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Principal's Message for August 17, 2015


Principal’s Message: David L. Ortiz

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Summer Office Schedule: The office will be open Monday through Friday from 9-12 and 1-3.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Reports (CAASPP):

  • New measure for assessing student relative to the new Common Core State Standards
  • Parents/guardians will receive individual student scores; based on computer-based tests in English language arts/literacy and mathematics
  • Score will range from 2,000 to 3,000
  • Four levels include: standard not met, standard nearly met, standard met, and standard exceeded
  • Student strengths and concerns will be noted
  • English focus: reading, writing, listening, and research
  • Mathematics focus: problem solving, using concepts and procedures, and communicating mathematical reasoning
  • Each of these areas will be rated: below standard, at or near standard, and above standard
  • Grade 11 students will also receive a rating on their readiness for credit-bearing college-level work
  • Grades 5 and 8 will also receive individual scores for the California Standards Test for Science
  • Refrain from comparisons between the CAASPP and previous tests; they are different
  • This first year is a baseline year; starting point
  • Most students will need to make significant progress; don’t be discouraged
  • CAASPP Office contacts: and (916) 445-8765
  • Video (CAASPP report):

Mark Your Calendar:

8-24 PTSA Scavenger Hunt (campus introduction) at 4:00 PM

8-25 Homerooms (4:00 PM, posted on front auditorium doors)

8-26 School starts (#56)

9-4 Picture Day

9-7 Labor Day Holiday

9-10 Back-to-School (6:00, auditorium meeting followed by class rotations)

9-11 Patriot Day Anniversary

9-15 Minimum Day (8:30-11:56)

9-29 Superintendent visit (8:30)

11-1 Daylight Saving (clocks fall back)

11-11 Veteran’s Day Holiday

11-23 Thanksgiving Recess Week

12-1 Minimum Day (8:30-11:56)

12-21 Winter Recess Week

12-28 Winter Recess Week

1-18 Martin Luther King Holiday

1-22 Minimum Day (End-of-Semester; 8:30-11:56)

2-12 Lincoln’s Birthday Holiday

2-15 President’s Day Holiday

3-28 Spring Recess Week

5-30 Memorial Day Holiday

6-8 Minimum Day (End-of-Semester; 8:30-11:56; Promotion @ 10:15, Palm Stage)