Weekly Update: April 15, 2019

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. This week is a principal directed PLC. Grades 3-6 (and Monica) should meet in room 23 from 1:40-2:40 for CAASPP training. Grades K-2 should meet with your grade level team. You may wish to plan for your upcoming Reading and Writing Units, discuss Second Step Implementation, de-brief the strategy group work that we did with Elma and Beth or anything else of value to your team.

LCAP Student Surveys- grades 3-6:

By April 17, please have students in grades 3-6 to complete the survey in class. Encourage students to be honest and answer the last question in a productive and responsible manner.  It should take about 20 minutes or so to complete.

The direct link is:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfzNYQgf3QQ2UTZoLFrpvqw_1kLiX4fibjUrvihf7qBIQqZvQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

LCAP Family/Community Surveys-all grades:

Please share the survey link (below) with our families via dojo, classroom, seesaw etc. Thank you!!

Parent survey direct link is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfgO_K4vSkZ2IC3UpHOtWW8uaCdKO_Hr6tW5UPbB-4AOjil-Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Upper Grade Teachers College Visit April 15/16:

Teachers College Visit April 15, 16

5th/6th Angelica, Don, Erin, Dave, Patty, Shelly 8:00-9:50 Labsite-Shelly Molina Meet in Room 23
4th Erika, Tracy, Holli, K.C. 10:10-12:00 Labsite-Erika Pehrson Meet in Room 23
3rd RoseAnn, Aranzazu, Leslie 12:35-2:25 Labsite-Aranzazu Castellanos Meet in Room 23
Samsung Grant:

Last year, Shelly and Aranzazu were successfully awarded a Samsung grant which provided 6 t.v.’s for our school (Library, Office, Cafeteria etc) Linked below is the new application which is due April 22nd.  We anticipate this will be the last year they do this. Please let me know if you plan to apply and how I may help you with the application. Here is a link to the application:

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Chromebooks Stay Here- beginning April 15th:

Beginning, Monday, April 15 please have your students leave their Chromebooks in the classroom.  That will give you a week to make sure you have all the Chromebooks and chargers set up in the cart before testing starts. Students will be keeping their chromebooks at school during testing.

Test Prep Units:
The new test prep units are available in the Teachers College Treasure Chest. Jen Oliveira sent an email with the links. Teachers in grades 3-6 received a hard copy of the units this week.
Additional Resources from Angela’s email this week…
Smarter Balanced/CAASPP Test Schedule 4/22-5/17

Below you will find our 2019 CAASPP testing schedule. As you and our students will remember, we had many technical difficulties during last year’s administration. These issues were experienced across the district and, I believe, negatively impacted our students’ results. Additionally, they heightened our students’ and our frustration levels. Due to this, the District recommends that we minimize the number of students testing at any time. Therefore, this year’s schedule is VERY different. Below the schedule you will find additional notes about ELD and planning times.

Linked Here

CAASPP Testing Schedule for 2019

Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays
Make-ups 3rd (8:15 AM- 9:50 AM )

5th (10:25- 12:00 PM)

4th (8:15 AM- 9:50)

6th (10:25- 12: PM)

Math CAT April 22 April 23 April 24 April 25 April 26
Math PT April 29 April 30 May 1 May 2 May 3
ELA CAT May 6 May 7 May 8 May 9 May 10
ELA PT May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17

PE Data due

May 20-24

Additional Testing time if needed

May 20


May 21 May 22


May 23 May 24


Planning for Friday and Mondays switches

ELD canceled- Self Contained ELD

Chromebooks MAY NOT go home during the test window- teachers must set up the carts with the chargers like they used to be (estimated to take 30-45 minutes) and all CB MUST stay in the classroom for the duration of testing.

Rationale and Benefits:

  • Heavy technical issues may have had an impact on student engagement with the test last year
  • Kids reported stamina was a challenge
  • Decreases strain on network
  • Promotes attention to teaching and learning versus a focus on testing
  • Allows time for TCRWP Test Prep unit
  • Minimizes authentication failures at login


  • Electronic Score Reports will be distributed through a “parent portal” either through Synergy or Illuminate. Updates and more information to follow.

Quote of the Week:

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