• March 27, 2019


    Dear Loma and CT Families,


    Parking for the Music Concert

    In order to provide concert attendees with more parking options, the gates to the Loma blacktop will be opened at 6pm.  If you are parking on the north side of Summit Road, please use the pedestrian overpass to cross to the south side of the road.


    New Pick-up/Drop-off

     I have been impressed by how quickly we have all gotten into the swing of the new pick-up/drop-off procedures. If you missed traffic map last week, I have included it at the bottom of this message. I appreciate everyone’s continued patience while in the parking lot. A slow and steady pick-up/drop-off helps us to ensure student and staff safety.


    Yellow Balloon Assembly

    Tiffany Papageorge, author of My Yellow Balloon, is coming to Loma for a special author’s visit. Ms. Papageorge wrote this book as a middle school student and will be presenting her experience to our students (K-6) on April 4. Please see the attached flyer for more information and the opportunity to purchase a personalized copy of her book.


    Statewide Testing Begins April 22

    Each year, students in grades three through eight participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

    This year, your child will take the following test(s), depending on their grade level:

    • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics in grades three through eight
    • California Science Test (CAST) in grades five and eight


    The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the CAST are online tests that measure what your student knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support needed to be successful in school.


    You are an important part of your child’s education. To help your child get ready for the test you can:

    • Talk about the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.
    • Tell your child that you and their teacher have high expectations and are both there to help, every step of the way.
    • Take a practice test with your child.
    • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.


    To learn more about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp.


    You also can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal at http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html.



    My Top Three Moments of the Week

    1. Watching the 2nd grade practice their music show act to the song “We Will Rock You.” I can’t wait to see the final version tonight at the show!
    2. Hearing the sounds of Ms. Lelake’s band rehearsing drifting out of the gym. I’m impressed!
    3. Catching up with Ms. Kidwell and celebrating our beautiful new buildings at the ribbon cutting. (see photo)


     ribbon cutting



    Karren Zook, Principal

    Loma Prieta Joint Union School District

    23800 Summit Road

    Los Gatos, CA  95033

    08/353-1106 – p                           

    408/353-3274 - f



    Paul’s Construction Corner

    Our reconstruction project is continuously moving forward. The new parking area, bus drop off route, and side walk have been completed. The striping for the driving lanes and parking spaces needs to be painted and is scheduled for the April recess week as long as the weather permits. New instructions for drop off, pick up and parking has been sent out that identifies where buses will park and the flow of traffic for parents. Having students take the school bus, or park on the North side of Summit Road and use the pedestrian bridge would still be preferred. The last portable building is scheduled to be removed during the spring recess starting on 4/8 through 4/12. Before the reconstruction project can be fully closed out there are a few open items that will need to be addressed. When the pedestrian bridge was built in 1996 it did not pass for handicap accessibility. The concrete ramp leading from the North field up to the bridge will need to be corrected for today’s standards. The pavilion behind the gym will also need to be brought up to today’s standards. Due to its construction, it will not require much work for it to pass its final close out inspection.


    The District is looking to create a kiln room on the East side of the gym and to remove the rotting wooden siding and replace it with stucco to match the rest of the buildings.


    While we have been working on the reconstruction project of the kitchen and classrooms, the district has been working on other projects and I am excited to say that on February 13th the School Board approved the contractor to do the asbestos remediation and demolition of the old IHS and day care buildings on the North Campus. This project is the first of many projects that you will see completed in accordance with the 10-year Facilities Master Plan. The asbestos removal is scheduled to begin on April 1st and the buildings will be completely removed by April 22. 


    Paul Harville

    Director of Facilities and Maintenance



    2019 KEEP On, KEEPing On

    The LPEF KEEP (Keep Excellent Education Programs) campaign is in full swing! 

    KEEP! donations fund the following amazing programs: 

      Music: Support for our K-8 music program (can't wait to see all our kids rock the music concert tonight)

      PE: PE program at Loma

      STEM: Support for technology integration/STEM enrichment

      Electives: Preservation of middle school electives and elementary enrichment programs

      Science: Direct support for specialized elementary science instruction

      Library: Library support services at both CTE and Loma

      Support Services: K-8 school counseling and other student support 

    Any size donation is greatly appreciated and incredibly important to ensuring our children continue to have these programs. Our goal is 100% participation in KEEP! at the monetary level families are comfortable with. 

    Donate today at: https://www.lpef.org/donate-now

    And speaking of swing, save the date for the annual LPEF Fore the Kids golf tournament on May 17th. More information will be announced shortly. 

    Thank you for your ongoing support!


    Wild Times @ CT English MS

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm

    Upcoming Events

    3/27/19 2nd Annual Music Concert in the Gym 6:30pm

    4/1/19 through 4/5/19 CT Seventh Graders in Yosemite

    4/8/19-4/12/19 Spring Break-NO SCHOOL

    4/7/19 8th graders leave for Washington DC

    4/11/19 8th graders return from Washington DC

    4/15/19 5th grade tour of CT for next year 11:15-12:45pm No lunch service

    4/19/19 CT Rabbit Run (formerly the Turkey Trot) @noon Loma Field

    4/26/19 Teacher Spa Day-3pm TCC Room 4/30/19 7th grade DC Parent info night

    5/3/19 CT Minimum Day-Loma Jog a thon

    5/9/19 Stanford Scoliosis Screening for all 8th graders

    5/10/19 CT Spring Dance 7-9pm Loma Forum