• September 21, 2016



    Thoughts from Tuesday Night


    Dear Loma Families:


    I am proud to share great news regarding the success of CT students in their first competitive venture into the language of “coding.”  Globoloria, a premier provider of blended learning solutions for computer science education, announced on Monday the national finalists of the 2016 Globoloria Game Design Competition, and Daniel Fichthorn has earned the national honors in the Game Concept (JavaScript) category.  Daniel, a CT 8th grade student, has been working on JavaScript programming in CT English’s technology class taught by Mrs. Kris Denues.  Daniel’s concept is honored among a group of middle and high school students from across the country.  The forty-seven national finalists – 26 girls and 21 boys – were narrowed from the 274 regional finalists announced on September 8.  Students hail from across the country from Queens, New York to Houston, Texas; Pryor, Oklahoma to Elkins, West Virginia; and Salt Lake City, Utah to San Jose, Silicon Valley.


    “Globaloria is a manifestation of the future of education.  Its iterative design methods foster soft skills like teamwork, communication, and collaborative creative thinking, contributes to students’ well-rounded education,” said Dr. Idit Harel, CEO and founder of Globaloria. “As we prepare students for a new global economy where computer science and computational skills are the new literacy, the Globeys are an opportunity to celebrate outstanding achievement in these areas among this group of exceptional students.”


    CT students were well represented in the competition overall with Sofia Rossi, Anna Leith, Maciej Buszko, Glenn Grant-Richards, and Spencer Farley also earning Regional Semi-Finalist honors.  Anna, Maciej, and Daniel all moved on to regionals, with Daniel taking national honors.  He will be traveling to Austin, Texas this weekend for an opportunity to meet with leaders in education and STEM fields as well as participation in the awards ceremony.  Mrs. Denues began introducing coding to the CT tech curriculum a number of years ago and last year we invested in the Globoloria platform to engage students in computer science curriculum, and enhance STEM learning topics in our elective offerings. 


    Congratulations to Daniel and his fellow CT students who showed both interest and enthusiasm for the coding content!  I would also like to thank Mrs. Denues who’s vision and persistence in expanding elective offerings at CT English has led to this opportunity for our students. 



    Corey Kidwell



    Our incredible fund raising partner, LPEF, is looking to the school and extended community for additional donations to be included in the live and silent auction baskets.  Do you have businesses (salons, pet stores, toy stores, housewares, etc.) where you shop?  Often these business owners are happy to donate materials, goods or gift certificates which make great additions to auction baskets.  Do you have duplicates of gifts given for showers, birthdays or other occasions?  If so, LPEF would gladly include those gift items in silent auction baskets.  The more baskets we fill, the more fun our kids get to have.  Please know that this fundraiser is our largest of the year and will fund the enrichment and elective options we have available to us in the future.  Please contact the team at gala@lpef.org for more information or where to deliver your donations.  Please see the flyer posted below.


    UPDATE to the School Site Council/CT English Home and School Club News:

    Tomorrow evening, Thursday, September 22, 2016, the Parenting Continuum is pleased to present "Communicating with Teens: Putting an End to Arguing, Begging, Back Talk" at 7pm in the RJ Fisher Middle School Multipurpose Room. Please note this is a new location but same time/date.


    Life and Parenting Coach, Mary Eschen, brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and presents with engaging humor on a topic of great relevance to parents of teens and tweens.  While there is no charge for the event, please follow the link to let us know if you are coming.



    Drug Take-Back, Household Batteries, Cell Phones, and Eye Glasses Event

    CASA partners with our LG Police Department, Santa Clara Water District and the DEA to organize a Drug Take-Back Event. Not only will we be recycling medications so they don't get in the wrong hands or waterways but we also recycle household batteries, cell phones, and eye glasses.  This event will occur Saturday, Oct. 22. Please help us to distribute this flyer by adding to our District website, and to our k-12 parent community.


    If you have any questions, please contact Janet Stimson at 408-309-5844 or jstimson68@gmail.com.


    Loma’s Upcoming Events

    9/23                SoW Assembly 8:30 / Movie Night

    9/27                1st grade field trip to Live Earth Farm

    9/30                SoW Assembly 8:30 / Crazy Hat Day

    10/10-10/12   5th grade (Mrs. Lyon) Pigeon Point field trip

    10/12-10/15   5th grade (Mrs. Van Zante) Pigeon Point field trip