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Student Learning

Our teachers, many of whom hold advanced degrees, have established our district as a leader in raising student achievement, closing the achievement gap, and ensuring that every child has access to rigorous and engaging instruction. From preschool, to elementary school, to middle school, we offer instruction that engages, empowers and inspires all children to thrive!

Education is our job. Parent support adds value!
Each year, many of our parents generously offer to support our schools through donations of their time, financial contributions, and the purchase of classroom supplies. While donations are always welcome, state law does not allow school districts to charge fees to students for educational activities or require parents to purchase instructional materials. 

With your help and the help of our community, we are able to provide a richer educational experience for our students.  Please note that any donation for use by a student, classroom or school is voluntary.  Supplies will always be made available for our students.  Educational opportunities are open to everyone, and are in no way contingent upon any donation or the amount of a donation.

COMING TO CLASSROOMS:
Common Core State Standards • Informational Meetings in November

New Common Core State Standards are coming to our schools in 2014-15. These new standards are the foundation for restructuring our education system to prepare students for 21st century college and careers.  Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. 

This is the first time that nearly the whole nation has the same high standards for students. (46 states have adopted them!)  Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.

The change means exciting changes and a lot of work to prepare for incorporating the new standards into lessons and assessments.

The new standards are fewer in number but go deeper into higher-order thinking skills, require more project-based learning, and emphasize the “Four Cs” of 21st century education:

  • Communication:  oral and written skills that explain thinking process;
  • Collaboration: working together with group accountability;
  • Creativity: generating a variety of ideas, alternatives, and possibilities;
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: necessary for real world application of skills and thinking “outside the box.

How to support your child's learning with Common Core State Standards

 

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