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It’s almost that time again - after a year’s hiatus, standardized testing is back in California. As I mentioned in earlier blog posts, Crittenden students will be taking the tests the weeks of April 28 and May 4, with makeups the week of May 11. All students will be taking the ELA and Math tests and 8th graders will be taking an additional Science test. Families, please do not plan out of town trips during this time period!
The new Smarter Balanced assessments measure student knowledge of California's ELA and Mathematics standards. These new assessments replace the former multiple choice assessments for students in grades 3-5 and grade 11.
Smarter Balanced tests provide one measure of student knowledge of the subject matter, critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving skills they need to prepare for and succeed in today’s world.
These assessments provide important information as to whether students are on track to master the new standards. The tests provide timely and actionable student information so that teachers and schools can adjust and improve teaching to ensure students have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.
Tests are only one measure of the learning of each child--at Crittenden, our mission is to inspire and empower every student to pursue academic and personal excellence, which means that we also value excellence in the social-emotional and extracurricular realms. It is also important, however, to see how our students are doing with the new Common Core Standards. Our goal is to strike a meaningful balance between these two ideas. Life is, after all, about maintaining a healthy equilibrium.
I welcome your thoughts and questions.
Community Dinner, Talent Show, and Open House: March 24
Our next annual tradition is coming up one week! See the flyer for more details.
- The Community Dinner will once again be spearheaded by Lisa Ramirez and be Italian themed (mmm, pasta). If you can help by donating food drinks, or your time, please contact Lisa at email@example.com or 650-468-3494.
- The annual student Talent Show will take place from 6:00 to 7:00 and will feature over a dozen talented performers who auditioned and were selected last week. This is a hugely popular event and is not to be missed.
- Finally, our spring Open House will go from 7:05 to 8:00. Teachers’ classrooms will be open and will be proudly displaying your children’s work. This is a great chance to say hello, mingle, and ask questions of any of your child’s teachers.
ACT Club Rummage Sale
Attention families: please help the ACT Club's fundraiser by donating all used clothes, games, toys, books, appliances and more. Support the ACT Club on Saturday, March 28th 9am-1pm. Talk to Ms. Chiavetta or Mr. Ochoa for details!
New issue of the Crittenden Chronicle now available online
Check out our trimesterly student newspaper, produced by Ms. Jenson’s Exploratory English class! Click here to read.
PTA Executive Board members needed
We are looking for parents to serve on the PTA Executive Board for the coming school year. The following positions are open for 2015-16:
If you know of new parents coming to Crittenden next year who may be interested please forward.
Elections for the board positions will take place at the PTA general meeting in the library at 7.00 p.m., Tuesday, April 14.
IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT INFORMATION: Student Intent Surveys this month
ALL currently enrolled K-7th grade students are required to complete an ONLINE Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. In the survey you will notify us if your student is returning or leaving the district for the 2015-16 school year. The InfoSnap code (password) will be emailed to parents on Monday, March 23, 2015. You must complete the Student Intent Survey to reserve your spot for the 2015-16 school year by Friday, March 27, 2015.
Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you. If you don’t have a computer or need help completing the forms, now is the time to start looking for someone who can help you. Please find the flyer attached for additional information and help nights.
Buy your MVEF Gala Tickets Now!
Support our schools & sample delicious food at Taste of Mountain View 2015, MVEF's Spring Gala and Auction, on March 21, 6:30-11:00 pm at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Avenue.
Great Mountain View restaurants are generously donating food for MVEF’s Gala & Auction, presented by Google. We are very grateful for the community support of these establishments: Amber India, Bierhaus, Mixx, Oren’s Hummus Shop & Shana Thai. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door: order online and save – www.mvef.org.
MVEF Raffle tickets are on sale
The Mountain View Educational Foundation is currently selling tickets to its raffle. The raffle drawing will be held at the upcoming Gala, which is taking place this year on Saturday, March 21.
Raffle Ticket Price: $5 each or 5 for $20
- 4 San Francisco Giants opening weekend tickets ($400 value)
- 5 Taste of Mountain View Restaurant $50 gift certificates ($250 value)
- 4 Earthquakes vs. Galaxy game tickets ($100 value)
For tickets, please contact Adrienne Heiskanen or Wendy Tanabe:
Adrienne: 650-996-6729 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy: 650-938-1951 email@example.com
Everyone is welcome to attend the MVEF Gala on Saturday, March 21. For information and tickets, go to www.mvef.org.
8th Grade Graduation Dance: Saturday, May 30
Families, if you can help with any aspect of this annual tradition, please contact Ms. Mogin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer.
Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House
Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community? Mentor Tutor Connection urgently needs high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. Come hear about how you can support youth in our community. There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. Bring a friend!
Date: Thursday, April 2nd
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room
1299 Bryant Avenue
Mountain View, CA
Register: REGISTER ONLINE