We will be holding our annual LCAP Meeting for all members of the Spurgeon community on December 7th. There will be two meetings - one at 8:15 in the morning and the other one at 6:00 at night. Please come and give input to be a part of the school plan.
Every student in 7th grade must present an immunization record showing a whooping cough (TDAP) vaccine after age 7, before starting school in August 2017. Parents are encouraged to have their children immunized now and submit proof to the school’s office for uninterrupted registration.
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Spurgeon Intermediate (Spurgeon) is located at the corner of West Fifth Street and North Fairview Street. We have been proudly serving our community since 1974.
Spurgeon Intermediate utilizes Project Based Learning (PBL) in both 6th and 7th grades. Through PBL our students engage in learning activities that are more richly rounded; that are soundly tied to the Common Core State Standards; and, that help our students to generalize their learning across multiple disciplines. In addition to PBL, Spurgeon utilizes AVID strategies school wide. Our focus for the 2016 - 2017 school year is on the WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies. Permeating all of this is a commitment to continually work on the 5 C’s (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Civic Engagement). All of these uniform strategies help us to continually improve the rigor of our learning experiences across all disciplines.
Beyond PBL and AVID, Spurgeon Intermediate offers a wide range of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course offerings. We offer Robotics, Coding, Energy and Environment, Medical Detectives, and Flight and Space. The last three of these courses are embedded into our science course offerings. All of these courses engage students in a rich and rewarding alternative to traditional elective experiences. Importantly, they also provide a launching point for our students on a path toward a relevant college and/or career area that is of high interest for them. Each of the course offerings at Spurgeon can be explored further as the students matriculate to high school and college.
We proudly offer a two-year Spanish course for our students. Students who complete this course enter high school with the equivalent of one year of foreign language credit. This allows them to level up in high school, preparing them to take Advanced Placement (AP) classes earlier than they otherwise might have. Importantly, this class also provides our students with an opportunity to learn about and honor the heritage and background of a significant majority of students at our school.
Spurgeon also proudly offers a range of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) classes. These include beginning and advanced art; a full range of choral classes; and, music classes, including orchestra. Our students in these programs perform both at the school and in the broader community. As with our other electives, our curriculum is designed to prepare students in these courses to enroll in progressive levels in high school and college.
A course offering that we are very proud of is our Ethnic Studies course. This course is designed to help students to gain a broader and more well rounded understanding of the challenges and interplay of larger societal issues. Students gain this understanding through in depth study of different cultures and cultural mores. This course utilizes the PBL model to make these studies more directly relevant to our students and the broader community. Students in Ethnic Studies often work with our Social Justice Club to identify and tackle issues that are directly relevant to the Spurgeon and Santa Ana communities.
Underlying all of the course offerings at Spurgeon is a complete compliment of services for our students with special needs. At every level and in every core subject we offer collaboratively taught classes and/or targeted support with the classes themselves. Our students with special needs are supported by a capable team of expert teachers and support staff; by a school culture of inclusiveness; and by systems and structures that maximize their ability to succeed.
Crucial to all of the academic offerings at Spurgeon is a school culture that is built upon consistent school wide behavioral expectations and social emotional support systems. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) underpin our efforts to help our students to become capable and engaged citizens. Our students know and live by PAWS (Positive, Attentive, Willing and Safe) during the school day, and we hope beyond.
In addition to the academic offerings at Spurgeon we have a wide range of extra-curricular offerings and a robust catalogue of student led clubs and organizations. Our students enjoy a full complement of sports teams and competitions. Our Associated Student Body (ASB) offers a multitude of student leadership opportunities. Our clubs range from those that explore current popular web based gaming to those, like our Rainbow Warrior Club, that works to expand inclusiveness of students in the LGBTQ community. We also have an active Speech and Debate team.
Beyond the course offerings, it should be noted that we have state of the art technology available in our classes and in common labs for students. Additionally, we are a one-to-one Chromebook school. This means that we provide a Chromebook, or equivalent, to any student who wants one for the school year. We also provide Internet Hotspots that families can check out from our library to access instructional material from home. Several years ago our school underwent modernization. Our facility is designed to maximize student engagement and learning in a variety of state of the art classroom and school environment. Tapping into this resource we have created Flexible Learning Spaces for our students. These are areas where those students who have earned A’s and B’s can work independently in a comfortable setting that is outside of the classroom.
For those parents and students who need after school activities we have a partnership with the Engage 360 Program. Through this program students receive help in academic classes and they enjoy a wide range of excellent personal growth opportunities through things like Mariachi, martial arts, science cube, therapeutic art, and dance. Students in our Engage 360 program are supervised from 2:17 – 5:45 pm Monday through Friday by a trained and motivated staff.
