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Dear Parents and Guardians,
Spring is here…April showers will bring May flowers. The sun is shining brightly, the flowers are blooming beautifully, the birds are singing sweetly, and students are focusing on learning diligently. We will start our annual testing program. This year our testing program will include the California Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC), California Science Test (CAST), California Alternate Assessment (CAA), and the Standards Test in Spanish (STS). Our students in grades 3-5 will take the SBAC tests online though the use of Chromebooks. Only our 5th grade students will take the California Science Test (CAST). The Science test will be taken online, too. The SBAC standardized tests will give us an opportunity to compare student achievement at our school with nationwide results. All of the standardized test scores will be available to share with you in the Fall.
The tests vary in length from grade to grade. The testing will take place during the time period between April 22, 2019 and May 24, 2019. As we continue to focus on the home and school working together, here are a few parent test-support strategies to do in the coming days as we prepare for testing and some very important things to do on testing days:
- Note test dates on your home calendar; schedule appointments on non-testing days
- Encourage your child to take responsibility for homework and class study
- Help your child learn how to find information independently
- Praise your child for work done well
- Make sure your child has breakfast at home or at school
- Make sure your child has enough sleep at night
- Avoid any unnecessary absences during the testing period
- Avoid any tardies. Testing will begin at 8:30. Students who are tardy to school will not be permitted to enter the classroom until the testing is completed
This year we will be holding Open House on two separate dates. ETK – 2nd grade will be held on April 11th, directly after Spring Dance. Grades 3rd – 5th will be held on April 25th, the same night as the Science Fair. Please make plans to attend as we show off our instructional programs in our classrooms and see how we are working towards preparing our students for these state assessments. Our students are the best in the west and we can’t wait to show off their learning!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or your classroom teacher at (310) 324-1153. Here’s to a happy hootin’ springtime with improved student achievement. Hoot! Hoot! Hooray!
P.S. Please support our academic plays for the remainder of the school year:
- Encourage your wise owl to speak in complete sentences.
- Help your wise owl read 15 to 30 minutes every night.
- Remind your wise owl to be respectful at all time