ARCADE MIDDLE SCHOOL - WEEK OF May 7TH, 2023
Dear Arcade Families,
CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) testing will be administered to all students in grades 3-8 and 11. This week all students will participate in statewide assessments in Math.
When will testing take place?
The math assessment will be administered on these dates:
Tuesday, May 9
Wednesday, May 10
Make-up testing will occur as needed on May 11 and 12.
***We will be following an alternate bell schedule on these dates, so that all testing can take place in the morning (see below)***
When will parents and guardians receive official score reports?
Score reports are expected to be available and sent to homes in August 2023
What do I need to know about these tests?
The CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) tests are aligned to the California Common Core Standards and measure students against statewide learning expectations, using computer-adaptive test technology.
Where can I find more information?
· The Common Core Standards for ELA and Mathematics can be viewed by clicking on this link: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/index.asp
· For more information on the CAASPP system, please visit this page:
We thank you for being valuable partners in the academic success of your child!
Please see the bell schedule below for the CAASPP testing dates!
Please Join Us for Open House!
Open House is an opportunity to meet your student's teachers, our various support staff, and our community partners, such as Bridges, Improve Your Tomorrow (IYT), Mission Oaks Sports and Rec, and Arcade's Parent Teacher Organization.
We will also have numerous hands-on STEAM activities (fun for the whole family!), various musical performances, and food for purchase at the Jeeroz Mediterranean Cuisine food truck.*
All current and future Arcade families are welcome!
*The Jeeroz Mediterranean Cuisine food truck only accepts cash.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
*See the PTO post below on how to help support or donate for Teacher Appreciation Week.*
And a special thanks to Arcade teachers from our Parent Teacher Organization!
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 8th - May 12th
PTO is celebrating Arcade's dedicated and hardworking teachers with daily treats! Teachers, stay tuned!
Have you thought about supporting Arcade, but don't know how? Here is one way you can make a difference!
Run for an officer position for the 2023-2024 school year. Participating in PTO is a great way to support your student and to support Arcade.
The PTO Secretary role will be open and we are taking nominations!
Congrats to Arcade's Advanced Band!
Way to go, Arcade Advanced Band!!
Updated Information About M.S. Boundary Changes Below!
Dear Arcade Families,
As shared last month, San Juan Unified will be adjusting middle school boundaries at five middle schools (Arcade Fundamental, Arden, Katherine Johnson, Starr King and Winston Churchill). The proposed map webpage features the ability to toggle between the three options and each features an address look-up where residents can enter their address to see which middle school would potentially be assigned to their address (See link below.)
Three proposed middle school boundary maps are now available and the community is invited to share their feedback (click on the first red button below to view the maps and use the second red button to look up your address with the proposed boundaries).
Several community feedback sessions will be held on the following dates/times/locations and any parent/guardians, community members or staff members are invited to attend. Register for one of these feedback sessions.
Monday, May 8 at 6 p.m. - Dyer-Kelly Elementary
Wednesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. - Greer Elementary
Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. - Virtual meeting option
*SJUSD will post a recorded version of the virtual meeting for those who cannot attend. Feedback about the boundary change process can be provided at any time using this form. All feedback collected throughout the process and map recommendations are expected to be shared with the board in August 2023.*
Times to visit the library for the book fair:
Before school Tuesday through Friday, during your lunch period, or 30 minutes after school Monday through Friday.
We are open during Open house as well!
Don't want to bring cash? Have your parents sign up for free e-wallet online and you can purchase your books easily. You also can use Apple Pay, Google Pay, credit cards- or cash.
Want to win a free book? Enter the drawing, or create a poem using book titles and show us the video.
Follow us on Instagram, @arcade.ms.library, for daily activities, or stop by the Arcade Library webpage! https://www.sanjuan.edu/Page/44864
Title I Family Engagement Policy
Below is the updated policy that was revised and approved by Arcade's School Site Council on April 17th. The Title 1 Policy is available, along with Arcade's Staff-Student-Family Compact, on our school website: https://www.sanjuan.edu/Page/53551
Translated versions will also be available on our website in the next two weeks.
Summer School for English Language Newcomers!
Arcade is Offering Tutoring for English Learners!
STEAM Club Information Below!
Our after-school STEAM club will be starting with Scratch, a fun program that lets you make your own games, stories, and animations by using colorful blocks to give commands to characters and objects on the screen. You'll be able to make cool things move, make sounds, and look awesome by adding your own pictures!
We'll also be using Minecraft EDU, which is a special version of Minecraft that helps you learn about things like math, science, and history while you're playing. You'll get to use your creativity to build structures and solve problems, and even learn some coding along the way! With Minecraft EDU, you can explore different worlds, create your own games, and work with other people to build amazing things together.
STEAM Club Dates: on Mondays from April 24th - May 15th and on Tuesdays from May 23rd - May 30th.
Applications can also be downloaded and printed using this link:
Applications are available in many different languages.
All applications can be turned in at the front office.
PBIS Weekly Raffle Winners!
More Summer Opportunities for Students Added below!
Rio Americano High School is offering a very special summer camp opportunity for current 8th-grade students (incoming freshmen).
The camp will be hosted by the Presidents of the Rio Americano Mock Trial Team, a team that has won numerous times in the 43 years of the Mock Trial Program, most recently in 2021.