Spurgeon is the place to be, the place to become and the place to belong. We have a caring, committed and capable staff who are all focused on helping our students on the path to college and career readiness. Our teachers are experts in their fields who regularly engage in voluntary professional development. Our students are skilled communicators who are creative, collaborative critical thinkers. They demonstrate their leadership capacity and citizenship daily. And, they take active roles in helping our community (civic engagement). We are very proud of them! Our parents are involved and an integral part of the successes that we achieve for their kids in our partnership for ongoing academic and personal growth and development.
School Vision and Mission
Through Project-Based Learning, Spurgeon students are empowered to learn within a flexible environment that promotes equity, access, and empathy. All Spurgeon students will be prepared for the personal, academic, and global challenges of today and tomorrow.
We are creating a bridge of proficiency from the California Content Standards to Common Core State Standards by emphasizing critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our student will demonstrate mastery of effective oral and written communication, and mathematical competency; allowing their curiosity and imagination to meet the challenge of an increasingly global society. We see academic excellence, collaboration and adaptability as instrumental in providing a necessary outcomes for achieving success in the 21st century.
Quiénes somos y qué ofrecemos
Intermedia (Spurgeon) está situado en la esquina de West Fifth Street y North
Fairview Street. Hemos
estado sirviendo orgullosamente a nuestra comunidad desde 1974.
Spurgeon Intermediate utiliza el Aprendizaje Basado en Proyectos (PBL) en los grados 6 y 7. A través de PBL nuestros estudiantes participan en actividades de aprendizaje que son más redondeadas; Que estén sólidamente ligados a las Normas Comunes del Estado; Y que ayudan a nuestros estudiantes a generalizar su aprendizaje a través de múltiples disciplinas. Además de PBL, Spurgeon utiliza estrategias AVID en toda la escuela. Nuestro enfoque para el año escolar 2016 - 2017 está en las estrategias WICOR (Escritura, Investigación, Colaboración, Organización y Lectura). Permeando todo esto es un compromiso de trabajar continuamente en los 5 C (Pensamiento Crítico, Comunicación, Colaboración, Creatividad y Compromiso Cívico). Todas estas estrategias nos ayudan a mejorar continuamente el rigor de nuestras experiencias de aprendizaje en todas las disciplinas.
orgullosos de ofrecer un curso de español de dos años para nuestros
estudiantes que completan este curso entran a la preparatoria con el
equivalente a un año de crédito en lengua extranjera. Esto
les permite subir de nivel en la preparatoria, preparándolos para tomar clases
de colocación avanzada (AP) antes de lo que de otra manera podrían hacer. Es
importante en que esta clase también brinda a nuestros estudiantes la
oportunidad de aprender y honrar el patrimonio y los antecedentes de una gran
mayoría de estudiantes de nuestra escuela.
para estar, el lugar para evolucionar y el lugar para pertenecer. Tenemos
un personal que se preocupa, son comprometidos y capaz que están todos
enfocados en ayudar a nuestros estudiantes en el camino hacia la preparación
para la universidad y la carrera. Nuestros
profesores son expertos en sus cursos que regularmente participan en el
desarrollo profesional voluntario. Nuestros
estudiantes son comunicadores expertos que son pensadores críticos creativos y
su capacidad de liderazgo y ciudadanía diariamente. Y
toman roles activos para ayudar a nuestra comunidad (compromiso cívico). ¡Estamos muy orgullosos de ellos! Nuestros
padres están involucrados y son parte integral de los éxitos que conseguimos
para sus hijos en nuestra asociación para el crecimiento y desarrollo académico
Visión y misión de la escuela
A través del aprendizaje basado en proyectos, los estudiantes de Spurgeon están capacitados para aprender dentro de un ambiente flexible que promueve la equidad, el acceso y la empatía. Todos los estudiantes de Spurgeon estarán preparados para los retos personales, académicos y globales de hoy y mañana.
Estamos creando un puente de competencia entre los Estándares de Contenido de California y los Estándares del Estado Central Común enfatizando el pensamiento crítico y las habilidades para resolver problemas. Nuestro estudiante demostrará el dominio de la comunicación oral y escrita efectiva, y la competencia matemática; Permitiendo que su curiosidad e imaginación para afrontar el desafío de una sociedad cada vez más global. Consideramos que la excelencia académica, la colaboración y la adaptabilidad son fundamentales para proporcionar los resultados necesarios para lograr el éxito en el siglo XXI.
I could write pages and pages on things for which I am thankful. I will not do that. I want to share a few specific things and then I want to share a story. If you read nothing else in this reflection, please read the story. I promise that it will move you.
First, I shared with the staff during our Thanksgiving Potluck a few things for which I am thankful. I’d like to share them with you.
I am thankful that all of the adults in our school have the heart, commitment and passion to help the kids at Spurgeon to achieve at levels higher than the kids might have believed possible on their own.
I am thankful for all of the smiles that our kids bring to our school and me every day. They make me laugh (sometimes they bring a tear or two to my eyes but generally those tears are related to real moments of the heart). Our kids, our parents, and our staff warm my heart to its core.
