August 21, 2019
Dear Loma and CT Families,
My Top 3 Moments of the Week...
- Watching our dedicated teachers put their finishing touches on their classrooms in anticipation of meeting their new students.
- Welcoming students back to school morning at drop-off. I love seeing all the newly-toothless smiles.
- Seeing last year’s Loma 5th graders suddenly transform into this year’s 6th grade C.T.’ers. What a difference a summer can make!
No Dogs on Campus
We love dogs! Unfortunately, they can create health and safety concerns for schools. As such, dog are never permitted on the Loma or CT campuses. This includes afterschool and on the weekends. Dogs ARE allowed across the street on the north campus. When you use the north campus, please pick up after your dog and place the bag in a refuse container. Thanks for your cooperation!
C.T. Star Cards
We are piloting a new incentive program for positive behavior at C.T. this year. Students who are caught acting kindly, respectfully, and responsibly will earn a raffle ticket. We hope to reinforce positive behavior in a fun way. We will pull a name or two each Monday and winners will get a prize. Please let me know if you have anything you would like to contribute to our raffle prize stash. The kids have suggested gift cards, fidget toys, art supplies, etc. ($10-$15 price range). Thanks!
Back to School Night at Loma- 8/28
This year teacher presentations will be staggered by grade level with important information relevant to all parents presented in between. We will start promptly at 6:30 pm in the amphitheater behind the forum. Please come on time so you don’t miss your child/rens’ classroom presentation. This is a parents-only event. Come on time and come early for parking!
Back to School Night at CT (9/4)
Please pick up your child’s class schedule as you enter the CT courtyard promptly at 6:30. Parents will rotate through each of their children’s classes hearing short presentations from each teacher. This is a parent-only event. Come on time and come early for parking!
At the end of last school year, students in grades three through eight and high school participated in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress.
Last year, your child took the following test(s), depending on their grade level:
- Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven
- California Science Test (CAST) in grades five and eight and once in high school
- California Spanish Assessment (CSA) in grades three through eight and high school
Student Score Reports can now be accessed electronically through the parent portal on our student information system: https://loma.powerschool.com/public/
Once you have logged on to the parent portal, click on “score reports” located in the left hand navigation menu.
This report shows scores for ELA and mathematics. It includes an overall score for each subject and information about how well your child did in different areas. Students in grades four through eight who took the test in previous years will also see past scores so you can see your child’s progress over time.
To learn more about your child’s scores, go to the new parent web page called Starting Smarter, available at https://ca.startingsmarter.org/.
This site includes:
- resources to help understand results on the student score reports
- access to sample test questions and practice tests
- no-cost resources to support learning
- a guide for parent-teacher conferences
In our district, the test results are just one way to look at how well our students are doing. We use the results to find areas where students are doing well and areas in which they need help. It is also important to know that the test results are not used to determine whether a student moves to the next grade.
Note: If your child took the CAST or the CSA, the results will be provided to you in the late fall.
If you have questions or concerns, please call the school office to arrange a conference with your child’s teacher.
Karren Zook, Principal
Loma Prieta Joint Union School District
23800 Summit Road
Los Gatos, CA 95033
08/353-1106 – p
408/353-3274 - f
The C.T. English athletics program is in need of coaches for the coming year. We are in need of a boy’s volleyball coach immediately and boys and girls basketball coaches later in the fall. If you are interested in coaching please contact our athletic
director at email@example.com.”
Choice Lunch Update
Thanks to all of the volunteers who have signed up, we are happy to announce that we will be able to start serving Choice Lunch on Tuesday, Aug 3rd. (More volunteers are always welcome to help out when our regular volunteers can’t make it. If you are interested in being on our sub list, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E044FA5AC2EA0F94-choice or email Kerilyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
To order lunch for your child, please visit the Choice Lunch website https://www.choicelunch.com and register under Loma Prieta School District)
GoodWill Donation Drive & E-Waste
The CTEHSC will be hosting a GoodWill drive this weekend.
We need parent and students to volunteer to help make this event a success (at this point we have no volunteers so may have to cancel.). If you can spare a couple of hours on Saturday or Sunday, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E044FA5AC2EA0F94-goodwill. This a great chance for your student to get started on his/her required volunteer hours and help the HSC while also helping the community.
If you have any questions, email email@example.com.
Attached is a list of what is accepted, please drop by with your E-waste and used donation items.
Wild Times @ CT English MS
Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm
9/2/19 NO SCHOOL-Labor Day
9/4/19 CT Back to School Night-6:30 CT Courtyard
9/6/19 CT Beach Day
9/10/19 8th Grade Washington DC Info Night 7pm CT Rm 12