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Monday, December 14, 2020

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Information and Updates

Elementary Science Fair

Would your budding scientist or engineer like to participate in Cabrillo Point Academy's 2021 Elementary Science Fair? We invite students in grades K-5th to participate in this fun and educational opportunity! Please complete the interest form below to receive more details.
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Kicking Off a Month of Science in January

We are excited to have a month of science learning at Cabrillo Point Academy in January! Beginning next month we will promote a science experiment every week for our students as outlined in the flyer below. We encourage our students in K - 5th and 6th - 12th to sign up for our CPA Science & Engineering Fairs! Both will take place on February 12th. Qualifying students in 6th - 12th will be able to go on to compete in the Orange County Science & Engineering Fair!
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Graduation and Promotion

Dear 5th, 8th, and 12th Grade Families,

At the end of the school year, Cabrillo Point Academy will host a virtual Promotion & Graduation Ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of our 5th and 8th-grade students who are promoting to the next grade and our high school graduates!

The ceremony is planned for the third week of May and will be a virtual ceremony.

Please click here to indicate if your student will participate in the Promotion & Graduation Ceremony. We would love it if you complete the survey whether you plan to attend or not, as there is an option to select "Will Not Attend." This will help us to plan for the number of students who would like to participate.

Thank you! This is going to be an amazing celebration!


The Enrichment Ordering System will be down over the Winter Break and will be accessible once again on January 4th. Our staff, who work hard all year to serve our school, are also on break during this time, and we hope they enjoy their break, as well! We are grateful for your partnership with our school and we look forward to serving you next year.

Please be advised that at times, Enrichment may need to access students’ school email accounts for ordering purposes. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to reach out to our enrichment team at

Community Connections

This is our last week of clubs for the Fall, but never fear….we have a new CLUB HUB with all our Spring virtual clubs all ready for you to check out! We are thrilled with the clubs being offered. Please be on the lookout for an email from your HST with the link and additional information. You can also find the link and information in the Family Resource website.

→ Please be aware that there are new Zoom links for the Fall clubs. The old ones in the Club Hub have been replaced with the new ones. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please use the hashtag #cpavirtualclubs to tag your photos on social media because we all LOVE seeing what your kids are doing in the clubs!

If you have any questions, please contact your HST or Gina Garland:

High School

Spring Courses are Here! Please see the Course Catalog for CPA and Edgenuity!

Scholarship Opportunities: Here is a list of popular scholarship search engines or other pre-vetted scholarships.

UC Admissions: Students who wish to attend a UC must fulfill A-G requirements in order to be eligible for admission. For more information on A-G requirements visit the University of California Admissions page. Each UC campus provides a variety of virtual events where you can ask questions and engage with each school’s admissions department. You can find more information on virtual events at each campus via the following links:

For those students interested in attending a UC, be sure to fulfill your A-G requirements. If you’re not sure if you’ll meet the requirements, you can touch base with your academic counselor to design an educational path that will prepare you for UC eligibility.

High School Counselor Support

Concurrent Enrollment Information Session

In case you missed it, here are the slides and recorded presentation from the Concurrent Enrollment Information Session on Dec 2:

CTE Spotlight:

Did you know that Community Colleges offer courses and programs that prepare learners for employment in specific industries? Demand for workers is high and the pay is competitive!

Here are some programs offered by Santa Ana College:

Student Services

From Your Intervention Team: Grade Level Tips on Fun Ways to Fill the Learning Gaps This Week Seventh Grade


What 7th grader isn't a gamer? So play a game to learn to and practice adding/subtracting integers.

7.NS.1: I can add and subtract rational numbers. I can show addition and subtraction on horizontal and vertical number line diagrams.

7.NS.1c: I can subtract rational numbers. I can show that the distance between two rational numbers on a number line is the absolute value of their difference. I can apply what I've learned to real-world situations.

7.NS.1d: I can add and subtract rational numbers by applying the properties I have learned

Use Khan academy to help learn about scale drawings of shapes. Then get out a pencil and paper or a whiteboard or your favorite drawing tools, and be creative!

7.G.1: I can use scale drawings of geometric shapes to solve problems. I can figure out actual lengths using scale drawings. I can create a scale drawing of a different size than one I am given.

7.G.2: I can draw geometric shapes when given information about the shape. I can draw triangles when I am given information about their angles or sides. I can realize when the shape drawn will be a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle.

