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April 20, 2018

 

Dear Parents / Guardians:

 

This month’s newsletter contains specific information regarding our upcoming annual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing in both Mathematics and English Language Arts.  This assessment measures how students have both attained and demonstrated showth in mastery of California Common Core standards. Please read all parts carefully so that you can support your student in preparation for these exams.

 

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Testing Schedule

Our annual CAASPP testing will take place during the weeks of May 14th and May 21st.  Instructional blocks will be shortened in order to accommodate a morning test preparation period and two testing blocks.  Please see our testing calendar below for these two weeks. NOTE:  Our regular intervention and tutoring program will NOT be running during this time.

 

Week One

Time

Monday

(5/14)

Tuesday

(5/15)

Wednesday (5/16)

Relaxation Dress

Thursday (5/17)

Friday (5/18)

Free Dress

7:45: - 8:05

(20 min)

Students review test strategies

Students get motivational message

Normal Wednesday Schedule

Students review test strategies

Students get motivational message

8:05 – 8:25

(20 min)

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

8:30 – 10:05

(95 min)

English Test, part I

English Test, part I

English Test, part II

English Test, part II

10:05 – 10:25

(20 min)

Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition

10:30 – 12:05

(95 min)

English Test, part I

English Test, part I

English Test, part II

English Test, part II

12:05 – 12:50

Extended Lunch

Extended Lunch

Extended Lunch

Extended Lunch

12:55 – 2:04

(69 min)

Period 1

Period 3

Period 5

Early Release at 12:50 from lunch

2:09 – 3:18

(69 min)

Period 2

Period 4

Period 6




Week Two

 

Time

Monday

(5/21)

Tuesday

(5/22)

Wednesday (5/23)

Relaxation Dress

Thursday (5/24)

Friday (5/25)

Free Dress

7:45: - 8:05

(20 min)

Students review test strategies

Students get motivational message

Normal Wednesday Schedule

Students review test strategies

Students get motivational message

8:05 – 8:25

(20 min)

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

8:30 – 10:05

(95 min)

Math Test, part I

Math Test, part I

Math Test, part II

Math Test, part II

10:05 – 10:25

(20 min)

Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition

10:30 – 12:05

(95 min)

Math Test, part I

Math Test, part I

Math Test, part II

Math Test, part II

12:05 – 12:50

Extended Lunch

Extended Lunch

Extended Lunch

Extended Lunch

12:55 – 2:04 (69 min)

Period 1

Period 3

Period 5

Early Release at 12:50 from lunch

2:09 – 3:18

(69 min)

Period 2

Period 4

Period 6



Student Preparation and Incentives

In addition to standards-based preparation in all ELA and Math classes, students will receive the following preparation and incentives:

  • Test-taking strategies
    • Paraphrase the prompt
    • Mark questions for review
    • Annotation tools in the platform and their use.
    • Identifying multiple relationships in text and math.
  • Morning test prep
    • Students will have their Attendance Sheets Stamped
    • Students will engage in a motivational activity (ie. video, warm up, etc)
  • Free-dress - Students will be able to participate in specific free-dress days during testing.  Wednesdays will be “RELAXATION WEDNESDAYS” and Fridays will be “FREE-DRESS FRIDAY”. Free dress expectations are attached for your reference.  The remainder of the days, students will be expected to attend school in uniform.
  • Meals - We want to set the tone for a successful testing environment. The first day of testing will be Pizza Day.  Various snacks will also be provided throughout the testing blocks. Students will also benefit from three meal times (snack, nutrition, and lunch).
  • Students with perfect attendance and 0 tardies during testing will receive a Popsicle (“Let’s Chill) Party and a Pizza Party after school on the Friday of testing with All Stars.

 

After School Programming

After School AllStars programming will continue to be provided for students from 3:18 - 6:00 p.m. during testing.  On Fridays, ASAS will offer the following after early dismissal:

 

Friday, May 18

12:50 - 6:00

Friday, May 25

12:50 - 6:00

Movie

Obstacles & Activities

 

Parent Support

Our Parent Engagement Specialist, Ms. Edmond, is looking for parents to write motivational letters to their students. If you would like to write a note to your student, please contact Ms. Edmond by calling our front office at (213) 748-0141 and asking for the parent center. You can also send an email to ledmond@laalliance.org.

