The Old Adobe Union School District is located in southern Sonoma County and serves the children, parents, and community on the east side of Petaluma, California.
With “Excellence for Learning” as our mission, our vision is one of establishing high expectations in an environment of caring and nurturing where each child achieves his or her personal best. Staff members in this system are proactive, efficacious and resourceful about improving student learning and raising expectations; at the same time they are accountable to their students, parents, and principals.
June 7, 2017 La versión en español
Dear Old Adobe Union Families,
What an amazing year! Our staff cannot thank you enough for your tremendous support of the Old Adobe Union schools, the teachers, and of course your children. We know how busy life is in the 21st century and we appreciate all of the time you give to communication, special events, classrooms, school volunteering, and daily interaction with your child about school. I hope you have a moment to read this “wrap up” of the year.
Math has really taken off in Old Adobe Union in the last couple of years. This year at grades K-5, teachers worked collaboratively at each grade level in four key planning sessions spaced throughout the year while 6th grade teachers shifted to a coaching model with their lead coach from CPM. Both programs were stronger and more consistent as our year 2 internal measures showed over a year’s growth for the average student. Students are gaining skills in problem solving, articulating mathematical thinking, understanding deeper concepts, strategy and numeracy in math games, working collaboratively, and basic math numeracy. When math presents itself this summer feel free to put your children on the spot. Math is all around us and it can be quite motivating for students to see how much it impacts our daily life.
With nearly 500,000,000 words read this year, Old Adobe Union students are reaching new heights in independent reading. Every school in the district set a new “high score”. In addition to independent reading, we also began a new program this year to increase work in non-fiction (newsELA) and an early reading program for K-3 students (Lexia) that shows great promise in accelerating and supporting our readers. In 2016-2017 we experimented more with writing, pushing it into other academic areas and expanding our Write Tools pilot. This work will continue next year and I expect you will see more writing than ever.
Over 290 kindergarteners are already signed up for 2017-2018, but space is still available in Old Adobe Union schools. Due to rising enrollment the last couple of years, a third kindergarten has been added at Loma Vista Immersion Academy and Sonoma Mountain Elementary Charter and both schools have about 10 Kindergarten spaces available, while Miwok Valley, with its Expeditionary Learning focus and modernized facility also has spaces available. Old Adobe Elementary and La Tercera STEM are already on a waitlist for Kindergarten for 2017-2018 so any interested families should register immediately as space sometimes opens in late spring and summer. Transitional Kindergarten, which is available to all 4 year olds, with priority given to children born closest to the legislatively funded birthdates, has filled at Sonoma Mountain and Old Adobe with very limited space at La Tercera, Miwok Valley, and Loma Vista for student in or close to that legislatively funded date range. We have also added space at La Tercera in grades 1,2,5, and 6, and have space at other grades at some schools. Tours are available by contacting the school sites directly. Visit and see why Old Adobe Union is one of the fastest growing districts in Sonoma County: Great teachers, active parents, inspiring themes, and a wonderful student community. New school information nights have been added at Miwok Valley on May 8th and Loma Vista on May 15th.
With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Old Adobe Union School District provides free meals to children during the summer.
This summer, meals will be served at Miwok Valley Language Academy Charter School, 1010 St. Francis Drive, June 12 July 28, 2017 from 12:00 12:45 p.m. Snack will be served from 2:50 3:20 p.m. Any child age 0-18 may come to eat for free. There are no income requirements or registration required.
For more information, visit www.oldadobe.org. Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like Old Adobe Union School District, to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer.
They say that April showers bring May flowers, and appreciation is blooming in Old Adobe Union. This week was staff appreciation week, which includes parent led activities, treats for the staff from the Board, a staff appreciation luncheon at each site on Friday, and other site based efforts. Next week on Friday we take some time to appreciate our amazing parent and community volunteers who do so much to make Old Adobe Union special. Over the last several years the number of parent volunteers has grown- as has the size and activity of our PTA/PTO at each site. Also in May is when we hold an Open House at each school. This celebratory event honors and appreciates the amazing work of our students. Each room practically bursts with amazing art, writing, projects, and other student led efforts.
Old Adobe Union School District has taken on the challenge of higher math expectations and has made significant gains over the past year and a half. After a fun, open-ended, adoption process, our schools recommended Bridges, from the Math Learning Center, for adoption at Kindergarten through 5th grade, and CPM at 6th Grade. In 2015-2016, OAUSD embarked on its first year of implementation of these new programs with professional development for our teachers.