We are thrilled to announce the hiring of CAPE’s first teachers just in time to introduce them at tonight’s Community Meeting...
The following message was emailed to the CAPE community on July 2, 2007:
Parents, students and families from Los Senderos Open School will recognize this first group of teachers for their years of outstanding work in the classrooms. And even though the summer months are usually a time for teachers to be away from school, these dedicated professionals are already busy working to make the inaugural school year special for the Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education.
The teachers are (in alphabetical order): Maryellen Lang, Judith Laurentowski, Heather Liddell, Jill McCrory, Barbara Morse, Kelsey Scheimer and Anna Sorensen. All seven taught at LSOS last year, and 5 of the 7 taught the last 5 years at LSOS and for many years before that at Bedford Open.
“I am very excited to be working with colleagues and friends who I’ve known for years,” said CAPE Principal Janet Kanongata’a. “These are dedicated professionals who I’ve watched instill a love of learning in our students every day, year after year. Together we will build a unique academy that will educate and nurture the whole child.”
Additional teachers will be hired in the coming weeks as CAPE’s enrollment grows. CAPE’s early enrollment period ends Wednesday, July 11. Enrollment applications can be downloaded from CAPE’s website or picked up at the CAPE office from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays (except Wednesday, July 4th, because of the national holiday). All forms must be submitted to the CAPE office by July 11 to be eligible for early enrollment. As per our charter bylaws, in this first year of CAPE only, students from Los Senderos Open School and their siblings will have first priority ONLY IF their applications are submitted by the close of the early enrollment period. Any applications received after July 11 (whether from a LSOS student or other student) will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis with students placed in a class if space is available or on the CAPE waiting list if the grade level is full.
An opportunity for parents to meet our newly hired staff...
The following message was emailed to the CAPE community on June 28, 2007:
We will be having a CAPE meeting at the Ventura County Star Community Room at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 2. This is an opportunity for parents to meet our newly hired staff and ask questions about the upcoming school year. You will have another chance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, in case you are out of town for the holiday and miss the first meeting. Note: Mrs. K can only attend the first meeting due to a previous commitment.
Thrilled to announce the hiring of Janet Kanongata'a...
The following message was emailed to the CAPE community on June 27, 2007:
We are understandably thrilled to announce the hiring of Janet Kanongata'a as the founding principal for the Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education. Mrs. K, as she is affectionately known to so many of us, will start working with us immediately to build Camarillo¹s newest public school!
Mrs. Kanongata¹a comes to CAPE with nearly two decades of experience in Camarillo¹s Open philosophy schools. She joined Bedford Open School as a teacher in 1989 and then later became the school¹s site administrator. When Bedford merged with Los Nogales to become Los Senderos Open in 2002, she was named the school¹s principal, helping the program to flourish and grow to a K-8 school. She is an innovator and inspiration to both teachers and students. We are very fortunate to have her leadership to ensure we give our students the very best education possible.
Mrs. K received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1973 and her Master¹s degree in Administration & Policy Studies in 2002. She and her husband, David, live in Camarillo and have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. Mrs. K will work with CAPE to develop and implement the school¹s Progressive educational model. It will be an enhanced version of an Open philosophy that has educated and motivated students in Camarillo for 30 years, since the founding of Bedford Open in 1976. She will also begin hiring teachers and staff for the upcoming school year.
Great news! We are thrilled to announce that our charter has been approved!
The following message was emailed to our supporters on June 21, 2007:
By unanimous vote, the Board of the Oxnard Union High School District approved the Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education application Wednesday night. A full room of CAPE supporters gave the Board a standing ovation in appreciation of the historic vote.
Now the fun work begins. In the next few weeks we will hire a principal and teachers, secure a school site in Camarillo, and fill the school with books, desks and students. Together, we will build Ventura County¹s newest public school.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Congratulations CAPE supporters! Last night we changed the world.
Click here to read the Ventura County Star's 2007 article about the approval of CAPE¹s charter application.