News and Announcements

  • Coffee with the Principal - Monthly Coffee and Conversation Meeting, Monday, October 3

    Good afternoon Summerville Elementary Parents and Staff,

    We are so happy to announce a new connection opportunity for all of our parents. We are calling this new event Coffee with the Principal. All Summerville Elementary parents are invited to join our administrative team on the first Monday of each month for coffee and conversation. Revive Coffee in Tuolumne is a proud supporter of our event this year.

    Our first coffee with the principal meeting will be on Monday, October 3, at 8:30 am in the Summerville Elementary Library. We will provide the coffee. Parents, please bring questions, comments, and any other items you would like to discuss. We will plan a brief coffee meeting conversation, but please feel free to bring topics of interest that you would like to discuss. We expect the coffee meeting to last about an hour.

    If you cannot make it to Monday's conversation event, don't worry. We plan to hold these events on the first Monday of each month. Look for reminder messages in the coming weeks.

    Happy Fall. Please get in touch with our office next week if you have any questions.

    See you on campus soon.

    ~Ben Howell - Superintendent & Principal, Summerville Elementary School

    Summerville Elementary School District
  • Summerville Elementary School District Governing Board Agenda for September 27, 2022 Special Meeting

    The Summerville Elementary School District Governing Board will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm in room E5/6 on the Summerville Elementary Campus.
     
    The agenda for the special meeting has been posted to the Board's Online Agenda Site. You can access the agenda electronically by clicking on the following link: 
     
     
    The Board will host their Special September Meeting in person in room E5/6 on the Summerville Elementary Campus. The meeting will also be broadcast online at the following link: 
     
     
    Members of the school community and the public can use the link above to join the meeting, or they can call into the meeting using the following information: 

    Phone Number: 1-408-418-9388
    Access Code: 146 276 7972
     
    School community members may send comments for the meeting's public comment section to the following address: DistrictOffice@sumel.org. Public comments sent will be read aloud during the Public Comment section of the meeting.
     
    Please contact the Summerville Elementary School District Office if you have any questions.
     
    Thank you
     
    ~ Summerville Elementary School District Office
    Summerville Elementary School District
  • Parent Communicator - September 21, 2022 - Dress Up Day Changes for Thursday

    Good afternoon Summerville Elementary Parents, Students, and Staff,

    We hope you are having a fantastic start to the Fall season. Happy Fall. Happy change to the weather. Happy Spirit Week! 

    We have made some updates to our Spirit Week Dress-up days. On Thursday, we encourage students to dress up with the day's theme as well as our school colors, Blue and Gold! Please see our most recent Parent Communicator for more information.

    https://bit.ly/SumElCommunicator9-21-2022

    Together, we can make a difference! And together we are making a difference every day! Happy Fall!

    ~Ben Howell, Superintendent and Principal, Summerville Elementary Schoool

    Summerville Elementary School District
  • Summerville Elementary School District 7-11 Advisory Committee Meeting for Wednesday, September 21 - Agenda Posted

    The Summerville Elementary School District 7-11 Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. The meeting will begin at 4:00 pm in room F1 on the Summerville Elementary School campus.
     
    The agenda for the meeting is posted on the District's Online Agenda Site. You can access the agenda electronically by clicking on the following link: 
     
     
    School community members and members of the public may make public comments in person regarding items listed on the agenda or via email to the following address: DistrictOffice@sumel.org. Public comments sent will be read aloud during the appropriate agenda item. Public comment is heard only for items on the agenda.
     
    Please get in touch with the Summerville Elementary School District Office if you have any questions.
     
    ~ Summerville Elementary School District Office
    Summerville Elementary School District
  • 2022 Community Survey Regarding the Arastraville School House Property

    Dear Summerville Elementary Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

    This Fall, Summerville Elementary School has formed an advisory committee to look at district properties and determine potential uses based on current and forecasted student enrollment. The main property the committee is discussing is the Arastraville Schoolhouse property located on north Tuolumne Road. As a part of this process, the school is circulating a parent and community survey with input regarding current, future, and potential uses of the Arastraville property.

