The PCA Scoop
Weekly Family Update
Week of August 24th, 2020
In This Week's Edition
✦ Welcome Back to School Letter (8/19/2020)
✦ New Facebook Group Notice
✦ 2020-2021 Online Subscription Package and Updates
✦ OSP Webinars
✦ New Enrichment Guidelines
✦ Discovery Day Info (Formerly Community Connections)
CURRICULUM SHOWCASE WEEKS
Showcases hosted by the South Schools' Family Liaisons,
Curriculum webinars throughout each week for each subject.
✦ Recordings available below for All-In-One, Math,
Language Arts, History, Science and PCA Adopted
✦ Subscription Boxes - August 25 2pm
✦ Parent Student Handbook
✦ Enrichment Updates
✦ Virtual Orientation
✦ Student Services
✦ English Learners
✦ Lending Library Information
✦ High School Updates and Reminders
✦ High School Curriculum Roadshow
Welcome Back to School Letter - August 18, 2020
New Facebook Group Notice
2020-2021 Online Subscription Package
MobyMax Update: We have great news! Our team worked to find a way to add parents as additional teachers on MobyMax.
Beginning Tuesday, 8/25, parents can expect to start receiving an email notification from MobyMax indicating they’ve been registered as a teacher with their teacher login instructions.
The email notification will have the following subject line…
“Pacific Coast Academy OSP has registered you for MobyMax.”
“Cabrillo Point Academy OSP has registered you for MobyMax.”
“Mission Vista Academy OSP has registered you for MobyMax.”
IMPORTANT NOTE: Parents will only be able to access their own students on MobyMax and will not be able to see other students. However, teacher names are accessible. In order to maintain the privacy of our parent’s names, the teacher accounts for parents are set up with the first name listed as Parent and last name listed as their student’s District ID number. For example, Parent 12345. It is important that parents do not change the name associated with their parent account.
It's a new year and a new adventure! PCA is pleased to introduce our new Discovery Day program led by PCA teachers.
What is Discovery Day?
- FREE TK-8 interactive & hands-on workshops & events led by PCA teachers.
- All workshops are virtual, but we hope to have in-person events as soon as we can!
- Opportunity for students to make connections with a Discovery Day community of PCA teachers & peers in their general area.
- Discovery Day communities meet 2x/month.
What will students learn?
Discovery Day teachers will lead students to a new learning "destination" each month. Many of our workshops will provide opportunities for students to obtain a work sample for your HSTs.
Fall Semester Discovery Day Destinations
September - Journey through Space
October - No Bones about It! (Human Body study)
November - Zoopendous Day! (Animal studies)
December - Winter Wonder STEM
How does it work?
- Families are encouraged to register their students for a Discovery Day community based on their student's grade and nearest location. This will allow students to connect with the same teachers & peers in their area when it is safe to meet in-person! However, families may register with another community if that works better for their schedules.
- Students who attend the same Discovery Day community's workshops at least 3 times during Sept & Oct will be invited to a special virtual class party!
- Please review the Discovery Day Schedule (Sept - Oct) for a list of DD communities & their dates/times.
- Register your student for a Discovery Day community - RSVP HERE. Please complete one form per student.
Please complete this registration form at least 48 hrs prior to the start of the first workshop you wish to attend. If you do not register in a timely manner, you may not receive the Zoom link & information in time. As a result, you will need to wait for the next
CURRICULUM SHOWCASE WEEKS
Each week will feature a Curriculum Showcase hosted by the South Schools' Family Liaisons!
We will feature many popular curriculum choices among homeschooling families.
Throughout each subject themed week, we will also be hosting webinars with publishers from different curriculum choices. Check out all the details below.
Click on the flyers to be taken directly to the Zoom link for the upcoming showcases.
