Dear Parents and Students,
As we move in to the third trimester of school, we just want to remind you that our third, fourth, and fifth graders we will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) online field test beginning at the end of March and extending through April. This online assessment will replace our current California Standards Tests (CSTs). However, students in the 5th grade will still take the CST science test.
Our staff will also be attending a series of professional development in March and April in preparation for the transition to Common Core Standards which will call for a shift in our instruction focus on students being able to reference information directly from informational text and to apply higher order thinking skills in solving math problems.
Also, please make sure to exercise caution in the parking lots at arrival and dismissal so that our students can safely arrive and exit. Please do not have students walk across the parking lot - encourage them to use the sidewalks and crosswalks.
In addition, as the State of California now provides funding to schools using the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) allowing school district to have more control over how to spend funds at our schools, the district is holding community meetings open to all parents and community members to gather input to be used in the development of the LCAP and to give you an overview of the LCFF. Please see our calendar for the next scheduled meeting. The District values your input and would like your help and feedback in prioritizing these goals.
Lastly, we want to remind you of the importance of making sure that students are arriving to school on time everyday before 7:47 am. Students may arrive to school as early as 7:20 am for breakfast. Thank you for your support and let's have a wonderful third trimester at Mango!
Tonia Causey-Bush, Ph. D.