    We encourage all interested parents to provide us with your input at the following link: https://bit.ly/SumElAdvisoryCommitteeInput2022

    This community survey is being circulated to help the advisory committee determine the best uses for the property for the purposes of the school district. Summerville Elementary is seeking community input by completing the survey attached to this document electronically or by paper. Paper copies can be returned to the Summerville Elementary School Office at 18451 Carter St. Tuolumne, CA 95379. Please complete or return the survey by Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

    If you have any questions, please contact our school administrative team!

    Together, we can make a difference!

    ~Ben Howell, Superintedent and Principal, Summerville Elementary School

    Summerville Elementary School District
  • Governing Board Meeting September 13, 2022

    The Summerville Elementary School District Governing Board will hold its Regular Business meeting for September on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. The meeting will begin at 5:45 pm. The meeting will start with a closed session, followed by an open session at 6:30 pm (approximately).
     
    The agenda for the meeting has been posted to the Board's Online Agenda Site. You can access the agenda electronically by clicking on the following link: 
     
     
    The Board will host their September Meeting in person in room E5/6 on the Summerville Elementary Campus. The meeting will also be broadcast online at the following link: 
     
     
    Members of the school community and the public can use the link above to join the meeting, or they can call into the meeting using the following information: 

    Phone Number: 1-408-418-9388
    Access Code: 146 276 7972
     
    Members of the school community may send comments for the meeting's public comment section to the following address: DistrictOffice@sumel.org. Public comments sent will be read aloud during the Public Comment section of the meeting.
     
    Please contact the Summerville Elementary School District Office if you have any questions.
     
    Thank you
     
    ~ Summerville Elementary School District Office
    Summerville Elementary School District
  • Summerville Elementary School District 7-11 Advisory Committee Meeting for Wednesday, September 7 - Agenda Posted

    The Summerville Elementary School District 7-11 Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. The meeting will begin at 4:00 pm in room F1 on the Summerville Elementary School campus.
     
    The agenda for the meeting is posted on the District's Online Agenda Site. You can access the agenda electronically by clicking on the following link: 
     
     
    School community members and members of the public may make public comments in person regarding items listed on the agenda or via email to the following address: DistrictOffice@sumel.org. Public comments sent will be read aloud during the appropriate agenda item. Public comment is heard only for items on the agenda.
     
    Please get in touch with the Summerville Elementary School District Office if you have any questions.
     
    ~ Summerville Elementary School District Office
    Summerville Elementary School District
  • Middle School Updates for the 2022-2023 School Year - Welcome Back to School!

    August 21, 2022
    PARENT COMMUNICATOR
    Summerville Elementary
    Back to School for the 2022/2023 School Year
    MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATE

    Dear Summerville Elementary Middle School Parents,

    With the kick-off of school this week, please see below for some specific middle school parent and student information.

    Middle School Back to School Night
    Tomorrow evening, Monday, August 22, we will host our annual Middle School Back to School evening. The event will start at 6:30 pm on the upper blacktop. The schedule for the evening is below:

    • 6:15 pm - 6:30 pm: Student Schedule Distribution
    • 6:30 pm - 6:45 pm: Welcome to Middle School Opening with Mr. Howell and the Middle School Team
    • 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm: Meet the teacher, classroom visiting in all 6th - 8th classrooms
    • 7:15 pm - 7:45 pm: 8th Grade Parent Information Meeting in Room E5/6, 7th Grade Parent Graduation Committee Meeting in room E3

    This fun event is an excellent time for your student to pick up their schedule, meet their teachers, and see their classrooms before we begin school. Parents, as a reminder, this is not a time for individual conferences. Instead, it is time for us to distribute general information about the school year and help your student visualize their school day before we begin on Tuesday. After tomorrow night’s event, please contact your student’s teachers if you have specific questions or individual information you would like to relay.

    Schedule distribution will begin at 6:15 pm. Please arrive early to see your student's new schedule, grab a seat on the bleachers, and meet our teachers this year. See you tomorrow evening.

    8th Grade Parent Information Meeting
    The 8th grade school year is full of many fun and exciting opportunities. This year, we are excited to provide parents with a glance at the events on the calendar and help you and your student prepare for some of the possibilities ahead of us this year. Please plan to meet Mrs. Mahlmann and Mr. Howell in room E5/6 at 7:15 pm tomorrow evening. Specific information about each event will be sent out throughout the school year. Please ensure you are connected to our ParentSquare message system when school kicks off by contacting our school office to ensure we have the most current email address and cell phone number on file.

