Mrs. Fregoso's Newsletter
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April 18, 2018
California’s academic standards—the things we want students to know and be able to do—are designed so students graduate ready for college and a career. One way we measure their progress is through the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Each spring, students in grades three through eight and high school participate in these assessments.
This year, your child will take the following tests:
- Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in English language arts/literacy (ELA)
- Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in Mathematics
- The California Science Test (CAST) Field Test (5th Grade Only)
These tests, created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in English language arts/literacy (ELA), math and science (for 5th grade), measure the skills called for by state academic standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems.
Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards.
Smarter Balanced Assessments
The Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics tests reflect California’s rigorous academic standards and allow students to demonstrate analytical writing and critical thinking skills as well as their knowledge of facts. Given online, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing more precise measurement of individual skills. In 2018, parents will be able to compare results across three years (2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017-18) to determine their child’s progress in meeting the standards. (Exceptions: Only two years of data will be reported for students in Grade 4, and only one year of data will be reported for students in Grade 3.)
California Science Test (CAST) Field Test
California’s Next Generation Science Standards call for students to think and work like scientists and engineers—asking questions and learning through hands-on investigation and discovery. Working with science teachers, California is developing a new assessment that emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning. This year, fifth graders will participate in the CAST Field Test. While this Field Test will not provide scores for your child, it is an important first step in developing an assessment that will fairly and accurately measure how students are achieving on the new science standards. For additional information about the new science tests and sample questions, please visit the California Department of Education’s CAASPP Science Assessment Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp.
To learn more about either the Smarter Balanced Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web site at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp or the Test Score Guide Web site at: http://www.testscoreguide.org/ca, which provides informative guides and test score descriptions as well as sample test items at different levels of difficulty. The parent guides are available in many languages other than English, If you prefer this information in another language, please click the link for available translations.
You can also access Practice and Training Tests, which from the California Department of Education’s Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. Here, parents can experience the kinds of questions that students will encounter on the tests.
Children at Solana Pacific will begin testing the week of May 7th. Your child’s teacher will send more specific dates and times for their grade level. If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation in statewide assessments, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
PrincipalLocal Control and Accountability Plan SurveyWe value your input! At this time we are collecting input on our 2018 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)which helps drive our goals and actions. Click here to access the survey in English. You will find other languages under Quick Links on our homepage. To learn more about Solana Beach School District's LCAP click here.
The survey is open from April 16 to May 11, 2018."SAVE THE DATELeadership DayFriday, May 18th9:00-11:00See the flyer attached for more informationJune 25 - July 208:30 a.m. - 12:00 pmClick here to see class lists and registration
Superintendent Search Survey
Superintendent Terry Decker has announced his retirement at the end of this school year. The Board of Education is seeking input on their search for a new District superintendent. You are invited to complete an online survey on your perceptions of the District, and the importance of various characteristics found in effective superintendents.
Click here for more information and to complete the survey.
For the month of April, we will be focusing on Habit 6
Synergize: Together Is Better
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.
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PTO - FOUNDATION NEWS
___1. Solana Pacific PTO needs you!
We are looking for some fresh new faces to head up our PTO & Committees! Please strongly consider volunteering for a committee or event for our next school year 2018-2019 to make it your students best year yet!
Open positions: Vice PTO President, Field Day Chair, Heritage Night, Mini Open House, Spirit Wear.Contact Monica Speziale at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
___2. HAVE YOU ORDERED YOUR YEARBOOK?
The Yearbook price has increased to $35 as of Monday 4/9.
___3. IT’S NOT TOO LATE! GET A DVD OF YOUR CHILD’S PERFORMANCE…
Our 4th and 5th grade performances took place on April 4th and April 6th.
If you could not attend, do not despair! For a $10 donation to the Foundation, you will be given a DVD of either the full dress rehearsal or performance (depends on the performance time)! Please fill out the form (attached) and return it to the folder in the front office with either cash or a check (Solana Beach Schools Foundation).
Note that an earlier version of this information stated that there would be online access. We will be providing DVDs instead to limit unauthorized sharing.
___4. FREE $$$ FOR OUR SCHOOL: Every time you shop at Ralphs you can earn money for SOLANA PACIFIC with NO extra costs for you!!! Check out the flyer attached for details…..