PowerSchool to aid parents
Sunnyside schools are on the cutting edge on the use of
technology for Parent engagement in the education of their children, according
to Ruben Carrera, executive director of school and community resources.
Carrera told the Sunnyside School Board Thursday night that
the district has chosen to use PowerSchool to be closer and in continual
contact with the parents of Sunnyside children. PowerSchool is a web-based,
platform independent software program that will provide access to grades and
other information in near real time for parents.
Carrera said PowerSchool gives the schools the ability to
truly partner with parents but more importantly, it "empowers" the
students and helps them to see the importance of the little things they do or
don't do without having to go through a teacher.
Sunnyside High School will be announcing this capability and
informing parents on how they can access this information in the near future.
Pre-school planning committe approved
The School Board gave the nod for Karen Eaton and Cathy
Mears to organize a pre-school committee. The committee will find out if there
is a need for pre-school classrooms in the elementary schools.
Eaton and Mears are co-chairing the committee and will be
recommending Lynn Stover, Lydia Garcia and Lynn Greene to the committee.
Un-named but also to be recommended are a EPIC representative, WSMC
representative, a private daycare representative, a kindergarten teacher, a
parent with a pre-school aged child and a school board member.
Final recommendations will be approved at the Nov. 28 school
Board approves personal contracts
The Sunnyside School Board approved contracts for personal
services Thrusday night.
Julianne Clise has been contracted to be a middle school
principal mentor. Rigoberto Marias and Antolin Licea have been approved to
teach Mariachi music to students. Although this work has already been done, a
paperwork problem kept them from being compensated.
Cyndi Caniglia also had her contract approved for her to
provide reading and language training for the school district.