Three Steps to Conflict Resolution:
1. WALK IT OUT
2. TALK IT OUT
3. ROCK IT OUT
Be sure to check on courses at the Shafter Learning Center for Winter. There are classes for students and parents, including classes in Spanish. Stay connected through this site:
Greg Trine Student Author Assembly Coming March 2nd
Be ready for the author assembly by viewing and sharing this powerpoint with information on Greg Trine's books! Greg Trine.pdf
Students of the Month for Fairness
Kiwanis Terrific Kids
Sequoia Elementary was proud to honor Sixth Grade students Elexia Soto and Laura Neufeld as their Kiwanis Terrific Kids for the month of January. Both ladies are exemplary scholars and citizens, as well as talented performers. They recently took First Place at the Regional Oral Language Festival for their serious duo performance of, "Let Me Hold You Longer". It was hard to find a dry eye after they conveyed this touching piece about the importance of enjoying each stage of childhood. Congratulations ladies on your many accomplishments, and for being TERRIFIC kids!
Career Day at Sequoia
As part of Red Ribbon week, Sequoia participated in Career Day and students dressed as their future professions. There were teachers, comic book illustrators, doctors, law officers, ballerinas, professional athletes and much more. The Sequoia teaching staff dressed as Secret Service Agents to protect President Rodriguez. Students were reminded that all great careers begin with a superior education, and drugs have no part in their futures!
Robotics from Chevron
Recently, in Mr. Martinez's Third Grade classroom, there was a Donor's Choose and Chevron's Fuel Your School celebration. Mr. Martinez had posted a Donor's Choose Project during Chevron's Fuel Your School funding period for VEX robotics, so that his class could extend their Animal Adaptations/Habitat and Save the Planet lessons. Adam Alvidrez came to help show his support from Chevron and donated pizza to surprise the kids. The students had not known about the posting of the project on Donor's Choose or how they would receive new robotics to use for future lessons. Mr. Alvarez from Chevron not only surprised the students with their new robotics, but also a pizza party, so they would have a day they would never forget. Special thanks to Mr. Alvidrez, Chevron, and Mr. Martinez for supporting our great school and students!
Journey to Success
Here at Sequoia we are making it our aim to ensure our students are on a "Journey to Success". This means preparing them each year to meet the expectations of the California Common Core State Standards, so that they are ready for college and career in their futures. This year we added an emphasis on careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We want students to know that there are many careers in the sciences that they have never heard of and even more that have not been created yet. After familiarizing students with just a few of these careers, students filled out Career Interest sheets at the first assembly. Students expressing what they wanted to be when they grew up and steps to take to achieve that goal. To support these goals, we have also established a positive behavior reinforcement program. Each week that classes have a "successful" behavior week, they get to have their team spaceship (designed by each class) on the "Journey to Success" wall in the cafeteria.
Once a month, as part of Sequoia's Journey to Success, we have a College Day on the Thursday before our Spirit Assembly. Students and staff wear their favorite college shirts, and university pennants line the courtyard. We are trying hard at Sequoia to reinforce the need for further education to support our students for college and career. Students have the opportunity to learn about a different featured university every College Day.This year some of our upper grade classes will be researching and constructing the presentations themselves. Our featured university presentations thus far are below:
Sequoia 2016 - 2017
Sequoia Elementary is the newest of the four schools in the Richland School District in Shafter, CA. We have approximately 800 students at our school. Shafter is a small city located about 15 miles northwest of Bakersfield, CA. Shafter has a population of about 17,000 people. Sequoia is devoted to giving each student a first class education. Quality education is a high priority in the Richland School district and here at Sequoia as well. We have an outstanding and caring staff that collaborates to create engaging lessons that quench our students' hunger for knowledge.
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SAVE the Date
Sequoia Bears are A Okay
We work real hard everyday
Go Bears, Go! All the way!
Get Your Sequoia Gear
Make sure you are well equipped on Spirit Fridays with the appropriate Sequoia gear. Our office currently has Youth and Adult Sequoia Elementary logo tees on sale for $10 and $15. Jerseys are also for purchase at just $25 each. Ask our friendly office staff how you can purchase one or more of these items, and be a part of Spirit Fridays at Sequoia Elementary!
See our Student Council Spirit Friday video here:
Be honest * Don't deceive, cheat or steal * Be reliable - do what you say you'll do * Have the courage to do the right thing * Build a good reputation * Be loyal - stand by your family, friends and country
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule * Be tolerant of differences * Use good manners, not bad language * Be considerate of the feelings of others * Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone * Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements
Do what you are supposed to do * Persevere: keep on trying! * Always do your best * Use self-control * Be self-disciplined * Think before you act - consider the consequences * Be accountable for your choices
Play by the rules * Take turns and share * Be open-minded; listen to others * Don't take advantage of others * Don't blame others carelessly
Be kind * Be compassionate and show you care * Express gratitude * Forgive others * Help people in need
Do your share to make your school and community better * Cooperate * Stay informed; vote * Be a good neighbor * Obey laws and rules * Respect authority * Protect the environment