Week of February 24, 2020
End of the Trimester
STAR Reading and IABs
Last week students took the STAR Reading test. Below is the chart, so you can see your student’s grade level equivalent for reading. Scores will be posted in the next week or two in PowerSchool as a non-counting item so that you can see the score. (We have some make ups to do this week). The score will also appear on your student’s report card. Since we are now mid-year, you should be looking at the middle column on the chart below. Many students received their score from their teacher already, so you can ask your student as well.
This week students will take another practice assessment for the SBAC test for ELA called an IAB (Interim Assessment Block). To make it more manageable like we do for the actual test, we will take it in two parts. Students will start taking it tomorrow or Tuesday and finish on block day. The Math IABs will take place the week of March 2-6.
ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for California)
For our students who have not been re-designated as English proficient, they are taking the ELPAC test again. In February, the District came out and assessed students on the speaking part. Schools are responsible for administering the remaining three parts. Students will take this test in their ELD class. The week of March 2, they will take part one of the reading test on Tuesday and complete the second part on block day. The week of March 9, they will take the listening part, which will only take one of the block periods that week. (As a reminder from above, we are on a special schedule that week that only has rotating block periods). The week of March 16, they will take the writing part, which again will take place on Tuesday and the block day.
We waited as long as we could to administer this test within the required testing window to give teachers and students as much time prep time as we could. We also chose to split it up over three weeks to make it more manageable for students instead of administering it all in one week. EL students will be excused from IAB testing because we don’t want them to be too burnt out from being over-tested. They will get exposure to the IAB material and can take it later for practice.
Student of the Month
Congratulations to our January Student of the Month students. Each teacher may select one student from each period they teach per month. Students can be recognized for: Academic Excellence, Respect & Responsibility, or Outstanding Citizenship. If you didn’t see your student’s certificate(s), you should ask where it is.
Below are the students selected for January Student of the Month. Students with a star(s) by their name indicates a second or third teacher also selected them as Student of the Month.
Angel Martinez Zarate
Gael Castellanos Rubio
Gloria Chavaria *
Luis Perez Ortiz
Maynor Acip Blanco
Wilson Ocampo *
Yesha Dela Cruz
Upcoming High School Course Selection Events
8th graders! It's that time of the year! High school is right around the corner and the following important events will be taking place in March. Do not miss out!
Representatives from the Sequoia Union High School District will be at Kennedy on March 3rd, 2020, presenting information on their respective high schools in your social studies classes. Do not be absent on this day!
On March 16th, 2020, you will receive a Course Selection Sheet in your Language Arts classes. Make sure you come to school on this day! Fill this out and get a parent's signature! Do not forget! You will need to turn it in on the evening of Thursday, March 19th, 2020.
MANDATORY! High School Schedule Drop-off and Parent Night will take place on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 from 5-7 pm in the Kennedy library. You and your parents must attend this event to drop off your course schedule for your respective high school. You will also have a chance to ask the high school counselors any questions you may have about your classes. More details coming soon.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
News From The Community
Executive Functioning Skills
"My child forgot their lunch, again."
"This student is constantly late to their next class."
"Why is my child's report card filled with missed homework and incomplete classwork?"
"I sent in my child's signed permission slip; what do you mean you didn't get it?"
If you often hear these questions and statements from your staff and parents, you may have a student lacking executive functioning skills.
Planning, managing time, staying focused, controlling emotions, problem solving, and getting tasks done are known as Executive Functioning skills. Trouble with executive functioning skills is common in kids who think and learn differently, and for those who have incurred trauma in their lives.
Join us for a practical discussion on how to help kids learn to manage their executive functioning skills in school. Hear from Liz Latham, the Inclusion Specialist at North Star Academy, as she shares tips and strategies that can help students stay organized and focused at school and with school work.
Date: Thursday, February 27th
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Redwood City School District Board Room
Address: 750 Bradford Street, Redwood City, CA 94063
Childcare and Spanish translation available by RSVP
by Wednesday, February 26th
Pictures From This Week
Monday, February 24: February Birthday Celebration – Lunch, Room 531A (Student Store)
Tuesday, February 25: Let’s Eat Pie Lunchtime Competition – Outside Room 535; Graduation Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm, Library; PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library
Wednesday, February 26: Site Council Meeting, 3:15 pm, Library
Friday, February 28 & Saturday, February 29: Advanced Band/Orchestra Trip To Disneyland