade these trees will provide in the Berkshire staff and students proudly pose by newly planted tree.
years to come.
by Principal, Gerrie Kincaid
Sing Lum Elementary is fortunate in many ways: great kids, strong
staff, interested parents. We are thankful for all of our community
volunteers. Our Lions benefit from these civic minded adults in
tutoring, activities, learning events, and even the fun school spirit
the gentleman that wears our mascot costume provides us on color
day. On behalf of our valued students, I am glad to recognize and
thank our community partners:
Sing Lum Parent Club
Cal State University, Bakersfield
Stockdale High School I Teach Program
Bakersfield Motor Group
The Tree Foundation/City of Bakersfield Urban Foresters
Burger King & Albertsons, White Lane at Gosford
Valley Plaza & Office Max
One for the Community Group
Stockdale I Teach Program student works with Lum 1st grader.
Your service and example has helped our Lions move closer to our goal of having each of them be productive adult citizens of our
by Principal, Mike Boles
BUENA VISTA ELEMENTARY
Vocal and instrumental music is an integral part
of the Buena Vista Performing Arts Program.
The songs students sang at Spring Concert, for
instance, related to current events, patriotism,
and to each child’s future. Some of the
selections at the last concert were: Don’t Ever
Give Up, Education Rocks, and American
Tears. The band and strings performed musical
selections that touched the audience in the
beauty and emotion each conveyed. Our
instrumental and vocal music teachers, Jeff
Malone and Linda Tipton, excel at conveying a
sense of fun as they teach the children songs
Music teacher, Jeff Malone, with Buena Vista students during concert performance.
they will enjoy for the rest of their lives.
by Principal, Joy Rose 3
MCAULIFFE ELEMENTARY by Principal, Dan Pokett
Ali Parker, 6th grade teacher at McAuliffe, visits Laurel Springs Assisted
Living Center with her students (pictured with resident at right)
throughout the year. The service-learning project gives students
understanding that extends beyond the standard classroom curriculum
-- it teaches them about drama and the fragility of real life, the passing
of time, human dignity, and compassion.
Reagan Elementary 5th grade students visited the Ronald
Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley this year. The library 8
gives students an excellent opportunity to see first hand many
interesting historical artifacts and do hands-on activities. This
year our students were special guests of honor for the unveiling of the beautiful United
States Constitution statue (at right). Dignitaries and students assisted with the statue’s
unveiling and provided musical entertainment by singing our Reagan School song.
by Principal, John Birkhauser Attendees also received a small American Flag and of course, President Reagan’s
candy of choice, Jelly Bellies.
2003 District Track Meet Records - continued from page 1
CELEBR THE BEST OF TIMES.... (* Electronic Timing - # Both records (Manual & Electronic))
Midget Girls Youth Girls continued Youth Boys continued
ABOVE PHOTOS: 1 & 2) Thompson Jazz Band; 3) Lum Library Clerk, 400 Meter Run 400 Meter Run 400 Meter Run
Amy Lum; 4) Teachers participate during new teacher colloquium; Jazmin Robertson/McAuliffe Romesha Anderson/Thompson Brandon Owens/Warren
5) Lum Custodian, Jill Joslin; 6) Tutoring students at Seibert; 7) Castle 1:05.30 1:00.99* 54.95#
Midget Boys Triple Jump Bantam Boys
students in library; 8) Vera Mouser, retiring Castle teacher; 9) Melissa Ortiz, Shot Put 6# Taylor Nichols/Warren - 35’ 200 Meter Run
district office, wins big at Stockdale Carnival; 10) BV students perform during Cornelius Williams/Berkshire Youth Boys Johnny Carter/Stine - 29.98*
“American Tears”; 11) Darlene Stanley & Patty Patterson, district office, 40’ 9 1/2” 100 Meter Hurdles 400 Meter Relay
Youth Girls Chris Geye/Warren Devin Bowlds, Dallas Graber, Corey
assist with teacher colloquium; 12) Seibert girls work together; 200 Meter Hurdles 16.29* Hobbs, Danny Nunez/Williams
13) Ron Petrelli, Stockdale 2nd grade teacher & students recommend Beth Eiffert/Actis - 33.26# 200 Meter Run 1:00.99*
Dr. Seuss’ books for summer reading; & 14) Carol Ranes, Seibert 100 Meter Run Brandon Owens/Warren 1600 Meter Relay
Romesha Anderson/Thompson 24.72* Taylor Castro, Tanner Kress, Ryan
RSP teacher, shares teaching experiences during teacher colloquium. 12.56# Zelada, Stephen Zelada/McAuliffe