Harvest Park, a California Distinguished Middle School in 2001 and 2005, and a 2002 National Blue Ribbon School, is a place where all staff members work to maximize the potential, achievement, and personal growth of each student. Harvest Park became a National School of Character in 2005. The Harvest Park Academic Performance Index (API) continues to rise. This growth can be attributed to staff development in standards alignment, professional learning communities, Character Education, the highly qualified staff, very supportive parents and hardworking students. The staff at Harvest Park Middle School, together with the parents of our students, strive to maintain a dynamic program that will continue to have the highest expectations for achievement and personal growth for its students. We are proud of the quality programs that we are able to offer our students and welcome the comments of parents as we engage in the continual process to improve those programs. At Harvest Park, it is evident that, “Kids Come First.”
Harvest Park Middle School is located in the central region of Pleasanton and serves students in grades six through eight following a traditional calendar. At the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, 1179 students were enrolled, including 10% in special education, 5% qualifying for English Language Learner support, and 5% qualifying for free or reduced price lunch. Harvest Park Middle School achieved a 2011 Academic Performance Index (API) score of 923.
Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)
In the spring (February 1- May 31) of each year, Harvest Park Middle School administers the state required Physical Fitness Test (PFT) to all students in grade five, seven, and nine. The Physical Fitness Test measures each student’s ability to complete fitness tasks in the six major areas: Aerobic Capacity, Abdominal Strength and Endurance, Upper Body Strength and Endurance, Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility, Body Composition, and Flexibility.
The test shows students and families a piece of information about the students overall health and how to monitor. Students who meet or exceed the standards in all six fitness areas are considered to be in the “healthy fitness zone.” For more information, about the Physical Fitness Testing (PFT), please visit: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf/ "
School Report Card
The School Accountability Report Card (SARC) was established by Proposition 98, an initiative passed by California voters in 1998. This report card is issued annually by local school boards for each school in California. It provides parents and other interested community members with information on at least 17 aspects of the school, its resources, successes and the areas in which improvements are needed.
New School Accountability Report Card information is posted on the district website in February of each year. The data posted is preliminary in nature and may contain errors. As data corrections are made the SARC information will be updated on the website. For more information, please visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/
Parents are encouraged to get involved in their child’s learning environment either by volunteering in the classroom, participating in a decision-making group, or simply attending school events.
Parents stay informed on upcoming events and school activities through flyers, the school marquee, school newsletters, school website, teacher websites, eConnection, Coffee with the Principal, and weekly electronic newsletters. Contact the school office at (925) 426-4444 for more information on how to become involved in your child’s learning environment.
Opportunities to Volunteer- We have many opportunities for Parent Volunteers on campus, and we could not offer many of our program without parental support. Please contact our PTSA President, Kristen Dean at Kristen@cadeans.com for more information, or visit the PTSA Website. This link will take you to an external website which is not hosted by or affiliated with PUSD.
Committees with Parent Volunteers
- Parent Teacher Student Association School Site Council (PTSA)
- Wellness Committee
- Safety Committee
- Music Support Committee Environmental Educational Committee
School administration and teaching staff place a high priority on providing adequate adult supervision on campus before, during, and after school. As students arrive on campus each morning, administrators, teachers, and campus supervisors patrol the campus, entrance areas, and designated common areas. Administrators and campus supervisors monitor lunch time activity in the cafeteria and common student activity areas. At the end of the day when students are dismissed, administrators, teachers, and campus supervisors monitor student behavior and ensure students either leave campus or travel to after-school activities in a safe and orderly manner.
Harvest Park Middle School is a closed campus. During school hours, all visitors must sign in at the school’s office and wear identification badges while on school grounds.
School Site Safety Plan
The Comprehensive School Site Safety Plan was developed for Harvest Park Middle School in collaboration with local agencies and the district office to fulfill Senate Bill 187 requirements. Components of this plan include child abuse reporting procedures, teacher notification of dangerous pupil procedures, disaster response procedures, procedures for safe arrival and departure from school, sexual harassment policy, and dress code policy. The school’s most recent school safety plan was reviewed, updated, and discussed with school staff in November 2011.
Discipline & Climate for Learning
Harvest Park Middle School’s discipline practices and behavior management strategies comply with approved board policies and are designed to create effective learning environments and minimize classroom disruptions. Progressive discipline and proactive measures are employed in the classroom for those students experiencing difficulty following school rules and demonstrating positive behavior. Disciplinary intervention is managed by school administrators in a fair, firm, and consistent manner based upon the nature of each situation.
Decisions concerning selection of staff development activities are performed by all staff using tools such as teacher input, district benchmark results, and data analysis to determine the areas in which additional teacher training may enhance classroom instruction and increase student achievement levels. Harvest Park Middle School supports ongoing professional growth throughout the year on minimum days. Teachers meet in grade level teams to conduct data analysis to identify areas of need.
Harvest Park Middle School offers support to new and veteran teachers through peer coaching and mentoring. Instructional aides are provided targeted training focused on teaching strategies and curriculum content. Substitute teachers are invited to participate in designated staff development activities. All staff are encouraged to attend professional workshops and conferences. Classified support staff receive job-related training from department supervisors and district representatives.
