Welcome to Los Alisos Intermediate School, home of the LOBOS! I am proud to be the principal of such a wonderful school. We are a staff committed to providing a safe environment that focuses on student academic, behavioral and social growth.
Los Alisos has a distinguished history. Most recently we were recognized as a California Distinguished School during the 2012-13 school year and have also won this award in prior years. Other distinguished awards include being recognized as a Golden Bell Award School, an Apple Distinguished School, and as a National Blue Ribbon School. At Los Alisos, we pride ourselves on having a dedicated, supportive and caring staff. I look forward to getting to know your kids, visiting their classrooms, and interacting with them during lunchtime.
As the new school year is about to begin, we will continue with our District and School-wide initiatives. Our focus for the 2017-18 school year will be centered on innovative instructional practices. We will continue to supplement instruction through the use of technology in all of our classrooms. We are proud to have a 1-to-1 ratio of Chromebooks to students! We will foster 21st Century learning through instruction focusing on student collaboration, communication, critical thinking skills, and creativity. Our teachers will meet on Wednesdays in their Professional Learning Communities. This valuable time allows for collaboration by department to discuss best teaching practices, set forth academic goals, analyze student work, and analyze assessment data. As a literacy goal, Los Alisos will continue to place a strong focus on student attainment of academic vocabulary words. These words are crucial in helping support student understanding of the academic content. These words are used in academic dialogue and text and can be found in the student Binder Minder. Additionally, we have incorporated many AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) strategies, such as, Cornell Notetaking and our GO Time (Get Organized) into our programs to help students be successful.
Los Alisos also remains committed to attending to your child’s social and personal development. We will continue to implement the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program which focuses on student behavior issues through a positive and instructional approach. We offer many opportunities for students to challenge themselves academically, socially, and creatively through classes and programs such as our Leadership (ASB) class, AVID, Drama, Orchestra, Band, Jazz Band, STEM, Yearbook, Model United Nations (MUN), and the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF). It has also been a pleasure to see the tremendous growth achieved by our Two-Way Immersion (TWI) program. This program prepares students though an elementary-intermediate-high school continuum model which leads to full literacy in English and Spanish.
Finally, during the intermediate school years, it is critical that parents remain involved in their child’s education. We have a wonderful Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA). Please support our PTSA by becoming a member. By working together, we can ensure the success of our Los Alisos students. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments. I look forward to a great year!
Spring Update: Los Alisos Students Jam with appjam+
This spring, Los Alisos is thrilled to offer a free after-school app-creation class called appjam+. Appjam+ is an outreach initiative program through the Dreams for Schools organization. It is designed to use an innovative approach to educate youth about computer programming. In this eight-week class, students are grouped in teams of four to create and design a STEAM-related mobile game application. Appjam+ bridges the ethnic and gender gaps in STEAM fields by using college mentors from the University of California – Irvine. These mentors will help our students use the 5 C’s approach of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, choice and communication. When students have completed the course, they, along with other participating students in the South Orange County area, will present their apps at a Showcase Finale event at the University of California - Irvine. Student Jared Davis said, “I really like this class. I get to learn more about coding and can work with other students who share the same interest in programming as I do.”
Los Alisos Intermediate School