Happy 2015! We have jumped right back into our busy school schedule. Many of our grade level teachers are piloting math programs over the course of the next few months with the hopes of finding a good fit for our school district. Teachers are working harder than ever to provide our students with the best education possible to prepare our students for 21st century opportunities in education and technology so they will be prepared when they attend college and seek careers in the future. Along this theme, our next school-wide spirit day is February 6th – Career Day. Students can dress up as their future career choice and if they are in grades 4th through 6th grade, attend an afternoon “question and answer” hosted by parents and community members. If you are still interested, please contact the office immediately to get added to this unique event. Some of our students will have already performed in Kellogg Talent Show sharing their special talents with hopes of pursuing a later career or interest. We do have lots of talent here at Kellogg. Finally, our sixth graders are beginning the transition process into junior high with visits to the campus and visits by junior high personnel.
Beginning in April following Spring Break, our grade 3-6 students will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). Our fifth graders will continue to take a CST Science test and students who have taken the CAPA test in the past will be taking a new assessment. The State has moved to a computer-based assessment different from the STAR test which was only offered in a pencil-paper format. Different from last year’s pilot test, this year parents and schools will receive test results.
In preparation for the state test, students will have time to learn and review the different tools available as part of the newer test format. This will happen in the classroom as well as in the computer lab where all testing will take place. As a result of preparing for testing, the District is helping out schools by providing computer labs with new desktops. Thank you GUSD! Parents can also follow the following link and select a specific grade level and subject area and take a practice test: www.smarterbalanced.org/parents-students/ Watch your child’s Friday Folder for grade level testing windows. All efforts to schedule appointments and family trips should be made to avoid testing dates.
As we move into February, please pay particular attention to the upcoming events: Read-A-Thon Kick-Off Book Swap with drop off of gently used books happening after school on Friday, 1/30, and the actual book swap happening on Monday, Feb. 2nd at 1:30 for kindergarteners and 2:50 for grades 1-6 students, Actual Read-A-Thon dates (Feb. 2nd-17th), Career Day (Grades 4-6) and Career Dress Up Spirit Day (2/6), Grade 4-6 Kellogg Spelling Bee (2/10), Kindergarten Orientation for Incoming Kindergarteners (2/18). Mark your calendars for Kellogg’s “Free Throws for Kiddos” UCSB Men’s Basketball game on 2/26 at 7:00PM and see if Mrs. Bruzzese can earn money for Kellogg School by making free throw shots at half-time. PTA and staff are already making preparations for our March 14th Jog-A-Thon are already in motion. Grade 3 through 5 students are busy practicing songs for the upcoming March Late Winter Sing. Dates are also included in this newsletter. Be sure to watch ParentSquare and your child’s Friday Folder for upcoming information on these great Kellogg opportunities.
As always, any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 681-1277.