March 22, 2017
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
Dear Loma and CT Parents and Guardians:
Everything needs a “dashboard” in the 21st century and schools just got theirs. The State Board of Education (SBE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) unveiled the California School Dashboard last week. This new web-based information portal provides parents, educators, and the public with important information they can use to evaluate schools and school districts in an easy-to-understand report card format.Under the old “No Child Left Behind” system, the state used the “API,” or Academic Performance Index,” to rate schools primarily on state wide standardized test scores. Our target was to keep our schools above 800. The new California School Dashboard is an essential piece of California’s new school accountability and improvement system which replaces the former approach which was retired three years ago.
“The California School Dashboard provides local communities with meaningful and relevant information on how well schools and districts are doing,” said State Board of Education President Michael W. Kirst. “It will help in local decision-making by highlighting both the progress of schools and student groups, shining a light on disparities and helping stakeholders pinpoint where resources should be directed. “As exciting a development as this is, it’s important to understand that the California School Dashboard itself is a work in progress. It will be a far more valuable tool one year from now and three years from now than it is today as more indicators come online, as feedback is incorporated, and as improvements are made,” Kirst said.
It is a good first step for the state to move to a multiple measures format that looks at a variety of data sets to paint a broader picture of school performance. We will strive to keep our results in the blue and green zones in the new color coded system. In schools as small as Loma and CT, it is also true that our sample sizes for certain areas are too small to be statistically valid or may be skewed by one or two student variations.
To “test drive” the new reporting system, please click here: https://www.caschooldashboard.org. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
KEEP on Golfing!
The KEEP campaign is in full swing, and for even more fun consider joining us at the annual “Fore the Kids” Golf Tournament. I am a terrible golfer, but it is some of the most fun I have golfing each year. For the competitive golfer, De LaVeaga offers many challenges. For the casual golfer like me, the course is gorgeous and the company excellent. Please see Ben Abeln’s golf update below.
7th Annual "Fore The Kids" Golf Tournament
A fundraising event for the Loma Prieta School District.
Friday, May 19th, 2017 at De Lavega Golf Course
The Friday event begins before noon and includes a box lunch, on-course refreshments, team competitions, prizes and dinner. Golfers of all skills are welcome and early sign-up is encouraged as participation is limited.
Format - Four Person Best Ball Scramble
Course - 9 holes or 18 holes
Entry Fee - $175 per person/$600 per foursome
Sponsorships for the event or for individual holes are available by contacting the LPEF.
If you are not interested in golfing, join us for a BBQ dinner provided by Summit Store & CB Hannegans. Dinner tickets are $25 each.
Register to play, be a sponsor, volunteer or make a donation.
Visit us at http://www.lpef.org/golf
The Parenting Continuum Invitation
A unique opportunity for your family to meet and hear from the uplifting and unique celebrity speaker, Leon Logothetis, is being hosted in Los Gatos. The Parenting Continuum is an excellent resource for discussion on timely topics. Please see the attached flyer for more detail, but consider the opportunity below.
Leon Logothetis-The Kindness Diaries
Changing Lives One Adventure at a Time
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7-8 pm
Daves Avenue Elementary School
For Parents AND Students Grades 6-12A Message from the Loma Home and School Club
Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of history as we prepare for the 30th annual Jogathon. The Loma HSC doesn’t want you to miss out so see below and check out the attached flyer if you are intrigued:
JOGATHON T-SHIRT SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE
Still haven’t determined what level of sponsorship you’d like this year? The deadline to have your company logo, or family name, is March 30th.Whether it’s your child’s 1st Jogathon or their last don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to be a part of our 30th Anniversary. Attached is a photo from last year’s t-shirt.
CT English Track and Field Needs Coaches
The C.T. English athletic director is looking for Track and Field coaches to work with our track team this spring. If you are interested in helping out with hurdles, jumps, throws, sprints, or distance running, please contact Nancy Lanovaz at email@example.com
Loma’s Upcoming Events
3/23 2nd Grade Field Trip
3/24 SoW Assembly 8:30a
3/25 Family Science Day 2-5pm
3/30 Jogathon Kick-Off Assembly 9am
3/30-3/31 3rd Grade Star Party 8:30pm – 8:30am
4/3-4/7 Spring Break – NO SCHOOL