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Sunnyside School Briefs

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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 meeting.

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.

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