I am thankful that our staff brings their best every day. That we collectively know that we aren’t perfect but that we believe in our kids. We believe in their ability. We recognize their uniqueness, their potential and their value. They are wonderful kids and together we are prepared to shout this out to them and to all who can hear. I am thankful for the passion behind that!
I am thankful for the depth of the involvement of our parents. Our parents work with us daily, and I have the opportunity to speak with them and to work with them daily. Between our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parent nights we had over 500 of our parents come to our school especially to work with us (that’s more than half of all of our parents). This level of involvement only happens when parents are happy with what a school is doing and when they feel welcomed and supported by the staff. I am thankful for this as this partnership is invaluable.
Now I’d like to share a portion of the story of one of those people with whom I am privileged to work. Anita serves us as a Noon-duty supervisor. This means that she works with us for four hours each day helping to supervise kids in the halls and at lunch. On its face this might seem to be a thankless job. Really any job is what we make it, right. Anita makes this job a joy and it is obvious in her actions every day.
Anita rides the bus every day to get to Spurgeon and home again. As she has gotten older movement has gotten harder for her. Still she comes every day. Anita understands the most important and basic aspect of supervision, which is that it starts with relationships not with authority. I watch her daily as she smiles with the kids. She holds them to expectations to be sure. She gently but firmly prods them to pick up their trash at lunch; Similarly, she encourages them to hustle to class. She does this latter not by yelling at them but rather by walking among them and encouraging them as a grandmother might. She is firm but caring and compassionate.
One day recently Anita made Pozole for us. The food was wonderful. She had begged a ride from a neighbor to bring this meal to us. Anita’s Pozole tasted of all of the comfortable and good things in this world (this is what good food does for me). Anita has a devotion and a commitment to our kids and our school that runs deep. Though she walks slowly her presence is felt and helps our school. As I shared, the work that she and the other noon-duty supervisors do, might seem to be a thankless job. Anita has reaffirmed for me the basic adage that we have the power to make of our world what we will. She does her work with a consistent strength; a silent joy, and a great big heart.
I am thankful that I am privileged to know and work with Anita and all of the people here at Spurgeon.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Podría escribir páginas y páginas sobre cosas por las que estoy agradecido. No haré eso. Quiero compartir algunas cosas específicas y luego quiero compartir una historia. Si no lee nada más en esta reflexión, lea la historia. Le prometo que le moverá.
Primero, compartí con el personal durante nuestra reunión del Día de Acción de Gracias algunas cosas por las que estoy agradecido. Me gustaría compartirlos con ustedes.
Ahora me gustaría compartir una parte de la historia de una de esas personas con quienes tengo el privilegio de trabajar. Anita nos sirve como supervisora del mediodía. Esto significa que ella trabaja con nosotros durante cuatro horas cada día ayudando a supervisar a los niños en los pasillos y en el almuerzo. Esto puede parecer un trabajo ingrato. Realmente cualquier trabajo es lo que lo hacemos, correcto. Anita hace de este trabajo una alegría y es obvio en sus acciones todos los días.
Anita monta el autobús todos los días para llegar a Spurgeon y volver a casa. A medida que se ha vuelto mayor, el movimiento se ha vuelto más difícil para ella. Todavía viene todos los días. Anita entiende el aspecto más importante y básico de la supervisión, que es que comienza con las relaciones no con la autoridad. La observo diariamente mientras ella sonríe con los niños. Ella los sostiene a las expectativas por seguro. Ella suavemente, pero con firmeza los empuja a recoger su basura en el almuerzo; del mismo modo, ella les anima a apresurarse a clase. Ella hace esto no gritando con ellos, sino caminando entre ellos y animándolos como lo haría una abuela. Ella es firme, pero cariñosa y compasiva.
Un día recientemente, Anita hizo Pozole para nosotros. La comida era maravilloso. Ella había rogado a un vecino que nos trajera esta comida. El Pozole de Anita probado saborea de todas las cosas cómodas y buenas en este mundo (esto es lo que la buena comida hace para mí). Anita tiene una devoción y un compromiso con nuestros niños y nuestra escuela que demuestra en profundidad. Aunque camina lentamente su presencia se siente y ayuda a nuestra escuela. Como he compartido, el trabajo que ella y las otras supervisoras del mediodía hacen, puede parecer un trabajo ingrato. Anita ha reafirmado para mí el adagio básico de que tenemos el poder de hacer de nuestro mundo lo que queramos. Ella hace su trabajo con una fuerza consistente; una alegría silenciosa, y un corazón grande.
Estoy agradecido de tener el privilegio de conocer y trabajar con Anita y toda la gente aquí en Spurgeon.
Que tengan un maravilloso Día de Acción de Gracias.
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM GED Adult Education Classes
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Social Justice Club Meeting
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM GED Adult Education Classes
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Rainbow Warriors Meeting
7:15 AM - 7:45 AM Let's Move Club Meeting