Facilities and Beautification


The Facilities and Beautification Committee has been formed to create a school, community and School District awareness of our campus needs and school enhancement opportunities.  Our approach will take two very distinct tracks:

– Campus facilities, building upgrades, appurtenances, windows, enhancements, playgrounds, grass areas, etc.
– Site utilization, expansions, reprogramming the site and a joint use park design

2013-14 was a busy year for our committee!  As quick recap, here are all the projects we were able to complete last school year:
  • New IB Signs created and hung along the chain link fence surrounding the school. Design services and installation was headed by parent, Matt Hale.
  • Ceramic Donor Tiles installed at the tree planters by the outdoor steps.
  • Mosaic Tree Mural designed and installed at the corner of the auditorium building.  The project was lead by artist, Rob Tobin and funded by private community donations through Donor’s Choose.
  • Our Tree Pose Sculpture was repaired and new signage was added.  The sculpture artist, Brennan Hubbel lead these efforts and signage donated by parent, Matt Hale
  • A new Native Plant Garden was started on the slope by the entry ramp to the school yard.  Plantings for this were donated by Marney & Eric Jensen and Theresa Talley)
  • Getting our Joint Use Park concept approved by the North Park Recreation Council and moving forward to the San Diego Park and Recreation Board Approval
Here are some ideas for improvements we can accomplish for the 2014-15 school year:
  • Adding trees along Felton Ave. through Urban Corps – they provide the trees for free and plant them as long as you agree to water them.  This would be in the R.O.W. area – NOT school property.  http://www.urbancorpssd.org/FreeTree.pdf
  •  Adding 2 new trees where they were removed (and NOT replaced by SDUSD) by Mr. Kenyon’s classroom area – in the new building courtyard area
  • Adding a Dale Chihuly inspired sculpture (or 2) created with painted plastic bottles – can be hung from a tree, these installations have been done elsewhere, namely the Del Mar Public Library
  • New Mural on campus
  • More Utility boxes painted!
  • Expand Native Plant Garden, add interpretive signage
  • Expanding the School Garden and Outdoor Classroom areas
  • Creating more tiles to be installed (5th Grade Fundraising project?)
  • Add more bike racks to the school grounds
  • Makeover the Community Room – would love a volunteer with thrifty design style to head this up!
  • Volunteer Weekend?  Possible Oct. 25, 2014 – Make a Difference Day – http://makeadifferenceday.com/
  • Adding more interesting stuff to the School Garden Area
Want to help?  We’d love to hear from you!  Please contact:
Jennifer Spencer: jensabo@yahoo.com
Shannon Scoggins: shannonbscoggins@gmail.com
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