Upcoming Events & News Items
OUR SCHOOL IS GOING GREEN!
The paper flyers we have been sending home will now be sent electronically. Each year, our school will save approximately 2-3 tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of ...more
Smarter Balanced Assessment: English and Math
In schools across the country, teachers are implementing new academic standards that provide consistent guidelines in English and math at each grade level and help prepare students to graduate high school ready for college and the workplace. These new benchmarks challenge students to develop a deeper understanding of subject matter, learn how to think critically, and apply what they are learning to the real world.
To help parents, teachers, and school leaders know whether students are on the path to success, states joined together to develop improved tests of student achievement. The Smarter Balanced assessments will replace existing tests in English and math for grades 3-8 and high school in the 2014-15 school year. Administered online, these new assessments will adapt to each student’s ability, giving teachers and parents better information to help students succeed.
Please follow the links below to find out more about the assessments students in grades 3-5 will be taking soon.
View this short video to learn more about student assessment.
Never Too Late to Learn: School Culture Update
Breeze Hill is officially launching Pillar #4, Never Too Late to Learn, of our school culture initiative. During the week of January 5, all students and teachers will attend assemblies hosted by Mrs. Higley and Mr. Green to prepare for Never Too Late to Learn month.
Why is Never Too Late to Learn one of our pillars? Throughout history, many of the greatest advancements and inventions have developed out of a process of trial and error. Thomas Edison, famous for inventing the light bulb once said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work", when referring to the different iterations of the light bulb that did not meet with success. Similarly, Henry Ford once said, "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." These two quotes are very insightful.
Current research on the brain and learning theory has identified the dramatic impact that a growth mindset and learning from mistakes can have on success, particularly with students. Perseverance and resilience are critical skills that students must master to be successful life-long learners. It is important that, as we teach students the content that they must master at each grade level, we also support students in embracing mistakes as learning opportunities.
True learning is a process of failures and success. Analyzing why something didn't work can be as instructive, if not more so, than getting something right the very first time and not knowing why it worked. Research shows that people who think they can learn from mistakes have a different brain reaction to errors than those who do not, and children who expect to make mistakes are much more willing to try new things and take on difficult or challenging tasks. This leads to learning more at school and in other settings.
So, as a wise person once said, "we can never learn less", and knowing that mistakes are part of the learning process, we should encourage our students and one another to keep trying and to never give up. This is the wisdom behind Pillar #4: Never Too Late to Learn.
During the school culture assemblies, students and staff viewed a video about learning and the importance of perseverance. Take a few moments to view the video yourself to gain a sense of what we are aspiring to develop through embracing mistakes and committing to learning.
Learn more about Breeze Hill's School Culture Initiative.
Family Common Core Evening
On Tuesday, November 18, Breeze Hill hosted a Family Common Core Night. The purpose of the evening was to provide parents an overview of the Common Core Standards and to engage families in hands-on activities. The activities were designed to incorporate the 4 Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity and included topics such as engineering, math, states of matter, and technology. Below is a copy of the presentation from the evening..
VUSD Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation
Are you aware of the VUSD Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation? If not, take a few minutes to view the Blueprint Website to learn more about how VUSD is implementing eight strategies to build a house of learning that will inspire every student to persevere as a critical thinker to solve real world problems.
Breeze Hill’s Wellness Committee is looking for fun ways to help students be healthy and fit! The committee would like to know if you are interested in having your child/children participate in the 100-Mile Club.
Throughout the 2015/2016 school year before school, 100-Mile Club members will run or walk to reach their goal of 100-miles or more!
For a $10 program enrollment fee each student will receive the 100 Mile Club Challenge Accepted ID card and after completing 25-miles a t-shirt, after 50-miles a golden pencil, after 75-miles a wristband and when they reach 100 miles or more a Gold Medal with neckband! At the end of the year each student participant will receive a Final Certificate.
The Breeze Hill Wellness Committee
2015-16 School Year: Start and End Times
Welcome To Breeze Hill Elementary School
Breeze Hill sets the highest possible academic and personal expectations for our students. Staff members are role models of courtesy, respect, hard work, and personal achievement. We work collaboratively with families to ensure a strong community connection. Our goal is for each student to experience a sense of pride through positive accomplishments, mastery of grade-level standards, and development of valuable relationships as we prepare them for a successful future in the 21st century.
About Breeze Hill
Breeze Hill Elementary School opened in 1992 in southern Vista with a vision of setting the highest possible academic and personal expectations for students. The goal of educators there is for each student to experience a sense of pride through positive accomplishments, mastery of grade-level standards, and development of valuable relationships as we prepare them for a successful future in the 21st century. The school was awarded the California Distinguished School Award in 2000 and 2004.
The school staff works collaboratively with families to ensure a strong community connection. Parents participate in a variety of ways, including through the PTA, School Site Council, English Learner Advisory Committee and by volunteering in the classroom. Throughout the year the PTA raises money and hosts events which help strengthen the programs and community at the school. Some of these events include the annual fall carnival, family movie nights, book fair and literacy night, school talent show and Jog-a-Thon.
Breeze Hill serves a diverse population of 870 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. There are 33 classroom teachers, and a number of certificated staff who work collaboratively to educate all students. Staff members are role models of courtesy, respect, hard work, and personal achievement.