Click here for the 2013-14 Annual Notice of Rights and Responsibilities
Haz clic aquí para la Notificación Anual de los Derechos y Responsabilidades
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Liz Barnitz (Front Row, Center), Principal of El Camino Elementary School has been honored as Goleta’s K-12 Educator of the Year for 2013. She is pictured here with members of the school’s teaching and office staff – all of whom turned out to honor her during the celebration of Goleta’s Finest at the Bacara Resort and Spa on November 21, 2013.
The 64th annual Goleta’s Finest Community Awards were handed out to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations selected by the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“It is our Academy Awards of Goleta,” said Kristen Miller, chamber president and CEO. The winners, chosen from nominees by a committee and approved by the chamber’s board of directors, were announced last month.
Among the honorees for 2013 is Liz Barnitz, principal of El Camino School, who was named K-12 Educator of the Year. In her acceptance remarks, Ms. Barnitz acknowledged her selection as the result of the outstanding work done every day at El Camino by the teachers and staff. El Camino School, a certified “No Excuses University” school, was the only program improvement school in Santa Barbara County to meet all Federal Accountability standards for the 2012-2013 school year.
For more information:
- Click here to read introductory and nomination remarks about Liz Barnitz
- Click here for a Santa Barbara News Press article about Goleta’s Finest
- Click here for Noozhawk coverage of Goleta’s Finest
Each year the Goleta Union School District’s dedication to nutrition and healthy eating is reflected in a unique feast for children, parents and staff. This year the festivities reached a new record of 3,040 meals served. Students at each of the District’s nine schools are served a traditional Thanksgiving meal prepared in our central kitchen. Parents can take advantage of the opportunity to purchase a lunch and eat with their children at school or come join the serving line to help keep the serving process running smoothly.
Here are some interesting statistics on the 2013 Thanksgiving Feast:
The 3,040 meals that were prepared in our Central Kitchen and delivered to nine schools included:
- 880 pounds Roasted Turkey
- 40 gallons Healthy and Delicious Gravy
- 750 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes
- 144 pounds Fresh Cranberries
- 290 pounds Mixed Greens for Salad
- 3040 Whole Grain Dinner Rolls
- 475 pounds Sweet Potatoes for Sweet Potato Pie Bar
- 40 pounds Whipped Topping
In the Goleta Union School District, we can make a list of many reasons to be thankful all year long. That list certainly includes our outstanding Food Services Department under the leadership of Director Sharon Baird. But a director alone can’t get the work accomplished. We also offer kudos and special thanks to the central Food Service staff, Joe, Jose, Margaret, Janie, Becky, Ramona, Jeanette, Vince, Ezequiel and guest chef Naomi from Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative! We also appreciate the daily support of the Food Service servers at each site and the many parents who support this remarkable feast.
GUSD Teachers Amanda Swiegart and Tyler Wilkes were among Santa Barbara County’s Distinguished Teachers honored Saturday night at the First Annual Cox Communications Salute to Teachers.
Among the GUSD attendees at the Salute to Teachers (L to R): Joanna Lauer (Kellogg), Donna Madrigal (Asst. Supt.), Abby Vazquez (Ellwood Principal), Ryan Sparre (Hollister Principal), Amanda Swiegart (Distinguished Mentor Teacher-Ellwood), Mojdeh Senzamici (Hollister), Tyler Wilkes (Distinguished New Teacher-Hollister), Carly Schmiess (Hollister), Sarah Kaplowitz (Hollister), Pam Kinsley (GUSD Board of Trustees), Veronica Torres (Hollister), Bill Banning (GUSD Superintendent [Photo by Becky Banning]
The event, which was held at the Bacara Resort and Spa, honors teachers who are new to the profession and veteran teachers who serve as their mentors. The pairing of new teachers and mentors is part of Santa Barbara County’s two-year Teacher Induction Program.
During their first two years in the classroom, new teachers are required to participate in a comprehensive induction program during which they complete requirements for a Professional Clear teaching credential. The County’s innovative program pairs new teachers with veteran mentors from the same district and school to work together through the two-year program. As a result, new teachers are acclimated to the demands of the profession and the culture of their schools and districts. In part due to this program, Santa Barbara County has a much higher than average rate of new teachers choosing to remain in the profession.
On Saturday night, the first Salute to Teachers honored three Distinguished New Teachers and three Distinguished Mentor Teachers. There was also special recognition for the Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year for 2013-14.
(See list below)
Distinguished New Teachers
- Tyler Wilkes, Hollister School (GUSD)
- Cheryl Lastra, Solvang School District
- Jessica Zambrano, Santa Maria Joint Union HS District
Distinguished Mentor Teachers
- Amanda Swiegart, Ellwood School (GUSD)
- Michelle Poquette, Lompoc Unified School District
- Megan Cotich, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year
- Kelly Choi, Dos Pueblos HS, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Click here more Salute to Teachers coverage at Noozhawk.com