Language Arts Curriculum Webinars
ESSENTIALS IN WRITING - View this webinar HERE
SPELLING YOU SEE - View this webinar HERE
ALL ABOUT LEARNING - View this webinar HERE
ROYAL FIREWORKS PRESS / MICHAEL CLAY CURRICULUM - View this webinar HERE
IEW Cultivating Language Arts: Preschool through High School - View this webinar HERE
WRITE AT HOME - View this webinar HERE
LOGIC OF ENGLISH - View this webinar HERE
WELL TRAINED MIND - View this webinar HERE
Subscription Box Week - August 24-28
Subscription Box Webinars
We have put together this video, which outlines the process of marking enrichment items as received in the EOS. This video can also be found in the EOS!
As a reminder, no in person services can be paid for at this time (even if enrichment certificates were previously issued).
If virtual services are being requested, please be sure to write “virtual” or “online” within each order. This will help ensure that orders are processed as quickly as possible!
At this time (beginning of the school year), up to 12-month subscriptions may be approved. Beginning on December 1st, only up to 3-month subscriptions may be approved.
Need to check on Curriculum orders (i.e. McGraw Hill, Acellus, ALEKS Math, ChoicePlus Academy, Redbird, etc.)? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The South Schools' Family Liaisons hosted a Virtual Orientation for our new families! This is an excellent opportunity to familiarize yourself with the information needed to start the 2020/21 school year!
Your Family Liaisons shared an overview of the school's resources and also provided slides with live links.
You can view the Virtual Orientation HERE.
You can view the presentation slides HERE.
Questions? Reach out to your PCA Family Liaisons:
Karmen Heras - email@example.com (619) 207-7658
Rachel Rico - firstname.lastname@example.org (619) 227-2562
We have great resources for those students who need assistance with reading, writing, math, English language learners, and social emotional learning. Click here for videos, tutorials, ideas, and more for all parents and their students.
If you feel your student is in need of urgent intervention, please reach out to your HST at your earliest convenience.
From our EL Coordinator for 2020/21
My name is Maria Kirkbride and I will be the School Support Director overseeing the EL program for Pacific Coast Academy for the 20/21 school year. I have had the pleasure to work in charter schools for 20 years in a range of positions I look forward to getting to know you and supporting your child with English acquisition. It is such a gift to be multi-lingual! As we progress through the school year I will be reaching out to all of you about joining our English Learner Advisory Committee. I hope you will consider joining me in building a community of English Learner parents that will be a voice in how our school can best serve and support our students.
19/20 ELPAC Scores are available under testing on your Parent Portal! If your student was unable to complete the test due to COVID school closure, there may be an opportunity to complete the ELPAC this fall.
Initial ELPAC- If your child is slated to take the Initial ELPAC based on your Home Language Survey responses, your HST will be in contact about test administration. At this time, the Initial ELPAC will be administered virtually.
Reclassification- from English Learner (EL) to Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) -If your child has an overall score of 4 on the ELPAC and no more than one 2 in the four domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking he/she could be considered for Reclassification and exited out of the EL program. If your child qualifies, your HST will contact you with more details within the next 2 weeks.
ELD Instruction If your child is classified as EL, they are required to participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of ELD (English Language Development) instruction everyday. Brainpop EL is available for free to all of our EL students. Contact your HST for more information on how to enroll your child.
Curriculum Recommendations for our EL Students -
Reading Eggs & Eggspress PreK - 8th Grade
Wonders 2nd - 6th grade
Study Sync 6th - 12th grade
BrainPOP ELL - K-12th grade
ELD Instruction for High School Elective Credit- Your child can now receive high school elective credit for the following ELD support classes. See here for courses and class descriptions.
Do you have a copy of your student’s Individualized Graduation Plan (IGP)? If not, ask your HST for it! It’s a great resource for understanding your student’s path to graduation.
Our high school student should be enrolled in a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 credits each semester. Your student will need special approval to take more than 40 credits. Keep in mind that a student should take an average of 25 credits to graduate with the 200 credits needed.
Academic Integrity is the moral code or ethical policy of academia. This includes values such as avoidance of cheating or plagiarism; maintenance of academic standards; honesty and rigor in academic work. This is a great resource for reviewing what plagiarism is with your student.