It’s hard to believe that the first trimester of the year ends tomorrow. Seems like yesterday that sixth graders were still wandering the campus between classes, their faces buried in their class schedules and their school maps...
With the beginning of a new trimester, I’m looking forward to a few things:
- T2 Panther Day on Friday, November 21, when we will take a short break from full-on academics and engage in workshops about our Graduate Profile Traits of ORGANIZATION, RESILIENCE, and SELF-ADVOCACY, a Panther Pillars rally, and (one of my favorite new Crittenden traditions) Panther Day Electives. Students will get to select from a catalogue of fun, creative activities taught by our talented staff, such as Disney Trivia, Improv Games, Pop Music with a Message, Line Dancing, Master Chef Junior, and many others.
- The T1 Awards Ceremonies, which will take place on Monday, November 24. We will recognize our honor roll recipients, our Panther Pillars and Graduate Profile Traits award winners, and give out Paws and Stars for participation in extracurriculars, including community service. Details, including times, will be published in a future Blog.
PTA All-Association Meeting, November 12
Please join us in the library from 7:00-8:30 on November 12 for our second meeting of the year. We will be presenting budget updates and news about other PTA-sponsored projects.
Why are the Common Core State Standards important?
High standards that are consistent across states provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations to ensure that all students have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life upon graduation from high school, regardless of where they live. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are aligned to the expectations of colleges, workforce training programs, and employers. In addition, the CCSS were internationally benchmarked against the educational standards and expectations of high performing countries like Singapore, Finland, Korea, Canada and Japan. In education, international benchmarking typically refers to analyzing high-performing education systems and identifying ways to improve our own systems based on those findings.
If you are interested in learning more about the CCSS please come to our next parent education evening on November 13th. Educational Services will be presenting information for parents on the new Smarter Balanced assessments as well as websites that your child can access to support their learning at home. Sessions will be offered concurrently in English and Spanish. This training will include hands-on learning opportunities for parents so space is limited to the first 40 participants. Please see the attached flyer and RSVP by returning the form to your child’s school office no later than Monday, November 10th. Educational Services will hold additional sessions if registration exceeds 40 participants.
****Community Updates and Opportunities****
Engineers 4 Tomorrow 2014 STEM Workshop
E4T is excited to offer and present E4T 2014 Fall STEM Workshop! Expect a full day of fun and exciting educational curriculum that will be available especially for our middle school students. Please be sure to register as soon as possible as we have limited seats. Workshop selections are first come first serve basis. If you have any questions, you can contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 408.874.6027
Sign up online: http://www.engineers4tomorrow.org/#!2014-fall-stem-workshop/ccv1
WHO Middle School Students
WHEN November 15, 2014, Saturday 9am - 4:30pm
WHERE Cañada College 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94061
Student Check-In: The Grove (Cafeteria) - Building 5 on this map
Transition to Adulthood for Students with Special Needs
If you are the parent or provider of a transition age youth, 14-21 years of age, come learn about plans for life after high school, transition goals, transition planning, and transition services.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7-9 pm at Covington Elementary School MUR, 205 Covington, Los Altos For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org.
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. Bring a friend!
Date: Wednesday, November 12
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Location: Los Altos High School - Attendance Building Conference Room
201 Almond Ave
Los Altos, CA
Register: REGISTER ONLINE
Come out to help set a Guinness World Record on Sunday NOV 9...All for a good cause!
12:30 - 4:30 in the Mountain View High School Gym. A fun event and service oppty to raise awareness for orphaned children in India, Africa and Honduras. The Record Attempt: As a collective group, make the most Friendship Bracelets in a Single Gathering. ...And those Friendship Bracelets will be personally delivered by a Graham Family to Orphans around the world. FREE entrance! No experience necessary...drop in for a bit, or stay for the Record Breaking finish!¨ Prizes for bracelet making! — Limo for a Night! Movie Tickets, Jamba Juice, Chipotle & more¨ Food for sale — come hungry
¨ Shoe Drive Optional: Bring shoes for Orphans at the Garden of Love and Hope in Honduras
Flyers and Important Information