Principal’s message March 28, 2019

Tonight is the Science Fair!
Please join us in the MPR between 5:00-8:00 to see our students’  exciting science projects.

We look forward to seeing you – everyone is welcome!
While you are here, please check the lost and found racks in the hallway and claim your children’s jackets, sweatshirts, and lunch boxes.

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Beginning the week of April 8, all public school students in grades 3-6 throughout the state of California will be participating in the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) tests.  The purpose of these tests is to evaluate the students’ mastery of the language arts and mathematics standards at their grade level.  In addition, students in grade 5 will take a test focused on grade level science standards.  Your child’s teacher will give you specific information about the test schedule in his/her classroom.

During the SBAC testing dates, please be sure that your child arrives at school on time.  Testing often begins first thing in the morning, and once the test has started, late students may not be allowed to enter the classroom.  Please do not schedule medical appointments during this time, and do what you can to make sure your child is not absent unnecessarily.  Students who are well rested and have had a nourishing breakfast are more prepared for the demands of the tests, as are students who feel calm and relaxed.

Results of the SBAC tests are reported at the end of the summer.  Information about your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses in the basic subject areas is helpful to school staff and to you in helping your child to make progress in school.  Information about how an entire class, school, or district scores is valuable to teachers and administrators in planning and assessing curriculum and instruction.  Remember, however, that test scores are just one piece of information about your child’s progress in school; there are many ways to assess a child’s progress, the most important being his or her day-to-day achievement and behavior in the classroom.  Talk to your child’s teacher about any questions or concerns you may have.