Did you know that you can help your 7th grader learn about probability and statistics through hands-on, real-life activities? Click here to see how!

7.SP.1: I can discuss the purpose of using statistics. I can understand how generalizations can be made using random and representative samples.

7.SP.2: I can make inferences about data using random samples. I can use samples to estimate or make predictions.

7.SP.6: I can approximate the probability of a chance event happening and make predictions about chance events.

7.SP.7: I can make and use probability models. I can compare models to actual probabilities and explain any major differences.

7.SP.7a: I can create and use a uniform probability model to figure out the probability of events.

Language Arts:

Integrate alliteration, writing, and creativity with the help of this freebie video that shows you how!

RL.7.4: I can tell you the meaning of words and phrases that I have read. I can explain figurative and connotative meanings. I can evaluate how rhymes and alliteration affect pieces of literature.

W.7.3d: I can show action and events in my story using descriptive language, exact words/phrases, and sensory language.

A great way to develop speech/public speaking skills is to ask your HST if you can give an oral report at your next LP meeting. Maybe it’ll be on your favorite book, animal, or food. That part’s up to you!

SL.7.4: I can deliver an oral report to present my claims and findings. I can clearly focus, organize, and support my ideas with facts and details. I can speak at a good pace, at a reasonable volume, and I can use appropriate eye contact.

SL.7.4a: I can deliver an oral argument that supports a claim, organizes evidence clearly and logically, states counterarguments, uses transitions, and contains a conclusion.

SL.7.5: I can use multimedia components and visuals to make the claims and main points in my presentation clear

Here is a week of free lessons on Greek and Latin root words. A fun idea might be to introduce this concept while reading/watching the Percy Jackson books, or while learning about Greek mythology in social studies.

L.7.4b: I can use Greek or Latin root words and affixes as clues to determine what a word means

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Social Emotional Support

Our Topic for December is Mindfulness:

Your body is your MIND?

Mindset Monday Webinar Dates/Times:

Monday, December 14th

10:00am - TK-5th grade

1:00pm - 6th-12th grade


Check out our Growth Mindset SEL Website

Academic Contests - Last Week for Sign Ups

National History Day Contest

This is the last week to sign up for the National History Day Contest! The deadline is December 17th. Please sign up if your student is interested.

Each year National History Day (NHD) frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for its broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The 2020-2021 theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. The theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding and an opportunity to develop perspective and understanding rather than merely being able to cite facts and figures. Through participation in this program, students in grades 4-12 become amateur historians on their journey to discover the significance of their chosen historical topic.

Cabrillo Point Academy Spelling Bee

This is the final week to sign your student up for our Cabrillo Point Academy Spelling Bee for students in grades 6th - 8th. The deadline is December 15th. The qualifying student will have the opportunity to advance to the County Spelling Bee. The winner at the county level will have the opportunity to advance to the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

If your middle school student is interested in participating, click on the flyer to complete the survey. Once you have signed up and registered, a list of study words will be sent to you via email.

Cabrillo Point Academy Science Fair

This is the final week for your student to sign up and participate in our Cabrillo Point Academy Science Fair! Qualifying students will have opportunity to advance to the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair! We would like to offer this opportunity to our students in grades 6th - 12th.

Click on the flyer to sign up! The deadline is December 17th!

Virtual Field Trips

We are bringing field trips to you... virtually! Click on the flyers to sign up!

Other Fun Virtual Field Trips

California Science Center

Inspire your students and spark their curiosity with Virtual Field Trips, a new California Science Center program for grades K-5. Enjoy access to the California Science Center’s unique exhibits and hands-on science activities, and interact with our skilled team of diverse and passionate educators from the comfort of your classroom or learning environment. Explore NGSS-aligned, grade-level specific content in Life, Physical, and Earth and Space sciences. Each topic will consist of three fun and unique experiences per grade-level, designed for remote learning:

  • FREE minds-on video episode (15-20 minutes in length)
  • FREE hands-on activity guide (for synchronous or asynchronous use)
  • LIVE bookable interactive virtual program with a California Science Center educator (advance reservation required)

Build your own virtual field trip by selecting any or all of the three items listed above, which can be taught in any order or independently. Join the fun here.

Los Penasquitos Canyon

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and Adobe has created a great 3 part virtual field trip perfect for younger students, K - 2nd grade!

Learn about why pollinators and plants need each other, how flower parts help with pollination, and how pollinators help people and a virtual hike.

