San Onofre School

April- May 2016 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

As we approach the end of the year, I would like to take some time to highlight all the accomplishments for the year. In this Newsletter, I will share out our Leadership Goals and Academic Goals that students, staff and parents have helped every student make progress and become a leader at our school!!! I will also give you some valuable information about the upcoming Smarter Balanced test developed by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress which all of our 3rd-8th graders will take beginning May 2, 2016.

The second part of our Newsletter will highlight our amazing Maker Space Lab created and funded by the Laguna Assistance League and their generous donations!!! Students have collaborated with trainers and Mrs. Flaherty, our STEM coach, to develop the Maker Space Lab and also has begun to work on authentic STEM projects integrated with our Next Generation Science Standards!!!

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What is the Gold Ribbon Award?

The California State Superintendent and State Board developed a program for 2015-16 school year to recognize some of California's outstanding public schools. Schools that are selected demonstrate exemplary achievements in implementing State Standards in priority areas. We were selected for developing our schools Positive Behavior Intervention System along with 7 Habits into what we call, "Caught Being a Leader". This Program is in lieu of the California Distinguished School Award and we are proud to be a recipient of this award!!!
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SBAC- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Our students in 3rd-8th grade will begin taking the SBAC on May 2, 2016. It is important to motivate your child to try their best. Students in 4th-8th grade will be taking the test over multiple days on their chrome books. Students in 3rd grade will be taking the test in the computer labs. Not only is the testing format different, their is a whole set of skills needed to take an assessment online. We have embedded multiple practice test taking sessions into our students instructional routines so they can feel better equipped and prepared for the SBAC.

To learn more about the SBAC and even take a practice test, log on to: and you will see the complexity and changes in testing for our students. Some significant changes are the following:

  • Selected-response items prompt students to select one or more responses for a set of options.
  • Non-traditional response questions take advantage of computer-based administration to assess a deeper understanding of content and skills that would otherwise be possible with traditional item types. These kinds of questions might include drag-and-drop, editing text, or drawing an object.
  • Constructed-response questions prompt students to produce a text or numerical response in order to collect evidence about their knowledge or understanding of a given assessment target.
  • Performance tasks measure a student’s ability to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Performance tasks challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to complex real-world problems. They can be best described as collections of questions and activities that are coherently connected to a single theme or scenario. These activities are meant to measure capacities such as depth of understanding, writing and research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with traditional assessment questions. The performance tasks are taken on a computer (but are not computer adaptive) and will take one to two class periods to complete.