    7th Grade Parent Graduation Committee Volunteers
    For many years, our 7th-grade parents have helped to organize our 8th-grade graduation event at the end of the school year. 7th-grade parents, we need your help! If you would like to volunteer to serve on one of our committees or serve as the chair for our parent committees, please plan on attending a brief parent meeting tomorrow at 7:15 pm in room E3. Parent help will be needed to organize the graduation dance, food, flower arrangements, decorations, and much more. If you cannot attend tomorrow evening, please contact assistant principal Heather Shepherd for more information: hshepherd@sumel.org.

    There are so many great ways to get involved this year. Please look for information tomorrow night and throughout the school year this year.

    NEW - 7th and 8th Grade Elective Options for 22/23
    For the first time, we are excited to offer our seventh and eighth-grade students some elective offerings during each trimester. A link was sent out last week for our 7th and 8th-grade students to select elective first and second choices. If you missed this message, no big deal, we will be sure your student is placed in an elective at the start of school. More information will be discussed about our new electives at tomorrow evening back to school night event. Please note: switching electives tomorrow evening is not an option because schedules are already set. Students placed in trimester-long electives will be able to select new electives at the end of the first trimester.

    We are excited to kick off the school year with you tomorrow. Please contact our school office if you have questions before tomorrow night’s event.

    Together we can make a difference. And, together, we are making a difference every day!

    ~ Ben Howell, Superintendent and Principal
    Summerville Elementary School

    Summerville Elementary School District
  • Back to School Parent Communicator Message - August 23, 2022

    August 21, 2022
    PARENT COMMUNICATOR
    Summerville Elementary
    Back to School for the 2022/2023 School Year

    Dear Summerville Elementary Parents,

    School begins this week! We are so excited to start the 2022/2023 school year with you and your student. We are looking forward to a fantastic year together.  As of this past Friday, class lists are out, school supplies lists are distributed, and classrooms are nearly ready to be full of students this week. We can sense that it is going to be a great start to a fantastic school year!

    To kick the school year off, we have some dates for you to keep in mind. Please see the information below about events and start times this week.  The most important date to keep in mind on the calendar is school starts on Tuesday, August 23! We will see you and your student at 8:15 am.

    Back to School Dates

    • Monday, August 22 - Kinder/TK Meet the Teacher, 1:00-2:00 pm, A1, A2, & A3
    • Monday, August 22 - 6th - 8th Grade Back to School Night, 6:30-8:00 pm, Upper Campus
    • Tuesday, August 23 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, 8:15 am
    • Friday, August 26 - Regular School Day, school will release at 2:30 pm

    More information will be sent out about specific back-to-school events beginning next week. Please contact our school office if you have any questions. For a complete list of planned dates for this school year, please see the following link: http://www.sumel.k12.ca.us/upcoming_events.

    Friday Early Release Schedule
    Summerville Elementary holds early release Fridays for teachers and school staff to complete planning and professional development throughout the year. On Early Release Fridays, school will release at 1:30 pm.

    Please note: Friday, August 26, the first Friday of the school year, is NOT an early release. Friday, August 26, is a regular schedule. We will begin our Friday Early Release Schedule on Friday, September 2. Reminder messages will be sent this week and next week. All other Fridays are scheduled as Early Release. Please see our 22/23 School Year Calendar posted on our school website for more dates and information.

    Kindergarten Parent Information
    Kinder parents, we are so happy that your student will be joining our school this year. Our kinder program has a long-established tradition of providing a nurturing and wholesome environment for our students as they begin their educational journey. Hands down, it is the most amazing program in the county!

    As a reminder, TK and K parents, we will host our Kinder and TK meet the teacher event tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm in your student's classroom. Come and meet your student’s teacher, learn about our kinder routine, and see where your student will be learning this year. Your student’s teacher will have lots more information for you at the meet and greet. You will not want to miss the opportunity.

    Kinder parents, as a reminder, your student will be released from school at 12:30 pm for the first two weeks of school. This early release time for our youngest students allows them to adjust to the new school routine and allows our teachers time to learn about the students and structure the program to best meet their needs. Your student’s teacher will have more information for you at the Meet and Greet event tomorrow.

