Hawk Talk

March 2019

"Hawk Talk" Gets A New Look!

Dear Maple Hill Families,

I'm trying to keep up with our tech savvy kids and teachers, so I am trying out a new digital platform for our monthly Hawk Talk newsletters. I hope you enjoy the interface and graphics! Maple Hill is reaching and soaring to new heights and I hope this new medium will highlight our journey!

Proud to Lead,

Ms. Morris

P.B.I.S. Trait of the Month

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Take Turns and Share.

Play by the Rules.

Avoid Blaming Others.

Listen to the Ideas of Others.

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Hawk Walk Pep Rally-Theme "Disney Cars"

Thank you to our amazing parent volunteers for creating our 4th Annual Hawk Walk Pep Rally! Our students had a blast watching teachers and students battle it out in race car competitions, learning about the Hawk Walk prizes, eating crave worthy treats, testing their luck at unbelievable prize drawings, and meeting the Diamond Bar Firemen and Harvey and Heidi Hawks. BIG THANKS to parent volunteers, Tamica Avila and Natalie Johnson, for spear heading this event. See you all at the Hawk Walk on March 28th!

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March Events

March 11th

Upper Grade Principal Awards

March 12th

Honor Choir Practice 4:00-6:00 p.m. in M.P.R.

March 13th

Open House

5:00-5:55 p.m. Food Service

5:30-5:55 p.m. 4th and 5th Grade Choir Performs in Amphitheater

6:00-6:55 p.m. School is open to tour. Families and Friends are welcomed!

March 15th

  • Minimum Day for all grade levels. 11:30 a.m. dismissal
  • 5th graders visit Chaparral for 6th grade visit

March 18th-May 6th

Mad Science After School Classes 2:35 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

March 20th

Maple Hill Community Club Meeting- 8:00 a.m. in M.P.R.

**All parents are welcome to attend. We will be discussing the Hawk Walk and other big events at Maple Hill. Come and meet the principal and other families!

March 20th

Student Council 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

March 22nd

5th Grade GATE STEM class with Mrs. Ojeda

March 25th

5th Grade GATE Improv Class @ lunch

March 26th

3rd Grade Field Trip to Natural History Museum

March 27th

  • 5th Grade GATE Robotics with Mrs. Cahalan
  • Fire Drill

March 28th

Hawk Walk

March 29th

2nd Grade Field Trip to the Heritage Museum

Hawk Walk

March 28th

Attached is the Hawk Walk flyer. It has important times, dates, how to collect donations, and information pertaining to prizes and the event. Please come out to support our kids as they run!

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The California School Dashboard provides valuable information on multiple topics regarding school and student performance. The information, which includes test scores, graduation rates, and college and career readiness, is aimed at helping all students succeed.

Each school district is rated on six state indicators: Chronic Absenteeism, Suspension Rates, English Learner Progress, Graduation Rate, College/Career Readiness, ELA (English Language Arts) state test scores, and Math state test scores.

At the elementary level, there are four local indicators: ELA state test scores for 3rd-5th, Math state test scores for 3rd-5th, English Learner Progress on the ELPAC (state test for K-5 English Learners), and Suspension Rate. Schools are evaluated on their test scores, but also on how they improve or decline over time. For each indicator, an elementary school is assigned one of five performance levels. From highest to lowest, the categories are: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red.

Last year, Maple Hill was an ALL BLUE school. We earned a blue ranking in all four local indicators. This year, I am pleased to announce that we earned BLUE in ELA and Math! Our test scores were unbelievably high and we had so much growth! We did not receive a color for English Learner Progress, since this is year two of the ELPAC state test and there is no comparative data. Unfortunately, we earned yellow in Chronic Absenteeism. Chronic Absenteeism is defined as a student missing more than 10% of the school year. Our school year is comprised of 180 days, so any child that misses 18 days or more is considered chronically absent. Last year, we had 16 students who were chronically absent. It is so important to bring your child to school for so many crucial reasons that extend far beyond a state indicator.

Over 50% of the schools in California saw a decline/drop in their Chronic Absenteeism performance level. I am hopeful that the measures we have in place will encourage improved school attendance for our students. To learn more about our colors, the colors of other local schools, and how Walnut Valley performed, visit the website listed below.

Parent Workshop-Social & Emotional Learning

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of the parents that attended our Parent Workshop on February 27th! It was a wonderful night of partnership and community. Parents learned strategies on how to help their child develop self-awareness, become more keen on social-awareness, and build strong relationship skills. The power point that was created for this night of learning was emailed to all parents to enjoy.

Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Finals

4th Grader, Justin Tran, Shines Bright!

Fourth Grader, Justin Tran, from Mrs. Criddle's class, was a rock star at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Championship on March 9th! Justin was our school Scripps Spelling Bee Champion. He was one of 140 spellers (2nd-8th grade) competing in North Hollywood to earn a spot in the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C, which is televised on ESPN. It was a nail biting Spelling Bee and Justin dominated. After a long day of spelling complex words, Justin made it to the Top 5. Round after round, Justin shined and captured 4th place in a tie with a 5th grader. The 1st-3rd placements were earned by middle school students. Justin was the youngest competitor in the Top 5! We are so proud of him and all of his hard work.