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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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Information and Updates

A Month of Science in January

January is Cabrillo Point Academy's science month! This month we will promote a science experiment every week and will be sharing some resources and opportunities to engage your student!
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This Week's Science Experiment: Car and Ramp

Toy cars aren't just fun to play with. They're perfect vehicles for a wide variety of science experiments. Take a toy car and build a simple ramp.

How can your student make the toy car go further? How will changing the height of the ramp affect the distance the car travels? Grab some household materials and let's find out!

Click on the button below to conduct the experiment! You can read through the entire process to help students become familiar with the scientific method or just scroll down to Rationale and Preparation. Follow the directions and have fun!

Please be sure to take pictures and share them with us on our Facebook and Instagram pages! We LOVE to see our students learning and having fun!

An Hour of Code: Free Coding Lessons for All Ages!

Is you budding scientist interested in coding? Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages. Sort by grade level and find exciting coding opportunities. Does your student want more? Click on "Go beyond an hour" at the top of the page and find additional coding classes!

Join the coding fun here.

Bill Nye the Science Guy at Home Experiments!

Can't get enough of the at home science experiments? Do you want to engage your student even more? Join Bill Nye the Science Guy for some fun at home experiments!

Find the experiments here.

Kicking Off a Month of History in February!

Cabrillo Point Academy is excited to highlight a month of history learning in February. Details coming soon!
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The Great Kindness Challenge

Get ready for the Great Kindness Challenge next week from January 25 - 29, 2021!

The need for kindness and unity is greater than ever. The Great Kindness Challenge, starting next week, provides a very timely opportunity for all of us to come together in kindness and compassion. We are so grateful to YOU for recognizing the importance of kindness as a unifying force.

Your HST will be providing further details this week!

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Coffee and Conversation With Your Family Liaisons!

We hope you will join us for an evening of coffee and conversation on Wednesday, January 27th at 7pm. RSVP is not required.
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Scholarship Opportunity for Middle Schoolers

Your students still have a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship toward higher education!

To qualify to win:

1) Students must complete at least three digital lessons in the FutureSmart course.

2) Students then submit a short essay on the impact that FutureSmart has made on their lives by January 29th.

Get details here.

Community Connections

Have you tried our FREE Virtual Clubs yet? If not, try something new and join in the fun! There is no commitment, just a great time of learning while building community. This week we have Reading Clubs, a Puppy Club, a Nature Club, Art Clubs for older and younger students, a Drama Club, a Writing Club, a Heroes in History Club, a Math Game Club, and a High School Hangout Club. There is something for everyone!

If you have not received an email from your HST with the Club Hub information and link, please reach out to them and request it. You can also find the link in the Family Resource website.

Here is a quick video, which you can also view in the Club Hub:

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

High School

Spring Courses: At this time, your student should have access to all spring courses and should be working in them every day. If you have any concerns about curriculum or course access, reach out to your HST right away.

Edgenuity: In an effort to accommodate multiple school schedules, the South Schools Spring Break is scheduled in the Edgenuity pacing guide calendar for the following dates: March 29-April 5. Your actual Spring Break is: April 19-April 23. Please plan to work each day March 29-April 5. This will ensure that you will not need to login and do school work on your Break (April 29-April 23). Please reach out to Jolene with any questions @

High School Students, Enter the Vans Custom Culture Design Contest and WIN $50,000 FOR YOUR HIGH SCHOOL’S ART PROGRAM! Vans High School Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Custom Culture High School is a national high school customization competition using blank Vans shoes to be customized around the specific themes, This year’s themes are: Hometown Pride and Head in the Clouds. Register here:

High School Counselor Support

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 Fullerton College:

Virtual College Fairs:

The National Association of College Admissions Counselors in partnership with the Common App are offering four College fairs this spring 2021.

TIP: Pay attention to the timezone and adjust accordingly.

Create an account and register here

Student Support/Interventions

Calling All Third Graders!

