• March 17, 2021

     

    CTE Families,

    Our first full week last week of students on the Loma campus went great logistically. Our students and staff continue to be flexible as routines change to meet needs and improve safety. It has been wonderful seeing and hearing kids in our classrooms.

     

    Though we have enacted extensive mitigation protocols, we received notification last Friday of a positive case of COVID-19 that impacted one of our classrooms. However, since receiving that information we have been notified that the possible case has had two negative follow up COVID tests. While there have been negative follow up tests indicating the person does not have COVID-19, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department guidance is that we treat any positive test result as a COVID case and follow strict protocols.  

     

    Now we move our attention to welcoming back our Middle School students.

    Sixth grade students who elected to return to in-person/hybrid learning arrive to campus Thursday 3/18 and Friday 3/19 for their orientation days in a modified minimum day schedule; Cohort 1 is 3/18 and Cohort 2 is 3/19. Sixth graders’ first full day is Monday 3/22 for Cohort 1 and Tuesday 3/23 for Cohort 2.

     

    Seventh grade students who elected to return to in-person/hybrid learning arrive to campus Thursday 3/18 and Friday 3/19 for their orientation days in a modified minimum day schedule; Cohort 1 is 3/18 and Cohort 2 is 3/19. A return to campus date for 7th grade has not been identified but will be soon. As soon as that return date is known, we will alert the school community.

     

    Eighth grade students will have a virtual orientation day once their return to campus date is announced. For 3/18 and 3/19, 8th grade students will have a modified minimum day schedule as well.

     

    LOMA PUBLIC EDUCATION NEWS (LPEF) 

    LPEF Update - Did you Know Round #2

    Do you know LPEF’s mission?

    LPEF believes that education is the basis of opportunity. Our mission is to ensure that each child in our school district has access to a curriculum that enables them to grow and thrive and be able to respond to future opportunities.

     

    Did you know that LPEF...

    • Gives financial grants to LPJUSD for education of kids in our community
    • Supports programs that improve the educational opportunities for our students
    • Creates new roads for strategic thinking and growing

     

    Did you know that we are fundraising for our next school year?

    All donations made to our Spring KEEP! Campaign fund programs and teachers when our kids return to school in the fall. 

     

    Did you know that KEEP! is our annual giving campaign?

    LPEF’s direct giving campaign, KEEP!, helps raise funds to keep teachers and 

    programs for students at both Loma and C.T. English. This year the KEEP! campaign will begin on April 19th. Learn more at LPEF Donate Page.  

     

    Did you know that your KEEP! donations have funded the following 8 programs at our schools? *

    • Music and Band (K-8)
    • Developmental P.E. (K-5)
    • Library services (K-8)
    • Student counseling and support services (K-8)
    • Education technology specialists (K-8)
    • Loma science (K-5)
    • CTE Middle school electives (6-8)
    • Art in action (K-5)

     

    * With a current estimated budget shortfall of $650,000 next year, many programs and teaching positions will be cut.  Your family’s participation in the KEEP! campaign this year is critical in saving as many programs and teaching positions as possible for the 21/22 school year.    

     

    Did you know we are always looking for volunteers?

    Have a great idea? Want to get more involved with the KEEP campaign and LPEF? If you would like to volunteer or get involved, please contact Jennifer Chen, Tiffaney Gallup, and Ruth Gantly at KEEP@lpef.org

    To learn more about LPEF visit, https://www.lpef.org/, to donate, LPEF Donate Page.  

    Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lomaeducation.

     

    SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REMINDER

    State and Federal law require that school aged children be enrolled and attend a public, private, charter, or homeschool. If your child is enrolled but NOT attending or participating, they may be considered truant. Truant students run the risk of being retained at their current grade.

     

    CTE INFORMATION

    6th & 7th GRADE ORIENTATION TO CAMPUS       3/18 & 3/19

    Cohort 1 6th & 7th grade students will be on campus Thursday 3/18 8:30am-11:05am.

    6th & 7th grade students in Cohort 2 and cohort 1 students remaining in distance learning will be fully asynchronous on Thursday.

