School Site Council
The School Site Council is a decision- making group of parents and school staff, which has major responsibility for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the School Plan for Improvement. The committee also oversees a budget each year that provides enhancements to the standard school budget. The School Site Council elections are held at the end of every year.

All Joseph Sims parents are encouraged to join the Parent-Teacher Organization. The PTO focuses on building school-to-home communication through presentations which will be offered during the evening meetings. As in previous years, the PTO also organizes fundraising and special family activities to benefit the school’s assembly programs.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) and Accelerated
All students identified as GATE receive specialized instruction when applicable for Reading/Language Arts and/or Mathematics in the general education classroom.  In addition, GATE students receive enrichment opportunities during our school’s WIN (What I Need) Time four days a week

Nursing Services
The Nursing Services at Joseph Sims are administered by a qualified school nurse who provides the following services: vision and hearing screening, updating medical information, keeping appropriate records for each student, and providing nutritional and dental health education. The EGUSD nurse visits Joseph Sims a few days a month.

Recycling Program
Our Recycling Program is run by students and coordinated through the 5th and 6th grade teachers. This hands-on approach to recycling allows students to learn about the process through active participation.

Inclusion Program
Joseph Sims has the largest full inclusion population in the district. Our inclusion program at Joseph Sims is for children who face challenges including those with the diagnosis of Aspergers, Tourette’s, developmental delay and autism. Our inclusion team is made up of parent(s), teacher, instructional aid, resource specialist and speech therapist to support and facilitate a child’s success in the classroom environment. Differentiated instruction for these students includes the use of supplemental tools including response boards, specialized technology equipment, visual aids and FM systems.

Special Education 
Our mission is to provide appropriate, high quality, evidence-based least restrictive environment supports and services to students, staff and families.  We invite you to visit EGUSD Special Education website.  Joseph Sims’ special education teachers, staff and students follow the EGUSD traditional school calendar. 

Character Education Program

Socially appropriate behavior is taught through our Character Education program. Our district-adopted program is “Young People’s Lessons in Character” which is used in all grades. This comprehensive program is based on six pillars that build good character. The six pillars include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Each month’s theme is published throughout weekly newsletters, discussed by our administrators in morning announcements, performed by students and teachers at Friday morning assemblies and taught within the classroom. STAR (Success through Accepting Responsibility) assemblies are held monthly to recognize (K-4) students who have exemplified each month’s character trait.