The Growler

Principal Osmer's Newsletter ~ February 2020

A Note from the Principal

Dear Crowell Families,

It’s February and we are soon finishing up our 2nd trimester. It’s hard to believe we are almost two-thirds through this school year. Standardized testing is just around the corner. You will be receiving detailed information about testing dates soon.

The month of March is largely devoted to getting all of our 3rd through 6th grade students tested using our computer based assessment system referred to as SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) to deliver the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

Students and teachers have been working rigorously to prepare our students for this testing. While TK through 2nd graders do not take the test, the work they do to have the skills in place to be successful for this in 3rd through 6th grade cannot be diminished. ALL our students’ learning is critical.

Your support and encouragement at home is not only beneficial to the mindset students have towards the test but it is also inspiration for your children to know your expectation is they put forth solid effort EACH and EVERY day to be the best learner they can be.

Please be mindful of your role. If you have questions or need support in understanding any part of your child’s education at Crowell School, never hesitate to contact the teacher or myself. We have high expectations for our students and realize with parent involvement and support all our students can reach their academic potential.

Working together,

Ms. Osmer, Principal

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Presidents' Day Weekend ~ 2/13/2020 through 2/17/2020 School Holiday

Assessing Students' Learning Needs

Each year staff analyzes Formative (data taken frequently and in a teaching moment) and Summative (cumulative data over a period of study) test results and identifies strengths and weaknesses in the instructional program. The same type of analysis is done with ongoing classroom assessments. During weekly meetings teachers review all assessment results to assist teachers in identifying students’ educational needs. In these weekly meetings, PLCs (Professional Learning Communities) teachers identify which instructional practices can best meet the needs of the students at each ability level. As you receive this data, be sure to contact your child’s teacher if your child is not meeting grade level proficiency (achievement mark of 3 or 4) to learn how you can help your child improve.