Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/12/2021 - 7:00 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 9.2 Junction Avenue K-8 School Report
Attachment Summary
File Attachment:
1-12_Junction DI Report_Final.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 combining 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 has maintained enrollment between nine-hundred and one thousand students. This year, Junction enrollment is at 927 students, of which 67% are Hispanic/Latino, 20% Caucasian, 33% English Learner, 57% Socio-economically Disadvantaged and 6% Migrant. (Note: Some students are in more than one demographic category.) 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.

Distance Learning during the 2020-2021 school year has students start their day with either their classroom teacher in elementary school, or middle school students work on assignments given from the previous day. Middle school students attend the teacher-led support classes where they work in small groups or one-on-one for additional support, as needed. At the end of classroom time in elementary school, teachers may request students to return after lunch for extra support. In addition to small group or one-on-one support with the classroom teachers, elementary students can receive additional support in reading and/or math intervention, and Spanish language as needed.
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 (virtually) to intervene with students during strategic intervention Language Arts time, ensuring all students access relative 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 Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Tier-One instruction for all students.

Parents are valued as partners in educating students at Junction Avenue K-8 School. The school supports a dynamic Parent Center where parents participate in virtual workshops on topics including helping children become successful students and Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, both in English and Spanish. Virtual Family Nights have brought parents and students together to engage in reading and math activities. 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