• March 2, 2016


    Dear Loma and CT Parents/Guardians,


    Thoughts from Tuesday Night:


    CT Students Take Math Competition By Storm!

    Our 7th and 8th grade math students, led by Mrs. Nefian, have burst on to the competitive math scene in a big way. Google and Khan Academy have teamed up for a 9-week math challenge between hundreds of schools and thousands of kids called “LearnStorm.” Guess who is making a big splash?


    LearnStorm is organized into three rounds, or “cups.” Students earn “Mastery Points” for each level of mastery gained in a math skill.  So taking any skill from "needs practice" to "mastery level 3" will earn a student 4 mastery points. They also earn “Hustle Points” which are designed to reward students that push themselves to keep learning and building their brains no matter what their level.  Students gain hustle points for taking on challenging skills and persevering. Small schools can compete along with large schools in the “Points Per Eligible Student” category.


    The results from the first cup are IN!


    CT English students are #2 in the entire Bay Area and #1 in Santa Clara County in Mastery points per student! Redwood Middle School comes in at #43 and is the only other school in our athletic league that made it into the top 100 in the Bay Area.


    CT English students are #5 in the entire Bay Area and # 2 in Santa Clara County in Hustle points! Redwood Middle School comes in at #47 and is the only other school in our athletic league that made it into the top 100 in the Bay Area.


    Raffi P., one of our 7th graders, is #1 in Mastery Points for that grade in the entire Bay Area. Go Raffi!


    The good news keeps on coming as our students persevere! Last week’s results had CT English in First Place for Mastery Points for eligible students in all of the Bay Area. CT students earned Second Place in Hustle Points in Santa Clara County as well with our closest middle school competition – Redwood in Saratoga – coming in 18th.


    Mrs. Nefian’s 8th grade students hold 17 of the top 25 spots in Mastery! Wow! Mrs. Nefian and her students are very proud of their accomplishments – deservedly so! Schools ranking in the top three for each cup are guaranteed spots for the big finale at Levi Stadium at the end of April. Our kids are fired up to win more spots in the second “cup” which closes out in two weeks.


    Events to Watch Out For!

    Loma and CT Night with the Santa Cruz Warriors, March 12th – Next week our local Warriors hostLoma Prieta and CT English Night” at the Santa Cruz Warrior Game as a fundraiser for CT Sports. Come and join the fun cheering on Santa Cruz Warriors Basketball team with your school!  We have great seats together downtown at the home of the Warriors, Kaiser Arena. The Warriors are a Development League for the NBA Golden State Warriors and were the 2015 D-League Champions.  The games are fun to watch!  These players are headed to the NBA and fans get a close up view of top-rate action.  Food and drinks are available and there is even a mascot named Mav’ricks. Check out their web site at http://santacruz.dleague.nba.com


    Money from ticket sales will go to support our CT Sports teams.

    Ticket order forms are located in the CT and Loma Offices or contact Laura Parker for more information at lauraparker3@me.com or 408 596 1754.  One week left to buy tickets! Please see the attached flyer!


    An Evening with Julie Lythcott-Haims, March 23rd, – Please join the School Site Council in welcoming this best selling author to our schools. Ms. Lythcott-Haims brings with her experience from a decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen as well as her research on the changing landscapes of parenting, education, and competitive college admissions. Her book, How to Raise an Adult, highlights strategies for parents of kids of all ages can empower youth, build competence, and resist the undermining trends of “over-parenting.”   Doors open at 6:45. Conversation will begin promptly at 7:00. Copies of Julie’s book will be available that evening through our partnership with Hicklebee’s Books. The event is free to the public. No childcare will be available on campus. Please plan to come early as we are expecting a full house.


    Don’t miss next week’s “Puma Talk” sponsored by LPCF, Thursday, March 10th, at 7 pm in the Loma Forum. After much mountain discussion, a refresher course is being offered on our local mountain lion population.  Fact vs. fiction, truth vs. myth.  How do we co-exist with these fabulous creatures while keeping our kids, our pets’ safe and us? There will be a short question and answer session after the presentation! Please see the attached flyer for more information.


    Student Privacy Update: Please consider acting on your children’s behalf!

    The California School Boards Association has provided this breaking news update on this important topic:


    “Court denies California Department of Education request for stay in student privacy case, but amends protocol to prevent transfer of main student database.”


    “US Federal Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller held a hearing Monday in the case of Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association v. California Department of Education, with specific attention paid to a court order that could have resulted in the release of up to 10 million student records to plaintiff’s attorneys…”

    “… While she did not grant the CDE’s request for a stay of discovery, Judge Mueller amended the e-protocol with respect to the CDE’s main student database, the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).  No data from the CALPADs database will be transferred; rather, the plaintiffs will be allowed to make queries for specific data and—as approved by the court-appointed special master for discovery—these will be presented to CDE for the department to run against the CALPADS database and provide the results. The precise nature of these queries will be determined through negotiations between plaintiff’s attorneys, CDE and the special master.”


    I continue to encourage all parents to submit the attached form to object to your child’s confidential information being released which will exclude that data from that given to the plaintiffs in this case. Here is a link to the form you must submit to the court before April 1, 2016, to protect your child’s data: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/order2016jan26.pdf

    For your convenience, a pdf version of this form is provided as well.


    Important Reminder

    Loma teachers and kids are working very hard to be as “green” as possible.  Students’ lunches should be “pack it in, pack it out” including Friday hot lunches.  Thanks for your help on this.


    6th grade Leadership Class

    The 6th grade leadership class is still collecting pet supplies for the Santa Cruz SPCA. The Santa Cruz SPCA is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. They provide a safe harbor for animals in need and promote an active humane community through adoption, advocacy, and education. For more information about the Santa Cruz SPCA go to their website:  https://spcasc.org/about-us/. However since they are a non-profit organization they rely on donations to take good care of their animals. The leadership class is collecting either new or lightly used pet supplies such as pet food, leashes, or chew toys. There is a collection box in room 9 from February 23 to March 4 so please have your student bring in a donation. All donations will be given to the Santa Cruz SPCA.

    Leadership will be selling Jamba Juice this Friday 3/4/16 during lunch as a fundraiser. 120 Jamba Juice smoothies will be sold on a first come first served basis. Cost for a Jamba smoothie will be $3



    Wild Times @ CTE

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm

    Upcoming Events

    3/9/16 CT HSC mtg. 8:30 room 7

    3/10/16 Steinway Society percussion program at 2:00 Loma Forum-Assembly schedule

    3/10/16 Puma Talk sponsored by LPCF Loma Forum 7pm (see flyer)

    3/12/16 Cheetah Boosters Night @ SC Warrior game 7PM (see flyer)

    3/18/16 CT Spring Dance, Loma Forum 7-9pm

    3/23/16 An Evening with Julie Lythcott-Haims, Loma Forum doors open at 6:45pm

    3/24/16 LGHS make-up testing for Biology Honors, Eng. 9 Honors, Spanish 2

                @ 3:30 in the LGHS Library.

    3/25/16 End of 3rd Quarter Grading period

    3/30/16 8th grade Washington DC mtg. 7pm Loma Forum