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Welcome to Skyline School, Home of the Waves! We are a unique school housing two outstanding educational programs, our 4th-6th grade program and our Global Education K-6 program.
 
Skyline is the recipient of the 2012 California Distinguished School Award. This recognition was achieved through the hard work of our students, committed and dedicated teachers and staff, and our active and involved parents.
 
Our Parent Teacher Association and the Solana Beach Foundation for Learning provide substantial financial and volunteer support to our school, supporting specialized programs, technology, science, art, music and physical education.
 
 

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  • Principal's Message
     
    As you are aware, this has been the year for change in mathematics, in terms of how our teachers are teaching and how our students are demonstrating their learning. I would like to inform all parents of a wonderful opportunity that is available for students through Stanford University. Professor Jo Boaler has designed a free math class for children to give them a positive relationship with math. The course has three goals:

    1. To instill a growth mindset, especially in math
    2. To teach a range of mathematical strategies, such as representing and seeking big ideas
    3. To show math as a connected, living subject with videos of math in soccer, dance, art, nature any many more applications.

    There are 6 course sessions that will take 15-20 minutes each. They combine short videos that teach ideas with questions for students to think about and help deepen learning. At the end of every session students are asked to summarize the ideas for someone of a similar age. This draws from the "saying is believing" approach of psychological research that shows that when students summarize ideas and explain them to someone else they are helped in believing them for themselves.

    The course is designed for learners of all levels. Parents will be required to register on the site, giving email and other details.

    This course is most appropriate for students in grades 4-6th. The class will open at the end of May/beginning of June and stay open until the end of December, so that students could take the course this school year, in the summer or in the fall. But I would recommend that you register now, so that you can be sent more details and news when the course opens. I hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. To register, please click on: https://class.stanford.edu/courses/Education/EDUC115-S/Spring2014/about
     

    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
     
    Skyline, along with thousands of schools across California, will be participating in a field test of our new assessment system known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) that will replace the STAR program. For this year only, 5th grade will continue to take the science portion of the California Standards Test (CST). This will be the last time that any portion of the CST will be given.

    These tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and math, which California adopted in 2010 to describe what knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for college and careers, no matter where they come from or where they live. Part of the goal of the field test this year is to determine how well individual questions allow students to demonstrate what they know and still need to learn. We are also taking this opportunity to see how well our technical capabilities meet the demands of computer-based assessments and to see what resources our teachers and school may yet need. Finally and importantly, this year also gives your student an opportunity to try out the new system without consequences, so we will not be capturing scores this year. Instead, we will use what we learn from this field test to help ensure a successful full launch of the system in the 2014-15 school year.

    We will administer the field test to students in grades 4-6 from April 14 – May 5, 2014. If you would like more information, please visit the California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterfieldtest.asp. If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact Skyline School at 858-794-3600.
     
     
    Solana Beach Bash
    Have you heard that SBFL is planning our spring fundraising event, and that it’s going to be held at the Belly Up this year? This year’s Solana Beach Bash will take place on Saturday, May 3rd, at the Belly Up from 4-8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for admission to the Belly Up. I encourage you to go to www.solanabeachbash.com for all things related to the Solana Beach Bash, including tickets to socials as well as viewing Live Auction and Children’s Art. You are also able to pre-purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win $2500 of gift cards to local restaurants, including Pamplemousse Grille, Cucina Enoteca, Pacific Coast Grill and many more. Many thanks to our event chair, Mary Dodd, and all parents who are planning a terrific new event. I hope to see you all on Saturday, May 3rd.
     
     
    Lisa Denham 
     
     
     
     
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