Join us for weekly, interactive, grade-level videos to help prepare for the CAASPP test this spring. We will be focusing on MATH! So have your student grab a pencil and paper and join one of our math intervention teachers for tips, tricks, and problem solving. Each week will be a different grade, so keep your eyes out for yours!

Click here for 3rd grade video

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Here is the link to our NEW South Schools Intervention Website:

South Schools Intervention Website

You now have access to our highly anticipated Tier 1 Intervention Programs for Reading. In addition to that you will still see our ODI Math Videos, SEL/Growth Mindset Resources, and our Writer’s Workshop Video Lessons.

Please remember to update the link in your bookmarks!

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Writer’s Workshop

Office Hours

Tuesdays: 10-11 and Thursdays: 1-2 Password: davidson
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Social Emotional Support

Our Mindset Monday’s January Topic is:


Here’s the Links to the Recordings

if you missed last week’s meetings:

K-5 Lesson Video Recording

6-12 Lesson Video Recording

English Learners

DELAC Meeting- Janaury 21 @ 5:00 pm

Join our DELAC Board and school administration for updates about English Learners

Zoom Link

ELD Zoom Classes

Our ELD teachers will be offering ELD classes 2 times per week for 45 minutes beginning in February. These classes are designed to support your English Language Learner in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Please contact your HST if you would like your child to participate.

ELPAC Test Preparation Workshops

The ELPAC tests will be administered to your child beginning in February. This test measures your child's growth in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English. If your student can demonstrate English proficiency on this test they can be reclassified and will not be required to take the test again. In an effort to support your child, our amazing language development team will be offering ELPAC test preparation workshops that will help your child become familiar with the test and perform to the best of their ability.

The dates, times and zoom links for the test prep practice workshops are below. In addition, your child will benefit from having practice at home with the test prior to administration. Please see our ELPAC resource page for more information on practice at home.

11:00 am Zoom Link

1:00 pm Zoom Link


1/20 @ 11am

1/28 @ 1pm


1/21 @ 11am

1/27 @ 1pm


1/21 @ 1pm

1/27 @ 11am


1/20 @ 1pm

1/28 @ 11am

We hope your child will join our ELD teachers for a test preparation workshop!

Parent Resources

Student/Teacher IDs

Parent, teacher, and student ID’s are available once again until the end of February. Our photographer has offered to provide ID cards for $6 each. It is about a 2-week turnaround. If you need it rushed, the cost is $20.

HERE is the link to the survey order form.

Please contact Michelle McCoy if you have any questions!


Virtual Field Trips

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

Homeschooling Advice

Did you or someone you know just start homeschooling “after the holidays” – right in the middle of the school year? It can feel daunting, and there can be a particular pressure to “keep up” when you know that the students in your kids’ former school are still there, churning through their curriculum.

Each year in January, experienced homeschoolers hear the scramble of brand new homeschooling parents as they ask their Number Two question on social media and in homeschool group meetings.

The Number One question is, “Can I do this?”

But the Number Two question is definitely, “What curriculum should I use?” Even among experienced homeschoolers, January ruminations run toward assessing the curriculum and whether it is working.

I know you don’t want to hear this – but your homeschool priority should be connection, not curriculum.

It’s hard to get your mind around, because homeschooling is a replacement for school, right? So curriculum obviously covers all that school part.

Continue reading the article here.

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Join the Mission to Mars Student Challenge!

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is using the upcoming Mars Rover landing as a teachable moment for students! They will be leading students in designing and building a mission to Mars with a guided education plan and resources from NASA, join in live stream Q&As with experts, and share student work with a worldwide audience. The challenge culminates on February 18, when students can land their missions along with the Perseverance Mars rover! This opportunity is appropriate for all grades K-12th and includes a guided 5-week education plan for elementary, middle, and high school students with standards-aligned STEM lessons and activities from NASA. Plans are flexible with your schedule and can be completed in whole or in part or in any sequence.

Pre-register to join here.

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!

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!

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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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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