The Panther Bulletin
Week of April 12, 2021
Phase 4 Reopening in 1 More Week! (Starts April 19)
Phase 4 will increase in-person instruction, honor the California Department of Public Health guidance, and continue to maintain a safe and healthy environment on our campus.
Please Send All Chromebooks Back to Class Before April 19!
Once we start Phase 4 on April 19, we will need all student Chromebooks returned to school. Please ensure your student's Chromebook is sent back to school before Monday, April 19. Thank you so much for your assistance with this!
***Please note the hours for Phase 4, which begins on April 19:
- Kindergarten students will be in school from 8:50 AM to 1:50 PM, Monday through Friday.
- 1st through 5th grade students will be in school from 8:50 AM to 3:05 PM, Tuesday through Friday.
- Mondays - we will return to the early-release PLC schedule - 1st through 5th grade dismissal will be at 2:15 PM (Kindergarten will have dismissal at their normal 1:50 PM time.)
Please refer to the Phase 4 Bell Schedule attached below:
State Testing for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades in 2 More Weeks! April 26 through May 7
One way we measure student achievement in California is through computer-based assessments, which students across California in grades 3-8 and 11 take each spring. These tests were created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in mathematics and English language arts/literacy as they develop – grade by grade – the skills called for by the standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically and solve problems.
Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) English-Language Arts and Mathematics state tests in the morning during the weeks of April 26 and May 3.
We ask that families please avoid planning any trips that would result in students missing school during these weeks.
Additionally, please schedule any medical or dental appointments in the afternoon so students are able to take the test in the morning.
A few tips to help students perform their best on the test:
- Take your time! There is no time limit on the test. Read then re-read the passages. Work out math problems on paper. Check your answers. If you are unsure about the answer for a problem, mark it for review and come back to it later.
- Get plenty of sleep! Without sleep you can't form or maintain the pathways in your brain that let you learn and create new memories, and it's harder to concentrate and respond quickly. Sleep is important to a number of brain functions, including how nerve cells (neurons) communicate with each other.
- Eat a healthy breakfast! Many studies of adults and children suggest that breakfast is necessary for the brain to function well. Without fuel in the form of glucose energy that we get from food, the brain doesn't work well. We also place our body under physiological stress and our mood can go down when we don't fuel our bodies and brains with food.
ATTENTION 5th Grade Parents - Upcoming Dates for Middle School Orientation!
April 29th Virtual Parent Info Night for 5th grade parents. 6:00-6:30PM - MORE INFO TO FOLLOW BUT PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
May 4th: Rock Creek and Auburn Elementary students and staff will take a field trip to EV Cain at 10:00 AM (NOTE: this field trip is for students. Parents should participate in the Virtual Parent Night on April 29).
On the tour, we will meet in the outdoor amphitheater by Cain Station for a welcome and assigning of tour guides. The Tour Guides will be 8th graders. After the tour, we will end with an Assembly in the Wildcat Gym. We expect the whole time on campus to be about 90-100 minutes.
May 14th, EV Cain principal Mr. Johnson will visit each 5th grade classroom for any questions. He will spend time answering any questions and conduct Band class sign-ups.
Check Out Our Library Webpage!
Here is a link to our school library webpage: https://auburnel.auburn.k12.ca.us/School-Info/Library/index.html
There are links to our library catalog on our library webpage, as well as a Google Form students can use to request books for checkout. Students can browse the catalog (younger students will need a parent's help), enter some basic information into the form, and our Library Tech, Emily Francis, can deliver books to their classroom, or to the office for pick-up if they are a distance learner. If students don't know their student ID, they can just enter the rest of the info and Ms. Francis will look up their ID for check-out.
Another great resource on our library web page is access to e-books. You will find a link to the MackinVIA page, where students can create a "backpack", and borrow e-books that can be accessed via student Chromebook.
Addressing Concerns and Formal Complaints
Parents/guardians enjoy great relationships with their student's teachers, principal, and other professionals at school. However, sometimes questions or concerns arise. When this happens, what should you do? Here's a simple guide to our complaint resolution process. Keep in mind everyone has the same goal: student's best interests.
Where do I Start ?
Start with your student's teacher, counselor, nurse or other professional. Disputes and misunderstandings are often best resolved in person and may be the result of miscommunication. Often, misunderstandings can be cleared up or issues addressed through a courteous conversation at the school level.
If the issue isn't resolved, talk to a school administrator
You may feel you were unable to resolve the issue with school staff. In this case, you should schedule a meeting or phone call to discuss the situation with your school's assistant principal or principal.
Last step, contact the District Office
If you still feel there has not been a satisfactory resolution after exhausting all efforts in the steps outlined above, including discussing the situation with the principal, please contact the district office. If you have not taken the steps above to resolve the issue with the school, you may be referred back to the school site.
How to Resolve a Complaint
The first step in resolving a complaint is to start with the process outlined above.
Some issues may need to follow a more formal process and may fall under the Uniform Complaint Procedures, Williams Uniform Complaint, or a Complaint Concerning District Employees.
Uniform Complaint Procedures (Board Policy/Administrative Regulation 1312.3)
Some matters lie within the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) scope. A UCP is a written statement alleging unlawful discrimination, or failure to comply with a violation of a federal and/or state law in regards to specific categorical programs. A complaint must be filed by way of the UCP as written in the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Sections 4600-4687.
General Complaint: Goes to Human Resources and Human Resources routes to the appropriate department/person.
UCP Complaint: Discrimination, harassment, or violation of the law. Goes to our superintendent and can access through our website.
Williams: Three types: instructional materials - Director of C&I; facilities - Director of M&O; assignments - Human Resources.
Bullying: Goes to Principal first to investigate and resolve if unresolved it then to the Director of Student Services or to whomever is designates in Student Services to investigate and resolve.
Title IX - sexual harassment: Students = Director of Student Services, Staff = Human Resources