April 15, 2015
Dear Loma & CT Parents,
Thoughts From Tuesday Night
When I drive to school in the morning, there is a spot on Miller Cut-Off where I can first see our schools across the valley. The bright blue roof of Loma defines that part of the landscape. CT rises to complete to view. I love that spot on the morning drive, and I always think, “I love my schools!” Then I laugh to myself because I know they aren’t really mine. I also think of how many residents like me there are on the mountain whose kids are now done at Loma Prieta, but we view Loma and CT English as still “our schools.” That’s why I wrote my KEEP Campaign check yesterday. Last year at this time I thought I had written my last one. Wrong! Just because my daughter is now down the hill for high school, and I am writing fundraising checks there, I recognize that I, and my family, still have an investment in “keeping” our schools strong.
We have great schools. We have schools that weathered years of a bad economy. We have begun the restoration process. And, our strong schools are kept strong by families like yours and mine continuing to invest. I am sure I don’t have to tell you that public schools are not well funded by the public system. They are best funded in partnership with parents and community members who understand that to have great schools we need to continue to dig deep, roll up our sleeves, volunteer, donate, dance, shop, sip, golf, and much more to “keep” our schools thriving. We aren’t fancy, but we are committed to excellence. We aren’t perfect, but we never give up. We don’t have everything, but we have a LOT for little schools. We have our strength because we continue to work at it.
I wrote my KEEP check to LPEF. I hope you will consider writing one too. Together, we can “keep" our schools strong for all the kids - even when they are not our own.
Thank you for all your support!
Rebecca’s Top Ten Favorite Sights, April 15:
1. Since it’s “Spring” there’s a cold nip in the air. Toes and noses are cold in the morning;
2. The other day at lunch, I found myself in a circle of girls. Our topic of conversation focused on comparing food allergies dairy, gluten … I was the only one allergic to avocado. The three girls all love avocado;
3. Wanda, the turtle, came to visit Ms. Ray’s class. Some of us saw her arrive. She was waiting on the Front Office counter. She definitely has a personality and made quite a few new friends that day;
4. The classroom garden beds are green and growing. They allure the passersby and tempt them to look deeper;
5. Walking across the C.T. campus, I was privy to the loveliest connect. A mom walks up to pick up her son. Her son runs up to her, gives her a huge bear hug and then lifts her off the ground with a twirl. Both have huge grins, heart warming. Then I hear mom saying, “no, no, no you can’t…” Tough mom! Even after a twirl through the air, she can hold her ground;
6. We have young zoologists on the Loma field at lunch. Their job, spying on gophers and monitoring gopher behavior;
7. In each class I visited on Monday morning, I saw students excitedly sharing what they did on break. Many visited with friends or traveled, and some, like me, had time to enjoy a good book;
8. If you have not noticed yet, we have a pair of “rugby twins”. They are the cutest little red haired twins who always sport stripes as the primary component of their wardrobe; Adorable!
9. On Tuesday, we had double the number of lost teeth and scraped knees. Those with lost teeth were much happier than those with scraped knees. Just an observation;
10. There is a beautiful nest containing 3 robin’s eggs sitting on Loma’s Front Office counter. The nest arrived after Wanda went into Ms. Ray’s class (no connection…I don’t think). For added enticement and a little academic challenge there is a mathematical challenge that accompanies the nest.Loma Prieta HSC NewsPlease join us for this fun assembly this Friday, April 17th at 9am. Our guest speaker is Grand Master Yong Choi, a Seventh Degree Black Belt, one of just 3 women in Northern California to achieve this high level. Grand Master Choi is among the few women certified as an international referee. She was an official delegate to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and received the Presidential Sports Award in 1999. Not only will Grand Master Choi speak to the kids about her martial arts career and what it takes to get to this high level, she will also have a short demonstration. Please come and help get our kids motivated for the jog-a-thon.State Testing begins soon at Loma and C.T.E.
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) that measure student performance and progress related to the Common Core Standards will start next week at C.T.E. and the following week at Loma.
- C.T. starts on Monday, April 20
- Loma starts Monday, April 27
Students will be taking a series of four computer-based assessments, two in Math and two in English Language Arts. One of the assessments is a computer-adapted assessment in which the next question to be answered is based on student’s previous answer. The other assessment is a performance assessment that measures in-depth application of the Common Core Standards.
Students will be taking the assessments over 2-3 weeks spending less than one hour on the computer per session, one session per day. Each assessment is estimated to take up to two hours to complete. When students log off, their responses are saved. They can then log-on at another time and resume from where they had left off. Students are allowed as many sessions as they need to complete the assessments, up until the end of this school year.
Encourage students to:
- Get plenty of rest
- Pace themselves
- Do their best, but do not stress.
This computer-based assessment process is still in its infancy. Much is still to be learned about the process. These early results will be our baseline. We want an accurate baseline so we are encouraging students to do their best, but not to stress.