Technology is now a very visible and integral part of student instruction in public education and our District is, once again, ahead of the curve. We are proud to announce that, after a 2-year implementation, every student in the District from kindergarten through 8th grade will be issued their own personal Chromebook. In addition, this fall, Finley Elementary will become Orange County’s First Computer Science Magnet School. The District has partnered with Code To The Future, the nation’s leading Computer Science immersion program. At this new Magnet School, all students, transitional kindergarten through 5th grade, will have an opportunity to develop computer programming and coding skills as part of their daily curriculum. A small but growing number of schools around the country are using computer science, coding language and even games like Minecraft to help students learn everything from math to language skills. Earlier this year, the White House recognized the Code To The Future program as the leader in computer science magnet schools. We will be offering the Code To The Future program at additional elementary and middle schools as early as this spring. Westminster School District is poised to become a leader in computer science education in Orange County and a key player nationally!
Two years ago, Westminster School District became the first district in California to offer a Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Academy. Our strong commitment to language acquisition continues with our Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program offered in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade this year while our Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program is offered in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and 1st grade.
Last November, our voters overwhelmingly passed a $76 million bond measure to fund a new gymnasium and multi-use facility at Stacey Middle School as well as air conditioning throughout the District. Construction is well underway on the gymnasium at Stacey and will be completed later in the school year. In preparation for the installation of air conditioning, we are currently conducting an internal heat study at all of our campuses and will continue to collect date into the fall.
Again, welcome back and thank you for entrusting us with your child’s education. We will work every day to inspire each student to achieve his or her greatest potential. I wish you a year filled with happiness, learning, and success!
Dr. Cyndi Paik, Superintendent