November e-Newsletter

November e-Newsletter

As you know, Springs offers its families many wonderful education programs. Our ongoing challenge as we continue to grow, however, is in providing facilities with enough high-quality classrooms in which these programs can take place. I’m pleased to report that at our Magnolia Student Center in Riverside, we’ve been successful in meeting this particular challenge.

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October e-Newsletter

One of the things that gives me great joy in my work with Springs is when I learn of the many fine things our graduates are doing. One such young man, Carter Low, came to my attention when Hurricane Harvey was in the news. Carter, 19, is a 2016 graduate of our KEYS program. He has begun a two-year mission with his church, sent to minister to the Chinese community living in Houston, Texas, which was devastated by the August hurricane. (Carter took classes to learn Chinese concurrently with the KEYS program.)

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September e-Newsletter

Welcome back!

I hope you had a great summer, and we’re looking forward to working with you and your children this new school year! The Springs staff is here to serve you, our students and parents, so if you have any questions or concerns now or at any time this year, please do not hesitate to contact your appropriate school representative.

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August e-Newsletter

Charter schools are tuition-free, public schools of choice.  In 1992, California’s lawmakers passed the Charter Schools Act of 1992, making it the second state in the nation (after Minnesota) to enact charter school legislation.  Its purpose was to allow educators, parents and community members to create an alternative type of public school.  In California today there are about 1,230 charter schools, which serve nearly 600,000 students.

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May e-Newsletter

I’m excited to report that one of our outstanding Homeschool students, Rose Kelley, has been named a Carson Scholar and received a $1,000 award to help fund her college education. Rose has excelled academically over the years she has been a student with us and has a special talent in photography. She has benefitted from our CTE classes, working with one of our very fine CTE teachers, Judy Adair. See the article below for more details.
And, I wanted to highlight a few of our more significant construction projects happening of late since we have a lot going on related to our school facilities. First off, we’re working with the City of Jurupa to approve plans for a new facility for our Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy. The new Academy facilities will include ten classrooms attached to a multi-purpose hangar area where project work can be done, and airplanes rolled in.
We’ve been working on improvements to our Santa Ana Student Center facilities, including an upgraded security system, a new roof, and new air conditioning. Our Magnolia Student Center will open in new facilities this coming August, with 28 state-of-the-art classrooms, offices, conference rooms, a gymnasium, and pool complex.
We’re doing work on a security system upgrade for our La Fuente Student Center, now located on the campus of Faith Lutheran Church and Preschool in Vista. Our Bear Creek Student Center will also soon be moving to a new location, alongside Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Menifee.  And, earlier this year, we had a dedication and ribbon cutting for our new Rancho Cucamonga Personalized Learning Center.
We’ll keep you informed of further facilities developments as the year progresses. Thanks for reading.

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April e-Newsletter

Did you know that taking a test can actually help you learn?

Roddy Roediger, a psychology professor at Washington University in St. Louis who runs the school’s Memory Lab, has spoken about the so-called “testing effect” or “retrieval practice” benefits of those who study for tests. While many people think of the human memory as a box to be packed with information, he said, “What people neglected and didn’t think about was the ‘getting it out’ part. We don’t get information into memory just to have it sit there.  We get it in to be able to use it later … And the actual act of retrieving the information over and over, that’s what makes it retrievable when you need it.”  (Read more here and here.)

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March e-Newsletter

It was my great pleasure to participate in a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for our new Rancho Cucamonga Personalized Learning Center. This facility houses our new Discovery Co-LAB-orative Program for grades TK-8 and U-Lab program for high school students. These two programs meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and currently serve 75 students. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the program serves 170 Homeschool students who participate in learning center classes. (For a brief introduction, click here.)

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February e-Newsletter

In an effort to keep Springs students and staff safe should an “active shooter” emergency occur, Springs held active shooter/violent intruder drills at its Temecula administrative offices.
Tony Hager, Springs’ Safety & Risk Management Technician, led the training.  He said, “It was an amazing event.  Our people were happy to receive the information, and to know that they had options should such an event occur.” Mr. Hager and Jeanne Schaffner, Springs’ Safety & Risk Manager, are certified ALICE instructors. ALICE is short for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. It is not a step-by-step system, but rather an acronym used to learn and remember the options available during a violent situation.

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