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Welcome to the Summerdale Elementary School!
Summerdale School is located at 1100 Summerdale Drive. The school office is open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Classes begin daily at 8:15 for early kindergarten students and all students in grades 1-5. School ends at 12:15 for early kinders and 2:30 for students in late kinder classes and grades 1-5. EVERY Thursdays ALL students in grades 1-5 attend school from 8:15 to 1:00 and all Kindergarten students attend school from 8:15 - 12:15 to provide time for teachers to meet collaboratively for instructional planning and professional development. The school has a staff of 1 principal, 22 teachers, and 14 support staff members that include 2 office staff, 4 instructional support staff, 2 food services staff, 2 custodians, and 4 noon duty student supervisors. In addition, 2 music teachers, 1 PE teacher, 1 Language Handicap Specialist, and 1 psychologist from the district office provide additional services to students. All students in grades 1-5 qualify to participate in a free state funded after school program that provides a daily snack and supervised homework time, sports and games time, enrichment activites, special clubs, family events, and is open until 6:00 p.m. every school day. Parents may also sign up their children for fee-based classes after school as available. The ethnic diversity of the Summerdale community also enriches the learning environment and provides a variety of resources to support school programs, activities, and events.
Summerdale staff members work collaboratively with families to provide optimun learning opportunities for all students. Using results from the state STAR tests, district benchmark tests, and chapter and units tests, teachers analyze literacy and computational skills to plan instructional support for mastery of reading comprehension, writing, computation, and problem solving. In addition to daily small group instruction with scaffolded instruction in the classroom, students identified for additional literacy instruction may attend Title I individual or small group reading or math reinforcement. Students identified as English Learners attend a daily instructional period of English instruction, based on their scores on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) administered by district and school staff members at the beginning of the school year. Raising student achievement continues to be the primary goal of all Summerdale staff and families.
Programs and services at Summerdale focus on having all students master grade-level state standards, and to learn school skills that promote positive school citizenship. Highly qualified teachers collaborate in monthly grade level meetings to plan instruction that will most effectively address the assessed needs of their students. Monthly staff meetings as well as district and/or site professional development workshops extend the instructional expertise and skills related to their instructional programs. The principal distributes a monthly school newsletter to all families, highlighting meetings for parents, special events, and topics of interest, while monthly meetings and holidays are posted also on the school marquee in front of the school. Teachers also distribute class information to families on a weekly or monthly basis to inform them of targeted standards, homework assignments, and or special news. Twice a year, parents are invited to a teacher conference to review the academic and social progress to date of their student/s, as documented in the district report card and sample student work. Each year, teachers review classroom expectations and grade level standards for the families of their students at the Back to School Night event in the fall, and each spring teachers showcase student accomplishments at Open House. Families also may request a teacher conference by calling to schedule an appointment with the teacher before or after school.
To enrich the learning experience of all students at Summerdale, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the teachers, and other community members. host special assemblies and/or activities that may include visits by wild animals and opera stars , as well as adventurous excursions to a zoo, farm, park, or library. All fifth grade students have the opportunity to earn funds to cover the fees of the annual four day science class experience in a camp setting in the Santa Cruz redwoods to support their base of knowledge for the annual STAR test in science. Thanks to the annual fundraising efforts of the Berryessa Art and Wine Festival, qualified music teachers offer students in grades 4 and 5, instruction in music for band or strings two days a week and showcase student talent in two annual performances for the community. Students talented in art and writing submit their achievements in annual district and county competitions, while students with performance talents enter the annual school talent show. All students participate in the annual Field Day to play special games, supervised by parent and community volunteers.
With the support of the Berryessa Board of Education and the district administration, Summerdale School receives excellent maintenance services that enhance the safety and aesthetics of the site for its occupants and their neighbors. Parents and community members address the needs of the students and staff by serving on special committees such as the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the School Site Council (SSC), the English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC), and the Berryessa African American Parent Coalition (BAAPC). Working together, students, staff, and the community provide an environment where all students can be Successfully Talented Academically Responsible Students (STARS) every day in every way.