     

    Cohort 26th & 7th students will be on campus Friday 3/19 8:30am-11:05am.

    6th & 7th grade students in Cohort 1 and cohort 2 students remaining in distance learning will be fully asynchronous on Thursday.

     

    Where you enter CT campus will be based on the location of your 1st period class:

    Entrance A: Burgess Room 1, Grant-Richards Rooms 2, Arias Room 3, Nefian Room 4, Setziol Room 5

    Entrance B: Cohen Room 6, Dudley Room 7, Thompson Room 8, Lanovaz Room 9, Hulewat Room 11

    The entrances will be marked, and staff will be on hand to provide support if needed. Entrance A is the breezeway between the CT office and CT library. See the attached map for visual support. Entrance B is behind the library and between the art room. See the attached map for visual support.

     

    To accommodate these orientation days, ALL CTE STUDENTS will have a modified minimum day schedule. This is needed to align our on-campus students and our off-campus students with a plan that ensures everyone, including teachers, can be where they are needed, when they are needed. Our modified minimum day schedules will be for 3/18 and 3/19. On 3/18 and 3/19, the minimum day bell schedule will be:

    P1 8:30-8:50

    P2 8:55-9:15

    P3 9:20-9:40

    P4 9:45-10:05

    Break 10:05-10:20

    P5 10:20-10:40

    P6 10:45-11:05

    Teachers will communicate these times to students and will post in Google Classroom. Teachers will also communicate any particular details to specific groups, for example the 7th grade students enrolled in 8th math.

     

    Students have reviewed a return to campus slide presentation with their teachers. If you’d like to review the presentation with them again, or view it for yourself, you can find it here.

     

    6th & 7th Grade Reopening Information

    Thursday 3/18 6th & 7th Grade Cohort 1 Orientation Day-On Campus. Eighth grade students will follow the minimum day schedule above with Cohort 1 via Zoom and Cohort 2 asynchronous. Sixth and 7th grade students remaining in distance learning will be provide their learning activities asynchronously. All 6-8 students can access regularly scheduled virtual office hours for support if needed.

    Friday 3/19 6th & 7th Grade Cohort 2 Orientation Day-On Campus. Eighth grade students will follow the minimum day schedule above with Cohort 1 via Zoom and Cohort 2 asynchronous. Sixth and 7th grade students remaining in distance learning will be provide their learning activities asynchronously.  All 6-8 students can access regularly scheduled virtual office hours for support if needed

    Monday 3/22 6th Grade Cohort 1 students on campus 8:30-12:30. 7-8 students carry on classes as usual.

    Tuesday 3/23 6th Grade Cohort 2 students on campus 8:30-12:30. 7-8 students carry on classes as usual.

    Wednesday 3/24 6th-8th Everyone at home following current Wednesday scheduled communicated by classroom teachers.

     

    Middle School Arrival

    When you arrive on campus, be on the lookout for signage to support you getting to the right drop-off or pick-up spot. There will be school staff members throughout the pick-up/drop-off areas to support students in getting where they need to go, finding their classes and their line up spots. If your child will get home another way other than being picked up in the parking lot, like walking, biking, scootering home, or being picked up over the walking bridge, please notify Mrs. Bourquein the CTE office via email of these instructions. This will help us make sure kids get where they are supposed to go.

    Middle School Studentswill be dropped off/picked up along the curb from the CTE Flagpole to Room 21.

     

    Where you enter the CT campus will be based on the location of your 1st period class. Parents and students can help out with this by knowing their 1st period Teacher’s Name.

    Entrance A: Burgess Room 1, Grant-Richards Rooms 2, Arias Room 3, Nefian Room 4, Setziol Room 5

    Entrance B: Cohen Room 6, Dudley Room 7, Thompson Room 8, Lanovaz Room 9, Hulewat Room 11

     

    The entrances will be marked, and staff will be on hand to provide support if needed. Entrance A is behind the library and between the art room. Entrance B is the breezeway between the CT office and CT library. See the attached map for visual support.

