Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/15/2018 - 6:00 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 9.1 Junction K-8 School Report
Attachment Summary: Junction K-8 School Report
File Attachment:
5-15 Junction K-8 Report.pdf
Quick Summary / Abstract: Staff will present a status update of Junction K-8 School
Background: Junction Avenue K-8 School opened its doors to students in the fall of 2010 as a result of the combining of the former Portola Elementary School and Junction Avenue Middle School. After spending the previous year researching, discussing and planning, the K-8 Design Committee presented and our Board of Education approved the proposal for the new Junction Avenue K-8 School.

Since its opening, Junction Avenue K-8 School enrollment has increased to 877 students of which 71% are Hispanic/Latino, 18% Caucasian, 45% English Learner, 70% Socioeconomically Disadvantaged and 8% Migrant. The Junction Avenue K-8 English/Spanish Dual Immersion Program currently spans from kindergarten through eighth grade; however, it will expand into transitional kindergarten (TK) next school year. An early learning pre-kindergarten class builds kindergarten readiness and prepares students for success in the kindergarten classroom environment. Furthermore, students from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade receive a rich standards-aligned curriculum with academic supports and enrichment opportunities.

Student learning and enrichment continue outside the traditional school day with opportunities for students to participate in engaging clubs and programs before school and until six o’clock in the evening. Parent and community engagement are highly valued and integral to the success of Junction Avenue K-8 students.
Status Junction Avenue K-8 School staff utilizes data to regularly reflect and evaluate their instructional practices and programs in order to confirm or modify how to best address student needs and to enable students to achieve at the highest levels. They embrace the challenge of meeting a range of student learning styles and needs, and have worked collaboratively to increase the level of rigor in lessons, provide more opportunities for students to engage in evidence-based conversations, and integrate scaffolded learning strategies. California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) results for 2017 indicate a six percent increase in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standard in English Language Arts (ELA) and a four percent increase in mathematics over the previous year due to these efforts. Junction teachers embrace the implementation of new mathematics and Language Arts instructional materials and strategies aligned with the State Standards and designed to prepare students for 21st century learning.

Junction’s dedicated and conscientious Title I and Special Education support staff are critical in working collaboratively to strengthen instruction and programs for students. Support staff push-in to classrooms to intervene with students during daily strategic intervention Language Arts time, ensuring all students access to grade level standards.

Professional development to facilitate the implementation of a strong base program for students aligned to the State Standards and ensure access for all students, has been integral to the success at Junction Avenue K-8 School. Wednesday collaboration professional development sessions have supported staff to move forward and enhance instruction for all students.

Junction students continue to benefit from robust after school programming until 6:00 p.m. The Broadens & Enriches Lives, Instills Educational Values, Encourages Students (BELIEVES) Program is open to all students, grades one through five, and the Police Activity League (PAL) Program is open to all students, grades six through eight daily. Both of these programs include a nutritious snack, dinner, homework support, and academic enrichment activities.

Parents are valued as partners in educating students at Junction Avenue K-8 School. The school supports a dynamic Parent Center where parents attend classes and workshops on topics from health and nutrition to helping children become successful students. Family Nights have brought parents and students to the school for reading activities and science. In addition to appreciating the partnership with parents, the staff and students of Junction value the strong and caring relationships with the community.

Fiscal Impact Designated instructional materials, professional development, Program Improvement, Title I, and Title II dollars fund programs.
Superintendent's Recommendation: This report is informational only and requires no action be taken by the Board of Education.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Cherie Salamanca - Executive Assistant - Senior Cabinet
Signed By:
Kelly Bowers, Ed.D. - Superintendent