This week at KJHS...
helping families to stay connected. March 19, 2015
Don't forget Spring Break is March 21-29. March 30 is an A day.
Congratulations Ben, Bella and Andrew on winning the Sonoma County Office of Education film festival!
CAASPP is coming to KJHS.
I know, the CAASPP? The CAASPP stands for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, which has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting, or STAR Program, is the new state academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. This year, CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English–language arts and mathematics as well as paper-based tests for science.
Last year, KJHS students participated in a computer-based field test. This practice run of the test, though no scores were provided, allowed students to experience computer-based testing and new types of questions. In addition, the field test also helped evaluate how well districts technology systems could meet the demands of computer-based tests, and determine what resources teachers and schools would need to better prepare students for future assessments.
Lessons learned from last year’s field test will help ensure a successful, full launch of the CAASPP system this school year. In moving forward, students will take the test in English and Math from April 9- April 30. To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp.
Following the spring 2015 testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be sent home to parents and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English–language arts and mathematics, and other information. It is important to note that these scores cannot be compared to scores that your child previously received on the STAR Program tests because this test is based on the new Common Core State Standards, involves different types of test questions, and will not be reported using the STAR Program reporting categories.
If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/. If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact Mr. Holley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8th grade promotion is around the corner!
Believe it or not, 8th grade Promotion is just around the corner. The 8th grade promotion ceremony will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 4. Students will be wearing promotion gowns for the ceremony that the school will provide. I will be sending out more specific information as the date gets closer. For now, it is important to realize that the promotion ceremony will require students to walk across the grass and up and down stairs. Safe, comfortable walking shoes is a must.
The 8th grade end of the year dance will be on Wednesday, June 3 from 6:30-9:00. We are recommending nice, casual dress for this dance. Suggested attire is a collared shirt and nice pants for young men, skirts or nice pants for young women. Students will need to abide by the Kenilworth Junior High dress code. Spaghetti straps, halter-tops and strapless dresses are not allowed. Ladies who have outfitted with these will need to wear a jacket or sweater to cover up. Students also must wear shoes throughout the dance, so please plan to wear shoes you can dance in! If you have any questions, please call us. We can arrange to look at the outfit prior to the dance.
Waugh to Create a Garden/Happy Space in CJ’s Honor! The Orange Army Continues!
CJ was an amazing student, human being and friend. He was a valued member of the Meadow community and has had an impact on all of us… he is not forgotten, and he is still loved.
We are creating a special place to honor and remember CJ in a positive way. At Meadow School we are going to transform a space to a vibrant garden/play/sitting area so that children for years to come can have a place to play and remember all the goodness of CJ! Our plan is to add two handmade redwood tables, a big box that will store some of CJ’s games and some new games, a crushed granite ground, benches, a wooden entrance and beautiful mural.
This will be a community project that will be enjoyed by thousands for years to come. We will have a special dedication day on Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 pm and we would love for our entire Petaluma community to attend. CJ’s parents are part of this project and are happy that this space is being created.
We need your help!
We are looking for donations to cover the $4,500 needed to create CJ’s Garden. We are accepting donations in the Meadow Office. If you would like to donate, please make a check payable to: Waugh Student Body with a note in the memo line that says: “CJ’s Garden.” You may mail a check to: 880 Maria Drive, Pet, CA 94954. There is no minimum amount- feel free to donate any amount that you would like. We are also seeking donations from the community at large. If you know someone who would like to donate who is not a parent in our district, please pass this information on.
We will also be looking for some game donations, lumber, and manpower. For now, we are just working on raising funds to make this a reality. If you have any questions, please call the Meadow School Office: 762-4905. Thank you!