    Parent Classroom Volunteers
    This year, we will be utilizing parent volunteers in the classroom. Special training will be conducted for volunteers later in September. Please look for more information from your student’s teacher in the coming weeks. All volunteers will be required to complete a training course as well as complete a health screening before helping in the classroom.

    Student Cell Phone Policy
    As educators, we believe that technology can be an important tool for learning and for life. Just like hammers and wrenches in a toolbox, each tool has an appropriate use, time, and place. Cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices are powerful tools that can help us learn more, and these tools are no different than other tools like hammers and wrenches; they have a correct time, use, and place in schools. As such, we have developed a very clear and direct policy with personal devices at our school.

    • All Kinder through third-grade students should not have devices at school. These devices are expensive and delicate. The last thing we want is an important piece of personal technology to get broken or lost. If you need to contact your student, please reach out to our front office staff. They will be glad to assist.
    • For all fourth through eighth-grade students, all devices should be “out of sight and out of mind.” This means that students who have devices with them should keep them in their backpacks, purses, or bags for the entire school day (students with devices in pockets will be asked to put them away). Devices should not be used during the school day. The school day includes before school, during class, recess, breaks, after school, and during ASP.

    This policy has been developed to help keep our school environment distraction-free. All technology used during the day will be through school-issued devices (we have plenty of Chromebooks, iPads, and other devices to go around. And our teachers will help students learn how to use them as tools during the right times during the school day). If you need to contact your students, or if your student needs to contact you, this can be coordinated through our school office.

    Please note: All wireless headphones and other phone accessories should remain at home (we hate to see these awesome pieces of technology lost or broken). More information about cell phones and cell phone usage will be provided at our back-to-school events. Please contact our administration team if you have any questions.

    Parent Communication - ParentSquare
    This week, we will be transitioning all of our parent communications to our new communication system called ParentSquare. This system is designed to send parents school communication through a method that will work best for them (text, email, or app). Look for a welcome email from ParentSquare today (sorry for sending multiple messages in one day, but we are so excited to start the school year!). Please note that if you do not receive the welcome message, or if you do not receive an additional message from the school by the end of the week, please contact our front office. We want all of our parents to receive school updates and information promptly and conveniently. Staying in communication with you is so important. ParentSquare allows us to quickly send information out and allows parents to receive messages in a way that makes sense for each family. For more information about the system, please visit the following link: https://bit.ly/SumElParentSquareGettingStarted.

    All parents with a phone number and email address will receive a welcome email from the system this week. Please look for it on your phone or email inbox. Please note that our school will be phasing out our REMIND and SchoolMessenger communication systems at the end of August. Parents can reach out to our assistant principal, Heather Shepherd, for more information or help with our new communication system: hshepherd@sumel.org.

    ASP 2022/2023
    New this year: Did you know that our ASP program will be offering a special morning program during the 2022/2023 school year? This special AM program will begin at 7:00 am and is designed to help students get connected to the school during the early morning hours. Enrollment in this program is limited and currently at capacity, but if this option interests you and would help support your students, please reach out to ASP Program Director Alanna Norans for more information: anorans@sumel.org. We are currently assessing the possibility of expanding seats in the program.

    Our after-school program is a fantastic way to help your students connect further to the school outside of the school day. We encourage you to reach out to our program director for more information.

    2022/2023 School Year
    We look forward to a return to normal this school year, and we are excited that your student will be joining us. Our office is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    As a reminder, the first Day of School is Tuesday, August 23, 8:15 am, just two days away! We are so excited to start the school year!

    Please reach out to our school office if you have any questions. See you and your student on campus this week! We are excited to start this school year with you!

    Together we can make a difference. And, together, we are making a difference every day!

    ~ Ben Howell, Superintendent and Principal
    Summerville Elementary School

    Summerville Elementary School District
  • Summerville Elementary Middle School Elective Options - Sign up Today!

    Hello 7th and 8th Grade Parents!

    We are very excited to announce that our 7/8th graders will have the opportunity to choose electives this year. Middle School staff have worked hard on imagining electives that will give middle school students an exciting year to look forward to. Please click the following link to read more about the electives and submit your student's choices by 3pm Friday, August 19th.

    https://forms.gle/9J45gngmDvKUmdiH6

    Contract our administrative team if you have any questions.

    ~Summerville Elementary Administrative Team

    Summerville Elementary School District
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