Walker

  1. Date: 
    Friday, August 23, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

    1st Grade - 5th Grade New Student Orientation

  2. Date: 
    Friday, August 23, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm

    New Student Orientation for Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten students.  12:30 - 1:00 pm

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  4. All Walker families are invited back to school on August 21st (10:00am-12:00pm) for a free Resource Fair and BBQ.  Each and every student will receive a free backpack, school supplies, and a Walker T-shirt. Additionally, families will be treated to a complimentary BBQ and introduced to multiple community resources. 

    On average, it costs families $50 to help their children start the school year with the tools they need to succeed.One San Diego, together with San Diego Unified School District, is aiming to set up all students for success this school year. 

    At the resource fair, families will be introduced to supportive services and organizations such as:

    • -SDCE (San Diego Continuing Education)

      -Girl Scouts

      -Neighborhood House

      -EyeMobile Unit

      -San Diego Pad Squad

      -SDSUD Family Engagement Department

      - Councilmember Chris Cate's office

      -Walker Buddies

      -Mission Federal Credit Union

      -Mira Mesa Public Library

      -Christ Community Church Tutoring and Food Distribution

      -Champions Before and After School Care

      -SDUSD PreK for All

      -Rapid Response

      -Good News Club

      -SDUSD Food Services

       

      -Walker Counseling

     

    We hope that you can join us on this exciting and important day!

  5. Last Wednesday evening, in Montezuma Hall of SDSU’s new Student Center, Cristy McConahey was honored as a 2018-19 Exemplary Guide Teacher.  That same evening, Nicole Davis, a Student Teacher in Mrs. Silva’s kindergarten class, received honors as the top teaching candidate of her SDSU cohort.  Seven other Walker Student Teachers received formal credentials and a warm welcome into the teaching profession.

    Here’s the best part: the real winners were Walker students!

    Through a strong partnership with San Diego State’s School of Education, several expert and veteran Walker teachers invest in the development of aspiring teacher candidates each year.  In this role, Walker “guide teachers” model best practices, coach their new colleagues, and prepare them for careers in teaching and learning.

    In addition to the support of capable guides, pre-service teachers benefit from the challenge of helping such a diverse group of learners experience success in the classroom.  Walker is the proud home of promising students, with over 20 different languages spoken, 10% military families, over 25% “homeless/doubling up,” 50% emerging bilinguals, and 85% qualifying for free and reduced lunches.  This level of diversity in the classroom pushes teachers to plan lessons for an uber diverse set of learners. It compels them to utilize research-proven strategies. And it offers a learning environment where progress and daily success are both expected and evident.

    Pre-service teachers like Nicole Davis feel more than ready after their time at Walker. “Teaching at Walker was arealexperience.  [While still a student teacher], everyone made me feel just like them. I was able to try things and get honest feedback.” Nicole adds, “I am prepared to teach in a diverse setting like Walker.”

    Guide teachers benefit from the added expertise in the classroom as well. Guide Teacher Kristen Silva rattles off the benefits, “They add enthusiasm and energy to our classrooms.  They bring evidence-based practices. And their technology skills are off the charts.” She smiles and and concludes, “I learn as much from them, as they learn from me.”

    In the end, students benefit from cutting edge teaching strategies, additional teacher presence, and access to some of the best young teachers that are poised to make contributions in our profession.

    “We look forward to continued partnership with SDSU’s School of Education,” Principal Phillips shares.  “These pre-service teachers add emphasis and action to our commitment to professional learning.

    "Judging from the accolades of the 2018-19 class of teachers, our profession is in good hands.

    “And we are in a great position to add top teaching talent to our staff,” adds Phillips.