During the past four years, forty-five states have adopted the same standards for Math and Language Arts. These standards are called the Common Core State Standard (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a high-quality education, even if they change schools or move to different states. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them.1 In order for students to be competitive in the global market as they enter into the workforce, the students not only need to know the Three R’s (reading, writing, and arithmetic) but must also master the Four C’s. The Four C’s are critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Able to use various types of reasoning (inductive, deductive, etc.) as appropriate to the situation
Analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems
Effectively analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims, and beliefs
Analyze and evaluate major alternative points of view
Synthesize and make connections between information and arguments
Interpret information and draw conclusions based on the best analysis
Reflect critically on learning experiences and processes
Solve different kinds of unfamiliar problems in both conventional and innovative ways
Identify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions
Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts
Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes, and intentions
Use communication for large range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate, and persuade)
Use multiple media and technologies, and to know how to assess impact and their effectiveness
Communicate effectively in diverse environments (including multilingual and multicultural)
Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams
Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal
Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member
Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming)
Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts)
Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work
Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas
View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation are part of a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakes
The Four C’s are essential 21st Century Skills for children to be successful throughout their lifetime. When working with your child remember the Four C’s.
Goodbye California Standards Test (CST); Hello Smarter Balance
This spring, all students in grades 3-8 and 11 will be given the field test for the new Common Core State Standards (Smarter Balance). The students will be assessed in English Language Arts and Math via a computer. The field test is being used to ensure the assessment items are accessible to all students to produce valid, reliable, and fair results. It will test items and evaluate the test delivery system. Through this field test students will gain hands-on experience with technology-enhanced items and newly designed performance tasks with related classroom activities.
With Assembly Bill 484, it is prohibited to produce any individual student’s scores from the field test being conducted this spring. Consequently, the school district, the school, and the parents will not receive any data on how each child performed on the Smarter Balance field test. Which also means the Smarter Balance will not affect our school’s API. Therefore, our API score of 931 will be our API score next year too.
Our district has been given a window from April 7th to May 16th to complete all testing. As we will need to conduct the testing on the computers it will take the entire five weeks (minus one week for spring break) to complete the testing for all 3rd through 5th grade students. The exact dates for each grade level will be sent home during March. The fifth grade students will also be tested on the California State Standards in Science. The 5th grade Science CST will take place during the week of May 12th. If you would like to look at or have your child take the practice test visit the following website: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/Practice-Test/ Once on the page scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link on the right entitled “Student Interface Practice and Training Tests.” Another window will pop-up the boxes will all be filled in, then you will only need to click on the sign in link. On the next page, select the grade level and then click yes. On the next page click on the Math or English Language Arts practice tests. On the next page click on select, then on yes, start my test. The next page will give you some test instructions. When ready, click on the begin my test link, which will direct you to the first question. There are approximately 20 questions and a performance task for each subject area. Unfortunately, the practice test does not give you feedback whether you gave correct answers to the questions. This practice test does give an idea of what each child in grades 3-8 and 11th will be expected to do this spring and beyond. Look for the testing schedule for each grade level during the month of March.
A transitional program designed to prepare young kindergartners for school success.
Provides school readiness in reading, writing, mathematics and social development
Gives young learners the gift of time to develop and grow in an appropriate educational setting
Helps younger students avoid the disadvantages often faced in the areas of social maturity and athletics in middle and high school
When is your child's 5th birthday?
On or before September 1st
- Your child is placed in Traditional Kindergarten
- Do you have concerns about your child's readiness for Kindergarten?
- Your child can participate in a developmental screening on a case by case basis. Sign up at the Preppy K site for an appointment.
September 2 to December 2
- Your child is NOT eligible for Traditional Kindergarten and can ONLY enroll in Preppy K
- Preppy K sites (10) for 2014-15 are:
Brookhaven, Bryant Ranch, Fairmont, Mabel Paine, Melrose, Rio Vista, Topaz, Travis Ranch, Tynes and Van Buren. Enrollment will be based on space availability.
- Please note: Preppy K is offered at magnet sites across the district. Following Preppy K, students will attend Traditional Kindergarten at their home school of residence.
December 3 or later
- Your child is eligible for Preppy K and may enroll on or after their 5th birthday. He/she will be placed on a waiting list. Submit your application to Janie James, 714-985-8650
Important Note: Your child may enter a Preppy K class on their 5th birthday on a space available basis.
As part of positive behavior reinforcement, students can elect to exchange 10 pride cards for Lunch with the Principal. Groups of students meet with the principal in the multipurpose room for this special reward lunch. Students bring a lunch from home with a drink. The principal will provide an ice cold treat. The purpose of this lunch is to celebrate the student's achievement of excellence and to let them know how proud we are of them.