Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/14/2020 - 7:00 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 9.1 Junction Avenue K-8 School Report
Attachment Summary:
File Attachment:
1-14 Junction K-8 Report_.pdf
Quick Summary / Abstract: Staff will present a status update of Junction Avenue 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 990 students of which 67% are Hispanic/Latino, 23% Caucasian, 33% English Learner, 62% Socioeconomically Disadvantaged and 9% Migrant. The Junction Avenue K-8 English/Spanish Dual Immersion Program currently spans from Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade. An early learning pre-kindergarten class builds kindergarten readiness and prepares students for success in the kindergarten classroom environment. Furthermore, students from transitional kindergarten (TK) 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 have embraced the challenge of meeting a range of student learning styles and needs, and work 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. Junction teachers embrace the implementation of 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 work 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 enhance tier-one 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 daily to all students, grades six through eight. 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 our community.
Fiscal Impact Designated instructional materials, professional development, Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), 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:
Lori Rice - Executive Secretary
Signed By:
Kelly Bowers, Ed.D. - Superintendent