Cluster Association launches initiatives for better education

By Sharon Jones

La Jolla Cluster Association

About 85 elementary school educators in La Jolla came together on Jan. 18 at La Jolla Elementary School to learn new strategies for teaching mathematics, at a training supported by the La Jolla Cluster Association (LJCA). The gathering marked the first time that different public schools in La Jolla brought their teachers together for professional development. The principals of La Jolla, Bird Rock and Torrey Pines Elementary Schools organized the event. San Diego Unified School District math experts showed a video and led grade-level group discussions.

The LJCA provided lunch, courtesy of Girard Gourmet, which gave the group a discount rate.

The gathering at La Jolla Elementary School on Jan. 18 marked the first time that different public schools in La Jolla brought their teachers together for professional development, Courtesy

LJCA represents the five public schools in La Jolla — La Jolla High, Muirlands Middle, and the three elementary schools. The five principals sit on the governing board, along with 10 teachers and 10 parents. The board meets regularly at the Muirlands Middle School library.

In other LJCA news:

1) At its most recent meeting, the board heard an update on efforts by the community education committee to start a speaker series. Chair/parent Sharon Jones shared information about three events that have been scheduled this spring:

Screening of the documentary, “Race to Nowhere,” 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22 at Parker Auditorium, La Jolla High School. Tickets $10 at jolla-high-school-parker-auditorium

Talk and book signing by Lynn O’Shaughnessy, author of “The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price,” 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26, Parker Auditorium. Tickets: $10.

• Talk and book signing by Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods and the Nature Principle,” 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 17, Parker Auditorium. Tickets: $10. Copies of the books will be available for purchase.

2) To relieve traffic around Muirlands Middle and La Jolla High, the Cluster is working with the La Jolla YMCA on neighborhood bus service. Parent Fran Shimp explained how the busses would begin to transport students to Muirlands and La Jolla High on Monday, Jan. 30 for $75 a month. The application form is available at the YMCA or

3) Finance committee chair/parent John May, described a recent meeting of all the campus Foundation leaders in the cluster. He said the group discussed the district’s dire financial situation and shared information about what programs the various foundations are supporting.

4) Governance is another priority of the Cluster. Muirlands’ teacher Rob Tindall said LJCA is moving forward with efforts to create a partnership agreement with San Diego Unified School District. After a year of surveying teachers and holding open meetings, the agreement committee is preparing to contact labor union and district representatives.

Related posts:

  1. Busy week as LJES holds its end-of-year events
  2. La Jolla Elementary School celebrate Fiesta
  3. La Jolla Elementary students take part in PJ Day
  4. Muirlands, La Jolla Elementary plan open houses
  5. Kudos for polishing the Jewel: La Jolla Elementary's Bloom

Short URL:

Posted by Staff on Jan 24, 2012. Filed under News, Schools. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar


Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Man pleads guilty in fatal Del Mar hit-and-run case April 17, 2014
    A man who drove drunk and struck a marine biologist in a crosswalk in Del Mar, then fled the scene, pleaded guilty April 16 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and a hit-and-run allegation. Christopher ``Chip’’ Stockmeyer, 41, faces between nine and 15 years in prison when he is sentenced June 20 for the March 28 death of Rachel Morrison. […]
  • Del Mar Powerhouse 10U Champions April 17, 2014
    The Del Mar Powerhouse 10U team played two pool play games and two elimination games to go undefeated in the Triple Crown Sports San Diego Open and win the Division 1 Championship. The boys showed great determination and fight to come away victorious in elimination play and battle for the win with a one-run margin of victory for both semi-final and champions […]
  • Canyon Crest girls crack top three at Arcadia, set new school record April 17, 2014
    Several young women runners from Carmel Valley high schools raced well in the Arcadia Invitational on April 11-12 in Los Angeles. Arcadia is considered to be one of the most competitive high school track and field meets in the country, drawing both national and international athletes to compete. […]