• March 23, 2016

    Dear Loma 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:

    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


    Mrs. Carino’s Input


    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 3rd through 8th 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 both schools, April 11-15


    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.




    Panoramic Photo

    Would you like to purchase an all school panoramic photo of either Loma Prieta Elementary or CT English? Sample copies of the pictures are available in the school offices. Please come take a look and fill out your order form today, (see attached flyer). Deadline to order your panoramic picture is Friday, April 15, 2016.


    Loma HSC News

    Don’t forget to order your April Bag Lunch from the Summit Store. See attached flyer for instructions. Orders are due no later than March 31st 9pm.


    Loma Upcoming Event

    3/25                SoW Assembly 8:30a

    4/4-4/8           Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

    4/12                4th grade field trip

    4/14                3rd grade field trip 

    4/15                Jog-A-Thon / Minimum Day dismissal at 12:30