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MLK team makes presentation to trustees

Gardening. Drumline. Baile folklórico. Lexia for readings. Newspaper reports. PBIS. These and much more are some of the programs being offered at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, Principal Abelardo de León told Alisal Union School District trustees during the regular board meeting on Wednesday.

MLK team makes presentation

Mr. De León and a team that included Assistant Principal Suzanne Contreras, Instructional Coach Maria Valladares and Maricar Osorio, 2nd Grade Teacher and educational technology liaison, presented to the Board of Trustees all the programs and activities that regularly take place in the school – in addition to the instruction that takes place every day.

Students create and then  take it home to read it to their parents. “We have writing, they learn to type, we have science every week, we do work on technology. We have (after school programs), dance and art.  I’m always telling my teachers, we do all this but don’t forget to have some fun,” said Ms. Contreras.

Students come in early and leave at 6 p.m. and come back the next day because they feel comfortable, safe and welcome in the school, Ms. Contreras said.  “I bought gloves, shovels, if you’ve never been to our garden in the spring time we grow some of the juiciest fruits. Parents pick peppers and whatever is out there, it’s open for the families.”

Mr. De León explained how the school’s emphasis on Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) has helped reduced the discipline referrals since its implementation in 2016. 

“The idea behind PBIS is we teach our kids appropriate behavior, be it in the restroom or in the classroom.  Once the behavior is taught they’re recognized if they’re caught using that behavior,” he said.

Students who get “caught” behaving properly are rewarded with Scholar Dollars, or Monarch Dollars. When the students earn 100 Monarch dollars they can trade it for a Monarch card that gives them an automatic pass to special events. 

“On our Monarch card we have the word ‘pride,’” Mr. De León said.  “For us is about having ‘orgullo’.”

To download the entire presentation, click here.

Also during Wednesday’s board meeting, Dr. Carissa Purnell presented to Alisal trustees the Golden Bell award the Alisal Family Resource Centers Network received from the California School Boards Association at a special event in November. She also thanked the trustees for their support of the centers, which allows for services to be provided to thousands of families and our students.

 Trustees posing with golden bell