Ms. Calleen Tokashiki, academic support classroom teacher, welcomes her class into the room in the morning. The students know their routine, they take out their devices and copy the day's lesson plans, which are posted on the classroom website via Planbook.edu, onto their agendas. Meanwhile, Ms. Toke takes her place at her computer cart command post like a master pilot. She thanks the students for getting out their agendas and reminds them to take out their homework, as she sets up her iPad on the DIY stand on her cart. She reminds her students that parent conferences are coming up and reviews how they can make up any missing assignments in order to bring up their grades.
Next, she begins her math lesson. iPad in hand, she displays the digital worksheet on Notability and models how to solve the equations on her iPad, airplaying on the TV. The students are visibly comfortable in the class, Ms. Toke’s easy-going manner allows them to ask questions, make suggestions, and participate in an environment in which they share ownership.
Ms. Tokashiki has embraced the STEM theme at Los Alisos. The classroom itself resembles a homey garage, with workshop spaces all around. Ceiling to floor green fabric drapes, which double as green-screen backdrops, also serve as room dividers. On the other side of the curtains are maker centers where students can develop their engineering skills.
Ms. Toke's list of self-appointed adjunct duties is quite impressive. She has held executive offices in the LAMS PTSA for several years. Most recently, through her thoughtful leadership, they used funds collected to donate much-needed flat screen TV's to both the boys' and girls' locker rooms.
Ms. Tokashiki, Mr. Vernon, and Mr. Nicolini departmentatlize and share the students, so their PBIS systems are consistent among their classrooms. All three teachers use token classroom money, customized with pictures of the three teachers on them, with which the students can buy merchandise from the classroom store, thereby practicing their occupational skills.
We thank Ms. Tokashiki for her exemplary practice and her continuing leadership in technology, engineering, and in PBIS.
Ms. Patti Thomas has been a familiar fixture at Los Alisos since the year 2000. She started as a volunteer and was not a payed employee until about three years ago when her persistence finally payed off and she was hired as an instructional aide in the academic support classrooms. Her friendly smile can be seen all around campus, helping out wherever she is needed.
She arrives early in the morning, to help out in the teachers’ workroom. Did you ever wonder how our copy machine never runs out of paper? That’s because Ms. Patti fills each drawer to the brim every day. Additionally, she assists teachers with clerical work, including grading papers, making copies, printing items from computers and anything else they may need. During zero period, she assists PE teachers with backpacks, while guarding the red line to keep the students in the quad.
Patti genuinely loves her job. She loves working with children. “Yes,” she adds, “even the ones that are always in trouble.” And she also just loves to be with people. The most challenging part of her job is being patient with our students.
In her spare time, she spends time with her family, including grandchildren, solves puzzles, maintains her Farmville farm, and enjoys gardening. She also volunteers with charity organizations, including Habitat for Humanity.
Patti, the love you give our school through your service is an inspiration to us all. We thank you.
red Flag/Green Flag
Speaking of PBIS, have you noticed the red or green flags flying over the quad? If the green flag goes up, it means the students have made good choices during all of the grade level lunches, and so they have earned the privilege of using their phones on the next day during lunch. If the red flag is up, no phones. So students, let's encourage each other to live up to the challenge. GO GREEN!