• March 23, 2016


    Dear Loma and CT Parents/Guardians:


    Don’t miss the conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims this evening. Please come early as parking may be challenging. The program will begin at 7:00 pm.


    Please read this important announcement from Joni Thomas, President of the Loma Public Education Fund:




    To Loma Prieta and CT English Parents and Guardians,


    As our KEEP! fundraising efforts shift into gear, we are pleased to announce that we have funded our Tier 1 priorities for the 2015-’16 school year.


    That’s a tribute to your sustained and continued generosity; your commitment to making our children’s education something richer and more well rounded than state financing will allow.


    So (as they say), if you’re keeping track at home, we have funded the following for next school year:



    Developmental Physical Education at Loma


    Library Services at CT English

    Library Services at Loma Prieta


    This week of our KEEP! (Keep Excellent Education Programs) Campaign we turn our attention to Tier 2 priorities:


    K-8 Student Support Services and Counseling

    Core Flexibility and Elective Options for 8th Grade


    Tier 2, as with Tier 1, are priorities that we are already currently funding and would very much like to keep. The first of these Tier 2 priorities is largely self-explanatory and, we believe, bestows a benefit for our entire community.


    The second Tier 2 priority will allow 8th grade students to continue to pursue elective options including music, art, foreign language, advanced math and yearbook. These academic and extracurricular offerings not only nurture academic and creative advancement, they’re important touchstones in a vibrant middle-school experience.


    We consider the funding of these Tier 2 priorities an entirely worthwhile endeavor and hope you’ll give consideration to our suggested KEEP donation amounts of $800 for one child and $1,200 for two or more. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated and will help our community reach our goal.


    Please visit our website at www.lpef.org/keep for donation information or complete a donation form from our website or in the school offices. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me at president@lpef.org or another LPEF Volunteer Governing Board member.


    Thank you,


    Joni Thomas

    LPEF President



    2016-17 KEEP! Funding Priorities


    Tier 1

    Developmental PE @ Loma

    Library Services @ CT

    Library Services @ Loma


    Tier 2

    K-8 Student Support Services and Counseling

    Core Flexibility and Elective Options for 8th Grade


    Tier 3

    Music – K-5

    Core Flexibility and Elective Options for 6th and 7th Grade


    Tier 4

    Technology Instruction:  Educational Technology Specialist

    Inclusive Enrichment for Grades 4-8

    Art in Action


    CAASPP System Assessments 2015–16

    Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

    Grades Three through Eight

    Parent and Guardian Notification Letter




    Dear Parent/Guardian:


    It is spring and in the world of education, spring issues in California state assessments.  This spring, our third through eighth grade students will participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System, which is California’s statewide testing program. The tests in the CAASPP System provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career.



    This year, your child will take the following assessments:


    Grades 3 through 8:

    ·      Smarter Balanced online tests for ELA and mathematics


    Timeline for C.T. English, mornings April 18 – April 29

    Timeline for Loma Elementary, mornings April 12 – May 19

     - Elementary teachers will notify parents with detailed information regarding their class.


    Grades 5 and 8:

    ·      California Standards Test (CST) for Science


    Timeline for Loma 5th grade is April 11-15


     Timeline for CTE  8th grade is May 9-13



    Smarter Balanced Assessments


    The Smarter Balanced online tests are based on the California Content Standards, also known as the Common Core State Standards, for mathematics and ELA. While last year’s test results provided parents with baseline information on how their children were performing in ELA and mathematics, in 2016 parents will be able to compare results across two years (2014–15 and 2015–16) and determine their children’s progress in meeting California’s academic standards.  Third grade students who will be participating in the CAASPP Program for the first time will only have one year of data.  


    The California Department of Education (CDE) has developed several resources to help students and parents understand the grade expectations of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments:


    ·      The Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Assessments (in English and Spanish) are posted on the CDE’s CAASPP Web page, under the Students and Parents Tab, at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/index.asp?tabsection=3#ssr. Separate guides have been developed for each of the three grade spans tested: grades 3–5, grades 6–8, and grade 11. Each guide explains the grade-level expectations for students in ELA and mathematics and provides sample test items.


    ·      The practice and training tests, which can be found on the CDE’s Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp, can help parents and students experience the type of test items that students will encounter on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. Answers to the practice test and scoring rubrics for the performance tests are posted on the Test Administrator (TA) Resources for the Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.caaspp.org/ta-resources/practice-training.html.





    CT Sports-Track & Field

    The C.T.E. track and field coaches are looking for additional assistant coaches to help out in some of the specialty areas. Please email Nancy Lanovaz at n.lanovaz@loma.k12.ca.us if you are interested in helping with shot put, discus, hurdles, or sprinting.


    LGHS and Fisher Winter Teams FREE Performance this Friday at LGHS!  

    The LGHS and Fisher Winter Guard and Percussion are offshoots of the LGHS Marching Band, and will be performing a free show this Friday in the LGHS Large Gym at 7 - 8 PM, and we’d love to have YOU and your Middle School student come see them and get an idea of what they can be part of at the High School!  It’s an easylocal, and free way to see some really amazing work by these dedicated teams.  Both ensembles have fun and exciting shows for you that take the idea of “Marching Band” to the next level. Any student can participate in these exciting groups and hone their skills with a team of dedicated students. LGHS Winter Percussion recently won 2nd place in Northern California Regional competition, and LGHS Winter Guard has competed at the national level in Dayton, OH.  Come see what these talented high school students have to offer, and what YOUR student can be part of!  Some of the students have been participating in these competitive teams for 4 years and this will be their last performance for our community.


    Panoramic Photo

    Would you like to purchase an all school panoramic photo of either Loma Prieta Elementary or CT English Middle School? Another option for Eighth grade parents is to purchase just the Eighth Grade class of 2016 pano photo.  We have attached order forms to the news and have sample copies of all panoramic pictures available for purchase in the school offices. Please come take a look and fill out your order form today. Deadline to order your panoramic picture is Friday, April 15, 2016


    Wild Times @ CTE

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm

    Upcoming Events

    3/23/16 An Evening with Julie Lythcott-Haims, Loma Forum doors open at 6:30pm

    3/24/16 South Pacific Coast Railroad History, Loma Forum 7pm

    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

    4/4/16 through 4/8/16 NO SCHOOL-Spring Break

    4/15/16 Minimum Day- Loma Jog-a-thon 12:30 dismissal

    4/15/16 CT students’ hand carry home Q3 report cards

    4/19/16 Parent Info night for 8th grade HIV/Aids curriculum 7pm Loma Forum

    4/27/16 incoming 8th grade for 2017 Washington DC info night in the Loma Forum 7pm

    4/30/16 Saturday Building Blocks Spring Carnival