Dear Kellogg Families,
Happy Fall! At last month’s Back To School Night, teachers explained class procedures and routines that are in place to help our students’ transition into the new school year. We are excited that all of our specialists (PE, music, science, art, computer, and library) are in full swing as of these past two weeks and I plan to have different specialists featured in upcoming newsletters. As a district, we are in our third year of our new math program (Bridges in grades K-5 and College Preparatory Math “CPM” in grade 6) and in our first year of our new English Language Arts programs, “Wonders.”
Now, more than ever, we are using data teamed with teacher observations to provide interventions that are effective and measurable to insure each one of our students show growth across the school year in their academics. Goleta Union School District continues to provide funding for STAR 360 Assessments throughout the district. Teachers had the opportunity to administer benchmark assessments in both math and English Language Arts (ELA) within the first two weeks of school. The District is also working with United Way to continue to provide our reading intervention program Lexia at no cost to schools for every kindergarten through third grade student. This teamed with our results from last year’s grade 3 through 6 state testing, has given our staff members increased information and resources help teachers learn how to best meet the needs of our students.
Realizing that this is only the third year we have received results from the California Assessment for Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), I have listed below resources for parents to access. I encourage all families to visit Core Standards Roadmaps for Parents to review a parent resource that is both English/ Spanish and provides an overview of the standards and provides different suggestions to support children in different ways at home. Please visit the district website for additional Parent Resources.
October promises to be busy with school functions and evening events. School pictures will be taking place on October 3rd, 5th, and 6th. Your child’s teacher will be sending home times and dates. We encourage families to also participate in the October 4th first “B.O.W. W.O.W.” (Bike on Wednesday, Walk on Wednesday) event. Consider enjoying breakfast at school afterwards! Families participating in this event can choose to meet at key locations around the neighborhood. More information to follow.
Families are invited to participate in our Family Science Night on October 12th. Students and parents can experience a great evening of science-based activities and learning. Please mark your calendars! A bake sale will be provided by 6th grade fundraising as well as a preorder pizza dinner opportunity. Kellogg School will be participating in California’s Great Shake Out on October 19th. Please review the article that informs parents what they should do in the case of a natural disaster during the school day. (This is also a 12:00 dismissal day for all of our students.)
Thank you to our parents who helped organize and assist in this year’s Back to School Picnic, Fall Book Fair, and Axxess Camp Fundraiser. These family opportunities continue to happen at Kellogg due to everyone’s continued involvement and willingness to give where they can to support our students at Kellogg School.
I look forward to working with you to provide our children with a year filled with academic success, achievement, and opportunity. Please consider contributing your time and efforts this year to support all of our learners at Kellogg. The PTA is working hard to provide opportunities for parents to become involved and knowledgeable about ways in which we as a community can join to enhance learning. Make sure you are part of making a difference within our Kellogg community.
Any further questions can be directed to kbruzzese@ goleta.k12.ca.us or 681-1277.
Kim Bruzzese, Kellogg Principal