• School Happenings

    by Published on 04-14-2014 10:00 AM

    Remember last year when voters were asked to approve Prop 30? Remember “Yes on 30, Take a Stand for Schools and Safety”? Well, it passed last November, and now taxpayers can see the impact to our local schools on this handy website, recently released by State Controller John Chiang. Go to trackprop30.ca.gov, and a few clicks later, you can find out how much additional funding came to each school district. It sounds good for LGUSD, having received $622,748 from Prop 30. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you it will reduce class sizes, or reinstate music, or anything. That’s because LGUSD hasn’t yet provided the State with their spending plan for this money.

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    by Published on 03-11-2014 07:37 PM

    I received the following .pdf from a reader. He/she asked me to post his/her comment from Geometry is in the Bag?!?!?! along with the .pdf. So, here you go:


    Dear 11:53

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Why is this community struggling so much while peer cities are thriving vis-a-vis their public schools, maybe the earlier discussions around the ethnic makeup of our time are real. Time to recruit families that are focused on academics vs. nail salons. The slogan really is unacceptable to the 1%, but not the THE 1%, would be better. Overall the majority of parents approved of what the board and LGEF is doing, sorry but that is truth.


    If you are correct that the majority of parents approve of what the board and LGEF are doing, then why are LGEF donations at an all time low? The sad facts are that the majority of parents are clueless about what the board and LGEF does and doesn't do and are just putting their misguided faith in the system. We all want to believe that things are great so that we don't have to deal with the ugly reality of how much is lacking in our schools. Friends in Los Altos public elementary kids report that they work in project based learning groups and they have a tech lab with 3D printers that all grades cycle through AND they have an accelerated math track.

    If you've been to any board meetings you will know what a broken process we have. Diana runs the show and tells the board what to do and when. She tells them what she wants to tell them. The board needs to ask more questions and tell Diana what to do. She works for them (and by extension, us). There have been so many irregularies from the board of trustees and Diana Abbati that I cannot even recount them all without needing an entire article. There was an investigation undertaken as recently as October 2012. The investigation in October 2012 never made it to the public. Didn't want to have to do this, but when people do not understand the level of corruption that we have had, then it's time for them to become educated. I am sending in a pdf of the report to KLR so that people can see for themselves.

    If you've seen what LGEF has been forced to do fund over the last few years (huge reserves) and you are OK with it, then I'm sorry for you. It's a completely broken process. The district tells LGEF what to raise money for. Shouldn't LGEF raise money and then tell the district how to spend their gifts? There was a survey last year where the community said loud and clear that they wanted to spend money on academics. The majority of the LGEF board has turned over in each of the last two years; including two
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    by Published on 03-05-2014 03:35 PM
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    I don't know... I kind of like "distractions." Parents, including Ty (I don't want to leave him out since I felt like such an ass for the last post), were out protesting at Blossom Hill today. I hope the community wasn't too "distracted" by the chaos:

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    by Published on 03-04-2014 10:50 AM
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    Ok Ok Ok.... I fully admit that I've been wrapped up in my own life and not paying much attention to the school math issues. I've read what readers have commented on InsideLG. I've had people calling me asking me where the hell I am and why I'm not covering this topic. I am one of "those parents" right now who is relying on the vocal parents to be advocates for my children and I totally apologize. Why? Because I know I should be doing more.

    So, when I was dropping the kids off at school yesterday, I was stoked, (yes, "stoked" because I am a child of the 80's) to see Joe Madden protesting with his daughter. It's one of my favorite things about living in America: Even if I don't agree with the protest, people have the right to voice opinions. Luckily for Joe, I happen to agree with him. I leaned over to my co-worker, we carpool together, and said, "Joe Madden is one of the coolest dads in LG because he's so overly involved with the schools." Previously, when I thought I could change LG and stop over development, high density housing, and save our school curriculum (HAHAHA, what was I smoking?), I would attend the school board meetings that are run like
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    by Published on 02-05-2014 07:27 PM

    I received the following email from an InsideLG reader and thought I'd share it. Let me know what you think:

    Hi,

    Fisher Middle is in the process of eliminating the accelerated math track which many of our children in the district had benefited from. This is the direct path way for AP math high school math class. Without the accelerated math track, Los Gatos students will lag behind children in other districts. This is important.

    Please see the link below for a petition to keep the accelerated math track allowing students to qualify AP math class by Junior year. We need as many signatures as possible because we need to convince the school board that the community cares for math. There is an impression that school board believes LG community weighs math behind music and sports. If you care about your children's education, please consider signing the petition. We need to get their attention as soon as possible.

    It's important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/citi...share_petition
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    by Published on 04-14-2013 04:36 PM

    Hi folks, I'd like to submit the following for discussion:

    I received my ballot for the Parcel Tax yesterday. I've decided to vote "yes". Not because it's an easy decision but because it's the right call for the kids. Here is my thought process:

    I put some serious thought into voting "no" this time, because I think that Diana and the Board will waste this money. Their decisions on most issues have been 180 degrees opposite of where I would go. I still think that they will waste most of the money, but having this money will relieve some pressure on the system, so that they slow down the class size increases and program cuts.

    Voting against the parcel tax is an emotional reaction, based on anger against the Board. My emotional side wants to do it, to hurt the Board and hopefully cause a change in our system. On the other hand, a “no” vote also hurts the kids. In the end, I am not willing to starve the kids in order to cause a change in leadership.