Here is a message from the President of the Mock Trial and Speech and Debate team at Rio Americano:
"I am the president of Mock Trial as well as Speech and Debate at Rio Americano, and I'm excited to share what I’ve learned along the way with your students through our Mock Trial Summer Camp! The camp will be three days (August 5-7) and focus on the basics of Mock Trial and public speaking. We will spend two days teaching students the basics of a trial: Direct and Cross-examination, objections, witness portrayal, and opening/closing statements. On the third day, students will have the opportunity to participate in their own Mock Trial and be witnesses and attorneys!
This (completely free!) camp will help students interested in Mock Trial learn more about the program, and perhaps guide curious students to a fun extracurricular. Students can also connect with like minded others from across the district before high school. I love Mock Trial, and am excited to introduce students to my passion! Any incoming freshman can participate!
The case we will be using is the People v. Cobey, a real high school Mock Trial case from the 2021-2022 school year. This case is a first degree murder or voluntary manslaughter case. In the case, Jamie Cobey is accused of killing their landlord, Erik Smith. The prosecution will argue that Cobey killed Smith by putting a Mojave rattlesnake in Smith's mailbox to avenge the death of Cobey's mother."
Any current 8th graders/incoming freshmen, regardless of the high school they are attending, can sign up now!
Click the link below to sign up for this amazing learning experience.
UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program and San Juan have a summer program!
The UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) is excited to invite students to the San Juan Leadership Academy! EAOP has partnered with the San Juan Unified School District to host a 4-week summer program that is aimed to help incoming 9th-grade students transition to their high school career. This program will be hosted at Mira Loma High School from Monday-Thursday, June 26 to July 20 from 8:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. During this academy, students will strengthen their leadership skills, participate in team-building activities, learn about college, and create friendships with their peers. If allowed, there will also be a field trip to a college campus!
This program is free, but there are only 45 spots! To be considered, you must fill out the application listed below. Please note that only complete applications will be considered, so be sure to answer every question! We will notify you if you have obtained a spot and you must confirm your acceptance. If you do not confirm your acceptance, students from the waitlist will be contacted to gain your spot.
**If the student is selected and confirms they agree to attend all program days with a maximum of 2 absences.
Mandatory Parent/Guardian Orientation
- Friday, June 23, 2023 from 6:00 P.M. -7:30 P.M. OR
- Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
- Monday - Thursday, June 26, 2023 - July 20, 2023 from 8:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
- The program does not run on Fridays
- Thursday, July 20, 2023 from 5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
- Parents/Guardians encouraged to attend
The deadline to apply is Friday, May 26, 2023.
You can also scan the QR code on the attached flyer or use the registration link above.
Updated Information for 6th - 8th Grade Summer Basketball League Registration!
An updated message from Coach Dwyer:
"The 6th-8th grade league will play games on Saturdays. 1 game per week. 1 practice per week, the coach will pick practice times. The program runs from June 12th to July 29th. We will be off for the week of July 4th. We are hoping to have a boys league and a separate girls league. We need 24 players to have a league. If we don't get 24 boys and 24 girls on one level, it will be a co-ed league. As far as what group you are in, you are the grade you are in right now. So, if you are an 8th grader right now you can play in the 6th-8th grade league. We would like to do a draft this year. If you have some special circumstance schedule-wise, please list it in the comments when you sign up. Such as you can't practice on certain days. You cannot request to be with another kid. We won't be making team changes after the draft. We had a great summer league last year and we want the league to grow in year two. If you are in high school and you want to coach for about 50 community service hours for college or high school community service quota call Elle soon. Any questions Call Elle at (916) 488-2810. We would love to have all of you kids join us soon!"
Registration begins on April 24th, 2023, and ends on June 2nd or once a team is full.
*Registration WILL NOT be accepted at your school site; registration will be accepted online and at the District Office located at 3344 Mission Ave., Carmichael.*
For any further information visit, the Mission Oaks Recreation and Park District website
or please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-359-1604.
Register Here: https://morpd.activityreg.com/REGISTER_PROGRAM_t2.wcs
New Breakfast and Lunch Menus!
Information on Early Dismissals from School
Please avoid picking your student up early from school. It is important that students are only pulled from class when absolutely necessary, so they do not miss valuable instruction.
At Arcade, we receive a lot of early dismissal requests in the last 15 minutes of school, which is very disruptive to individual classrooms and the office. Please do not arrange for an early dismissal within the last 15 minutes of school.
If you must make an early dismissal request during lunch, please allot extra time, as it is very difficult to locate students at lunch. We are unable to make an all-call because other classes are still in session during both lunches. If it is absolutely necessary to pull your student out of school early during the lunch period, please CALL AHEAD so that we can notify your student before lunch, so it won't take as long to find your student.
CALENDAR ITEMS - Looking Ahead
- May 9-10 - School-wide Math CAASPP Testing
- May 9- SJUSD Board Meeting, 6:30 P.M. at the District Office.
- May 8-12 - Book Fair
- May 11- Open House, 6:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M.
- May 12 - Minimum day, School is out at 11:10 A.M.
- May 18- All Band Concert, 6:00 P.M. at El Camino PAC.
- May 18- PTO Meeting, Staff Room, 6:30 P.M.- 8:00 P.M.
- May 22- School Site Council Meeting, RM 21, 3:00 P.M.- 4:00 P.M.
- May 26- 8th Grade Field Trip, Six Flags
- May 29- Memorial Day, No school.
- May 31- Skate Night
- June 6- Last Day of School, Minimum Day, 11:10 A.M.
- June 6- 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.