All textbooks used in the core curriculum at Harvest Park Middle School are aligned to the California Content Standards and Frameworks. Instructional materials are selected from the state’s most recent list of standards-based materials and adopted by the State Board of Education. The district follows the State Board of Education’s six-year adoption cycle for core content materials (English/language arts, math, science, and social science).
On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, the Pleasanton Unified School District’s Board of Trustees held a public hearing to certify the extent to which textbooks and instructional materials have been provided to students. The Board of Trustees adopted Resolution No. 2011.12.01 which certifies as required by Education Code §60119 (1) that textbooks and instructional materials were provided to all students, including English learners, in the district to the extent that each pupil has a textbook or instructional materials, or both, to use in class and to take home, and (2) sufficient textbooks and instructional materials were provided to each student, including English learners, that are aligned to the academic content standards and consistent with the cycles and content of the curriculum frameworks in math, science, history-social science, and English/language arts.
In addition to core subject areas, districts are required to disclose in their SARCs the sufficiency of instructional materials used for their visual/performing arts curricula. During the 2011-12 school year, Pleasanton Unified School District provided each student, including English learners, enrolled in a visual/performing arts class with a textbook or instructional materials to use in class and to take home. These materials complied with the state’s content standards and curriculum frameworks.
Curriculum & Instruction
All training and curriculum development activities at Harvest Park Middle School revolve around the California State Content Standards and Frameworks. During the 2010-11 school year, Harvest Park Middle School held staff development devoted to:
• Data Analysis
• Instructional Strategies
The textbooks and instructional materials used by the school are the most recently SBE adopted instructional materials.
The administrative team is comprised of the principal and two vice principals, who work closely with the leadership team, teachers, the counselor, and school staff to provide a standards-based instructional program. Principal Ken Rocha is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the school and overall instructional program. The principal delegates supervisory responsibilities to the vice principals based upon individual strengths and expertise. The vice principals take a prominent role in managing student discipline, student activities, school facilities, school and student safety, and class scheduling. Also coordinating efforts with the Principal is the Leadership Team, comprised of the principal, vice principals, counselor, and department chairs. The Leadership Team meets regularly throughout the year to discuss instructional programs, staff development needs, and student achievement.
During the 2010-11 school year, Harvest Park Middle School had 59 teachers who met all credential requirements in accordance with state guidelines. The Federal No Child Left Behind Act requires that all teachers in core subject areas meet certain requirements in order to be considered as “NCLB Compliant.” Minimum qualifications include: possession of a bachelor’s degree, possession of an appropriate California teaching credential, and demonstrated competence in core academic subjects. In the table below, which identifies the number of classrooms taught by NCLB-compliant and non-compliant teachers, high poverty schools are those schools in the highest quartile for student participation defined by the free and reduced price meal program. Low poverty schools are those schools that are in the lowest quartile of program participation.
Expenditures Per Student
For the 2009-10 school year, Pleasanton Unified School District spent an average of $7,599 of total general funds to educate each student (based on 2009-10 audited financial statements and in accordance with calculations defined in Education Code §41372). The table in this report 1) compares the school’s per pupil expenditures from unrestricted (basic) and restricted (supplemental) sources with other schools in the district and throughout the state, and 2) compares the average teacher salary at the school site with average teacher salaries at the district and state levels. Detailed information regarding salaries can be found at the CDE website at www.cde.ca.gov/ds/fd/ec/ and www.cde.ca.gov/ds/fd/cs/. (The figures shown in the table below reflect the direct cost of educational services, per ADA, excluding food services, facilities acquisition and construction, and certain other expenditures.)
In addition to general fund state funding, Pleasanton Unified School District receives state and federal categorical funding for special programs. For the 2009-10 school year, the district received categorical, special education, and support programs funds for:
• ARRA: State Fiscal Stabilization Fund
• Class Size Reduction, Grades K-3 (optional) • Economic Impact Aid (EIA)
• English Language Acquisition Program, Teacher Training & Student Assistance
• K-12 Service Learning Initiative (CalServe)
• Lottery: Instructional Materials
• State Lottery
• Title I
• Title II
• Title III
• Title IV
• Tobacco-Use Prevention Education
• Transportation: Special Education
• Vocational Programs
DataQuest is an online data tool located at http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/ that contains additional information about Harvest Park Middle School and comparisons of the school to the district, the county, and the state. DataQuest provides reports for school accountability, including but not limited to API, AYP, STAR results, enrollment, and staffing. This link will take you to an external website which is not hosted by or affiliated with PUSD.
Public Internet Access Location
Parents may access Harvest Park Middle School’s SARC and access the internet at any of the county’s public libraries. The closest public library to Harvest Park Middle School is Pleasanton Public Library.
Address: 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton Phone Number: (925) 931-3400
WebSite: http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/library.html Number of Computers Available: 24
This link will take you to an external website which is not hosted by or affiliated with PUSD.