     

    There is no supervision before school starts on campus. Students arriving to campus 8:20-8:30am will go directly to their assigned spot outside their classroom. Teachers will conduct temperature checks before students enter classrooms. Students presenting with a temperature of 99.5 or higher will be sent to the “Health Check” tent for a second screening. If an elevated temperature is verified, the student will be isolated to wait to be picked up from school after parent/guardian is notified. If the elevated temperature was false, the student will return to class.

     

    Sixth grade students arriving after 8:35am will be considered late. Students arriving after 8:35 will report to the “Health Check” tent near the music room for a temperature screening. If temperature is acceptable, student will get a late pass to class. If a temperature of 99.5 is recorded, a second screening will be conducted. If an elevated temperature is verified, the student will be isolated to wait to be picked up from school after parent/guardian is notified.

     

    When dropping off your middle schooler, please:

    1. PULL ALL THE WAY FORWARD. Pull as far forward to the indicated “Pull to Here” sign as you can. This will allow more cars to get off through traffic spaces, including Summit Road.
    2. DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR CHILD ON THE HILL DRIVEWAY. You can begin unloading your child once you reach the CTE Flagpole.
    3. HAVE YOUR CHILD READY TO EXIT THE VEHICLE BEFORE YOU STOP: mask on, good-byes given, etc. Make your drop off as quick and safe as possible.
    4. Once your child has exited the vehicle and is safely on the sidewalk, exit the drop off laneand exit campus.
    5. Have your CHILD EXIT THE PASSENGER SIDE OF THE VEHICLE ONLY.
    6. You can begin unloading your children at 8:20am. Students arriving after 8:35am are tardy and will need to visit the Health Station near the Loma School Office for a temperature check and a late pass to class.

     

    Middle School Departure

    If your child will travel home a way other than being picked up in the school parking lot (walk, bike, scooter, etc.), please email J.Bourque@loma.k12.ca.us with the information regarding how your child will get home. Be certain that your child knows how they are supposed to get home after school.

     

    Daily Home Symptom Screening-Applies to ALL GRADES & ALL STUDENTS K-8

    TO BE DONE EACH DAY THAT YOUR CHILD WILL BE ON CAMPUS FOR INPERSON INSTRUCTION PRIOR TO ARRIVAL ON CAMPUS!!

    Each day that your child will be on campus for in-person instruction, parents and/or guardians will be required to complete a home symptom screening. This screening will be completed through PowerSchool. Follow the steps below to access the form via PowerSchool. If you have any login issues, please contact Julie Bourque. 

    1. Login into your Parent Portal of PowerSchool
    2. Click on Forms in the left-hand navigation menu
    3. Select the 2021 In-Person COVID-19 Student Daily Check In
    4. Complete the form and submit

    This symptom screening is open and must be completed by a parent/guardian prior to arriving on campus. If you are having difficulty accessing the form, please contact Julie Bourquefor help and support. Students who arrive to campus without a completed Home Symptom Screening will be removed from class and a health screening will be conducted.

     

    6t h& 7th HEALTH AND SAFETY FORMS

    Those students returning to hybrid/in-person learning are expected to review and sign the Hybrid Behavior Expectations and Health and Safety Agreement for Hybrid Learning. These forms are attached and may be signed and returned electronically to j.bourque@loma.k12.ca.us or printed and signed and returned to your child’s 1st period room.

     

    COMPUTERS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

    To reduce the risk of congregate activities, middle school students will be provided a school issued computer that they will take between home and school. While at school, students may only use school issued devices. Students will be responsible for charging their computer each evening to be ready for their next school day. Charging outlets will be available in classroom and students should carry their charging cord to school along with their computer. If you already have a school issued device that you are currently using, you will not be issued a second device. 6thgrade students will receive their school issued device during this week’s orientation days. Seventh and 8th grade students will receive their devices upon their return to campus. After issuance of a school device, parents will receive a Laptop Loaner Agreement. After reviewing the information in the agreement, parents will sign and return the agreement to school. The form can be signed and returned electronically to the address indicated on the form OR return the signed form to your child’s 1stPeriod teacher.

