A California Gold Ribbon School
The 2015-2016 school year was very rewarding for Carver students, faculty and the community at large. We were extremely excited to be invited to apply for the California Gold Ribbon Award (previously known as the California Distinguished School Award) which the State of California awards every two years to exemplary elementary schools. The application was based on the continued success of our School wide Enrichment Clusters. In March we hosted a delegation of school administrators chosen by the Los Angeles County Office of Education in order for them to validate the information received through the application process and witness the program in place. To say the least, the administrative team was quite enthusiastic about our program and how it benefitted all students kindergarten through sixth grade. Subsequently, Carver Academy was duly recognized and awarded with the Gold Ribbon this past May, our second over the past four years. At the awards ceremony, Carver was additionally bestowed with the Title I Achievement Award for closing the achievement gap for lower socioeconomic students. This was a testament and honor to our many students who arrive on our campus everyday excited about their education and ready to learn.
On another high note, the California Businesses & Education Excellence Program recognized Carver with their 2015 Honor Roll Award, yet another award for closing the achievement gap for lower socioeconomic students. In addition, we also received the 2015 Honor Roll STEM Special Designation in Math and Science Award. This designation was based on our high test scores on the new state testing assessment that was given in the Spring of 2015, when Carver students scored well above the state average in both mathematics and language arts. We are proud that Carver students and staff have been acknowledged for their dedication and diligence in working together and look forward to years of continued success.
After implementing Swun Math into our curriculum over the last three years, we are continuing to see our math scores soar. At press time, the preliminary test results for the Spring 2016 California State Testing looks very, very promising. Carver students can expect to see their math scores climb in the future and we now find ourselves as a highly sought out school for our math program.
This past year the Carver community has been working diligently to create a school wide discipline program based on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). We are proud to announce that our new motto is Carver CARES. CARES is an acronym wherein each letter stands for a character trait that the community felt was important for students to learn in order to be well rounded individuals and better students.
A Positive Attitude
Enthusiasm for Learning
Strive for Excellence
Parents and students can expect this new plan to be in place this fall and we will inform you of the basics of the plan by Back-to-School Night.
Family Nights at Carver
Carver Academy believes that in order for children to do their very best in school, they must feel a part of their learning community. With this in mind, the Carver staff and PTA have prepared a series of Family Nights that invite parents and siblings onto the Carver campus for a shared learning experience. Our Family Science Night featured four different presenters who shared their knowledge about animals in a “Show and Tell” format. The students were able to be in close proximity to a kangaroo, a baboon, owls and a peregrine falcon. Carver families enthusiastically embrace Science Night as evidenced by the many “standing room only” classrooms and exhibits.
Once again in late October, we look forward to hosting our annual Harvest Night which will boast a notoriously Haunted House, Trunk or Treat, a DJ dance party for Monster Dancing and a picture booth to document your wonderful memories on campus. Our Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) and moms will once again work tirelessly for several weeks to prepare for this magical evening, and look forward to enlisting the help of any new parents that would like to be a part of this creative event. Please sign up early for this Spook-tacular event!
An integral part of Carver is our Enrichment Cluster Program. Recognizing that all learners are unique, learning experiences must take into account the abilities, interests, and learning styles of individual students. Twice a year during the six-week cluster, students spend one hour a week exploring a topic of interest with the assistance of knowledgeable community members. Along with gaining in-depth insight into a particular topic, students begin to take responsibility and interest in their own learning. The regular curriculum is supported, expanded and enhanced by children participating in enrichment activities and bringing their enthusiasm into the classroom setting. Student and cluster leaders communicate what they have accomplished at a schoolwide celebration to culminate the Enrichment Cluster Program. These educational opportunities, supported by an excellent teaching staff, create a first rate educational opportunity that is both challenging and enjoyable for Carver Academy students.
Once again our Enrichment Clusters will be held in the winter and spring. We are actively seeking volunteers who are willing to facilitate a group for one hour per week for six weeks. The cluster may be a class that you have a passion for or one that you want to learn about along with the students. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator, please contact us at (562) 229-7840.
Carver Early Learning Academy
Carver Early Learning Academy begins educating students at three and four years old. Our fee-based preschool provides quality educational opportunities for young children, preparing them for the rigors of their K-6 educations. Our teachers are well trained and prepare students with the necessary skills to become a successful and productive student. Once a child attends Carver Early Learning Academy, they are welcome to continue through sixth grade at Carver in order to create a seamless educational experience for the students and their families. We accept students from neighboring communities to attend and participate in our stellar preschool program!