 

How parents can support/help:

  • Ensure students get a good night’s rest.
  • Provide students with a healthy breakfast during testing.
  • Encourage students to study and review key ideas before the test.
  • Encourage students to do their best each day of testing.
  • Ensure students are at school every day and on time!

 

Included in this mailer is information regarding “Healthy Habits” for your students during testing.  In addition to that, we encourage parents to remember the following:

  1. All students should arrive to school early during testing week. Please make every effort to be sure that your child is not late to school!  Students should arrive no later than 7:30 a.m.
  2. It is very important that students are present at school every day during testing! Unless your child is sick, please make sure that they are at school!
  3. Per state and testing guidelines, all technology devices will be monitored carefully.  Cell phones, iPods, SMART devices, and SMART watches MUST be turned off, placed in backpacks, and placed in the corner of the classroom.   It is recommended that students leave technology at home.
  4. Tell your child that you are proud of them, and that you know they will do a great job!





Sincerely,





Meghan Van Pelt, Principal








Free-Dress Guidelines

On occasion, students may be given the privilege to attend campus or school-sponsored events out-of-uniform.  Even though these occasions are called “free-dress,” there are still strict dress code guidelines students must follow.

 

Only on an occasion of “free-dress”:

  1. Students are permitted to wear casual pants, including clean and un-torn or un-frayed jeans.
  2. Students are permitted to wear T-shirts, sweatshirts or other casual shirts/blouses provided they are modest and do not make references to drugs, alcohol, violence, profane language, sexual content, or other offensive activities/content, etc. Shirts with “double meanings” are not permitted.
  3. Bare midriffs and clothing that is sexually suggestive and/or fails to conceal, the back, abdomen or cleavage will not be allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, halter tops, short shorts/skirts (more than two inches above the knee), bathing suits, tank tops, low-cut tops/dresses or muscle shirts.
  4. Gang attire of any kind will not be allowed. This includes gang related clothing, solid colors of red or blue clothing or accessories, including but not limited to bandannas or other symbols, emblems, or insignia. Gang related web belts with or without punched out metal buckles are prohibited. Dangerous clothing accessories are prohibited (i.e., spiked jewelry, studded collars, studded belts).
  5. Sandals (or other open-toed shoes) are not permitted.
  6. Hats or caps are not permitted.
  7. Any student who has any doubt concerning a particular clothing item should not wear it.

 

Directivas sobre vestimenta libre

A veces, los estudiantes podrían tener el privilegio de asistir al campus o a eventos patrocinados por la escuela sin el uniforme. Aunque a estos eventos se los conoce como de “vestimenta libre”, siguen existiendo directivas de vestimenta estrictas que los estudiantes deben seguir.

 

Solo en ocasiones de “vestimenta libre”:

  1. Se les permite a los estudiantes utilizar pantalones casuales, incluyendo jeans limpios, sin rasgaduras ni deshilachados.
  2. Se les permite a los estudiantes utilizar remeras con mangas cortas, sudaderas u otras camisas/blusas casuales, siempre y cuando sean modestas y no hagan referencia a las drogas, la violencia u otras actividades ofensivas, tengan lenguaje soez, contenido sexual, etc. Las camisetas con “doble significado” no están permitidas.
  3. Los pantalones desnudos y la vestimenta que sea sugestiva sexualmente y/o no cubra la espalda, el abdomen o el escote no está permitida. Esto incluye, sin limitación, las camisetas sin mangas, los pantalones cortos y las polleras (dos pulgadas por encima de la rodilla), los trajes de baño, las camisetas con tirantes, los tops con corte bajo/los vestidos o las musculosas.
  4. No se permite la vestimenta de bandas en ningún momento. Esto incluye vestimenta relacionada con alguna banda, colores sólidos de rojo o azul en ropas o accesorios, incluyendo sin limitación a las bandanas u otros símbolos, emblemas o insignias. Se prohíben las correas de banda con o sin accesorios de metal. Los accesorios peligrosos están prohibidos (por ejemplo, la joyería con punta, o los collares o cintos con tachas).
  5. Las sandalias (u otro calzado que deje al descubierto los dedos) no están permitidas.
  6. No se permiten los sombreros ni las gorras.
  7. Si cualquier estudiante duda sobre si usar alguna vestimenta o no, no debería usarla.