     

    Travel and Illness

    Currently, the recommendation from Santa Clara County health officials is to quarantine for 10 days following any travel 150 miles or more outside the county. If this guidance changes, the Superintendent will update the school community with new or changed instructions. Travel should be restricted to travel that is essential. If you travel and are required to quarantine, alert your classroom teacher and Mrs. Bevans. Your child will be able to connect to their classroom via Zoom for the duration of your quarantine without any penalty.

     

    Please do not send your child to school if they any signs or symptoms of illness. If your child is ill and will need to miss school for a day or two, please contact your school office attendance line and your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher will provide information on making up missed work. If you anticipate that your child will have an extended illness or need quarantining due to COVID exposure, alert your classroom teacher and Mrs. Bevans. Your child will be able to connect to their classroom via Zoom during their illness or quarantine without any penalty. 

     

    Weather

    It is expected to rain Thursday 3/18. Due to health and safety procedures, rainy day routines will be different this year. First off, it’s important to know that when it rains, we will get wet. We will do our best to stay dry but count on us getting wet. You can help out by making sure your child has a jacket with a hood when it rains. Umbrellas are great and now with the 6’ spacing, they are even safer for kids to use. So, in addition to the hooded jacket, get your child an umbrella that fits into their backpack.

     

    Teacher COVID Vaccinations

    Several of our Loma and CT teachers have received their first COVID vaccination and are scheduled to receive their second very soon. There have been some adverse reactions reported after receiving the second shot and many of our teachers are on the same vaccination schedule. There is a chance that we could have several teachers out of the classroom due to illness around the 22nd of this month. In the event that we have more teachers out ill than we have available substitutes, some classrooms may be required to have a day of asynchronous learning. You’ll be notified by your child’s teacher if an asynchronous learning day is needed. We appreciate your understanding the importance and peace of mind being fully vaccinated does for bringing our students back to campus. 

     

    Billy Martin, Principal

    Loma Prieta JUSD

     

    CTE HOME AND SCHOOL CLUB NEWS

    CT Yearbook needs your Help

    The Yearbook Class needs your help in collecting photos from the 2020-21 school year. Upload your pictures of your CT student/s to picabooyearbooks.  Simply click the link and follow the prompts!

     

    We are seeking photos for the following pages: 

    • Living through a pandemic
    • 6th Graders returning to campus
    • Pets!
    • Fun class projects
    • Extracurricular Activities
    • HSC Fun Nights

    We are seeking photos of any type that help capture this school year, so even if it doesn't fit the categories above, we'd love to find a place for it in the yearbook!

    If you are having trouble uploading photos to the link above, you can also send photos to: CTEnglishYearbook@gmail.com

     

    CTE & LOMA JOINT HOME AND SCHOOL CLUB NEWS

    See’s Candies Campaign

    Loma and CT HSCs’ See’s Candies fundraiser is still open and available. This sweet deal runs through March 21! Visit our See’s Candies page and help us reach our fundraising goal!

     

    Support your HSCs and Local Restaurants - Main Street Burger

    It’s March 17th and that means it is burger day!! Head down to Main Street Burger tonight for take-out or to eat on the patio. Bring the attached flyer and mention our schools. Our HSCs will get money back that will go toward our teachers and students.

     

    CTE Masks

    Supplies are running low for some styles. Order now so your child can return to school in true Cheetah style! Helpful shopping tip: youth sized masks are designed to fit Middle School students.  Visit CTE HSC Donate Page to get yours today!

     

    Spring Campaign is coming, Date TBD.

     

    Free One-on-One Math Tutoring

    Due to the great response from the community, The Mountain Math Initiative is pleased to announce additional services to support our kids. We are now able to add free scheduled one-on-one math and physics help for students that benefit from individualized tutoring. We have many dedicated Loma and CT alumni volunteers that would love to work with our community’s kids. If you are interested in setting up free one-on-one tutoring, specified to your child’s needs, please reach out to MMI Volunteer Coordinator, Marcella Jones at mountainmarcella@gmail.com to be matched with a tutor. For more information about all of the Mountain Math Initiative programs, please visit https://www.mtmath.org/