ESD Superintendent Update
Some thoughts for the starting school year
As we head into the final weeks of the first trimester, we are excited about our progress toward building student achievement. The September parent conference week provided our families with a timely opportunity to review student baseline data on i-Ready diagnostic assessments and collaborate with their child's teacher to plan the next steps for instruction. As we visit school sites, I have seen our teachers implementing methods and approaches presented in our professional development training that can work to accelerate student learning in math and reading/literacy.
We want to thank our students, staff, and families for their participation in the Districtwide Disaster Drill. This annual drill provides students, staff, and district leadership with an important opportunity to practice disaster response and promote our overall preparedness.
Upcoming events to include on your calendar:
Saturday, November 5, is the annual E3 Foundation Fun Run at Central Park in Rancho Cucamonga. Please join us for an early morning walk or run in the park to support our schools.
Sunday, November 6, is the end of daylight saving time and clocks turn back one hour.
Friday, November 11, is Veterans Day holiday and schools and child care is closed.
When families and schools work together, students are more successful. As we transition into the second trimester of the school year, I look forward to even greater levels of student success.
2022 CAASPP Scores
Recently released California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) scores show a slight decline in performance from 2019 to 2022. Scores indicate that math achievement was affected more than language arts in the last two years.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of students scored Standards Met/Exceeded in Language Arts, a decrease of 2 percentage points from the previous administration of the assessment.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of students scored Standards Met/Exceeded in Math, a decrease of 5 percentage points from the previous administration of the assessment.
National Blue Ribbon Schools
Congratulations to the Etiwanda School District's newest National Blue Ribbon schools. Each year, the Department of Education nominates up to 420 schools in the nation for exemplary performance as measured by state assessments or performance in closing the achievement gap between the school's student groups. Grapeland and Golden Elementary join C. P. Lightfoot Elementary (2021) and Day Creek Intermediate (2019) in earning this prestigious award.
Dedication of Measure I School Office and Library Renovations at East Heritage Elementary
Students, families, and staff gathered for the East Heritage Elementary ribbon cutting ceremony on September 13 to celebrate the completion of the Measure I renovations to the library and school office. Measure I Citizen Oversight Committee (COC) members joined Board members in celebrating the completion of another important school facility improvement project. Student ambassadors escorted guests on a tour of the new office and library facilities.
Star Wars Reads Day
Thank you to our students, staff and families who participated in the October 1 Star Wars Reads Day at Barnes & Noble. Students dressed in their favorite Star Wars costume and enjoyed building Legos, competing in the Star Wars Amazing Race, and visiting reading and puzzle stations. This annual one-day event, organized by our district librarians and school library clerks, raised nearly $1,500 for our school libraries.