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Welcome Letter

August 1, 2015

What an exciting time to be at Carpenter Community Charter!  A few months ago we completed the fifth and final year of our 2010-2011 original charter plan, and we are very proud of the amazing growth that has been achieved.  Some of the significant outcomes as a result of being an affiliated charter school include the following:  Institutionalization of our school’s enrichment program; School-wide adoption of a comprehensive writing program, Write…From the Beginning; Supplementation of Singapore Math strategies school-wide; Reduction of class sizes; Increased collaboration among school stakeholders; and Improved student test scores on standardized testing.

We will begin this 2015-2016 with a brand new charter plan that was approved by the LAUSD Board of Education last spring.  Our new five-year charter plan, which can be found on our website, looks very similar to our previous plan as we are committed to continuing the work we have done with our innovative programs.  One of the significant additions to our new charter plan is our school-wide adoption of the Engineering is Elementary program.  The program includes an excellent, inquiry-based STEM curriculum that teaches students thinking and reasoning skills needed for success. It is built around the engineering design process, and essentially teaches kids how to solve problems systematically... creating skills, optimism, and attitudes important for their futures.  It is completely aligned to our school vision of providing an academically challenging program that helps every child meet their full potential while fostering critical thinking, independence and creativity.  We are very excited about incorporating this program into our curriculum over the next five years.

With the support of our Carpenter Governance Council, teaching staff, PFC and the hard work of our amazing parents and guardians we all can look forward to the following exciting additions:

  • Additional Kinder classroom teacher funded by Carpenter’s Governance Council (fifth consecutive year)
  • A new part-time Physical Education coach for grades 3-5
  • School wide adoption of the Engineering is Elementary program
  • Singapore Math textbook adoption in grades 1 & 2
  • School wide adoption of MindUP. A social and emotional learning program to reduce stress and aggressive behavior, improve focus and academic performance and increase resiliency for success in school and in life.
  • 65 new student benches on the playground.  The former benches were from the late 1960’s
  • Two mobile laptop carts that will be used to transport laptops into classrooms
  • The launch of 180° Place
    • A supervised site on campus for students to “do a 180°” or turn things around for themselves.
      • A site where students can spend time building positive relationships during supervised play.
      • A site where students can eat snack/lunch while recovering from an injury that has taken them off the school yard
  • Removal of over 2,000 sq. ft. of grass in front of the auditorium to reduce our water usage. The area has been replaced with drought tolerant plants and decomposed granite.

We also have one addition to our teaching staff this year.  Mrs. Hong has shifted to a part-time teaching position she will share with Mrs. Gund in first grade.  As a result, I am very proud to announce that we have hired a very dynamic teacher, Alicia Dobrow, to join our third grade team.  Mrs. Dobrow comes to us with a great deal of experience teaching various grade levels in LAUSD.  I am very confident that she possesses the enthusiasm and high standards for student learning to be an invaluable member of our school community for many years to come.  

There is a great deal of change to be excited about for the upcoming year.  I am very eager to collaborate with our school community to implement our new charter plan.  Like all of you, I am committed to ensuring that Carpenter remain a source of pride for the Studio City community and a leader among elementary schools for many years to come.

Joseph Martinez 2015
Joseph P. Martinez