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October 7, 2009 Warner Test Scores Soar Jane Barnes JAG Artist of the Month Students attending Warner Middle / High School have benefited from improvements to their instructional programs including; standards-driven curriculum, formative assessment throughout the school year, and academic support leading to improved student performance. The state measures student performance though the use of the California Standards Tests (CST) and the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). The cumulative scores are reflective in a school's Academic Performance Index (API). The API allows school officials to quantify their students' academic performance and compare their efforts against other schools in the county and state. In 2004, Warner's API was 630. Admittedly, student academic performance was lower than desired. Too many students scored "far below basic" and "below basic" on the CST. Too many students did not pass the CAHSEE. At that time, passing the CAHSEE was NOT a requirement to receive a high school diploma. This became a requirement with the class of 2006. Nevertheless, test scores indicated that change was needed. Warner students, teachers, support staff, and administration set out to make the necessary changes that would subsequently lead to significantly improved student academic performance. Students became more focused on learning through leadership in the Senior class, a commitment to reach goals that were agreed upon during class meetings, and through leadership from members of the FFA who persistently strived for school-wide improvement. The teachers worked diligently to align the curriculum with the state standards, developed benchmark assessments that would be implemented to measure student achievement throughout the school year, and accepted student achievement as their personal responsibility. The support staff and administration made a commitment to the students' academic achievement on a personal level and participated in district-wide discussions that led to changes, leading to improved student achievement. The API for 2009 was released in September and Warner's test scores had reached levels never Julian Certified Now Open Art was never my passion until recently. My grandmother painted during most of my growing up years in Orange County, California. But the influence didn't rub off until much later. The only art instruction I had in school was a required sculpture class at Pomona College. Nine years ago after retiring from real estate, I decided to find out how they did it--how the artists created beautiful paintings. My first teacher was Michelle Crofts who offered watercolor classes in her studio/gift shop across from Moslers (new fire station site) After a cou pie years, I enrolled with Nancy Oleksa's watercolor class through Palomar College and have been attending ever since. Julian artist Stan Goudey has also provided some very helpful instruction. My most welcome critic is my husband, Woody. He urged me to start lessons, and continues to be supportive and encouraging.- Other than a few classes in acrylics, I have always painted in watercolor. It remains my favorite medium because of the glow and transparency of the colors. Jane's work will be on display throughout October at the Julian Library. High School Theatre Arts presents: 9 FRIDAY OCTOBER 9, 2009 DINNER AND SHOW 7 P,M. JULIAN HIGH SCHOOL MULTIPURPOSE ROOM TICKETS: $12,00 AVAILABLE AT THE HIGIH SCHOOL OFFICE CHICKEN PARMESAN DINNER Sunday say the beginning of the reemergence of an old idea in the back country. A Farmers Market returned. Located at the Wynola Farms Marketplace, old timers will remember it as Manzanita Ranch, 4470 H ighway 78. The Grand opening was replete with llama rides and a jolly jump for the kids, fresh organics fruits and vegetables and numerous vendors with hand made wares. Until recently only the home of the Orfila tasting room, the new Wynola Farms Marketplace now features Mountain Beadwoorks, In the Pines and Mountaintop Antiques plus the Wynola Farms Green Store, with hemp fiber clothing and active wear, organic chocolate and home style soda not offered anywhere else near Julian. Sunday marked the official Grand opening with the addition of the Farmers market. The Julian News 3 Julian Certified "From our farms to your table" CERTIFIED FARMERS- ART|SANS FoOD COURT- LmvE Music I l ,,j, Grown Fruits 6( Vegetables- ] Local Art & Crafts--Massage sonowic, ,.so,oo,.soup, ...................... .................. I! & Weekly Specials from Wynola Pizza & 78 Bistro Live,Music--Retail Shopping at Wynola Farms Marketplace-Wine Tasting Kettle Corn-Fresh Lemonade seen before. In 2008. Warner's API had risen to 724 and the 2009 performance-indicating factor had reached 735! This achievement is unprecedented and comparable with other schools in the San Diego County. The efforts of students, teachers, support staff, and administration have resulted in highly respected academic performance as measured by the state's annual assessments. Warner students look to the future with a sense of accomplishment and high expectations. Truly, Warner students can be proud of what they have done, placing themselves and Warner Schools on the map, which is a map leading them to their hopes and dreams. Farmers Market Every Sunday (above) Fresh fruits ready for eating (right) llama rides for children {under 70 lbs) (below) shoppers checking out the offerings inside the Marketplace St. Elizabeth's Church in Julian invites you to the Saturday & Sunday 10th 11, 11:OOa.rn. - 4-00 p.m. , MUSIC & OANC;NG } JUUAN APPLE ell In the Rabobank Parking lot on Main Street According to Albert Lewis, the Marketplaces owner. "this will be an every Sunday experience for thecommunity." Once word gets out this should be a welcome addition to the area, Offering fresh organically grown produce. Albert is still working out some of the issues with local providers but plans are for all products sold at the Farmers Market to be locally grown or produced. He has received an official certification for the Farmers Market and the only tenant yet to take their place is Julian Hard Cider which is still working out the regulatory process.