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January 4, 2016

Next Gen Goals and Student Engagement! Oh The Parallelism!

Welcome back Pirates!


Next Generation Science Standards are upon us and they're exciting! There are so many ways in which the new standards are relevant to every content area - in the way that they help students build and practice important skills for their every day lives. Leave it to the amazing NP3 Science Department, who created their own curriculum to support the shifts and goals NGSS entails. They're experts on this - celebrate Science!


One of the biggest goals with NGSS is the shift in instruction from beginning a unit and/or concept with providing information to allowing students opportunity to explore and develop their own thoughts on a new concept. This allows students to create background and hypotheses through their own investigation. Powerful! An example of this is illustrated in the video below. Consider the following as you enjoy the show!

  • How does NGSS instruction and shifts support student engagement in the classroom?
  • What strategies in the video are used to support engagement?
  • How does this affect instruction in your content area?

NP3 Announcements Mateys!

For Teachers Only:

  • 6th Celebration: The next one is 1/8.

  • Infinite Campus: Please read!

  • --- Set up your Q3 (use settings section) for each period.
  • --- Set up grade calculations with proficiency/highest score
  • --- Set up categories.
  • --- If you are entering re-take scores, you will need to copy/paste Q1/Q2 assessments to Q3. Do so only if you have re-take scores to enter (otherwise no need to copy/paste).
  • Staff Meeting: Please plan for a short staff meeting Monday after school.


Share with Advisees:

  • Incoming 9th Parent Night - Save the Date: January 26th!

  • Enrichment and Intervention: Begins Monday January 11th. Enrichment classes will be announced in Advisory on this day.

  • Booster Meeting: The next one is 1/11! There are always snacks!

  • Help Wanted for ACE: NP3 is looking for a responsible adult to help with our after school A.C.E. program on Thursday afternoons. The position pays $15/hr and would run the entire school year. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Kons nkons@natomas.k12.ca.us for more information.

  • ATS: Are you interested in getting a taste of the college experience? Academic Talent Search (ATS) offers 4th-9th graders exciting summer courses at Sacramento State that you get to pick for yourself! Choose from classes like creative computing, messy science, law, neuroscience, and many others. At ATS, you can spend your summer doing what you love, taking classes on a University Campus, and making new friends who share your interests and passion for learning! To join these interactive and hands-on classes, you need to take the ATS qualifying exam. The test only takes an hour and there is no pass or fail, so there’s no need to stress! You MUST take the test to apply for classes, but you don’t have to apply if you change your mind. The qualifying exam will be offered at NP3 on January 29th. Hard copies of the registration form will go home after break and are also available on our counseling website. All forms must be turned into the counselors by January 20th. https://natomasunified.org/np3m/students-services/counseling-services/

  • No School: January 18th for MLK day.

  • Career Fair: On January 15th students will stay with their Advisor for both Advisory and Enrichment. 7th grade students will present their Career Fair projects to the 6th and 8th grade students.