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Dear Bonsall School Community,

The challenges and opportunities just keep on coming!

A federal judge has ordered the California Department of Education (CDE) to release information about students who are attending, or who have attended, any California public school since Jan. 1, 2008. The Notice of Disclosure of Student Records comes in the case of Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association v. California Department of Education.  CDE has notified California school districts and has provided information to post on our website regarding the Morgan Hill case.   Since there is an April 1 deadline for parents to opt-out of having their students’ information disclosed, we took this opportunity to notify families through Parent Link, using voice and email messages, of the right to opt out of disclosure with the forms for doing so available through a link located on our website.

Joseph ClevengerAlso, last Wednesday, within 24 hours of the meet and greet for our new principal at Sullivan Middle School, he asked to rescind his acceptance of the position for personal reasons.  We wished him luck, seizing the opportunity to hire Joseph Clevenger, another outstanding applicant with more middle school experience, bilingual, and advanced technology skills.

We are currently setting up the Leadership Transition Workshop referred to in my last blog post to assist Mr. Clevenger in beginning his role as Principal of Sullivan Middle School.

The challenge of meeting our purpose of “Academic excellence and support for all students to become highly competitive in their chosen career path and/or college” is being met by another opportunity; the highly acclaimed “The Leader in Me” program, which TLIMbrings Stephen Covey’s, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” to K-12 campuses, is creating one of it’s main training centers in Fallbrook.  With Fallbrook Union Elementary District schools becoming training sites, Bonsall schools will have the opportunity to more effectively use staff development funds for developing desired student attributes without adding expensive travel costs.

A classic example of turning a challenge into an opportunity is to be found in the story of Bonsall parent, John Nunn, who just made the US Olympic Team as seen below in this Times of San Diego article:


Nunn Perserveres, Qualifies Despite Flu

John was a model of perseverance not only for his daughter, but for all of us in the Bonsall School Community.   Please join us in wishing the best for him in his experience as an Olympian representing the United States of America.


Justin Cunningham, Ed D