As a community, we have observed, with great excitement as the walls of Double Peak have started to come together and resemble what will be an extraordinary K-8 school in San Marcos Unified School District.
There have been unforeseen circumstances in the negotiations to purchase a small parcel of the land necessary to complete the required road improvements, which forced the Governing Board to take official action to acquire the land by eminent domain. Our attempt at good faith bargaining with the property owner, in conjunction with the legal proceedings of condemning the property, has delayed the contractor’s ability to begin the road improvements, which are required by the City. It is estimated that these improvements will not be completed until the end of May 2016. I concur that these offsite road improvements are vital to ensuring the safety of our students and community and must be completed prior to the school opening. Therefore, Double Peak School will open in August of 2016. For the 2015-16 school year, students living within the Double Peak School boundaries will remain at Discovery and San Elijo Elementary and will become Double Peak School students in the 2016-17 school year.
All intra-district and inter-district transfers will remain approved and families will not have to complete transfer paperwork again for the 2016-17 school year. Families with either an intra or inter district transfer will have one of two options for the 2015-16 school year:
Their student can attend Discovery Elementary, San Elijo Elementary, or San Elijo Middle School for the whole 2015-16 school year – or –
They can return to their original home school and begin at Double Peak School in the 2016-17 school year
All families with an approved intra or inter district transfer must inform Laura Andrade in the Student Services Department, by Wednesday, August 5, 2015, if their student will remain at their current home school for the 2015-16 school year or transfer to either Discovery, San Elijo Elementary, or San Elijo Middle. Ms. Andrade can be contacted at 760-752-1220.
Throughout this past year, I have seen the wonderful and collaborative efforts of Double Peak School families and the administration form the core values that will guide the curriculum of this school. Principal Baum will continue to be the pillar for this community – strengthening connections by holding Double Peak School events and staying connected with students and families during the 2015-16 school year.
Double Peak School’s first official social event! Please join us on May 30th at Café Stoked to learn about programs, meet some of our teachers, and get to know the parents of our students. More information on the DPS website. http://www.smusd.org/domain/2677
Congratulations to Josh Way, Double Peak’s assistant principal. Pending SMUSD Governing Board approval on May 19th, Josh will be appointed the new principal of WPMS. In his short time with us, he made a great impact on the creation of DPS. We wish him the best of luck in his new leadership role. We are excited to announce Katie Buffum will become the new assistant principal of DPS. She is currently the AP at WPMS.
Intra-district transfers have been processed. Letters were placed in the mail on Wednesday, Thursday, and today.
This poll was suggested by a local San Elijo Hills homeowner and longtime reader of San Elijo Life. The poll is designed to engage the community of San Marcos and generate some thought and discussion into one potential option for reducing school generated traffic and congestion. Who can share the history of school buses in San Marcos?
Option 1: Taxes assessed to all homeowners (consider that this could provide buses for all schools in SMUSD). Assuming that not all homeowners have kids nor will have kids, a tax may be looked down upon but the argument could also be made that the buses will reduce the traffic and congestion in general.
Option 2: A private charter solution could be controlled in terms of costs by only billing parents that opt-in but this would also restrict the passengers to only kids that pay. Parents could opt-in or out annually based upon their kids age and attendance. It’s assumed it would be a higher cost option.
Intra-District Transfers – The SMUSD’s Student Services department and DPS have spent the last three weeks working on intra-district transfers. There has been an increased complexity to the puzzle with over 600 transfer requests and DPS opening at 3 different sites. Over the next two weeks, Student Services will be processing transfers (approvals and denials) and mailing them home. Thank you for you patience.
GATE and Honors Classes – DPS will have both GATE and honors classes. Students may be assessed for GATE in third grade, with the program starting in fourth grade (district-wide standard). For sixth grade, the amount of honors classes depends on the amount of students who qualify.
PTO Meeting – The next PTO meeting is scheduled for May 7th at 5:30 p.m. at the SMUSD District Office. All PTO meetings are open to the public. Hope to see you there.
K-6 Opening – DPS will officially open as a K-6 for the 2015-2016 school year and transition to a K-8 over the next two years.
As of last Monday, all of the walls are vertical. You can now start to see the design of the campus. The large open space to the west will be the play fields and one of the parking lots.
We have colors and a mascot. We are now officially the Double Peak Suns and our colors are burnt orange, gray, and white. Thank you to all of the students who participated in the voting sessions. The logos are currently being designed and will be presented within the next month.
If you have not driven by the school site this week, it is a must for the weekend. In a one-week period, the site went from completely horizontal to completely vertical. The first panel (wall) went up at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 20th and weighted over 14,000 pounds. Please check the DPS website for pictures and videos.
Intra-district transfer notifications will be sent out in early May. Based on the amount of transfer requests, there is a necessity for a lottery at every grade level.
Thank you to all who have registered for kindergarten. DPS will be hosting kindergarten orientation in August, the week before school starts. More information will be mailed out over the summer.
Sixth grade orientation for our fifth graders will occur at the end of May. Notification regarding date, time and location will be sent home.
Join Principal Baum for one of the scheduled informal informational meetings. He will provide an update on the campus and the transition plan and then be available for any questions. This informal setting is also a way to support our local businesses.
Wednesday, March 25th at 9:00 am – Cafe Stoked
Thursday, March 26th at 4:30 pm – San Marcos Brewery (back/side patio)
The Double Peak School will begin in August of 2015
You should be receiving a letter in the mail from Dr. Holt in the next two days, here is the letter on the SMUSD and Double Peak School website.
Dear San Marcos Families,
Based on our collaborative and well-attended community meeting on Wednesday, February 11th, as well as additional feedback since that meeting, I am pleased to announce that the Double Peak School site will open as a K-6 in January 2016. I truly believe that this decision satisfies both the boundary and intra-district transfer families’ interests.
Starting in August 2015, Double Peak students presently attending both Discovery and San Elijo Elementary schools will start the year at those sites with their Double Peak teachers. When the new school site is completed in January, they will transition, as a continuing class, to their new school following the winter break. In April 2015, we will identify intra-district transfer students for grades K-5. The majority of K-5 transfers will remain at their home school until the Double Peak facility opens in January 2016.
All 6th grade students, both boundary and approved intra-district transfers will be clustered into their Double Peak classes and hosted on the San Elijo Middle School site until the transition to the new school site in January.
In the next few weeks, Principal Baum will provide greater detail on class configuration during the transition period between August and January. He will also continue to hold morning coffee chats and after school sessions to promote strong connections within the community, as well as to address parental questions. Thus far, his commendable efforts have ensured a growing level of excitement, anticipation, collaboration and support. I look forward to the opportunities that Double Peak School will provide for our community.