    Personally, I would prefer
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    by Published on 02-07-2013 05:45 PM

    Below is the second announcement sent yesterday by the LGUSD. A kind reader inserted the entire text into a comment - thank you. I am posting it here, and copying the related comments, for further discussion.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 6, 2013

    CONTACT: Dr. Diana Abbati, Superintendent – Los Gatos Union School District

    Los Gatos Union School District Board Votes Unanimously to Place
    No Tax Increase Renewal Measure on May 7, 2013 - Mail-in Ballot

    LOS GATOS— The Los Gatos Union School District (LGUSD) officials, parents and teachers gathered tonight to discuss the importance of renewing the local funding measure that helps support student achievement in local schools.

    Citing the need to maintain outstanding educational programs and retain highly-qualified teachers without increasing tax rates, the Los Gatos Union School District Board voted unanimously to seek a renewal of the District’s expiring parcel tax measure on the May 7, 2013 ballot.

    “Los Gatos schools are among the top in the state in terms of student test scores, thanks to
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    by Published on 02-07-2013 10:20 AM

    The following announcement was sent out by LGUSD Superintendent Abbati Wednesday afternoon:

    February 6, 2013

    Dear Los Gatos Union School District Families, Teachers and Staff:

    It is with heartfelt words that I write this letter to inform you that our Principal, Rosanne Adona, will be retiring from Louise Van Meter Elementary School at the end of June 2013. Over the past 18 years, LGUSD students, teachers, and staff have greatly benefited from Ms. Adona’s leadership, vision, guidance and aspirations. The Board of Trustees will be accepting Ms. Adona’s retirement letter at the February 12th Board meeting.

    While this news came unexpectedly, the District Administrative Team is taking the necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition for the 2013-14 school year. It is our intent to build on our strong momentum and continue in our current positive direction. We are so very fortunate to have the administrative talents and experience of our Principals, teachers and staff to guide our future and ground Van Meter Elementary through this transition.

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    by Published on 01-28-2013 08:30 PM
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    The following agenda can be found on the LGUSD website here:
    (apologies for the wide open spacing, the formatting isn't allowing me to make it any prettier)

    Regular Board Meeting
    January 29 - 6:30 p.m.

    Thomas P. O’Donnell District Office Board Room
    Click here to view previous board meetings!
    Superintendent
    Dr. Diana G. Abbati

    Board Members
    Kathleen Bays
    Scott Broomfield
    Emi Eto
    Leigh-Anne Marcellin
    Tina Orsi-Hartigan

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    by Published on 01-14-2013 01:00 PM

    The following agenda can be found on the LGSUHSD website here:

    The agenda includes a discussion of the "New Tech High" program being considered for LGHS (see RD.4), and approval of an expenditure plan for the RDA money the district is receiving (see AI.5). Anything else here jump out at you? Let us know in the comments.

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    by Published on 12-05-2012 08:30 PM

    I received an email from my daughters' school today that contained a letter from Susan von Felten, the Director of Curriculum for LGUSD.

    I need to be brutally honest, I have never written anything on this site that I don't stand by. That said, I have never engaged in the comments bashing teachers and/or principals. Every resident is entitled to his/her opinion.
    My articles call out issues and problems; however, I stand behind my comments/articles with my name. I've had wonderful experiences with LGUSD, both as a student and as a parent. I'm not going to sugar-coat and say everything has been perfect because nothing is perfect--not even me! When I have an issue, I talk to those who can help and hope the issue will be resolved. People are people, we make mistakes and with constructive criticism, I believe we can change.

    When I received BH's email earlier, I sat in disbelief. Again, people are people and we all make mistakes; however, the following letter concerns me. In the past year, Susan von Felten was named LGUSD's Director of Curriculum. I don't have
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    by Published on 11-17-2012 07:35 PM

    Thanks to Joe Friday, we have audio of the most recent LGUSD Board Workshop.

    The agenda is linked from the LGUSD web site.

    Agenda

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    3.1 - 3.4 Flag Salute, Report out of Closed Session, Approval of Agenda, Public Comment

    3.5 Superintendent's Report

    - Lori Ranieri's update on bond sales
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    Published on 11-14-2012 10:30 AM

    The LGEF sponsored presentation by Bernie Trilling is tonight, at 7pm at Fisher Middle School.

    Click Read More and scroll down to see the flyer for more details:

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    by Published on 11-11-2012 12:25 PM

    The following agenda can be found on the LGSUHSD website here:
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    Published on 10-29-2012 09:30 PM

    Informational Meeting on recent Board policy changes
    regarding incoming ninth graders to Los Gatos High School
    - 8th Grade Parents please read -

    On Tuesday, October 30 , Los Gatos – Saratoga Union High School District, in partnership with Los Gatos High School, will host an informational and communication session on recent Board policy changes regarding incoming ninth graders to Los Gatos High School. The topic will be new changes to the Freshman Transition Plan including curricular changes in Social Studies, Physical Education, and Health/Driver's Ed.

    The meeting will be held in the LGHS Library from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Members of the staff will be present to provide information about the proposed changes and to address your questions and concerns.

    The official registration season at LGHS begins in January and you will be receiving official materials in a few months. This meeting is intended to afford the LGHS community an opportunity to provide input about these curricular changes.

    If you have any questions, please contact Markus Autrey, Principal of Los Gatos High School at mautrey@lgsuhsd.org. Thank you.

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