Click on the pictures below for each trip!

Unique Educational Opportunity

We're kicking off Science Month at Cabrillo Point Academy a little early! Join two Nobel Prize winners Wednesday, December 16th at 9:00 am as they discuss the science behind their discoveries, their current research, how they achieved world-class research results and the significance of their Nobel Prizes for women and youth who have a passion for science. You will need to RSVP and can submit questions for the participants. RSVP here.

Background: On October 6, 2020, UCLA Professor Andrea Ghez won a Nobel Prize in Physics for her discovery of a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. The next day, UC Berkeley Professor Jennifer Doudna won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of CRISPR-Cas9, a powerful genome editing breakthrough that allows scientists to rewrite DNA in any organism, including human cells. Hosted by UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily A. Carter, a distinguished scientist and member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Homeschooling Advice

How We’re Planning For the New Year

This is the time of year when I like to reflect on the last year, notice what’s working (and what isn’t) right now, and start dreaming about the next year.

But this year, that kind of planning feels a little bit… fraught?

At this time last year, I had just launched a new book into the world, my husband went to work in an office every day, and our oldest kid was away at college. (The younger five were all still at home, of course!)

As I was planning for the new year, I was thinking about next steps and big dreams and family goals.

My ideas for 2020 and the reality of 2020… did not line up neatly, let us say.

Obviously, so many things have been hard. And also some things have been good, like getting to have bonus time with our college kid (who is now doing college from home via zoom!).

But none of it is what we expected.

The truth is, we never really know what’s going to happen next in the world. That’s always been true. We’re not in control of the universe and we never were. And since 2020 has reminded us of this over and over again, it’s been a little tricky to figure out how to think about the future.

We all understand that our plans and priorities can change in an instant. But we still get to decide how to handle the stuff that is ours to be in charge of right now, today.

These are the questions I’m asking as I think about the year ahead.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Homeschooling Resources

Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI)

Is your child in the 5th grade or higher?

Did your child score in the red on the STAR360?

Would your child benefit from small group instruction?

If you answered yes to those questions, your child may be eligible for Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI) in math or reading.

ODI is a live, on-line, small group program offered by our Student Services department. In reading, we will focus on comprehension and vocabulary development strategies and skills. In math, classes include multiplication up through multi-step problems. The commitment is for 4 weeks, 2 times per week for 45 minutes per class. Classes are conducted on Mondays - Thursdays. ODI is free for enrolled, eligible students.

Reach out to your HST today!

2020-2021 Online Subscription Package

Have an OSP related question or problem?

Please join our weekly office hours for live support - every Wednesday from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Or, you can email OSP Help!

Please be sure to provide the student’s name and/or district ID and a detailed explanation of the problem so that we may better assist you.

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Student/Teacher IDs

Student/Teacher ID cards are now $20 per ID because bulk ordering prices can no longer be fulfilled. Fill out THIS survey to pay and upload a headshot. You may direct all your questions to the photographer, Michelle McCoy:

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These previously recorded webinars are available to view. Join us as we present a showcase of popular (school approved and secular) curriculum to our community. Families also have the opportunity to learn more about some popular curriculum options directly from the vendors!

School Calendar

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Educational Tools

I Can Statements

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Community and Connection

Facebook Page

We would love to see more families in our Facebook group! Follow this link to join the conversations, stay up-to-date with our virtual events, and to get more virtual resources.

Please note: There are three questions that need to be answered in order to join. The group is for currently enrolled families only.

Instagram Page

If you are on instagram, we'd love to hear from you! Join our page, learn about our upcoming events and field trips, and tag us in your homeschooling photos!

Cabrillo Point Academy Family Liaison

Shaemanique King - OC Family Liaison

I am a mom of four children, ranging in ages from 2 to 9 years old, and have homeschooled for the past five years. I consider my homeschooling style to be “eclectic” as I draw from many sources and philosophies. I enjoy planning and hosting activities and events and look forward to interacting with and supporting homeschooling families!

Yvonne Kahlen - OC Family Liaison

I have been a homeschooling mom for sixteen years. I have three children ranging in age from 16 to 21. I homeschooled my two oldest from Kindergarten through 12th grade. My youngest is currently a junior in high school and taking college courses concurrently. I am passionate about homeschooling and love that you can tailor your curriculum to your child’s learning style. I am excited to work with other homeschooling parents and look forward to meeting you at an event soon! Happy schooling!


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