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Charter News 4/17/15

posted Apr 30, 2015, 9:50 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Apr 30, 2015, 9:53 PM ]

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

- Pablo Picasso

Dear Families,

The state has been increasing the funding of public school through the Local Control Funding Formula. This new funding began last year when the Charter received $16,000.00. The funds were used for math tutors, our new counseling support, added resource books and enrichment classes in the performing arts.  Next year we expect our LCAP funding amount will increase slightly.

I will be hosting a meeting to explain the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) for the Charter School and to get your input regarding what supplemental services you believe would help support the achievement of our students next year.

LCAP Parent Meeting

Who: All Charter parents invited

When: Thursday April 23,  3:00-4:00 pm *

Where: Charter Annex (Ludlow)

RSVP's appreciated to prepare.  (Please email to me directly, not reply all.)

This is your opportunity to share input before the LCAP report is created.

Please join us for this important conversation.

* Childcare will be provided

New State Online Testing is underway.

As you are aware, students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 are beginning the new statewide online testing this month.  The teachers have been preparing your students in their classrooms, both in content as well as in preparation with their use on the Chromebooks they will be using for the tests.  Many of you may have been practicing at home through the Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page, as well.

Students in grade 5, 8 and 10 will also be assessed in science using the paper/pencil format as in previous years.

Our teachers are wonderful at creating a calm and supportive classroom environment for your students during testing.  Rest assured that we will do all that we can to help make sure that your students can do their best, and feel good with their efforts.

Each of the Charter programs will be testing their students within the next several weeks.

  • Students in Grades 7 & 8 in the Nature Academy began their testing, April 13-16.  Tests in science will be following soon.

  • The majority of our programs will begin testing the week of April 27-30, each day beginning with students arriving early enough for tests beginning at 9:30 or 10 am.

  • CRMS will test the week of May 4-7

  • Math for the Nature Academy students will be completed the week of May 11-14

  • 11 graders at CRHS will test the week of May 18-22, wit hthe Science test for 10th graders being

NOTE: A more comprehensive time schedule will follow once we further review how long the testing took for the Nature Academy students.  We do not want to have your students test for too long any one day, and still need to work within the time frames that the State suggests.

Remember that these State Assessments are only one of many ways that we see how your student is showing academic progress.

We will have healthy snacks and plenty of breaks during the testing schedule to help your students well being, and appreciate your help by making sure that your child comes to class well rested and ready.

Here are ‘other things to consider’ suggestions from a few of our teachers:

  • Taking tests, filling out forms online, and other assessments are part of life in the 21st Century.

  • College entrance, job applications, etc. are all done online now. Anticipatory anxiety (worrying about something – that may or may not be stressful- in advance) can really diminish one’s  ability to think clearly and do well.  To assure that your child doesn’t experience unnecessary stress, consider the following:

    • Speak about the test as if it is an ordinary part of the learning experience.

    • Avoid speaking about your own negative (or positive) experiences with test-taking

    • Assure your children that the test is just “a little snapshot” of what they’ve been learning… it does not DEFINE them.  It will not affect their grade level status, etc.

    • Encourage kids to do what they can during the test and to expect that many items may be too hard. – It’s OK!!

    • Make sure on the days LEADING UP to the test that your children avoid sleep-overs, exhausting trips, or marathon times in front of the screen (TV, movies, video games, etc)

    • Of course get kids up a little earlier and ready for school – WITH TIME TO SPARE.

    • Getting to school a little BEFORE the scheduled time will help students adjust to the day, visit with friends a bit, and settle in for the session.

    • Pick up kids on time – congratulate them on doing their best efforts and sticking with it  – even if it was HARD. Discuss a LITTLE about the test and then– let it go.

    • Overemphasizing the test may trigger more anxiety.

Hope these ideas help a little as you support your children during this yearly event!

Parent Information Night for Bring Your Own Device 1:1 Initiative

There will have a parent information night on Wednesday, April 29 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Middle School Library.

All parents are welcome. There will be information on the BYOD Initiative 20015-2016, as well as, a question and answer session. Please join us to assist you and your students in purchasing the best laptop for your students school needs.

SLVUSD BYOD 1:1 Webpage

What’s Going on in Our Charter School?  ..little snippets of some of our programs.

BC Homeschool:. The older students are learning about Animoto and have recently finished a group slide presentation using Google on the planets.

FC Homeschool: Students have a field trip to the UCSC life lab this week and another planned to the Pacific Crest Apiaries in Watsonville.  They recently made salve, lip balm, bath salts to augment their studies.

SLV Homeschool: Block 4 classes have begun that include photojournalism/yearbook, pinhole photography, and chess among many others.

Nature Academy: 6th grade class recently came back from the Rosicrucian museum as part of their Egyptian studies and are creating their own cartouche. 7th and 8th grade class were the first to begin testing and are beginning their studies on the Renaissance.

Next Friday, April 24 Next week the 7th grade students in Nature Academy will visit CSU Monterey Bay. They will engage in activities and conversations with college students to learn about college and help our students in thinking about their future. We look forward to an exciting day at CSUMB.

CRMS: The students are busy with their studies in Neuroscience & Plant Medicines, and are beginning their second semester project presentations.

CRHS: Congratulations to Mariela Reyes who was honored at the last School Board meeting, as one of three students from Brett Sanderson’s Graphic Design Class for their design contribution for the SLV Performing Arts Center Benefit Concert.  As Mr. Sanderson states, She is a creative force!

DATES TO REMEMBER:   (Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your program’s Field Trips and class events.)

  • April 10-May 15: Testing window.  The Charter Programs will not be testing during the same time.  We will be sending you specific dates for the program that your child participate in shortly.

  • April 24 CSU Monterey Bay Field Trip: 7th graders & All Charter Skate Day - SC Roller Palladium  1-3pm

  • April 29: BYOD parent information night 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Middle School Library.

  • May 14: Nature Academy Open House 6:00-7:30

  • May 25th:  No School-- Memorial Day