Is it May already? Where has the year gone? As our final third through sixth graders completed taking their Smarter Balance Assessments this week,I am reminded thatour end of the year events are right around the corner. Please take a few minutes to complete the school-wideneeds assessment . The link is and will be posted on ParentSquare on 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 continue to build relationships as we strive for the academic excellence that our Kellogg Community has become accustomed to. “50 Years of Excellence” was not easy to accomplish and is not an endeavor to be taken lightly as we look toward the next 50 years. As a district we continue to implement district policies that strengthen student learning and educational practices as we are held accountable through the new Local Control Accountable Plan (LCAP) used to comply to a new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
Despite changes at the state level, at Kellogg we continue to rely heavily upon our parent volunteers to step into Kellogg leadership positionsto provide ongoing events and opportunities as well as volunteers to support our teachers for our student 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 accustomed to. We are looking two parent representatives for our School Site Council (KSSC) for the 2014-2015 school year. The council meets at 11:50 on the third Wednesday of every month. Two parent representatives are also needed for the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). The ELAC representatives and committee meet four times throughout the school year. Individual classrooms will be seeking a classroom parent(s) in the fall as well.
Later this month when we open the time capsule that was buried in the 1963-64 school year when Kellogg was first established, we hope our students and community will be able to reflect on that first year when the first Kellogg staff with the help of the parent community hoped to establish a school that met or exceeded the expectations of rigor, relevance, and relationships of our surrounding schools. Our teachers have been workingwithin their professional learning communities and receiving district professional development to learn about and practice research-based strategies that have helped transition us into the Common Core State Standards. At Kellogg we are fortunate to experience a high level of staff commitment and loyalty that keeps our students ahead of the learning curve and on the edge of educational reform.
This year our students experienced a focus on collaborative conversations across the curriculum, particularly in our Number Talks,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. With the help of PTA, we were able to offer additional after school enrichment opportunities, such as: Chess, Keyboards, and KidzArt in addition to our band, strings, and track programs.
Please make sure to mark your calendars and watch your Friday Folder these remaining weeks of school. We will be honoring our teachers on Wednesday, May 8, for Day of the Teacher which also happens to be National Bike to School Day. We hope to see many people out riding their bikes to school this day! 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 15th. Artwork will be on display from May 5th through May 29th at the Goleta library.
Kellogg is celebrating its 50th birthday during the week of May 12th. Kellogg’s Chalk Art Festival will be held Thursday, May 16th. (Wednesday, May 15th for our 4th grade students.) Kellogg’s SchoolCarnival will finish off the week with an extra hour of play time, 3:00-7:00 on Friday, May 16th. Tasty food, an exciting silent raffle provided by our sixth grade fundraising and numerous classroom games promise a Friday evening of pure delight. Come and join us for a ‘60’s themed carnival. Dress sixties! On Thursday, May 29th, 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 3rd at 5:30PM. Please contact the office or contact Kim Bruzzese at firstname.lastname@example.org or 681-1277 if you have any questions or interest in any of the above positions.