Is it May already? Where has the year gone? As our final students complete taking theirSmarter Balance Assessments, I am reminded that our end of the year events are right around the corner. Please take a few minutes to complete the School-Wide Needs Assessment . The link is and will be posted on ParentSquare this Friday. Hard copies for families not on ParentSquare will be coming home in this week’s Friday Folder. Results will be collected and shared at our May school site council meeting and help us prioritize our needs for next school year.
As I look back over this year, I feel that we have accomplished much as a school community. I have enjoyed working with students, staff and families and our combined efforts to continue to build relationships as we strive for the academic excellence that our Kellogg Community has become accustomed to. Our PTA accomplished a huge feat of reaching their fundraising goals, exceeding their Jogathon goal and continuing to find ways to support our specialists’ programs, after school enrichment programming, garden, band and teachers’ classroom supports to name a few. As a district we continue to implement district policies that strengthen student learning and educational practices as we are held accountable through the Local Control Accountable Plan (LCAP) used to comply to the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and move forward with our district-wide technology program. It is an exciting time in education as move forward to find ways to best prepare our students for 21st century careers and education paths.
Despite changes at the state level, at Kellogg we continue to rely heavily upon our parent volunteers to step into Kellogg leadership positions to provide support to ongoing events and opportunities as well as both in- and out of classroom learning experiences. This level of support is crucial to continuing the level of education that our students and community are most familiar with. Special thanks to Yvette Ensign, Nicole Katz, Gina Terlinden, Ashley Switzer, Beth Allin, and Michelle Bednash who jumped into fundraising mode to provide support to the great ideas of the rest of the PTA Executive Board as well as the current KSSC Members (Nadra Ehrman, Miguel Moran-Lanier, Mary Pacheco, Karen van Gool, Kelly Metcalf, Dena Schultz) and our ELAC representatives (Gabriella Perez, Annick Linskey, Mireya Thigos, and Gina Wang) who volunteered to step into leadership positions required by education code to help hold our site accountable for the decisions we make impacting student learning. Thank you! Special thanks to those parents who regularly attended our parent meetings, participated and gave feedback to strengthen our Kellogg programs and school community.
We will be looking for two parent representatives for our School Site Council (KSSC) for the 2015-2017 school years. The council meets at 11:50 on the third Wednesday of every month. Two parent representatives will also be needed for the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). The ELAC representatives and committee meet five times throughout the school year. Individual classrooms will be seeking a classroom parent(s) in the fall as well at Back to School Night.
This year our students experienced a focus on collaborative conversations across the curriculum, particularly in our math work, ongoing increased exposure to non-fiction texts, and Opinion and Summary of Expository writing. We continued our focus on productive partnering and academic language practices while resuming to experience music, art, PE, and computer classes. Our third through sixth graders took the Smarter Balanced Assessment and await to see what type of baseline scores we can learn from for future application in the classroom. With the help our PTA Enrichment Coordinator, Christine Blaney, students participated in a variety of after school enrichment opportunities, such as: Theater, K-6 Science, Future Scientists and Engineers of America (FSEA), Tennis, Chess, Keyboards, Sewing, Robotics, and Art Innovators in addition to our regular band, strings, and track programs.
Please make sure to mark your calendars and watch your Friday Folder these remaining weeks of school! They will come quickly! We will be honoring our teachers on Tuesday, May 5, for Day of the Teacher, Wednesday, May 6th, National Bike to School Day, and Tuesday, May 12 Kindergarten through second grade will be performing at the Spring Sing. Twenty-five of our students will have their artwork recognized at the GUSD Art Show Reception at the Goleta Library from 5:00 until 7:30PM on Thursday night, May 7th. Artwork will be on display from May 4th through May 27th at the Goleta library.
On Thursday, May 28th, twelve, upper grade students will be representing Kellogg at the Math SuperBowl held at Earl Warren Showgrounds. Congratulations to our sixth grade students who will be graduating on June 9th at 5:30PM. Please contact the office or myself firstname.lastname@example.org or 681-1277 if you have any questions or interest in any of the above positions.