News for March 4, 2015
Dear Loma & CT Parents,
Testing Tidbits #2 - It’s all about the base!
The following information, provided by the California Department of Education, provides additional information about establishing a new “base” from which schools can excel in the new Common Core Standards. Because the standards and testing system are new, this year’s administration is really about setting a foundational level for each school, student and district. It’s all about the base!
Scores: Re-setting the System
Like the new academic standards, the new tests are too fundamentally different from the old exams to make any reliable comparisons between old scores and new. In many cases, new textbooks and materials have only recently arrived at schools. That's why this year's test results will only establish a baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time.
Based on trial runs of some test questions in California and other states, many if not most students will need to make significant progress to reach the standards set for math and literacy that accompany college and career readiness.
No student, parent, or teacher should be discouraged by scores, which will never be used to determine whether a student moves on to the next grade. Rather, the results will provide an opportunity to focus on the needs of students and support teachers and schools in their work.
Patience and Persistence
California's new assessment system represents the next step in our comprehensive plan to promote high-quality teaching and learning and improve student outcomes. This plan recognizes that assessments can play a role in promoting high-quality instruction.
Teachers in California support these changes because, unlike in other states, the primary purpose of testing here is to support learning, not to impose high-stakes consequences. This approach fits well with California's new system for funding our schools, which recognizes that decisions about education dollars are best made by parents, teachers, and communities themselves.
In a state as diverse and complex as California, adjustments will always be needed to make lasting progress. Patience and persistence will be required to help our schools continue to succeed during this time of transition.
Our newest school bus is in service and on the road. This 2016 model bus is clean burning and has the latest safety features. The bus was purchased with a grant that we received from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for $165,000. We replaced and retired Bus #7, a 1993 model bus that served our school district for 22 years.
LGHS is proud to announce their Spring Musical, Rent (School Edition) will performing on March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30pm. Rent is an inspiring musical about friends and artists struggling with addiction, poverty, AIDS and most of all, love. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the TONY Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. See flyer attached.
Come see CTE alumni Isabella Hill, Kayce Hobson, Stefan Montana, Kellie Murray, Maddy Zamora, Chris Arns, Olivia Keller and Tessa Wood. The show is suitable for ages twelve and older.
Tickets on sale at www.lghs.net or at the door. We'd love to see you there!
Wild Times @ CTE
Early Release EVERY
Wednesday @ 1:30 pm
3/11/15 CTE HSC mtg. 8:30 am CC room
3/20/15 CTE Spring Dance 7-9 pm Loma Forum
3/26/15 Science Fair set up in the Gym
3/27/15 Science Fair Judging in the Gym 9-2 pm
3/27/15 End of Quarter 3 grading period
3/28/15 Family Science Day in the Gym 2-5 pm